I have been working on adding activities to my daily life that make me happy. The theory is that if you spice up your day with things you find pleasant, you will have an easier time when you are stressed.
For me this is a two-part challenge. My daily to-do list is very long, plus I get often interrupted. Until recently I found it very satisfying to get things done, not allowing myself to sit down for half an hour reading a book.
The second challenge of enjoying what you do is recognizing it. Am I always running around with my thoughts about the next thing I need to be doing without paying attention to what I am doing at the moment? I have been trying to apply more mindfulness to my daily life. When I am taking a shower, I try to focus on how the hot water feels on my skin. When I am drinking my favourite cup of tea, I savour the taste, inhale the scent. It is about recognizing that special moment after dinner, when we all sit together and talk about our day.
I also promised myself I would always have flowers in my house, especially in the dark season. Recently I bought the tulips in the photo. They were so pretty and made me smile every time I walked by.
These last months have been very stressful for me. Several times I have been pushed beyond the point of exhaustion and had to go on. I have realized I needed to learn new skills to cope better. This is part of my journey.
P.s.: If you want to get the most out of eating chocolate I challenge you to try the chocolate meditation. It is a lot of fun.