As We Are

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

                                                                      -Anaïs Nin

5 Ways To Deal With Stress Instead Of Curling Up In A Ball

As you get older it’s impossible to not stress about relationships, finances, and life in general. Stress it seems, is part of life and you can either learn to manage it or curl up in a ball and let life pass you by. Even though sometimes I want to do the latter, I put on my big girl pants and try to not stress. As stress can come from anything and everything, managing stress also comes in various forms. What causes stress for one person won’t be the same for everyone. I can say that as I’ve gotten older, I know my stress triggers and have found a few methods that don’t involve curling up in a ball.

 

Music

Blasting obscenities or smooth relaxing beats, its your prerogative. I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love music, so put on your headphones and let the music wash away the stress.

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Take A Nap

Fifteen minutes or thirty minutes, it’s all good.

Let me tell you a secret, sleep can work wonders. Grab your pillow, grab your blanket because you’re going nap away that stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Games

Ok, I admit that I find killing aliens with plasma guns very cathartic. If you’re like me and find letting some aggression out helps with stress, get the Xbox and pop in some Halo for an hour of alien butt-kicking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Book

When I’m feeling the all too familiar tingle of stress, I immediately reach for one of the thousands of books littered around my house. I’m kidding, I don’t have thousands of books, more like hundreds. While I may or may not be kidding, reading is a great stress reliever as your mind is focused on reading every word and sooner than you know it you’re transported into the story.

 

 

 

 

 

Baking

Or cooking, your choice.

Not everyone is great in the kitchen and baking may not be your forte, but give it a try. If you’re a kitchen newbie, follow a basic box recipe like chocolate chip cookies, it’s hard to mess up. Just like the saying, “it’s not about the destination but the journey,” so is baking. Keeping your hands and mind busy on the task at hand has a great calming effect. Plus, you get to eat what you made, so it’s a win-win situation.

You Would

numb the pain, I’d sink

to the deep end, you’d hold tight

and never let go

I Know

I might be crazy

but I know you like it cause

you call me baby

For You

I’d conquer the world,

traverse galaxies to see

You finally smile

What Are You Afraid Of?

your fingers left a

blazing trail on me, scorching

map of you and me

 

Dreams

there are dreams you keep

dreams you lose, but please hold on

to what makes you, you

Snapshot

Capture this moment. Right now.

You can start, but you can’t finish

You need variations in color from Cobalt to Orange.

Layout below the sunset in the warm grass.

Slip your fingers through the air.

Jump into the pond and take a sip.

 

Caress the Dahlia’s petals, the black ones too.

Dip your finger into the sunset and dream.

Carry that dream like a soft summer

Breeze. Don’t think, just dream and

Capture this moment like a

Snapshot.

No Name

It’s little. It’s a little pocket resting under my heart.

It vibrates with each thump of my heart. It’s warm and

filled with something I have no words for. I cherish it.

I protect it. I hate it.

 

It’s little. It’s a little pocket pushing under my heart.

It expands with each thump of my heart. It’s cold and

filled with tears shed at night. I cherish it. I protect it.

I hate it.

Agreeable

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.”

                                                               -Jane Austen (Personal Correspondence,1798)