This is the season, folks! Snow coming early next week and more smells and time travel! Burning wood. . . Evergreen boughs. . . Snow and . . .
I have loved art history since I took Humanities when I was a junior in high school. I am starting a series on my blog called The Story of a Painting. My first painting post is about The Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimt. Click here to read about it on Cynthia's Blog.
1. Soak in a tub, preferably with bubbles.
2. Sitting in a porch swing, glider or rocking chair.
3. Walking on the beach, next to the ocean.
For me I think it is the combination of the smell of the sea and the rhythmic sound of the waves, along of course, with exercise and being out in nature. Growing up in California, it also says home to me.
4. Sounds of nature
There are certain sounds that will calm me right away. Here in Mexico it rains mostly at night with thunder and lightning. I love the calm feeling of being tucked away under my blankets while mother nature is making everything green.
Did you know there are YouTube videos that play nature sounds? Some of the videos are hours long to last you all night or during a nap. Here are some of my favorites. Click to go to the YouTube video.
5. Sitting Underneath a Tree
6. Wrap Yourself in a Cozy Blanket.
I love a super soft throw blanket. I got my current favorite is red and lightweight. I have also been reading a lot about weighted blankets to help calm those who are stressed. I thought they might be too hot, but then I found one on Amazon with great reviews.
It comes in many sizes, weights and colors. It has over 24,000 great reviews. Plus it is not very expensive $49.99. Click here to see more.
7. Cuddle with your pets. Yup that always works for me.
8. Make a gratitude list
9. Bring flowers into my home
10. Writing a Haiku
11. Applying skin lotion
12. Baking bread
13. Do something I can control
14. Listen to music that calms you down or gets you up dancing.
16. Create Something
17. Go to an art museum
18. Walk in a garden
19. Perform an act of kindness
20. Plant a bush or a tree
California, the Amazon and so many other locations have lost so many trees to fires and corporate greed. I recently started researching planting trees - the how to, the where and the who with. This is what I have discovered...
The Who With
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
Trust by Pete Buttigieg
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Eric Bibb
One day - pre COVID 19, I was walking down the street, in Ajijic Mexico, when I saw this wonderful dog with sunglasses, sitting by himself in front of a mural.