All of that relaxation that I had from vacation is gone. I took my car back to the dealership earlier this week because a warning light came on it. Keep a mind I’ve taken it to the dealership now four times for the exact problem. Each time I left thinking they resolved the problem only to find out it was still not fixed. Each time the dealership wanted to run a diagnostic test or go ahead and try to fix it with what they thought was the problem. There was no such luck. Then they tried to tack on an additional $1100 to fix it. I already paid $433. For most people having a car is a luxury, but for me, it’s a necessity.

When you live in big cities and can get an Uber, cabs, and any other source of transportation, those expenses add up. My car is older, and I have no more car payments, but I have other bills. I know nothing lasts forever, but I need it to hang in there for at least another year and a 1/2. By then, I will be able to go ahead and replace my vehicle. In the meantime, I understand that not knowing what is causing the problem with the car is going to be costly and continue to give me more tension in my neck.

Then I have unruly customers who push me at every level. One of my customers brought me a beer today. It’s a good thing I don’t drink on the job, but I tell you what, when I get home, I’m going to pop that bad boy open. Sometimes it seems like everything we do has mayhem to it. We find ourselves in a quandary because the tension around us gets so intense that we don’t know how to alleviate those problems and stresses. Here are some tips that I found online that might help you. I already follow a few of these, but I think I’m going to take the advice of healthline.com.

  1. Exercise: Almost every platform tells you that exercise is crucial to combating stress. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it. When I watch the movie Legally Blonde, I love the part where Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle tells the court that exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make people happy and happy people don’t hurt each other. There is a lot of truth in this statement.
  2. Consider supplements. Supplements are a great way to help promote stress and anxiety reduction. You can take one-a- day pills or take things to give you a more balanced metabolism, but whatever you choose to take for supplements, make sure that you’re comfortable with them and that they do what you want them to do. I take a lot of vitamin D. I do this because I have had weak bones for a very long time, and now my bones have gotten extremely strong. The point is that by taking those supplements, I’m helping my metabolism stay stronger and have a better chance at fighting off viruses and other diseases that may attack.
  3. Light a candle. I am all for aromatherapy and candles. If I could, I would have candles going quite a bit. There is something so soothing about the scent and the flame. If it helps, go for it. You don’t want to do something stupid like burning the place down. Be careful with them and enjoy them.
  4. Reduce your caffeine intake. There’s a lot of truth to this statement. It’s common knowledge that caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, and high-energy drinks. Those drinks and caffeine can make your anxiety level go through the roof.
  5. Write down what you’re dealing with to help. That’s what I’m doing to help get me through these times, but some of you may find writing things down helps. Or you may want to create music or art or immerse yourself because it’s different for everybody. The main thing is is do something productive.
  6. Chew gum. I’m not sure I agree with this suggestion. Many people have dental issues, so chewing gum may not be the best solution for them. Plus, it’s also annoying to hear people smacking their gum. And God forbid when people spit it out, they don’t know how to throw it in a trash can most of the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had chewed gum that ends up on the bottom of my shoe. Gross. However, the experts say that chewing gum promotes flow to your brain and causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. I found that information through sciencedirect.com.
  7. The last item I’m going to mention is to spend time with friends and family. Sometimes spending time with them is the best solution to those issues. Friends and family can help us laugh and talk about the things that bother us. They get us when a lot of other people don’t. And if they’re true friends, they won’t judge you for what you’re going through.

There’s no magic pill that will take away the tension that we all deal with, but there are things that we can do to minimize the consequences. Take care of yourself by paying attention to your body and your stress levels. There is only one you, and you are irreplaceable. Have a great weekend, everyone.

One thought on “Tension

  1. Oh my dear Ms. Christy, I’m so sorry that you’re having car issues, that’s the worst. Might be time for a new one because some of those dealers will do everything they can to keep you coming back. Life and it’s realities always has a way to get you right after a nice relaxing vacay! I 100% understand the importance of having a car in a BIG city. As for the list, I’m into #6 – I chew gum to relive stress, I’m guilty of that – but I don’t do all the smacking and indiscrete discarding of the gum. I also turn to my blog to write a story or just rant about the problem at hand, that helps. Have a great weekend!

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