What's in your stress relief kit? Any goats?


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Meet my new friend: he’s a billy goat.

And he lives with 8 other goats (total: 5 adults, 4 kids) at the end of my block.

He’s a key part of my stress reduction program, on a daily basis.

Here’s why: by the end of my workday, I’ve put in long hours at the computer. I’m a writer and I’m usually working on several projects at once, along with building my web sites and creating digital products to help people learn how to be happy and stress-free.

Well, I’d be a pretty poor teacher if I didn’t take my own advice, so I consciously seek ways to de-stress and relax every day, even if only for a few minutes.

My favorite ways are to watch movie rentals, read, hang out with my b.f. and our dogs Roxy and Vanna… and this summer I’ve begun a routine every evening when it gets a bit cooler: taking the dogs down the street to visit the goats. I take along snacks like garden clippings, old celery, apples, melon rind — the only things I don’t give them are rose stems that have thorns (although I do give them faded roses and they love the blossoms!) or any plants that could be toxic such as oleander and poinsettia. I’ve also found out not to give them corn, although I’m not sure if the warning was about corn cobs or the kernels too — to be safe, the rule is “no corn” goes in the plastic bag I store in the fridge and add to while making salads or deadheading flowers in the garden.

It’s fun to feed the goats. They come running up the slope when they see me at the top of the hill, and I feed them through a fence. They are so sweet. It’s relaxing. I haven’t got a thought in my head except living in the moment and enjoying these goats. My dogs patiently stand nearby and wait, taking time now and then to sniff a goat but otherwise uninterested.

Okay, so now I’ve admitted I feed goats to stay stress-free. What do YOU do to de-stress at the end of the day?

your happiness guru,

Evelyn Brooks

Comments (6)

Michelle | Goat Berries

July 23, 2010

YES goats are absolutely a part of my stress relief program! They're names are Pasqualina and Pinta and they're my pride and joy...come for a virtual visit any time you like :)

Michelle | Goat Berries

July 23, 2010

YES goats are absolutely a part of my stress relief program! They're names are Pasqualina and Pinta and they're my pride and joy...come for a virtual visit any time you like :)

Evelyn Brooks

July 23, 2010

Wow, someone who knows exactly what I'm talking about! Thanks for your comment, Michelle. I'll visit your site now.
Evelyn

Evelyn Brooks

July 23, 2010

Wow, someone who knows exactly what I'm talking about! Thanks for your comment, Michelle. I'll visit your site now.
Evelyn

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