Hang in There


I’m watching the news less and less as the days pass. It seems it can’t get any worse, and then it does. I find myself angry, frustrated, and depressed. Another of life’s character-building exercises, I guess. I can’t DO anything about it, so I’m now trying to keep up with what is actually happening and then shut it off and live elsewhere, at least in my own mind.

Happily, I have a wealth of coping mechanisms and they are getting a good amount of use now. I thought I would mention a few of them, in case YOU are having some trouble coping, too –

  • I’ve been using Pinterest lately for two reasons: 1) to listen to music from people I haven’t heard before. It’s inspiring to find so many talented singers. When I hear them, it seems as if their voices fill me up. 2) I’ve also clicked on interesting things and have discovered some really talented artists using various media who take my breath away. (Since I don’t mind others knowing what I’ve clicked on, I find it great that once you click on something, the program gives you more of that.)
  • I’ve been reading a lot. Instead of relegating things I enjoy to the “end of the line” when I’ve finished ALL the ‘have-to’s’ and ‘shoulds’ on my to-do list, I’m consciously taking time to dive into a great book. Right now I’m finishing a re-read of one of Nora Roberts’ trilogies, The Guardians.
  • I’m also making time to play in my art room. Right now I’m experimenting with the impasto technique – lots of texture laid on with a palette knife. So far, I’m awful, but who cares? :0)
  • I’m getting better at looking at exercise as a stress-reliever. I’m doing 35 minutes on my elliptical trainer in the garage on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, plus doing yoga stretches every afternoon. I’m trying to put this in the category of ‘my time,’ although basically I’m a slug and have to push myself to get up and get at it.

If you have something that helps you cope with stressful things, I would be very interested in hearing about It. We’re all in this together, and it’s good when we can help each other.


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4 responses to “Hang in There

  1. I’m with you about watching news: I don’t watch them anymore! I think there are more interesting things to do with your time than getting depressed with things you can’t fix. I paint, I listen to music, I watch cooking shows, talk/chat with family and friends, among other things, among other things. I found something interesting last night . . . a friend posted a video on Facebook and I was amazed by the background music, but no one (I asked) new what was the name of the melody or who played it. I then Googled “how do you find out the name of a song on a video?” and Goggle had the answer: an app called Shazam! I downloaded it to my cell phone, turn the video on, put my cell phone close to my computer and . . . voilà . . . Shazam told me the name of the melody and who played it! Had you ever heard of Ikson, a Swedish music composer?

    P.S.: The melody I was looking for is number 8, Rain. 😺

  2. Audrey

    Hello Linda. I find your blog in pinterest.
    I don’t watch the news anymore… i leave facebook too.
    Too much bad news, anxiety, and the opposite of kindness between people…
    If you like read, try ” : The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective agency” and the series of books, the adventures of mma ramotwee, detective. It’s cheers me up like a cup of tea on winter !
    And i learn english with an application, to improve myself and feel good with a new “universe”
    I’m also a painter, a big garderner and a new mom. Present, here, and now, live in a moment, are the most important thing.
    Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
    Reinhold Niebuhr AMERICAN THEOLOGIAN”
    Bye !

    • Audrey, Thank you very much for writing. I’m glad that you are finding things that bring you joy. Congratulations on being a new mom! We need to keep up with what is happening in the world, but protecting those we love – and ourselves – has to be our priority. Have a wonderful day.

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