How do you de-stress? How do you let go of all the things that have crawled into your brain throughout the day? I’m one of those people who take on all the things I’ve dealt with and bury them as deep as I can. I see things in my line of work that can make you seriously question the human race. Over time, it starts to eat at your soul. But I have a little secret on how to get those things out of my head without losing my mind. I wash my dishes.
I seriously wish I could have seen the look on anyone’s face who just read that. I’m sure at least half of you got that weird eye twitch that silently screams “What?”.
Okay, so let me explain myself. I do NOT own a dishwasher. I am the dishwasher. And why don’t I have an automatic dishwasher? Because they’re a waste of time and money when there’s only 3 of us in this house. But that’s not the biggest part. Though it’s not my favorite chore, I love the serenity of hand washing my dishes.
For me, it’s therapeutic. As I’m washing, I’m also letting my thoughts wander. How could I have better dealt with that situation? How will I go about dealing with tomorrow? What the hell is stuck on this fork? I allow my brain to go for a walk. I let it out to sniff around options and ideas. I let it run wild in fields of possibilities. I let it relieve itself of all those weird thoughts that seemed like good ideas at the time.
As a writer, it’s a great way to come up with fresh ideas. Something that threw me off my game that day might become my next article. That guy I saw in the store after work might become a character in my latest story. That one little ray of sunshine in a cloudy sky might become my latest poem.
We’re always being told that too much stress is physically harmful, but it’s mentally harmful as well. There is a lot of negativity in the world and it’s important to find a way to shed some of that from your life, even as you’re living in it. How do you find peace in a hectic world? How do you de-stress?
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