I’ve been trying to stay on top of my stress levels, and it has been working lately…..for the most part.
There was a bit of a scare with my kitty Sake this past weekend, who wasn’t feeling good. I had to take her to the vet over the weekend and get her IV medication to be able to keep food down. After what felt like running all over Maui trying to get her taken care of, we finally got everything taken care of and we were both able to relax at home.
Something that has been an easy stress reliever for me lately has been doing Paint By Sticker. This was something my co-worker got for me as a Christmas present last year and I have absolutely loved it. After I finished the one book she had gotten me I even went on Amazon right away and ordered a whole other design.
There is something with following patterns that is so satisfying to me, and gives me a sense of control in my life. I tried coloring but there was too much decision-making with what colors to choose. My OCD tends to come out because I have to match up the colors of a picture to what would be the most realistic……people are the worst because it’s so hard to match skin tone. With Paint by Sticker the colors are already chosen for you, making the decision making easy!
After a stressful day I am able to come home and I do one page of the Paint By Stickers and by the end I’m calm, relaxed, and ready for what may get thrown at me next. It is very important to find an activity that is stress relieving. This has always been a struggle for me. I feel like I should be using my time to stay fit and active, or socialize with people, not sit at home and place stickers in their pattern spots. What I’m starting to realize more and more is that it’s not about what you do so much, it’s more about how those things make you feel.
So, after a stressful day of worrying about my kitty companion, I came home and turned on the TV to Friends and busted out a page from my Paint By Stickers. As always, this was just what I needed.
I’m so looking forward to working on my new book of designs!