I’ve been thinking a lot about stress lately. With elderly relatives, too many funerals, and family/friends dealing with everything from relationship issues to substance abuse and work drama, I often feel like I’m in the eye of a hurricane. It’s not even bringing into it my own daily drudgeries of “I need to exercise more,” clean out my closets, and why are there so many idiots posting on Facebook (not to mention running for office)? I take some comfort in the fact that I don’t have office politics and work drama bearing down on me…there are joys in working at home, even if it’s not making me rich.
So how do you deal with stress in your life? How do you support your loved ones in their times of trouble? My siblings and I were chatting recently about being in a time of life when we should all be “flying off to Italy.” That sounds totally glorious to me; I was never so peaceful as when strolling the piazzas of Florence. Travel does not do it for all, however. So we must not assume.
My sister and I are heading off tomorrow for a spa day/night, long promised as her retirement gift. I hope a day of pampering, of getting those muscles loosened up and losing the brain in a novel while sitting by the pool, of totally letting go, will accomplish the mission for us all: Hit the restart button, energize and entertain, provide a new perspective. It’s just a moment in time, but I, for one, can't wait. And luckily, beach season is not far away!
Speaking of stress relief, stay tuned for our conversation next week with Loretta Laroche, author, comedienne, corporate speaker, and all-around stress expert. The tagline on her website is “Life is not a stress rehearsal,” and she strutted it on stage for a group of Konenkii women last month at Arlington's Regent Theater. It was a LOL evening, full of laughter and living out her other great line, “Wear your party pants.” She was delightful in person, so we hope to bring some of that to you. It should be a fun interview.