Our topic this week is stress and how to combat it (at which point, I strike a pose and deliver a karate chop to stress’ midsection). Unfortunately, I’m not that great at dealing with stress. Mostly I run around gritting my teeth, clenching/unclenching my sweaty fists, and muttering under my breath. Not only does this not relieve my stress, it makes me appear a slight bit teched in the head. To top it off, there are some in this blogging group who wrote their blogs days ago–I won’t mention names, Bronwyn–creating a little stress for those of us who prefer the incentive of a deadline!
I digress, however. Back to stress. Yes. And combating it. Yes.
Really I got nothin’. But I reached deep and pulled out…ta da…
The porch hammock!
There’s is nothing like a gently swinging hammock to make you relax. Once you get the motion down, that is. Hammocks can be a bit like horses–they’ll throw you in a minute if they think they can.
As if that’s not enough…I also have the crazy green chairs on the porch.
See, I like to sit on my porch with a big cup of coffee and a kid or a book. It’s very relaxing, especially when the vultures are hanging out in the dead tree across the road. Nothing like local wildlife to add to the ambiance. If you can ignore the fact that the vultures are only hanging out because there’s no carrion stinky enough to attract them, they’re quite peaceful to watch.
The porch…top notch stress beater!
There’s also gardening. At this point, I attempted to upload a pic of my fabulous DH busting some sod in the front flower bed, but alas the home Internet decided to konk out. So instead of uploading said photo, I clenched my fists and muttered a little.
My last stress buster…hitting the pool. I like to swim laps. Lots of them. As much as I love the farmette, it was a real blow to lose access to a pool big enough to swim laps in. Again no pic (reference above about sketchy home Internet). Also, my hands started to sweat here.
So…since I seem to have lost my ability to finish up this post, take a look at the blogs of my partners in crime. Bronwyn Green, Kris Norris, Jess Jarman, Leigh Jones, Jenny Trout, Gwendolyn Cease, and Kelly St. James.
While I wait, I’m going to go sit on the porch and grit my teeth.
UPDATE: I had to stop at McDonald’s on the way to my day job today to post this. Ahhh, rural Internet. But the counter girl was very friendly and the coffee was great. How about you? How do you combat stress?