I have been watching the news WAY too much lately. Our weather is at the point where I can step away from all the ugly, and look to the future. No, this is not a Syfy article. I am talking about simple things starting with gardening.
(FYI click here: How to Avoid Information Overload, it will take you to another friendly post. My favorite is #7.)
We always start some seeds inside – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers – things that will provide an abundance of food but may take a bit longer to produce it. I have come to trust my email newsletters, YouTube videos, and even some gardening supply websites for information like this one:
So, You Want to Start a Garden?
8 tips for planning and planting your first garden
We haven’t purchased anything from them in a few years (no need, we have enough), but I am thrilled that I was smart enough to sign up for their awesome newsletter. More and more posts, blogs, and email newsletters are turning to gardening as a way to destress from all of today’s scary stuff. I am going to try to find the special ones that are designed for “first-timers,” people that are kind of new to gardening, and those that would just like to revisit a simpler time as a refresher.
I learned something from an IT Tech decades ago (yes, I am ancient and proud of it – stone-age computers were vicious monsters from hell, but I did learn not to be afraid of them.):
“There is nothing you can do, that I/we can’t fix.”
Silly man! It was my task at that job (middle of the night after everyone else went home; it was my unique task: 1. I knew so much about computers; 2. I was not afraid of them.) to purposely try to shut it all down. It was a brand new computer system at a school for financial planning, and I got very good at my job. Well, my words of encouragement to you are the same, “there is nothing you can do that we can’t fix.”
Here are five of the ways I have been handling all the scare:
- Pulling weeds: This is actually one of my most favorite ways to handle life whenever it is out of my control. I rip them suckers out of the ground for about an hour and I feel great (pain)! Physically and mentally exhausted to the point of merely just sitting back and enjoying my work. It is very rewarding (pleasure), at the end of the day, to see what I had accomplished.
- Disconnect: This one is very hard for me. I have forced myself to try to do two things better in this regard: 1) Share fun, funny, or inspirations stuff in the morning. 2) Only share ideas that are relevant to all of us helping each other or protecting ourselves better. I have to be honest that the second one is much harder for me to maintain as there is just too much B.S. coming from our elected officials. I try to stick to traceable facts.
- Read: I love to read, but most of my reads are how-to books (and ebooks). Perhaps this is turning out to be a great thing. I read up on how to do something and I just want to dive right into creating it. Unfortunately, I do not always have the supplies that I need for the project, so I just bookmark (or lots of sticky notes) it for later and go on to the next.
- Craft: This is my most favorite thing to do. I have several crafts I am into and find it not only distracting, but very relaxing, and once again it is great to see the end product of my hard work at the end of the day.
- Exercise: I am in no way an exercise nut. It’s just not in me. We bought a stationary bike after my first knee surgery to make sure I keep them (both have had complete replacements) flexible and robust. It turns out this was an excellent idea for all year around exercising. The bike faces a large picture window where I can watch birds eat at a feeder, trees blowing in the wind, or a good thunderstorm. It also faces toward the TV, so I can watch a movie or cartoons (my favorite) while I am peddling away. I am very “mental” my head never stops thinking, so even regular exercising (like suntanning – could never to that either – just lay there?) never works for me. I get to cheat at this step by taking lovely walks. We have a small farm with lots of gardens and a greenhouse. Just trolling around all of that really adds up the steps without having to think anything about it. I have a great step-tracker on my phone, and as long as I keep it in my pocket, it will add it all up for me – no brainer! (I use Pedometer Step Counter-free version – for my Android phone, however, there are tons of freebies to download to your own phone. It only tracks my steps.)
I have been researching things that, my hope is, will make my life less complicated or stressful. One last share for you is WorkFlowy.com. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! It is free and so easy to use. The best part is I create, add, delete my to-do list from anywhere at any time. I built the original on the website (did I mention it is FREE), and then review, add, or remove as I accomplish my tasks. No more carrying around (or abusing trees) pads of paper and losing pens. It’s all done technologically.
I hope that some of these ideas will help you to deal with all the scary stuff, even for just a little while.
You can also check me out at: https://lifelessonslived.com/ for all the fun things I have learned in life.