Although I have been blogging for quite some time now, it is only over the last week via the WordPress Blogging101 course that I discovered the Daily Prompt. This is literally just what it says: a few words to get you thinking and writing.
The thought of being mellow led me to thinking of the things I used to do (and sometimes still do) at the end of a hard day. My default ‘go to’ for as long as I can remember has been chocolate. Nothing is better at the end of a tiring or difficult day than a bubble bath and a bar of chocolate. Now, however, I am doing a Whole30 with a group of friends. For those of you not familiar with Whole30 it is 30 days without diary, grains, sugar and alcohol. The idea is to eat whole, natural, unprocessed foods to improve your health and wellbeing. This is my second time doing it and I must say I really enjoy it (if you are interested you can find more details here).
As you will have guessed, this means I cannot reach for a bar of chocolate at the end of a trying day. Nor do I have access to one of my other favourite, sure fire relaxation methods: a glass of red wine (living in Saudi Arabia and Whole30 have put paid to that one!).
So what to do…? My friend Denise offered the solution at Christmas when she bought me an adult colouring book (that’s a colouring book for adults, not 50 Shades of Colouring!). As a child I loved my colouring books, crayons and pencils and would happily spend hours with my sister colouring in. What you don’t notice as a child is just how relaxing it is. The book Denise bought me is Johanna Basford’s ‘Lost Ocean’ – it’s filled with intricate drawings of fish, plants, ships and other sea creatures and I love it every bit as much as I did when I was a child.
If you are looking for new ways to relax in 2016, give colouring a try – you may be surprised by how therapeutic it is!