Friday, September 12, 2008

Stress Relief

The voices in my head are singing Saving Grace, by Everlast.

Relax, it's my iPod.

Here is a great way to relax when you're in that moment just before running through the streets of your neighborhood wearing only a Happy New Year hat and argyle socks, with a bullhorn, announcing the arrival of the Mother Ship.

I am so there--or I was, yesterday. This helped.

Turn off all the lights and light a few candles.

Start your bath, running the water a little warmer than you normally might. Pour in half a bottle of your favorite bubble bath--lavender scented is great for this. Some Lancome Aroma Calm bath oil is also nice. Throw in a fizz ball. The more products you put in the tub, the better.

Get the champagne bucket and start some chilling by the side of the tub. Sidebar: I have a reputation of ALWAYS preferring the most expensive of everything, and yet, while I've had pricey French champagne that I enjoyed, Korbel Brut (yes, I know technically it's not Champagne) is my favorite. This is an anomaly, as it usually goes for around twelve bucks a bottle.

If you've already had more than two glasses of wine, use Pellagrino instead of Korbel.

Crank up iTunes and make yourself a playlist of twenty songs that appeal. Resist the urge to fret over which songs to pick. Don't sit there and try top make the perfect Bathtub Playlist, and don't choose more than twenty. Remember, your bath water is running.

Transfer the new playlist to your iPod shuffle. The shuffle is best for bathtub use, as it's easily clipped to your bath pillow.

If you don't have a bath pillow, roll up a towel, clip the shuffle to it, and climb into the water.

Pour yourself a glass of bubbly, pop the earphones in, and turn on the iPod and the jets.

Your bath additives, activated by the jets will soon make mountains of bubbles, beyond which you cannot see. Close your eyes and sip the icy bubbly. When you start to feel too warm, hold your champagne flute over your face and turn it upside down, dousing your face, neck, and chest. Pour another glass.

Periodically peek at the mountain of bubbles. Just before they spill out into the floor, pull the plug on the tub. When the water level drops enough, turn on the cold water. This will keep the bubbles at a safe level.

Continue alternately sipping the champagne and pouring it on yourself until you feel human again.

After you get out of the tub, blow out the candles and go straight to bed. Sleep until you feel like getting up.

Disclaimer: Please do not try this at home if you cannot do it without drowning, scalding yourself, or experiencing an irreversible past-life regression.

Peace, out...



elysabeth said...

Although I don't have a tub (shower only), I can relate to this - we all need a day that we can do this for ourselves, especially when the stress levels are very high. What you described sort of reminds of the scene in "Pretty Woman" where Julia Roberts is in the tub just singing her heart out and Richard Gere comes in and she sinks below the bubbles after he makes his business proposal to her. - so you go girl. Do it for you - E :)

NT said...

Well, this sounds wonderful, Susan! However, I foresee just a few obstacles for me. I'd be one of those people who would stress over the perfect Bubblebath Playlist, so much so, that I'd start drinking the bubbly right then. I'd then soon stress over the fact that I was out of bubbly, my bath had cooled, and I'd wasted all of the expensive bath oil. Then, what should have been a relaxing playlist would turn into a compilation of death metal and angry 70s punk. Yes, it's just best if I simply take an Ambien and go to bed. LOL

Susan M. Boyer said...


Hmmm... Maybe try making the Bubblebath Playlist a day ahead--or any day when you aren't feeling the urge to choke someone who desperately needs it.