Dr. Joy’s Joyful Pleasures: Remedies for Stress 

 September 1, 2020

By  Dr. Joy Lasseter

I have been amazed at the resourcefulness of some people who have creatively figured out how to keep themselves occupied with a more peaceful attitude and lifestyle during the craziness that has marked this year so deeply in our memory.

Eating a healthy food plan, drinking pure water, enjoying appropriate exercise, and getting restful sleep are the foundation of good health. And don’t forget to play for our mental health! Adults and children both need to have fun!

Here are some of the creative things people are doing, mostly “Do It Yourself” style! 

Remodeling their home. Pressure washing their home. Painting their home. Repairing the roof. Selling their home and downsizing in town. Getting rid of junk and clutter from the garage and closets. Simplifying and getting back to basics. Having weekend garage sales. Selling their home and moving to the country to grow food. (I teach people how to grow organic food anywhere!) Buying a vacation home and getting out of town.

Landscaping their lawn. Planting a vegetable garden. Setting up a gazebo. Building a fire pit. Installing Tiki torches. Building a stone terrace. Putting in a sprinkler system. Building new fences. Hanging awnings for shade on the patio. Putting stone steps in a slope.

Going on car trips to explore National Parks. Taking the children camping, or to the beach, or to the river for a boat ride. Picnicking with the family in a local town park. Visit with their other family members far way by zoom. Starting a new game that the family can learn to play together. Catching up on reading. Reading to each other.

Businesses are holding meetings in folding chairs in a circle wearing masks in a local park. Musicians are practicing for their musical sections in fields or parks. Entrepreneurs are giving free introductions of their work on zoom. Brick and mortar businesses are serving the public with curb service for their products or meals. 

Creative people are writing a book, painting a canvas, creating poems, making videos, photographing nature, writing music, creating a play about their COVID 19 experiences, and performing it with the family as cast. Then putting it online for everyone to enjoy.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Waiting for things to return to normal is probably going to take a few years. And it probably won’t look the same. Change is change! I want to use this time to catch up on my unfinished projects. While I am inconvenienced in some ways, I appreciate the gift of time to get caught up. What is your next project?

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