Posts Tagged ‘stress management’

Backyard Tourist

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

While all of your jet-setting friends are traveling to the Caribbean, Rome, or another enviable destination, you may feel forlorn at having to sit at home and watch the proverbial paint dry.  But instead, perhaps this is an opportunity-an inexpensive one-to celebrate a stress-free “staycation”.

If you have some time to burn, but not a lot of money with which to burn it, take advantage of the familiar.  And no, that does not mean catching up on the laundry, dishes, garage clean-up etc.  Instead, give yourself permission to eschew everyday life stresses and indulge in vacation-like decadence.

Eat take-out from your favorite Chinese restaurant.  Read trashy magazines and watch silly movies that are fun, but not heavy.  Give your brain a break.  Hang out with friends or family, and whip up something cold and sweet in the blender.  Sit on your porch or out in your backyard.  Take a leisurely stroll through a park-not necessarily for exercise-just do it because it’s a lovely day.  Pack a picnic and take it somewhere pretty, like a local beach, pond, or lake.

Be a tourist in your own town.  Is there a museum you’ve always wanted to check out?  A bar or coffee shop you’ve always meant to try?  A deliciously touristy destination you’ve been meaning to see? (I’m talking about you Alcatraz Island, Mt. Rushmore, Brooklyn Bridge, St. Louis Arch et al)  These places aren’t any less cool just because they’re in our backyards and easily accessible.  So join the local tourist ranks and enjoy a stress-free, inexpensive “staycation”.

As they say, “When in Rome…” Do as the locals do.  Bon Voyage!

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The Skinny

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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Sometimes I wish I were Barbara Eden from I dream of Jeannie.  I’d be able to make my wishes come true in an instant with a mere nod of my ponytailed head.  Then I could effortlessly get rid of the eight stubborn pounds I’ve been struggling to lose since the millennium.

Firstly, we all know that “diets” don’t work.  Not in the long term anyway.  There is a simple equation that I for one have a hard time following: eat less + exercise more= fit into favorite jeans. I’m unfortunately, perhaps like many of you, stuck in dieting limbo.  When I go to the gym, I lecture myself about eating salads for lunch and eschewing bacon cheeseburgers, so as not to undo what I’ve accomplished on the Stairmaster.  When I’m lazing on the couch at home, however, I muse about the double workout I plan to do tomorrow as I’m polishing off the last of the pepperoni pizza.  To compensate, of course.

So how do we stop this cycle?  Or more specifically, how can I eat whatever I want and as much as I want without lifting a finger and still look like I belong in the annual SI swimsuit issue?  If I knew the answer, I’d be bathing in a pile of money on my own pacific island.

I have practiced perhaps some unorthodox methods for keeping my weight under control.  Aside from the eating less/exercise more initiative  that I often get bored with, I make a point (once I talk myself off the couch) of brushing my teeth right after dinner.  This prevents me from taking a second helping (or a third in some cases) and also helps me fight my sugar cravings after dinner.  Mint toothpaste and Butter Pecan don’t mix very well and that is the whole idea.

Another, albeit painful concept, is to post a less than flattering picture of yourself on the fridge, closet, bathroom mirror, or any other place you find yourself standing every day.  This is a sad yet effective reminder that you don’t need a double fudge sundae-put the spoon down and walk away.

Lastly I try to scare myself straight.  I go out of my way to read articles about what being too overweight can do to your health, i.e. cause high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes etc.  Then I try to find news stories that discuss how healthy foods, i.e. salads, kale, fish, fruits, whole grains and legumes can benefit your health and actually help you to live a longer life.

And if all these methods fail me?  I practice my tried and true mantra: everything in moderation.  Then I grab a spoon and head for the Butter Pecan.  But only for a small bowl-the carton’s almost empty anyway!

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