KissinBlueKaren for Beyond the Books. This is a meme where we all answer a non-bookish question. It's always so fun to see everyone's answers and get a peak at the blogger beyond the books. This week's topic is - What do I do with "me" time
Me time is a concept I feel vaguely guilty about because I know so many people who struggle to get any and it's actually something I do okay with. Part of this is because I have no problem leaving things undone if I have too and my husband is great at helping me out if I tell him I need a few minutes of quiet or I'm going to get stabby.
Things I do to recharge:
1. Read (obviously) - and if I'm really stressed it's a nice bath with good bath salts and a book. Sometimes I'll use a playlist on Amazon Prime called Classical Music for Reading
2. Watch TV - Oh how I love TV! I like having it on while I'm doing stuff around the house and it's great for when I'm too keyed up to sleep but too tired to read. Throw in a stack of cookbooks to flip through while I'm watching and I'm a happy person.
3. Baking - I like baking because I love to try new things and I love sweets so with trying new dessert recipes gets me both. Plus there's something calming about following a recipe and sneaking tastes of cookie dough is pretty good too!
I also like the idea of pulling out one of the elaborate adult coloring books I've bought and doing some coloring but I'm not great about doing them.
At some point when I have more time I'd love to learn how to knit and I'm determined to actually tackle these two end tables I want to paint and I'd like to learn some more crafty skills.
I love taking road trips with J. We'll pick some random place on the map and try to take the smallest roads we can. We don't do it too often because it is definitely not the Tornado's favorite thing to do but we always enjoying seeing the out of the way sights and discovering new things!
My very favorite way to spend time - and something I do very rarely because (a) it works so well as a de-stresser and a pick me up I don't want it to lose it's effectiveness and (b) I have too many books as it is - is to wander the shelves of my library on my own and pick up any book that interests me. Bookstores kind of stress me out because I feel bad about spending money on books when I have so many already but put me in a library and I'm happy and content.
So what do you do with your "me" time? How do you de-stress and decompress?