This was interesting, because I had a hard time thinking of activities I enjoy doing. Most things I've enjoyed doing in the past have either become addictive (a way to escape from my feelings) or stressful because I want to see a finished product (creative pursuits). I came up with three activities that don't carry that baggage: going to the library, browsing through the interesting shops downtown, and listening to music. How would I feel doing one of those activities, without feeling stressed out, having anxiety, or worrying about other people and responsibilities? (That's a LOT to ask of me! LOL). I would say carefree, relaxed. Why don't I do this more often? Because there are so many things I feel I should be doing, but I'm not, that I would feel irresponsible, self-indulgent and guilty just playing. What steps could I take to do one of these activities stress-free and without worrying about other things? The first thought that comes to mind (of course!) is to make sure I've done the essentials first. Not gonna happen! So, the more do-able step I can take is to treat the activity as medicine or therapy that I have to do--an essential on a par with eating (which is something I always make sure I do). I think of all the physical therapy and doctor appointments I've gone to over the years because I viewed them as essential. I didn't feel irresponsible, self-indulgent or guilty doing that. I felt like I was responsibly taking care of myself. So I've made an appointment with myself to go to the library this week. I'm just going to sit and read fluffy magazines or kids' books in a comfy chair near the big windows for as long as I feel like it.