Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Exploring Stress-Free Home Remedies

I haven't decided whether it was a good or bad idea to have told my boss about the anxiety attacks I had been experiencing over the past few months.  The bad thing is I'm afraid it might appear that I can't handle the job I was promoted into last month.  The good thing is the exchange I had with her during a staff meeting this morning, when she proclaimed that I should not be shouldering all of the responsibility for the work associated with a chart we publish, and that she would take on some of it herself.  That's great, and it does keep me somewhat less stressed about it than I could be, but this is pretty minor stress compared to some of the other things I've been dealing with.

It hasn't all been dread, though.  The weekend, as full as it is, should be a lot of fun, especially our first trip to the drive-in this season (an all-night show with ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, STAR TREK, and 42 being notable).  It's also my mother-in-laws birthday on Saturday, and we'll get a chance to celebrate with her and about 40 of her friends on Sunday.  There's the exciting Grace Adventures Camp Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Columbia on Saturday morning.  The weather looks to be pretty good, too.

I was talking to Kay, my wonderful Office Administrator, and who seems to be able to sense when I get a bit stressed out, and she suggested I needed to go to a spa for a manicure, pedicure, and massage.  Now, I've never experienced any of these, and I don't know that I'm really comfortable discussing these things for myself.  I occasionally treated my wife to a day at the spa, but never myself.  Kay said they're great!  It's relaxing, feels great, and it's good for your fingernails and toenails.  Plus, the massages are incredible.  I just can't talk myself into doing it.

So I'm trying to think of some other things that could help me relax.  Maybe I can get one of those wooden beads seat cushions like what taxi drivers always use.  Faithful Pup Scout loves to lick things, so maybe she'll lick my toes for me.  If I can keep from being ticklish, that might relax my feet.  Cruising around in my 2-seater with the top down is a good way to relax, as well.  And reading a good book just before going to bed is enough to put me to sleep in about 5 minutes, so that's restful, as well.

I think I've convinced myself that there are any number of ways that I can find to relax myself.  I don't need a spa, or someone else picking at my toenails, or even some stranger rubbing alcohol all over my back.  Home remedies are the way to go!  Right?

Have a great evening, everyone!

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