I won’t lie to you all, last week I was feeling very anxious. My doctor was concerned about my blood test from the week before so I went back in for another round. The longest 36 hours later, I got my new results and everything looked better. She just recommended I take a multivitamin – totally doable and a huge relief. However, I’ve been having trouble shaking the residual anxiety and obsessive thoughts.
When I get like this, I focus on the simple things that bring me happiness. It’s not a cure all, but honestly, sometimes I just need to be distracted. No matter how off-kilter I feel, I can always find something that brings me joy to at least temporarily calm me down. So, let’s get down to it:
1. Young Adult Books
Reading is a tried and true activity for relief. When I need a distraction, I just pick up a book and get absorbed into a world that is not mine. It works every time. That said, I’ve been reading one book since late March and I just can’t get into it. Instead of fighting it and pushing through, I went back to Young Adult books. Even though the ones I’m drawn too are about heavy topics, they are still easy reads. In the past month I have read “Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda,” “Every Last Word,” “Asking for It,” and currently reading “The Hate U Give.” They have all blown me away for different reasons and I highly recommend each and every one of them.
2. Spotify Playlists
Music is huge for me when my thoughts are in overdrive. I make seasonal playlists and my Spring 18 one has been hitting the spot with artists like Sylvan Esso (Bennington pride & swoon worthy), Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, and Tim Atlas. Spotify’s Indie Rock Road Trip playlist is also excellent. And I’m not usually one to listen to musicals, but there are some gems on the Rent soundtrack that fulfill my urge to sing loudly in the car.
3. Experimenting in the Kitchen
On my recent conscious shopping post, Jazz commented to go for the milk frother I’ve been lusting after, so I did it! And I somewhat impulsively bought a Vitamix last week… I mean, I have wanted one for a while and happened upon the best deal I’ve seen so I just went for it! Because of these new gadgets, I’m having fun experimenting with new concoctions – fancier chai tea lattes, golden milk, smoothies with ashwagandha, and a failed attempt at chocolate cherry ice cream. I have also been trying to incorporate new ingredients into my kitchen. And a big shoutout to the dessert section on Minimalist Baker. I’ve made a few recipes for recent events and the fan favorites have been the Coconut No-Bake Cookies and Naturally-Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Mousse.
4. Getting Outside
While not every day has been full of sunshine, I’ve been taking advantage when the sun is bright and the air is warm. Sometimes it’s just staying out with Heidi at lunch a little longer, but I have also been meeting up with friends for leisurely strolls. Last Friday I went to Kennesaw Mountain with my friend Noor and I’ve started a running list of other trails around town to check out. Apparently I’m also vitamin D deficient so any extra rays I can get feels like medicine.
5. Late Night Phone Calls
As a morning person, I’m not one to stay up late, but last week I stayed up way past my bedtime TWICE to talk to my best friend Jessie. Nothing is better than that. We laugh. We cry. We cry from laughing. Connecting IRL is wonderful, but some of my closest friends live elsewhere, like Jessie, so I have to settle for hour long phone calls. My mood is always turned around after our conversations and the talk of seeing each other again soon lifts my heart.
Now tell me, what are you loving? What excites you? Leave a comment and let me know!