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Remedies for the times

Feeling frustrated? Sad? Overwhelmed or depressed? Join the club! Here are a few ideas for bringing you back to your normal happy self.

  1. Walk in nature. This is my all-time favorite. Whenever I feel down worried or angry, the forest is my go-to. When I enter the woods or walk along the beach, I ask my questions or just ask for the help I need. It always helps.

  2. Meditate. This isn't for everyone and I find it frustrating at times myself. But it can be amazingly helpful if done consistently (consistency is not my strong suit) There are a zillion apps online ranging from guided meditations to involved instructions on the basics.

  3. Take a nap. Yes, I really mean it. When life gets too overwhelming just lie down and close your eyes. Could be ten minutes to an hour or so.

  4. Binge-watch a favorite T.V. Series. I know we all feel too guilty to break up our day with such a thing, but it does seem to help.

  5. Write. There are several ways to approach writing. You can write what's bothering you in a journal or you can check out the myriad places online where you can write and also engage with others. Here is a link. Personally, I use medium--I take out my political frustrations there. If you want to see what I write here's the link

  6. Begin a novel or a memoir. This could have been included in #5 but this endeavor is a bit more involved. If you feel it calling to you, my advice is to just sit down and begin--you can use a prompt or a photograph or anything that comes to mind. Here's an idea: When I stood up, the room spun. -see where it takes you.

  7. Have a glass of wine. (or your choice of alcohol) This could be controversial, but I usually end the day like this...and I have been known to have a glass earlier in the day when my nerves just simply get the best of me. I tend to drink a white wine extremely low in alcohol content. 9% Dr. L. Riesling. Too sweet for many but I mix it with Pellegrino. Also, Vino Verde is a good choice.

  8. Read a good book--I recommend V.E. Schwab, or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb if you like a paranormal mystery. If you check out my BookBub page you'll see my reviews. (or try one of mine!)

Hope these suggestions help--thanks for reading!!!


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