Road therapy.

Good evening friends. First I want to apologize for all of the grammar problems with my collectors blog. I had to sort of rush at the end. When I went back and re-read it after posting it I realized I looked as if I had a 5th grade education lol. This one will be better I promise. Tonight I want to talk about what you do to get rid of your stress. So, what do you do to get rid of your stress? I know that’s a loaded question. Life is so full of stress especially right now. We all need something to take the edge off. There are so many things that you can do to help tame those bad emotions. I’m sure after all of this quarantine, pandemic period we all feel a little cabin fever and anxiety. The rate of domestic violence and suicide are up right now and I really feel like that it is because we cant get out and be “happy”. Sitting in and just worrying is enough to drive a person mad. Add that with the stress of folks losing their jobs and worrying over sickness and you have the recipe for a disaster. Let’s give each other some ideas for keeping our minds and emotions occupied.

I will never forget the morning that my daddy passed away. It was a cold December morning and I was with him when he passed. I remember feeling this huge void inside. It was so intense. My emotions were all over the board. I was so confused as to why this happened to him at a young 69 years old. I was so mad. I was hurting. And my heart was broken. It was like I had just lost my strength. A little while later that morning, after the shock sort of wore off, I put on a ton of clothes and just started running. I sort of felt like Forrest Gump. I ran hard and I cried. I had to stop several times and I know that the people that passed me in their cars thought I was an escapee from the mental facility. It was “road therapy”. It helped me get through that day. It has helped me get through so many days. Doing something physical for me helps. It causes me to use my energy for more than just what is bothering me. It fights my anxiety and depression.

My second go to is riding my bike. In the area that I live we have what we call a “Greenbelt”. It is a 10 mile stretch of path that runs along a river. It is paved and there are picnic areas. It’s beautiful really. In the spring, fall, and summer I spend a lot of time on that Greenbelt. I love riding my bike. I love sweating and pushing myself. There’s nothing like the feeling of my legs burning knowing I am doing something good for my temple. My husband and my sister ride with me. They have completely gotten on board. Typically we stop in town for a smoothie or a bite to eat afterwards. We have a great little family owned smoothie shop in our downtown area. Let me just say, the feeling that I get after completing a run or a bike ride is unbelievable. Now its a love hate relationship. I sort of hate it while I am doing it but once I finish it I’m so happy and already planning the next outing. Give it a try. Get moving. I promise you will feel like you can overcome anything.

What do you do to help with your stress? Do you have cabin fever from being so coupled up? Like I said get moving. Get some road therapy. If you aren’t able to be active there are so many more things you can do. Grab a good book and feed your mind. Adult coloring books are absolutely fabulous. I mean I love them. Fella’s give some thought to woodworking or a manly craft lol. There is so much that you can do to focus your thoughts and drive away stress, worry, and depression. Um, blogging helps my mind to not wander. Every day is so precious. Every moment in this life has meaning. You are here for a purpose and a reason. Find that purpose. Find that reason. Embrace it and live your life like no one is watching.

Do you have more ideas for “therapy” for our friends? Please comment below how you like to occupy your mind. It just might help someone find their nitch. Have a wonderfully beautiful evening. Blessings to you and yours. ❤️Always

My crew and I on the Greenbelt riding
My little and I running in a Appalachian monsoon lol

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