Monday, October 03, 2005


Regardless of the fact I've now taken a whole TWO yoga classes, I've been trying to make a conscious effort to do some relaxation and "getting in touch" exercises, such as taking a moment when I'm outside just to be still and take it in. Also, I have a tendency to get short of breath when I get stressed out, so I'm trying to do deep breathing as well. I guess the best way to say it is that I'm trying to "relax my mind". I find that I often get too engaged in whatever it is that I'm doing, and if I actively notice that, I can take it down a notch and achieve some relaxation. I've been on fabulous, tropical vacations in the past, and it did not escape my attention that no matter what, I could not fully relax. So I'm working on that. I'd like to 'be in the moment' more often.

I've had a gazillion people tell me I need to mediate, but I cannot do it on my own. My massage therapist recommended using a guide, such as a tape or CD, so I think I'll try that. Is it weird that I CANNOT empty my mind? It reminds me of the scene in Ghostbusters, when they were supposed to empty their minds, but then here comes the StayPuft Marshmallow Man. That would TOTALLY be me.

Quickie Updates:

As I suspected, Neighbor Dad knocked on my door bolstered by a little "liquid confidence" the other night, and was his usual ass-kissing self when my husband went to talk to him the next day. It's all good. Oh! And the guy actually started a new job today (apparently he landed that manager job he'd been holding out for!) so we'll see how long that lasts.

My Giant Baby is seven months old, but is wearing 12 mo. sizes already. He's not chubby...just extra-long. My husband isn't a tall guy, but there are some random "tall" genes in the family, so I'll cross my fingers for the little guy. And my favorite part about play time with the baby last night was when he head-butted me in the mouth SO HARD that I got a fat, bloody lip. He cried a little too, but compared to me, he got off easy!

Later this week I have to go and buy a four-day work wardrobe for a big meeting I have next week. Unfortunately, I didn't reach my goal by then, but I do feel good about my progress, so that's better than a sharp stick to the eye. Plus, I'll make a point to save my tags and receipts so I can return everything for a smaller size in the next couple of months. I did that after I had my daughter. "Opps! I didn't try this on when I bought it and now I need a different size!" The key, of course, is to make it appear as "unworn" as possible. Is that wrong?

I don't meditate, but I do practice some deep breathing methods and they saved my ass many a stressful time at work earlier this year. I swear by this method so much that I'll post it in a separate comment. It's great because you can do it wherever - in your car, at work, etc. Who the hell can meditate while they are driving??

Neighbors - I have a neighbor who gets obnoxious when she drinks. GRRR.....

Giant Baby - I think baby sizes are all screwed up anyway - it's crazy to try and figure out what to buy!
My favorite breathing technique:

Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the exercise. You'll be exhaling through your mouth, and around your tongue.

Exhale -- completely through your mouth making a whooshing sound for a count of 8.

Inhale -- quietly through your nose for a count of 4, with mouth closed.

Hold -- your breath for a count of 7

Repeat the cycle 3 more times for a total of 4 breaths.

Always exhale loudly through your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose. Practice this technique at least twice a day, using no more than 4 breaths at a time for the first month of practice. Later if you wish, you can extend it to 8 breaths. If you feel a little light-headed when you first breathe this way, don't be concerned. It won't last, and it's not harmful.
Cagey-Great tips! I'm trying them now!

I have issues with relaxing.

The past few nights, I have been under some kind of temporary insomnia. At least I hope that is the case for me and nothing too extreme.

Calcium is good for the nerves, so either drink up on more cow boobie juice or Coral Calcium tablets.

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