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Kylie’s Favourite Things and Tools to Help Cope

The Top 5 List

In the spirit of sharing and wanting to try something new I thought I’d share a list of what helps me cope in difficult, stressful or anxious situations and keep calm the rest of the time. Many of these I’ve talked about before but figured that it might be helpful to have them in one place to easier return to.

  1. Listening to music: I love a good track or two to help me feel better when I’m blue or to inspire me to keep working. In fact, one of my new favourite artists- Sara Bareilles- is perfect for hunkering down and getting to work. So in order to always have her CD close by I keep it at my desk along with one or two others in case the mood strikes me. I’ve also kept my CD collection mostly in tact and stocked with a range of artists, many I might not be listening to currently but when in the mood for their music it’s handy to have.
  2. Journalling: I don’t need to say much more about the subject, other than for me it’s always been one of those tools that’s easier to do when things seem to be more in order and tougher to do when I need it most. That said, it doesn’t matter how you do it or how much you write as long as you give it a try it can help. P.S. if you are looking for more on how to start journalling check out the Let It Out (by: Katie Dalebout) book review) I did. I’ve also posted on how it specifically has helped me through this link:My Journey with Journalling
  3. Lavender: It is one of those aromatherapy scents that I can’t live without now and I don’t know how I got by without it. Except now I have it everywhere and in every form. I have the lavender oil, lavender candles, lavender in my garden, and a lavender sachet by my bed that helps me sleep better in the night.
  4. Knitting: This is my latest pasttime but it’s also become my favourite way to destress at the end of long or tough days. It’s hard to explain the effects knitting has until you try it but there’s always something very therapeutic about picking up my knitting needles and continuing to stitch a project.
  5. My calendar and day-planners: Life would not be as organized or manageable without some sort of calendar near by. I have four: one mainly for course work; another for blog planning and social commitments, one just for appointments and finally a big desk calendar where I keep track of everything. I also use this one to keep track of how well I use my time and the amount of activity happening each week.

So there you have it, my top 5 favourite tools and things to help cope. What’s yours? Perhaps we can share and build on each others.


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