Sally decided some mutual support and mutual instruction might be in order (stressed? us???), so she suggested this week's Friday Five, introducing it with:
I am off to spend a few days at the beach chilling out after a hectic few weeks and before I head off for Summer School...So with that in mind this weeks questions are looking at how you deal with the stress monster!!!???1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff ?
*They* always insist the stock market is a psychological phenomenon...oh, without a doubt, the small stuff; like many people, I sail right through the big and major things.
2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting (or maybe something else) ?
Please, please, NO chocolate! (I associate it strongly with migraines.) To answer in terms of doing something very local rather than escaping to other worlds for a few days or weeks, limited exercise can be helpful, but too much has me bouncing off the walls and onto the roof. Something else? Socializing, conversation, going to lunch. Slicing, dicing and chopping veggies in the kitchen can be helpfully relaxing, too.
3. What is your favourite music to chill out to?
Almost any music at any time, but when I've totally lost my perspective, listening to a Beethoven symphony, especially #2 or #7—#1 or #4—or a Beethoven piano concerto or playing a Beethoven piano sonata realigns my worldview and helps me find a reason to continue the journey.
4. Where do you go to chill?
Beach, window-shopping at the mall, reading graphic design or home decorating magazines--visual things that help me enter and describe a redeemed, renewed creation or re-creation.
5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?
Party, party, PARTY!!!!! But in the cooler weather when the beaches around here aren't over-populated, I love walking along Pacific Beach north or south.
Bonus - share your favourite stress busting tip!
Sketching out an idea for a new graphic design or illustration, or digitizing some of my old graphics—they remain projects in progress, and I still have a huge stack of analog art to scan, re-imagine and maybe re-purpose.