The Pressure is ON

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. 

Hot-Head Lassi

3/4 cup plain organic yogurt

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 tsp. cardamom seed powder

1/2 tsp. linden flower powder

1-2 tsp. raw honey (to taste)

A few chunks of watermelon (which can be frozen beforehand if you want)

Blend.

 

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.

 How to Reset a Crazed System

* Relax and breathe in and out for a few breaths.

* Then inhale and exhale ‘til the air is gone from your lungs.

* Be with the emptiness for a bit… for me, that’s about 40 seconds (she seemed surprised that I was starting that high and said not to go beyond 60 seconds).

* Inhale.

* Breathe regularly a few times.

* Repeat for a total of 3 holds.

 

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.

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