Fandango’s provocative question this week is

What do you do to reduce or relieve stress in your life?

Hello. Di here, and playing on words, I’ve entitled my post Distressed (Di-stressed see, sorry)

Stress comes in many shapes and sizes, and in the majority of cases I’m pretty good at coping, but you know the saying, the last straw broke the camel’s back……. well I’ve been there too and it was not pretty.
At least I am now aware of the triggers or signs that things are not going well, and it is always best for me to take myself away from the situation and be on my own.

Music was always my safety valve. It has seen me through depression, bereavement, uncertainty, despondency and ill health. My Dad always said he knew when something was on my mind, not by what I played, but the way I played it.

Walks with Maggie were always therapeutic. It didn’t have to be miles, but just getting outside and the rhythm of my footsteps on the pavement was enough to get my head under control and see things in a better perspective.  She was also a soother and sometimes would sense my tension and jump up on the arm of the chair, sitting half on my lap. I could stroke her for about ten minutes and feel the stress just evaporate, then she’d jump off and lie on her cushion or at my feet.
Old picture from the cottage.

I don’t do it so much now, but a long hot bath with plenty of bubbles, a good book and the radio used to relax me. Once suitably pruned, whatever was stressing me out usually drained away with the water.

Writing is another outlet and I have mentioned before my Moan Book as a teenager. I’d write down anything and everything that was getting to me, then read it the following day or day after, usually have a damn good laugh about it, then rip out the pages and tear them up.

When stressed at work, I always used to dream about toilets…… busting to go but unable to find one or if I did, reasons why they were unusabe (one had the toilet on the ceiling).  I analyzed it as being unable to relieve the pressure I was under.

I love to do jigsaw puzzles and Hubby bought me two for Christmas. I won’t start them until we have frames for them because once finished, they go up on the wall, not back in the box. I get so engrossed in the simple task of sorting the pieces and fitting them together I lose track of time.

I have my cards of course. That’s very relaxing (until things start to go wrong LOL) and I get a lot of pleasure out of making them.

Then there’s cooking. I’d have a baking session making pies and cakes, but these days that is not such a good idea as I’m trying to maintain my weight and Hubby couldn’t eat a lot of the things I used to cook at the moment, but we are getting there.

But probably the most important thing to de-stress me is talking………. Hubby and I do that a lot. We understand each other so well, we know when there is something on the other’s mind. It might take a while for us to get our thoughts in order, but we will talk about whatever it is in due course and work together to sort it out.
It is true, a trouble shared is a trouble halved.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Distressed

  1. Fandango says:

    It sounds like you’ve got a good handle on how to “Di-stress.

  2. KL Caley says:

    I love that you have put talking as the most important. I’m a talkative person and find that it really helps me sort through my feelings just by saying them out loud. Great post and lovely picture. KL ❤

  3. Carol anne says:

    I do a lot of the same things to destress as you, music, good book, walk the dog, etc. I agree, a trouble shared is a trouble halved. xoxo

  4. joyroses13 says:

    Love the line, “a trouble shared is a trouble halved.”
    All great ways to de-stress! Writing, reading, and talking are mine too and yes dogs are wonderful at calming you. ❤

  5. Sadje says:

    I agree with Fandango, you’ve great strategies in place to de-Di-stress.

  6. I feel your di-stressing has many outlets. Good for you.

  7. Array says:

    Pet therapy is very helpful – I hope that avenue opens up soon!

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