Drought and dry ground, I wonder how deep these fissures are? These photos were taken on a country walk yesterday. How anything is growing in these conditions is beyond me - I shudder to think of the sprays and pesticides used. Acres and acres of green dessert and dusty cracked earth. The contrast between the abundance of life in the hedgerows and wild areas to the sterile, parched crops was shocking. Golden fields are perceived as a symbolic part of the countryside and I often drive past them and think how lovely they look dotted with bales. I'm coeliac / gluten intolerant and for the first time since my diagnosis last year, after seeing up close how intensively and unnaturally (the majority of) wheat and barley is produced - I don't feel too hard done to! Its no surprise that scientists are discovering that gluten is one of the biggest culprits in provoking autoimmune disease which include thyroid problems, diabetes, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and many more. Another dreadful observation on this particular patch of farm was that every square inch is devoted to growing crops - no field margins what so ever! I know all farmers are not this inconsiderate but too many still are. Surely this is not acceptable.
Stress and anxiety seems to be at the forefront of my mind these days. While yeah, I took this at work, work is far from the only thing keeping my head occupied these days.
I'm sure anyone reading this knows the feeling - work, home life, chores, health finances, relationships (romantic and otherwise), even just keeping a schedule - it's a goddamn challenge for me just to keep it straight in my head.
The last few months have not been easy, with my having to navigate setbacks in all of the above alongside some heaping doses of anxiety, both social and the generic kind.
It's not much fun to deal with. But for once I'm trying to learn from it.
I'm being way more selective in when I go out this month, focusing primarily on supporting people I care about in their creative endeavors (though karaoke NEEDS to happen soon), and making time to do shit that used to sound crazy to me, like eating better, exercising, and on occasion even sleeping!
Which gets me to the question at hand...how do you deal with your own anxieties? Stay focused and balanced? I know at least one person who wants to know.
We’ve all been there, a stressful day, huge pressure at work, a difficult conversation with a coworker. The anxiety of modern life can make it difficult to breathe.
A simple technique I use is to find somewhere quiet, close my eyes & focus on my breath moving in & out. Slowly and deeply. Just 3 minutes of this will make you feel a LOT calmer & ready to face the day again.
Just Breathe 💖