When it comes to fight or flight, I’m a flight. Always. Without a doubt. No matter the situation, my first instinct is to run. Avoiding any problem feels like a genius solution that will surely return the zen I’m missing. I normally daydream of cross country road trips that will bring about adventure worthy enough for Instagram. The grass is always greener on the other side, right?
Sometimes it is, but running blindly towards that greener pasture won’t solve life’s problems. I wish it did, but sadly I’ve yet to have that lovely experience. More often than not, running away isn’t an option due to finances or those pesky things called responsibilities. Issues are inescapable even if I convince myself that they aren’t. No matter how far I drive, they’ll be waiting like some poorly dressed hitchhiker. So how do I run if I must stay put?
Read. Watching TV is a glorious distraction, and believe me when I say I love my shows. Still, reading normally does better at calming me down, and it doesn’t require electricity.
Write. Writing is the best way to organize the chaos in our minds. It helps me to understand life and all of its bizarre situations. It’s a creative way to vent when I long for the outlet.
Go Outside. Fresh air does wonders for the soul. Even if someone lives in an awkward place to walk around in, opening a window can be just as helpful instead of sulking behind dark curtains. I need to enjoy cozy, rainy days or bask in the sunlight. Even in the bug ridden summer, a little bit of nature oddly reassures that the sun will indeed come out tomorrow.
Aroma Therapy. Light candles, find incense, or brew some coffee. Creating a sweetly scented place for yourself.
Create. Art is my favorite part of this world. I love all forms of it even if I’m not talented in any of them. I believe in finding a piece of art and immersing yourself in it. Be productive, imagine, and create. Never stop producing art. It’s another way to vent and comprehend problems happening in the real world. Only it’s done in a way that makes an impression, and there’s beauty in it others will see too. Even for someone who feels like there’s no longer a point, they should keep creating. This is important.
I’m starting to realize that I don’t need to take a 13 hour drive to the coast to be free. I’d still like to some days, but making a creative place and finding inspiration in it helps me to stay put. I want to run toward something calming, productive, and helpful. I want to run without leaving.