Let's talk the positive stuff first! The photo' above - these colors are the most calming colors to me, not only separately but in this combination.
The music I've picked for this blog - allows me to relax while I'm posting; reading, or just about anything. I have a musical play-list blog; I have over 80 play-lists, and about 100 to 200 songs on each list - music is #1 to my relaxation. Not only do I listen, but I sing and play the piano, so this gives me a way to unwind and refresh myself.
I love art; love photography - love certain smells of flowers. My favorites odors are Hyacinth; Lilac, and Gardenia. Coming in close to my 3 favorites are Daffodils and Peonies. All of my fragrances are from this family of flowers; body sprays - powders, and room fresheners.
I adore the smell of sheets and clothes dried outside; I spray my bed sheets with linen or lavendar spray - quite often, 7 to 10 times within a 90-minute period as I wind down; watch a little television, or listen to music and read.
I love comedy; love the sound of children laughing, and adore watching animals play as well as hugging them up close. I love anything in nature - thunderstorms; rainbows - wind, snow, the greening of the trees and grass....
I get more energy from these things, than I do from eating food. I'm a sporadic eater; something that I've read up on and I see I definitely NEED to improve on that aspect of my life.
On the down-side, I've learned what robs me of my energy - both mental and physically. It's not hard work that ever bothers me; mental or physical, but rather irritating little efforts and practices that seem to have little or no meaning in my life, yet I have to 'do it'.
Example: Filling out forms at the dentist and doctor offices; over and over - wondering why they don't just keep the initial form and information on file, and not make me update it every 3 months.
Waiting in a grocery line while the cashier talks to a neighboring cashier about something she did in her life; making a complaint or laughing loudly while slowly processing the people who are standing in line waiting to check out.
Listening to idle chatter irritates me - I make a best effort to tune it out. Getting advertising and junk mail in my post office box - a waste of paper; ink, and a detriment to our environment. I dislike e-mails with idle gossip - use of coined phrases, and slang in the body of a letter or used in conversation.
Hearing people complain about what they don't have, instead of talking about what they do have. People with huge expectations, and not often willing to work to attain those achievements, but rather want it all handed to them on a 'platter'. I'm guilty of allowing people to overwhelm me and sap me of my energy; I try to meet every demand and request, and then often find out these kind of people can never be 'pleased', and will continually drain you with their negative thinking and way of life. With that part of my life, I either decide if I'll accept them 'as is', because I love them enough to do so, or I leave (politely), and usually tell them that they are sapping my strength; causing me to feel stressed and worried, and let it be that. I move on....
Also, I dislike 90% of television today; commercials and content. I choose only those channels who have positive opinion; content - entertainment, and minimal commercial advertising. When the advertising comes on, I put the 'mute button' into action. Because there's always music playing in our home, I listen to the music - watch the moving figures on the television screen, and make up my own 'words' that I put in their mouths as a game to help me 'bide the time', until the regular program returns.
The only physical task that annoys me is dusting. Of course I'm my own worst enemy on that; I collect antiques - artwork; my son calls my home a 'dusting nightmare', and he's right. I deal with it by lovingly holding each piece as I dust it; remembering where I got it, and the joy I had when I brought it home to add to the collection. Most of the time I do get involved with this thought process, and wind up dusting without nearly the angst and fretting just from thinking about it.
I find that if I stop thinking about doing a chore that I dread; do it, I'm much more relaxed and calm after I've started that task - usually within 5 minutes after I've begun to get the job done!
I enjoy reading; I enjoy learning - I want to continue to get better and keep going in a positive direction. To that end, I do subscribe to this particular newsletter - sharing the link, so you might read those articles too.
As always, 'to your health and mine'. Now the link: