This week was probably one of the toughest week’s I’ve endured since I had heart surgery. This wasn’t even related to my health, and thankfully my body has been keeping up with the stress. If I didn’t do the following, I don’t know what state I’d have been by now.
- I write a daily Haiku. It’s something I started on January 1st. I believe it’s rewired the way I think about things, especially when the poem becomes something you’re emotional about.
- Being active outdoors. Movement is my medicine. Thankful for some of the sunny days we were blessed with this week/weekend.
- Sometimes I just stay sad and let myself be sad. Crying is a nice release when you’re going through something upsetting.
- I read Jesse Thistle’s From the Ashes before I went to sleep each night. I tend to avoid depressing books before bed but reading it each night reminded me there are worse situations one can be in.
- Doing new things. I went out to events that don’t usually interest me. I took new walking routes. New workouts. New art media (pastels!) A few nights ago I felt the urge to bake. (I’m not a baker). I made flatbread. Here’s the recipe. Sorry no pictures of the finished product.
1 cup of flour (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup of warm water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of spice mix of your choice. I used thyme, oregano and rosemary.
1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese (optional)
Add spice mix and salt to warm water. Put flour in a bowl and slowly pour water/salt/spice and oil into bowl. Keep mixing with hands or spoon until it becomes a dough like consistency. Cover the bowl with a clean and dry tea towel. Leave the bowl in a draught-free place for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Divide the dough into about 4 pieces, each the size of a small egg. Flour your work area. Flatten each piece of dough to a round and roll out thinly. Place flattened dough rounds on baking sheet.Sprinkle half the parmesan on top. Bake in oven for about 6-8 minutes, then flip, sprinkle the rest of the parmesan and bake for another 6-8 minutes. Enjoy with topping of choice or plain straight out of the oven!