Staying sane in stressful conditions requires:
1) Noticing daily what can make you pause, breathe deep and smile.
I have my beloved creek and this view from my front window:
What regularly makes you pause and smile?
2) Calming, mind-numbing creative outlets in times of turmoil.
I have been drawing faces. Row upon row of faces with my $5 box of 50 Crayola Colored Pencils.
Some are scary:
What mind-numbing things do YOU do?
3) Scheduled, fun outings to look forward to. For me, experiencing art--theater, indie movies, etc.-- is critical to my well-being, but I keep forgetting that.
I live in a community where artists put on events using huge puppet boats.
These events wake me out of my stressed out stupor.
What are you looking forward to?