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Coping Mechanisms

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A speedy recovery from a day of dramatic events involves more than time alone. Humans can be very inventive about devising ways of coping with stress. Health professionals might commonly recommend meditation, exercise, or soothing music. Non-professionals might lobby for mind-altering substances, shopping sprees, or aggressive video games.

I am never shy about flaunting the marvels of forest bathing.

Most people agree that caring for pets brings on a wealth of mental health benefits. We have a fair share of creatures relying on us for sustenance, with chickens being greatest in number. Cyndie has figured out the trick to renewing their interest in venturing from the coop during the days.

While I pushed to let them figure out for themselves that they can walk the packed snow pathways to get to the dry earth under the barn overhang, Cyndie preferred to provide them a straw surface on which to tread.

They liked Cyndie’s plan much better than mine.

We’ve figured out a way to help the chickens cope with snow. The wimps.

As for my interest in controlling the amount of sugar in my diet, it is forever challenged by my passion for other carbs. Yesterday, Cyndie decided to cope with her residual stress by baking seven loaves of bread

There goes my diet.

Four of those loaves are breakfast bread. Enough said.

I’ll cope just fine.



Written by johnwhays

January 8, 2021 at 7:00 am

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  1. Three thoughts:
    1. The chicken path is hilarious! The comedic relief of your chickens and their antics are sorely needed, and thank you for sharing these moments.
    2. I can smell this photo, and now I’m hungry! Mmm, mom’s fresh baked bread is the best. ❤
    3. All week, I've been starting my day with an episode of a new program on Netflix called Headspace Guide to Meditation. They are introductory guided meditations in various techniques, and I've really enjoyed it!


    January 9, 2021 at 9:38 am

    • Thank you, E! I LOVE telling stories about the chickens, I KNOW you know the glory that is mom’s fresh bread, and I LOVE that you are cultivating the healthy coping method of meditations. I so miss hugging you!!


      January 9, 2021 at 11:18 am

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