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Puzzles: Stress Free Time

Friday, August 7, 2015

My brain has been full to the brim lately. I started a new job, playing the good ol' catch up again to try to get adjusted, and it's just left me with a bit more, okay a lot more, stress. I find myself forever adding to never ending to do list and each week gets crazier. I'm doing a job I love so it's definitely worth all that I'm doing, but I have been needing to find more and more outlets to relieve the mounting stress. It might be totally weird, but lately I have been loving... puzzles. My boyfriend makes fun of me because our house literally now has a mounting stack of them that I'm holding onto a few for emergency stress situations. Break if stress happens!
I think one of the reasons I love it is because each piece I connect to another is like a tiny accomplishment, especially when it's one of those hard pieces that you have been looking for for the last 10 minutes. I literally just splay all the pieces out on the floor of our apartment, make myself a cup of tea and just take the time out to relax. Having the pieces just sitting on the floor/table helps to remind me every day when I come home that I should take a little bit of a time out for me. Otherwise, I come home and immediately start working again. It's like the puzzle is my off switch.
The puzzles that I have been loving putting together lately have been the Disney Dream Collection Puzzle Pack. They're based off Thomas Kinkade Disney paintings and I love putting together scenes from some of my favorite Disney films!
The latest puzzle that I was able to finish was this shot from Peter Pan as they fly around London. Obviously, I was quite proud that actually got around to finishing it and had to take a picture!

So, how do you relax? Share with me in the comments below!


  1. What a great activity to help you relax! :) I never thought to try a puzzle. I am sure that it is very therapeutic. I love to read when I need to relax. :)

  2. I'm such a dork and love doing puzzles! Especially fun in the winter!
    Lee Anne

  3. I agree that stress free time is so important! I recently purchased a coloring book for adults and color with my kids to help relieve stress... also, working out/yoga is a big one for me. These puzzles look great!


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