Sunday, July 26, 2009

Relaxing...



Today the husband and I are going to be relaxing and getting ready for a crazy week tomorrow. A lot of life changing events are taking place in our household and it can be very stressful at times!

I am quite notorious for getting overly stressed out and my husband is very laid back. We compliment each other in that respect...er...maybe he just compliments me and helps me chill out!

When I get stressed out, this is what helps me relax:
1. Light a candle and put on Madeleine Peyroux or Norah Jones (the Norah Jones channel on pandora is amazing!)

2. I go running...I find this helps a lot especially if I have a great mix on my ipod.

3. Paint/draw...anything...mix colors, collage things, anything that is fun!

4. Read something mindless....like fashion magazines and home decorating magazines...oh and those chick lit books make me smile as well!

5. Chocolate...yep...no way around it. I prefer my chocolate with a big mug of coffee...this usually leads to numerous amounts of chocolate but oh well...it is only to help with the destressing process!

6. Writing letters to friends and family...something therapeutic about letter writing (not email...actual letters!) I have such a thing for pretty stationary also!

7. Shop...this is one I am going to need to stop! I adore shopping...online or in person!

8. Calling my mom. She totally helps me chill out and put things into perspective!

9. Hanging out with Mr. Jack Henry. He is my little dog and sidekick. He follows me wherever I go:)

10.Blogging! Yes, I love to blog! It helps me relax and I love reading other blogs...so fun...and addicting!

So what helps you relax?

11 comments:

Karen said...

Michelle...I love this post. I wish you the very best this week.

Athena's Armoury said...

It's so important to have things that you know will help you relax & de-stress! I agree with a lot of yours plus I also love a glass of red wine, yoga, getting lost in a book or a movie, spending time outside, swimming whether it be in my pool or the ocean (or in my case, the Gulf), spending time talking with my best friend... I guess we all have our own ways. I hope whatever life changes you're experiencing this week go well for you!

Snowbell said...

Books, chocolate and coffee are the best combo for me. sometime I find that cooking will help too :)

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C. Beth said...

Hope the life-changing events are good ones!

Reading definitely helps me de-stress. A real book, not a blog. :)

Laurel said...

Michelle:
I've been following your blog for awhile now. I found out about it through my friend C.Beth. Today was particularly inspiring. Just wanted you to know that your blog is uplifting to me as well as many others. Thank you again.

courtney said...

mmm - i love writing letters. there's something so relaxing about sitting down with a pen and pretty stationary - i totally second you on that!

cabin + cub said...

I am the stresser as well! I try to go for walks to relax, oh, and of course crafting helps a whole lot too.. well, unless that is what i am stressing about. ;)

Michelle Brunner said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! I really hope everything works out! We shall see!

Your stress reducing ideas are awesome also:)

ElegantSnobbery said...

I hope you have a stress-time! My hubs is my exact stress opposite. I have an anxiety disorder so I get super stressed very often, and he absolutely never stresses. Isn't it so wonderful having someone in your life who balances you?

Irene said...

listening to music and sitting outside at dusk relaxes me :)

cindy said...

i love the decorating show 'room service'. i can, and have, watched it over and over. love your list! hope things are going well!