It doesn’t matter if you normally work from home or if you are off your day job for the duration. We are living in stressful times right now and there is something you need to do for yourself. Find something meditative to help ease your stress.
No, seriously. I mean it. Get off Facebook. Put down your phone. And think about what you can do while freeing your mind.
Me? I have two choices.
- Make bread. Cooking in general does not relax me but making bread does. It is something about working with the yeast and kneading the dough. I even like the way it smells. Kneading forward, pulling the dough back, folding it and kneading again. This is a very meditative action for me.
- Handwork. My mother found sewing as in seamstress sewing relaxing. Nothing that uses a sewing machine relaxes me, but knitting or crochet are a great way to engage my hands and let my mind wander. Ha! I mistyped that as wonder but that too is accurate. To the right is what I’m working on right now. This is another way I meditate.
Maybe you are one of those lucky people who can just meditate. That doesn’t work for me but if I can find something to occupy my hands and just a little bit of my brain – oooooohm. There I go.
A third choice isn’t meditative but it does help me relax and in general makes me happy. That is…
3. Take a class. Immersing myself in a class is a great way for me to deal with stress. I’m an enthusiastic learner which explains why I’ve taken classes on everything from evolution and astrobiology to Ancient Rome and the Inquisition. As soon as I meet this deadline, I’m signing up for Science and Cooking. What can I say? Food science fascinates me and I’ll probably come away with several book ideas. This one isn’t meditative but it is enjoyable.
If I haven’t touched on something that works for you, add it in the comments below.