I'm on a desperate search for zen. Anybody got some extra to spare? Work has me all crazed and stressed out, and I've been working A LOT the past several months...like all day, nights, and weekends. Part of me feels like I have no one to blame but myself. It's extremely hard for me to disconnect. I wish I could be the type of person who can just say "oh well, it didn't get done" or "it's not perfect, but it will have to do." That's the total opposite of me. I will practically kill myself to make sure all t's are crossed and i's are dotted. I'm insane, I know. I just can't let it go. There's always a nagging voice in the back of my head that bullies me and mentally beats me up. It's exhausting.
So, let's talk about what I've been doing to help relax and unwind that doesn't involve booze. Don't get me wrong, I love some libations, but it doesn't help me lose the cellulite that's crept onto my thighs post-injury.
I'm a strong believer in having and pursuing creative outlets. I think it's a great way to redirect energy and ease the mind. For instance, I love taking photos and writing. I try to take my camera everywhere because you never know when something catches your eye that you want to snap. Luckily, our phones are built with cameras, but I enjoy the freedom you get with DSLR cameras. You can really influence the end result with a few tweaks to the settings. Then there's writing. I love to write....about anything. I can write about what I'm feeling or I can let my imagination wander and see where it takes me. And my latest creative outlet takes me back to childhood....coloring.
Adult coloring has become a bit of thing lately, and I totally understand why. It feeds my creative hunger and also gives me a feeling of accomplishment once I'm finished. Win/win. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here (80 degrees in February), and I've been fully taking advantage. I dragged my coloring book and colored pencils and crayons onto the beach, and spent hours listening to the waves and coloring patterns.