• Dianne Burckhardt

Whatever Wednesday: Updates

Hello Posse,


I know you are probably wondering what happened to this weeks Monday Movie Madness blog. Well, I got completely side tracked with other work and even forgot it was Monday. Where we live, we have actually been on work from home orders since March so the days really started to blend together about day 100 in this apartment. We do go out of course, but just for exercise and to pick up things that cannot be delivered.


Plus, two separate families we are very close to had devastating news this Sunday and I know I am still personally processing it all. Then Monday, there was a major collapse and rebuild of some online groups to which I belong. It was quite the drama and I was doing a lot of the rebuilding. In short, it's been a crazy few day but I'm getting things sorted out.


Given the stressful few day I have had, I thought it would be great to so something about de-stressing again today. I know I have hit on this subject before, but with the way the world is right now, I think it wouldn't hurt to throw this out once in a while. Virtua Health has some great simple tips on this with their online article 10 Quick Ways to De-Stress. I am going to give you my take on their numbers 8, 9, and 10 from their list.


8. Immerse yourself in a creative outlet I cannot tell you how much baking has helped me through some of these long boring days at home. I have taught myself how to make different breads including butter croissants, which were not as hard as I thought they would be, homemade Cheez It cracker knockoffs that are surprisingly addictive, and more. I have also been working on the craft of writing. These things have really helped my stress level.

9. Express your feelings This ties into number eight for me. I have been writing a lot more and getting some of my stress out this way. Additionally, my husband and I have had a lot of in depth discussions about what is going on in the world right now. Having someone in your life who allows you to be open and honest is invaluable. It can be a friend, family member, or even a pet. Shaggy is a great listener!

10. Be in the moment with one of your senses

In my neighborhood, there are a lot of flower gardens along the street and so many birds it literally sounds like we live in an aviary. Whenever Shaggy and I go for a walk, I will often take a moment to just sit and listen to the birds. It is incredible. I also make a point to actually stop and smell the roses along the way. It really can make a huge difference in my sense of calm.


Another good thing is to laugh! Which is why I like sharing funnies on Fridays. I hope they make you laugh (at least a little) and drop some of the stress from your week so you can start your weekend off on a good foot.


With this in mind, I want to share a little "funny" with you now to help you get to Friday. Check out Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Guys Favorite Jokes on YouTube!

I promise the movie blog will be up next Monday with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a recipe from Paul Newman for Cheesy Potato Skins for the movie snack suggestion. So, keep watching the blogs and have a great week!


Enjoy,

Dianne

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