Selling a house can be a high stress proposition.
Add in Mercury Retrograde, real estate agents who feel that texting is the best form of communication, a home that is over a hundred years old, and first time homebuyers, and you have a recipe for high octane anxiety.
I had yet another text-a-thon with my agent before walking into an appointment with my gynecologist.
We chatted for a few minutes before she pulled out the blood pressure cuff.
Let’s just say I realized, in that moment, that the stress had gone to my head and was making its way to my heart.
I have been letting my brain bully my body into full-fight mode.
I hate to say it, but it’s time for a cold shower.
Cold water constricts the blood vessels. When you follow this with warm water, which expands the vessels, and then go back to cold, you create a pumping action. This is called hydrotherapy.
If you start with warm for 2 minutes, then go to cold for 30 seconds, it’s not nearly as medieval as it sounds. Repeat a few times for optimal effect.
Next step: A Hot-Head Lassi.
Yum. Seriously yum.
While sitting with my lassi, I rubbed peppermint oil on my temples, being careful not to get it in my eyes (done that — kind of cold and mentholly — not painful, but not fun) and rubbed some ylang ylang oil on my feet.
I’ve repeated this a few times in the last couple of days.
Still, when I went to pilates today (after yet more texting), I was wound up again.
Luckily, my pilates instructor had a nifty exercise to reset a crazed system.
Even my voice relaxed and dropped into a lower range after doing this exercise!
Of course, a few hours and a few texts later, I was back to needing a Hot Head Lassi.
Lather, rinse, repeat. This too shall pass.