How do you deal with stress and that general feeling of yuckyness you get when something’s bothering you but you can’t quite pinpoint what it is or everything’s bothering you and it’s all just too much of a blurry mess to figure out? That feeling of living in a bowl of spaghetti I suppose, or like you’re trying to make lasagne sheets out of spaghetti, order out of chaos.
Some people run (like jogging, not running away although plenty of people do that…), some people eat buckets of ice cream. We all have a ‘go to’ activity that we do when we’re feeling a bit ‘meh’! That one thing we do that consistently makes us feel happier.
I clean. Cleaning is my ultimate comfort food activity for the mind. It helps me to work through the chaos in my head at times and while I’m working my way from room to room, making everything perfect, sparkly and shiny, I’m also processing thoughts and emotions which kind of just disappear into thin air as I go. The result? A tidy house and a pretty tidy mind with everything in a bit more order.
Sometimes I want to make huge breakthroughs in lots of different areas of my life but know that there is no miracle overnight solution (the walls that need painted, the carpets that used to be perfect until the puppy came along, the loft that needs tidied, the fitness target I want to achieve, that extra half stone I want to lose!) but the one thing I can do and achieve, all in the one night is a perfectly tidy house.
My ‘comfort food’ activity is my battery recharge time, my ‘in my own bubble’ time and if I didn’t have it, I’d surely go mad. And…my house would most certainly look like a bowl of spaghetti.
It’s my ‘time out’ when things become overwhelming and I find it difficult to break everything down into bite size chunks. Cooking also works (specifically soup making – there’s something therapeutic about chopping, stirring and blending). Gardening’s good too. It has to be something positive, so opening wine and Kettle Chips is not what I would class as a ‘comfort activity for the mind’, but it is a pretty fabulous reward for a tidy house.
And of course, filling the house with beautiful candles, flowers and general pretty things!