Never have I ever.. had a professional massage! Or an unprofessional one really. It used to be that Never have I ever.. ridden a roller coaster but I sure took care of that one. And you know what? Going on roller coasters kind of relaxes me. It’s that aftermath when you know you’ve done it and it felt sort of awful and amazing in your stomach and you have this lifetime to let go. Little by little, better by better. Never have I ever used alcohol or anything recreational to relax, but you do you!
I need it now more than ever, in ways I can’t even tell you yet. It works, though. My blood pressure is great and no one is more surprised by that than me, so maybe all the things I do bear weight and transformation. And maybe in this mixed up and crazy world, we can all find that special something – or ten special somethings that help us bear that weight and transformation. And we need those somethings – all in our own ways that maybe we can’t even tell each other about. Yet.
Ten Ways This Situationally Anxious Girl Likes to Relax:
1 – I cuddle my dogs, and occasionally my cat. It’s more like she cuddles me – when I least expect it – like when I’m knee deep in work or taking a nice bath. Speaking of which.. (see #2) The dogs, though. They take that love like candy.
2 – I take warm baths (not hot) and I put in the good stuff. Salts, bubbles, oils, the kitchen sink, giraffes, whatever. We have an Amazon Echo in the bathroom and it’s near the head of the bath. Bruce Hornsby turned on low with a magazine? Bliss.
3 – Crossword puzzles. Many, many crossword puzzles. That’s my version of a stiff drink at the end of a long day. I am way out of practice but I always remember how good they make me feel. I like to buy the NY Times ones by the book-full.
4 – I love my silly movies and my silly, and also not-so-silly shows. A blissful stolen weekday afternoon with the late winter sunshine shining onto the couch while I catch up on the DVR with some chocolates? Or maybe late at night. Stone alone.
5 – I like to read books at the dinner table. And the breakfast table. And the lunch table. Also when I’m not eating too!
6 – I like to listen to my favorite songs in my car, and I like to listen to them LOUDLY. And maybe thrash around a bit.
7 – My kids. They also cause the opposite of relaxation, but we can always love and find joy together. We’re at this cool point where I’d rather they know I get nervous and strange but can come back from it, than pretend it never happens at all.
8 – Good sleep, water, good food, good loving, and occasionally spraying an herbal anti-anxiety spray into my mouth!
9 – You can call it weird, or slightly OCD but I love to count sometimes, like if I’m on a plane and we’re taking off and landing. I like to count to 100 and see what has happened since I started. I also like to stare at my hands, reach for someone else’s hands, stare at the sky, or stare at a sunset. Grounding things are good things. They pull you in and soothe your soul.
10 – Editing photos and writing, writing, writing.
This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “My favorite way to relax is…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.