Monday was one of those days that tries the patience of a saint. Never mind the mad state of the world, a lot of little things went wrong and a couple of household accidents wreaked havoc with my state of mind. All this was capped with a conversation with my daughter, making some big decisions regarding her school/career path. So the only thing to do was bake something.
I turned to the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book given to me by my mother's best friend when I was nine years old. And I made sugar drops, the easiest way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. You can see by the stained pages (pictured) how many times over the years this recipe has been used. Sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best, don't you think?
Some other - and less caloric - stress reducers are reading a good book or leafing through favourite magazines. I also like watching DVDs that make me think (the CSI series) or movies that I missed in the theatres. And for real escapism, there's a very camp British series/soap opera currently on French television called Footballers' Wives. The actress Zoe Lucker is superb in the lead role. The series features sex, sport, drugs, fashion, attempted murder, kidnapping and general mayhem. It's so bad it's good in its thinly-veiled send-ups of certain real life Brit football managers, players and their partners. Delicious!
Riding a bicycle or taking a walk are healthy stress relievers. I also like strolling around a museum and looking at art, which helps me focus on something other than immediate problems. Taking care of a garden or looking after plants helps calm me, as does working on decoupage or some kind of art. And of course, counting my blessings usually makes problems diminish in importance.
What helps you combat a bad day? Do you do yoga or play music? Do you have a glass of wine? Do you pummel a punching bag? What works for you?