Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five. It is no secret that I suffer from social anxiety and severe depression. I talk about it openly. One of the things I have learned in dealing with these issues is to pay close attention to how I am feeling. When I am overwhelmed and stressed I tend to get migraines. This is a sign I need to step back and relax. I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to recharge.
- Take A Nap: When a lot of things are going on I tend to stay up late and get up early. I also have insomnia so that means not a lot of sleep for me. I hate to admit sometimes I am running on fumes. I know, not a good thing to do. This is when I just try to block everything out and take a nap. Fortunately my kids are older and I am able to do this with few interruptions.
- Watch a Movie: Curling up with a movie has always been my go to when I need to a break from everything. Usually I pick something from the Fast and Furious franchise because those are my favorite movies. Other times I take suggestions from the kids and we all just watch something together. I love our impromptu movie nights.
- Go Fishing: My husband loves to fish so he does a lot of it when weather permits. I have started to go with him. I don’t fish but I go along to relax. It is nice uninterrupted time for the two of us. We visit some of his favorite spots while discovering a few new ones. I take in the beautiful sunsets and remember to breathe. We try food at new places and sometimes even catch a fireworks show.
- Read a Book: This is one of my favorite things to do. On a good week I read two or three books. I love my Kindle Unlimited. I read a lot of different genres but Urban Fiction is my favorite. When I find a good book that happens to be a series, I will just keep on reading until the end. I love losing myself in a good story.
- Play a Game: I love all types of games so I have a lot to choose from. I taught my youngest daughter Kayla how to play Gin Rummy and she has gotten really good. For the last few months we have been playing Battleship which is a game I thought I would never play. It turned out to be pretty fun. When I am feeling nostalgic I pull out my original Nintendo and play some Super Mario 3. I still have not made it through all the levels.
All the things I mentioned work great for me. They help me clear my mind and are a wonderful distraction when I need to recharge. How do you recharge?