To which I must ask, of what is she referring to? What does it mean, this word 'stress'?
1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff ?
This is a good question for me right now, as of course the BIG things in life are stressful to me right now but I have found I can handle them. Where I almost fall apart are the little things especially when they pile up and I already have a big (some might say massive) thing on my plate. Little things like: my favorite pen running out of ink, my third shirt of the morning getting a stain on it, being harrassed by a pastor with her own issues, finally sitting outside with a book and the kiddy pool ready to go and a storm moves in from nowhere... stuff like that can just about push me over the edge.
2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting ( or maybe something else) ?
Exercise. Although after Ladyburg attempted to have her personal trainer turn my arms into totally ineffective noodles it was nice to relax back at her house with a brilliantly cold and tasty beer and a touch of dark chocolate. Actually what was REALLY delicious was the long, hot shower in her gorgeously re-done bathroom without a toddler constantly checking on my status.
3.What is your favourite music to chill out to?
I feel like I haven't found the answer to this yet, because my very small musical world is being opened up every day. I very well may have to stick to my answer from a previous Friday Five: The waves hitting the sand, the shells brushing together as the water returns from whence it came, seagulls calling in the distance, the laughter of a child discovering the way the cool water tickles as it dances over his feet.
4. Where do you go to chill?
5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?
Both. I am absolutely an extrovert and I enjoy a party... or probably closer to the truth, a group of friends gathered trying to make each other laugh as hard as possible.
But I also cherish solitary walks. In October we finally make it to the beach for a week and for part of that my Mom will be there to help with The Boy (she would say 'to hang out with The Boy') so I am really looking forward to being able to walk up and down the beach, taking deep, cleansing breaths of salty ocean air and listening to the music of the waves pounding and the sand squishing beneath my feet.
Bonus- share your favourite stress busting tip!
In a word: move.
I love to play a sport until I can't play no mo'. In college it was beach volleyball until we were literally dropping. Now it is harder to find a good volleyball game (it's bump - set - spike people, not attempt to hit it over the net - hit off that lady's shoulder - bounce out of bounds). So a hike on nearby trails with The Boy or racquetball with a friend or even a bike ride has to suffice.
A hot cup o' joe with a friend works too but it has to be on one of the comfy couches with no tv on.