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Day 27

How to Wind Down

Lately I've been trying to find activities (and non-activities) to wind down once I get home from work in the evenings and on weekends when I don't have work.

I'm naturally anxious. My mind is always flitting to something that needs to be done this instant, tonight, or tomorrow. I make lists of everything that I need to do, and that helps, but I find myself incapable of relaxing. Even on weekends when I don't have work, I find myself cleaning, organizing, or researching ways to make our home more efficient. It feels as though I'm not allowing myself time to breathe. To slow down.

I used to love reading, but lately it seems like no book can keep my interest for very long. I used to write - especially poetry - but the muse is elusive, and I just stare at a blank page for (seemingly) hours. I adore cooking, but lately even that has become something I "have" to do rather than something I do because I enjoy it. I miss having hobbies. Maybe I should try some new ones.

Journaling on Pencourage has been helpful, but maybe I should start an offline journal as well?

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  • RavDiablo RavDiablo
    7 months ago

    Or go back to what you know, and start small: instead of seeking to write the best, or even a "good" poem, try just writing one a day. As you get back into the habit of doing something, you'll get better and better at it... works for me.

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  • Bettedavis Bettedavis
    7 months ago


  • RavDiablo RavDiablo
    6 months ago

    In fact, I was thinking about you tonight, Otter, and thought I would take my own advice: I pulled out my resonator guitar, Betta, and took a lesson on blues shuffles in A....

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