Sunday, July 16, 2017

Raspberry Stress Relief?

I wanted to have some peace.  Today, I needed it.  At the end of the post, I am going to ask for your help.

So we went raspberry picking.  To me, picking fruit is relaxing - I get into a state of - I don't know what to call it (I do not meditate, but perhaps it is something similar.    The birds singing and the people speaking around me (especially if they are not speaking English, because then I don't get distracted by their conversations as much) usually soothe me.  And I don't even mind the thorns on the raspberry canes all that much when I am in that state.

We did not have a good crop in upstate New York this year, and it took us a while to pick.  This was one of the best bushes.
It was sunny, something rare.

I reread my raspberry picking post from last year (including links to some recipes) trying to feel grateful.  But today I need some help.

I need some stress relief right now.  I tried to put together a small family reunion for a couple of weeks from now (I haven't seen some of these cousins in five years), and I am beginning to feel it was a mistake.  I don't want to say anything more, as you don't need my stress.    But I don't want to call it off, either, this soon, although my IBS has been making me miserable (for other reasons, mainly) for almost three weeks.

I'd love you to share some of your stress relief techniques - there has to be a way around what I am experiencing.

Day 16 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


  1. Our raspberries are great this season. The other day and I will later on put some on vanillia icecream.
    I wouldn't say picking berries leaves stress for me.
    Coffee is on

  2. Meditation is basically trying to turn off the chatter that usually inhabits our minds. Usually by focusing on one thing, like your breathing. Picking raspberries I think qualifies.

    When I'm feeling particularly fragile, I'll resort to a formula called "Rescue Calm". It's similar to the Bach flower remedies. (It's one of those homeopathic type of energy medicine things. It helps me, but many people see it as quackery.)

  3. I agree with Liz, meditation is very calming.


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