Sunday, July 12, 2009

Calm

I read into everything.

Yes, I am one of those people who analyze every word of a conversation, looking for meaning in the probably meaningless. I am one of those people that replay things over and over in my head, making things way bigger than they really are.

I am saying all this not because I am stressed or worried or anything like that right now - I just thought of it because this week I was reminded how calming water is to me. Whenever I am in situations that bring stress, if I am near water - it seems to lull everything. I was at a nursery this week, and I walked out to one of their patios, and it was filled with endless fountains. Fountain after fountain after fountain. The sound of the water trickling in some, gushing in others - the feel if it on my fingertips... what is it about water that has that calming effect?

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Is it the sound it makes? Is it because it conforms to our every move to make room for us? I'm not sure. All I know is that paired with a good cup of coffee and a brick of dark chocolate - water can calm everything!

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What do you do to relieve stress?

(PS. The Winner of The Cupcake Girls' Felt Birdie Bookmark is Lily G. Hooray!)
(PPS. Tomorrow is the last day to enter Nicole's giveaway here!)

39 comments:

Vanessa said...

How do I unwind? Honestly? A glass of wine.

Lily G. said...

OMG, did I really win???!!! YAY!!! Thanks D!!!

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Tracy-Girl said...

I think I am similar to you in some ways. Whenever I look out to the ocean - I see how big it is, and suddenly anything on my mind seems so small.

Ashley Yazzie said...

Loved the post. Hmmm, I go for a rigorous run and let the negative energy out. Then I book a fun outing with a dear friend.

glauren5 said...

I think most women are exactly this kind of person. I know I overanalyze everything and take things too seriously sometimes. I guess I try to surround myself with the comfort of friends when I'm feeling stressed. Give me a glass of wine and I will knock one back!

Hannah said...

I know what you mean. Ahh...I love your pictures. The essence of calm. :)

Maki said...

I am exactly the same way!!!! I analyze every word, every single word!!!

I used to go to beach to relieve my stress, but now, I dance with my daughters or good cry helpes me too. I used to fall asleep listening to the waves and that totally calmed me down. I miss my home back in Hawaii!!!!

SK said...

When I'm stressed I like to zone in on one thing. It can be making a new necklace, color correcting an archive of photos on photoshop, or even playing tetris on my phone. I like to zone out and zone in on one thing for a little while, and then start anew. Kinda weird, but it seems to be working for me! Haha

Little Miss Tiara said...

Ah, as a Pisces, I truly love the water, I love the rain, I love swimming pool, and everything about it. Love the breeze, the sound and yeah of course the soothing effect :)

when I need to be alone I will usually find myself making a paper cranes, listening to the music (love songs, lol)using headphones (volume +++) or swimming :D (or shopping, ha!)

and congrats Lily for winning! YAY! :D

michelle said...

I totally agree.....the water is so calming...funny I just did a post about how calm and relaxed I feel at the cottage.....

analyze.....I am sooooo bad for that!!!

maureen said...

i get a massage while they have the sound of water in the background. soothing!

umama said...

I totally know what you mean about the water... I love swimming just because of that... Something about doing laps, and the still water... the echo of just swimming.. It is so soothing, and a chance to think. I have to push myself to get back up in the mornings to get to the pool. It was the best way to start the morning.

Ali said...

I love massages when I want to relax. Too bad I can't afford them all the time! But now that I think of it, many spas have water around - water solves all, you're right!

DaisyChain said...

such a thoughtful post <3

Rebecca said...

getting close to water, taking a long hike in the mountains, and a great yoga class with my favorite teacher.

vicki (simply hue) said...

Wow, beautiful blog, Dionne. :) I'll be back for sure! Thanks for your comment on mine this morning.

Amanda Nicole said...

I know exactly what you mean. In fact, being close to the water was the sole purpose of our recent move to the beach!

photojoy said...

I like your illustration of the fountain so much. Awesome. When I feel stressed? It depends. One thing that I have to be careful is taking too much sweets for being free from stress.
I love the gentle sound of the rainfall.

Melissa said...

I couldn't agree more! To relieve stress, I work on my blog, which ironically, sometimes gets me more stressed! Go figure.

Hello, darling said...

That illustration is stunning. When I'm stressed, I sleep and cry [lame as it sounds, it works a great deal] ♥

Elle Bee... said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Your pictures are incredible! I'll definitely be reading you more often.

ReadyGo said...

Beautiful pics! And your illustrations are adorable, as always :)

polishedsense said...

I love your photographs and illustrations on your blog! So glad I found it :) Do you create the photos with the boarders in photo shop? Super adorable...take care!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Love your illustrations!

Journaling has a calming effect on me, only need my 'special journals' and a great pen.

Kotori said...

A glass of wine and couch time with the hubby. That's the perfect ending to my day... (ok, if there's a bath thrown in there that would make it extra-perfect).

TheBeautyFile said...

I love to take a lonnnnng walk outside. There is nothing like clearing your head in fresh air.

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

i sleep!! lol, these images are gorgeous :)

Gaia said...

I feel quite the same. I think always too much to what happend everyday to me or to my beloved. I'm always worried about bed things can happend to people I love. My friends say that sometimes "Im a drama queen" and they are right, but that's me...
The beach and the sea are my "pill" to relieve stress...

Phoenix said...

You actually totally named it -- water is so calming. Sometimes I go down to the beach just to remember to breathe.

Kristin said...

I now want a fountain outside my porch so I can enjoy a latte and chill. Thanks for the inspiration!

sassy studio said...

I blog to relax! and create......photography, clay, glass....creating takes me away!

iheartkiwi said...

i like to travel... vacations are the only way i can totally unplug and forget all my worries at home.

i just got back from south america on thursday and i'm trying to remember how nice it was not to worry about work or school!

until my next trip... i may have to invest in a fountain.

Eric said...

I don't think I ever unwind. I think blogging usually unwinds me some. It helps me organize stuff in my brain.

I'm ashamed to admit this. Sometimes just lying in bed and thinking about family and friends does it for me.

Nicole Marie said...

i agree water is so calming!! i like to be in the water though. sometimes i'll just jump in a pool and float near the bottom. the feeling of being about to glide and float is amazing.

Nicole Marie said...

oh and thank you thank you thank you for the adorable cards!!! they seriously brightened my day so much!!

Carol said...

A nice cup of tea always does the trick for me!

Jessica Marie said...

i think that taking walks in the park is a wonderful way to relieve built up stress :D i might just do that tonight!

Chessa! said...

I love that sound...I take long walks...no ipod, no cell phone...just the sounds of the street around me.

leslie said...

I am new to your blog and I find your illustrations so fabulous and inspiring!