There are just sometimes those days where you have to make sure that you can unwind. On my worst days—like PTSD flares—I have to disconnect from everything for a time and just make a point of doing…
That’s right. Until my brain quits going “OH GOD OH CRAP GET ME OUT OF HERE,” I have to disconnect before I can even think about relaxing. I feel a little guilty about it sometimes—it’s really the only way I can be social without risking my head spinning off my shoulders—but sometimes, I just need the time to reset my brain and relax.
But when I do get the chance to chill out, there are a few things that I have to keep in mind.
1) Do not neglect my stomach! On days where I need to chill the most, I tend to forget to eat properly. Usually a sandwich does it, but I have to be careful not to overstuff. But I keep forgetting about it. And then I wonder why I’m groggy.
2) Find something that isn’t too intensive to do. Often, this involves reading. The only problem is, I’ve always been a voracious reader, and my ereaders just speed it up.
3) I enjoy writing. On my worst days, I’ll grab a fountain pen and a notebook, do some old-school scribbling. It’s especially useful if I’ve been working through the old writer’s block
which, I might add, is pretty much all in my head, but then again so is a bunch of other crap that also causes me trouble. Had a bit of a scare the other week, though, when it rained and my notebook got wet—all the writing that wasn’t in dip pen ink (I kid you not) was almost ruined beyond recognition. Luckily, I was able to decipher the ink blotches and copied them down a second time—this time in Speedball acrylic inks.
There are a lot more things that I like to do to unwind, but these are the big three.