December 11, 2008

Syen's Top 10 De-frazzling Ideas - Part I

There's quite a lot going on in my life right now (nevermind what), and if anyone has the right to be frazzled and fidgety, I believe I do. To stay mentally sane, I've been thinking of ways to help calm those high-strung nerves down.

And so I came up with my Top 10 De-frazzling Ideas. I'm not claiming originality, merely sharing with you on what works for me, just in case any of you are also about pull your hair out of your roots.

So for Part I, let's start with the first five, shall we?

10. Scrub a dub dub
I like Lush's tagline - "When in doubt, take a bath". It's one of the cheapest ways to unwind, and it works everytime. There's just something about cleaning the long day off that helps give me a wee bit more of a peace of mind. And while I'm at it, whipping out The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter scrub works wonders too.

9. Curl up with good book / good movie
On days when I have slightly more me time, I love curling up on the couch with either a good book or a good movie. Kinda like escapism, ya know? My favourite (movie) picks for this purpose are either romance flicks or comedies. There's nothing better than to have a little cry (to get all that stress out), or to expand those lungs. And if the fiance is present, all the better. 

8. Cook porridge
Not literally! It's the Chinese way of saying chatting heaps over the phone. I know some people who do destress by cooking, but not me. So yea, pick up that phone and yack your heart out with an old friend. Talking about problems with friends who understand really, really does help. Mich, Em, Wengster and (esp) Lex, here's looking at you.

7. Clean up
This might not work for everyone, but it does for me. Sometimes. It gives me time to think while keeping my physical body occupied. And it makes whatever I'm cleaning spotless at the end of the day. Two nights ago, I HAD to clean my dressing table top. So now, not only is it clean and neat, I can also find all that makeup without going cross-eyed. It's also nice to know that despite everything else in your life going a little off tangent, at least one spot in your life is somehow, still in some order.

6. Hit the sack
You can take this literally, or otherwise. Screaming and doing punches into the pillow does help relieve some stress, but I'd rather not work myself up like that. Instead, I do some stretches (to ease those back muscles) and then settle in to recharge. On my off days, I sleep easily 10 to 12 hours (because I NEED to). People notice the difference after that. Being well-rested equals a calmer, happier me.

Do stay tuned for Part II, where I'll share my 5 favouritest ideas.

PS: The pic was nicked off here.


Askmewhats said...

Great great great hair tips!!! Can't wait for the continuation..sleeping early really helps!!! :( I don't, so my hair is suffering nowadays!

Tine said...

Hee hee, I chortled at the picture of the poor frazzled cat :p

Great ideas though. I absolutely agree. Okay, except for the cleaning up bit :P But curling up with a good book and hitting the sack are great ways of destressing :p

Jenn said...

LOL that cat pic is hilarious!! XD XD XD!!

I love taking a loonnng, HOT bath too when i feel terrible. But then again, nothing beats a good cry in the husband's arms... instant relief i tell you! :)

I hope you're feeling better now already!! I can't wait to read Part 2! :)

Syen said...

Nikki: We know all the golden rules but we never quite follow, do we? Like I KNOW sleeping early gives you great skin, but do I do it? NOoooOOoo... LOL

Tine: Yea, I loved that pic too! When I saw it, it was like Bingo! Hehe.. cleaning ain't everyone's cuppa I must say. It's only mine SOMETIMES. *grin*

Jenn: Agree! But for me, fiance's arms will have to do. No husband yet. LOL.