Lots of people around the world are feeling more stressed out and anxious than ever before. Here in the United Kingdom we are into our third Lockdown and it really is difficult to keep upbeat and happy.
I always find that being creative when I am feeling low helps to lift my mood and take my mind of things for a while. So today I am going to share five things that you can do at home that have worked for me in the past and that I still do now to combat my stress.
Don’t you just love the aroma of freshly baked bread? I love it when my bread is cooking in the oven. That warm inviting smell really lifts my mood. It’s not just the smell of bread though. Mixing the ingredients together to make the bread dough is soothing and all I am thinking of is the process and nothing else. Then comes the kneading of the dough. This process can be meditative and also good exercise for the arms.
Do a jigsaw puzzle
I always remember getting jigsaw puzzles at Christmas when I was a child. I had boxes of them in my room that I had collected over the years. I loved opening the box and emptying the puzzle pieces out of the cellophane they came wrapped in. All that blue dust from the backs of the pieces spilling onto the floor or table top. Then I would hunt for all the side pieces so I could do the outside of the jigsaw first. I still do this. It’s the best part of the process. Seeing the puzzle grow before my eyes to resemble the picture on the box and then placing the final puzzle piece in always gives me that sense of accomplishment.
Drawing and painting
I could talk for hours on the benefits of art to still the mind. I always feel calm after I have completed a drawing or a painting. Some days when I am stuck for inspiration I will just splash paint on to a canvas and paint like a child: that always makes me happy inside.
Colouring books were another thing that I got plenty of as a child for Christmas and birthdays. I remember the colouring competitions I had with my siblings. My parents always saying that they “just couldn’t choose a winner as they were all so good”. I have moved on to more advanced colouring books now. I especially love my Mandala colouring book. I always feel relaxed after a good colouring session.
Reading has always been a passion of mine since a very early age. It was always my means of escape. My way of forgetting the world around me and letting myself be transported in the characters world. Hours can literally pass by in what feels likes mere minutes when reading a good book. I tend to read a lot of self development books but every now and again a bloody good author will catch my attention and I will devour his or her books they have written.
How about you? How do you take time out to nourish your soul? I would love to know in the comments.