When it feels as though life is starting to spiral out of control, and everything is choatic and stressful, I take pleasure in ordered things.
At Kew Gardens on Monday I saw order and patterns everywhere I went.
The other thing that I like at times like this, is having nice stationery and using it to write lists on. After I'd cleared my head with a long walk and a long chat, around Kew, I came home and wrote absolutely everything I could think of on a list.
The daily 'to do' lists start with a collection of bossy verbs at the moment. I must pay, wash, check, phone, collect, speak, email and change all kinds of things. Writing them down, and crossing them off, takes away their power to overwhelm. All I must do is work my way down the list each day.
There are also lists of things which are overwhelming in different ways, but which I must accept:
- lists of issues which cannot be resolved yet, and so I must not fret about,
- lists of good things coming up in the school holidays, which I should look forward to
- lists of things I might sew when I have some more time,
- lists of possible solutions to potential problems.
These too seem much more manageable when I write them down. For these stress lists I have some new sticky notes, which cheer me up just looking at them.
I bought them in Paperchase, and I'm using them to impose order on my life. The house is bristling with them at the moment.