Life Well Lived: Relaxation Techniques

On Blogher’s Life Well Lived series, the current question is:  What are your favorite relaxation techniques? And what benefits do you see from practicing them?

Many years ago I was a single mom, working very hard at a job I loved, and trying to juggle mom duties, the real job, the finances and find a few minutes for myself.   It was during this time that I learned the importance of finding techniques that helped me relax . . quickly!

For each of us, there are different techniques that help us to relax so what works for me may not work for  you but my advice is to figure out some techniques that help you relax — things you can do quickly and get instant results.

My best advice as far as relaxing is to figure out the things that cause you to be uptight and try to avoid those things.  But there will always be times when we need to relax.

Here are some of the things I do that help me relax:

  • Listen to Soothing Music – Years ago I made a CD of songs I love . . songs I love to sing along with.  They’re songs that are happy and love type songs because that’s what I like.  They’re songs like “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “It’s Your Love” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw”.  I can always put that CD on and either turn it up full blast and sing or turn it down low, close my eyes and sit back and enjoy the music.
  • Take a Walk Outside – Thinking about the seasons and seeing plants growing, whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, always invigorates me and makes me smile and feel like I’m walking on air.
  • Knitting – I love to knit so I keep a “no brainer” type project . . something that doesn’t require a lot of counting or charts to follow but something I can pick up where I left off and sit for a while and knit and let my brain relax while my hands are busy.

Do you have any special techniques that help you to relax that you would like to share?

Please visit the main blog at Blogher to read Dr. Aymee’s post on Relaxing and more in the Life Well Lived series.  Be sure to check out the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes and get yourself entered!

Log Cabin Possibility

I came up with this plan and if I use it, I can make 3 QOVs from the 24 blocks I have here.

Changing the center a bit . . I think I like this version better.

My friend, Judy, says it’s not too ugly so I’m going with this plan!  And, I could use up a whole bunch of red fabric! :)

One Year Since Joplin Tornado

Today it’s been one year since the Joplin tornado. Like most tragedies, in some ways it seems like yesterday and in some ways, it seems like much longer than a year since it happened. It was a night I’ll never ever forget.  I was teaching and as the ladies were returning me to my cabin on table Rock Lake at Shell Knob, MO.  We heard on the car radio that the tornado had hit Joplin and the hospital had been hit.  As the weather came closer to where I was staying, with no basement, no phone and no cell service, I was seriously scared.  The TV was working but it was a tiny little TV and I couldn’t read the names of the towns on the screen so I had no idea how close the tornado was getting to where I was located.   The next day as the reports began coming in about the damage and devastation in Joplin, it was all so unbelievable . . so many lives lost, so many injuries, and though it hit home for so many folks, it hit real close to home for us — the placed we had shopped, sought medical treatment, eaten . . so many of them were gone and so much changed for the Joplin and Jasper County residents on the evening of May 22, 2011.

My blog readers so generously came together and sent quilts and Red Cross donations and that changed forever how I feel about blogging.  Donations were sent by so many who didn’t have much to spare but wanted to do something to help.  I am so thankful and still feel so touched for what you all did.

I will never forget the sights I saw in Joplin, or the people I talked to there.  I think of Eddie often and wonder how he’s doing.  He had lost his home and all his possessions but yet he was reluctant to accept a quilt because he said others needed it more than he did.  Chad still eats at his restaurant fairly often and sees him there and says he’s doing fine.

My heart goes out to those in Joplin.  Recovery takes a very long time.  Buildings have been rebuilt, injured bodies are healing but things never go back to way they were before.  I think of the young man who was returning home with his dad after his high school graduation and he lost his life.  I think of the mom whose husband was returning home with their two young children and took shelter in Home Depot and the three of them lost their lives.  There’s the Pizza Hut manager who got all the patrons into a cooler and they were safe and he lost his life.

On this, the one year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, God bless you all as you rebuild your lives.