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52 FEATS – NUMBER 44 (Not Worrying)

1 Nov

I had a lovely conversation with a friend this weekend, in which we talked about the wasted energy of worrying.  She has finally come to a point in her life where she can just let it go.  Hope/pray/meditate about whatever is going on, and then just step back from it.

Personally, I’m on a first-name basis with worrying; I’ve always been that way.  But deep down, I know that it’s just a worthless attempt at controlling things that cannot be controlled.  And when you put it that way, doesn’t it sound foolish?

I feel like there is definitely a burden on my shoulders right now that could be a cause for full-on, losing-sleep worry: my husband is heading to the orthopedist today with severe shoulder problems; my son needs to see a GI specialist for chronic stomach aches; my dog has to start some new medicine so maybe she can walk without pain again.  JEEZ.  But like my grandfather used to say, “It’s nothing until it’s something.”  So I’m just not going to get worked up about the “what-ifs.”  I’m going to let it go.

This is definitely easier said than done for me – but when I make a conscious effort to do it, it feels like flipping a switch in my brain.  I feel the worry, and I just turn it off.  My house is a wreck and I have to host book club tomorrow night – who cares?  So what if the furniture is dusty and the food isn’t home-cooked?  We’ll still have a good time.

It seems like this is a lesson better learned sooner in life rather than later!

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52 FEATS – NUMBER 44 (Not Worrying)

1 Oct

I had a lovely conversation with a friend this weekend, in which we talked about the wasted energy of worrying.  She has finally come to a point in her life where she can just let it go.  Hope/pray/meditate about whatever is going on, and then just step back from it.

Personally, I’m on a first-name basis with worrying; I’ve always been that way.  But deep down, I know that it’s just a worthless attempt at controlling things that cannot be controlled.  And when you put it that way, doesn’t it sound foolish?

I feel like there is definitely a burden on my shoulders right now that could be a cause for full-on, losing-sleep worry: my husband is heading to the orthopedist today with severe shoulder problems; my son needs to see a GI specialist for chronic stomach aches; my dog has to start some new medicine so maybe she can walk without pain again.  JEEZ.  But like my grandfather used to say, “It’s nothing until it’s something.”  So I’m just not going to get worked up about the “what-ifs.”  I’m going to let it go.

This is definitely easier said than done for me – but when I make a conscious effort to do it, it feels like flipping a switch in my brain.  I feel the worry, and I just turn it off.  My house is a wreck and I have to host book club tomorrow night – who cares?  So what if the furniture is dusty and the food isn’t home-cooked?  We’ll still have a good time.

It seems like this is a lesson better learned sooner in life rather than later!

Post-Stress Back-to-School Syndrome

23 Aug

You’d think I would be turning cartwheels right now.  For the first time in six years, I have two children in full-time school.  My 15-year-old daughter with autism started her sophomore year on Monday.  My Kindergartner son had his first day last week.  Both my offspring are out of my hands nearly eight hours a day.  And I like where they’re spending that time.  I worked to find good classrooms for them, devoting significant research and networking to the task.  I know my children are safe in the care of talented teachers.  Each is poised to thrive this year in their respective situations.  So why am I not singing for joy like a character on “Glee”?

Because I am suffering Post-Stress Back-to-School Syndrome!

All that work, planning, assembling of school supplies, purchasing of uniforms, reading of paperwork, discussing expectations, signing of forms…it all took a toll on my nervous system and psyche.  The goodbyes were no picnic either, though both kids seemed genuinely happy to head off on their respective educational adventures.

My task now is to do more than merely fill those hours.  I need to readjust my mindset so I can get as much out of their time at school as they do.

But first I hope to take one big, long breath.  I know I need to heal from this “break up” of sorts as my kids go their way—and I try to find mine.

Mighty Massage

21 Jul

July 17th-23rd is Everybody Deserves a Massage Week!  I don’t think I need to explain the benefits of massage to anyone reading this blog!  It’s rare that I have the time and money to receive a massage myself, but when I do, I cherish that time.  I dream about it beforehand, I get myself all psyched up about it, I relish it in the moment & even meditate if I can, and once it’s over, I daydream about going back again and try my best to make the effects last as long as possible!

In honor of Everybody Deserves a Massage Week, I wanted to blog about perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Arlington: Good Feet.  Good Feet is owned and operated by a family from China who specialize in reflexology.  It’s located on Matlock, south of I-20.

The ambiance is great.  It’s dimly lit, has soft music playing in the background, and there’s a big screen TV in front of the massage chairs.  The chairs are oversized stuffed leather with huge comfy arm rests.  The masseur prepares a warm water soak for your tootsies, then rubs in some oil, and gives a very relaxing deep tissue massage on the toes, feet, and legs.

The best part is- it’s only $30 for an entire hour of relaxation and massage!  You can add in a back/shoulder/neck massage for a few bucks more as well.  I loved it so much I bought a 90 minute package for my husband on the spot!

Where is your favorite place to get a massage?

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