A couple of weeks ago I wrote about feeling down during the holiday season. I’ve been practicing as many of my coping measures as I can. I haven’t been getting up early enough to journal, and I haven’t played my keyboard, but all in good time.
I’ve also been turning to certain products this holiday season to help me navigate the stress and hectic nature that this time of year can include.
I love being surrounded by the tree lights and other lights on decorations. They light up the darkness and make me feel warm and safe.
I think I write about these every Christmas, but I just love them. I get to have the pleasure of candlelight without the worry of lighting a real candle, or having a real candle sitting around in reach of a jumping cat.
Some would consider this an avoidance of dealing with an obsession in OCD. Essentially, I’m not facing my harm obsession manifesting as fear of fire.
But I believe that some obsessions can be dealt with in ways other than exposing myself fully to the object of my fear. I think in this case, I’m choosing a safe alternative to lit candles in a house with a cat. And if I had to light a candle, I could. I’m choosing not to.
Not everyone will agree with me. But it works for me.
Lipton Soothe Smooth Green Tea
We just recently discovered this. I’m usually not a big fan of green tea, but this tea has a delicate, light taste, and it really seems to soothe me. I enjoy having a cup in the evening as I wind down.
I especially like to drink it in a holiday mug I found at a local thrift store.
(Note: I was not asked to write about this brand of tea or compensated to do so. These opinions are mine.)
My timer function on my iPhone has been very helpful to me. It’s easy for me to lose track of time. I get involved in whatever I’m doing and time goes by.
So I’ve started using a timer when I really need to be reminded to look up from my work.
For example, often Larry calls me at work to see if I’d like to go to lunch. After I hang up, I set the timer for nine minutes. It takes about that long for him to leave the house and drive over to my office. When the timer goes off (with a soothing tone), I know it’s time to put my coat on and go out the front door of the office building. This saves me from running late, keeping Larry waiting, and just feeling frazzled.
The gas logs help heat the house. We have a furnace and a heat pump, though. What we really use the gas logs for is comfort.
Chase Bird loves to sit by the fire, warming his tummy, then his back.
In the late evenings, I like to curl up on the sofa. The tree on the dining table is behind me. Candles are on the mantel. And the fire is going. It’s so peaceful.
The photos I took of Chase by the fire turned out blurry. By the time I realized it, I couldn’t get him to return to the fire for a retake.
Do you have a favorite product that makes life a little easier?