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    For those upset about Libya, the Iranians shooting at our drone in international air space, and the results of the election, here are some good ways to feel better.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012
    6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation
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    Small stressors can quickly add up to major stress and one big stressful event can send you reeling, with no idea of how to start addressing it. If you could just get away for a little stress relief, you know you would be okay. But too few of us have the time — or the money — to run off on an impromptu vacation.

    Visualizing a stress-free place and other
    relaxation techniques are quick and easy ways to help your whole body calm down and give you just the boost you need to get on with your day. Here are a few ways for you to slip away on a mental vacation:
    1. Read a book in bed. Connolly says this is a great escape and can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face whatever is outside your bedroom door. Your bed is warm, cozy, comfortable, and a peaceful place for you. It feels luxurious, and getting lost in a good book is a perfect way to forget, then refocus, your own thoughts.
    2. Visualize relaxation. Steal a few quiet moments to close your eyes and think of an image that relaxes you — such as the warm sun on your skin and the sound of the ocean, a big country field sprinkled with flowers, or a trickling stream. Connolly suggests thinking back to a time when you felt peaceful and relaxed, and focus on releasing the tension from your toes to your head.
    3. Look at pictures from a happy time. Connolly recommends pulling out snapshots from a photo album of a family vacation or a fun dinner with friends. Reflect on your memories of that occasion, and what made it so enjoyable. Spend a few quiet moments reminiscing, and you'll find yourself more relaxed.
    4. Look out a window. Distract yourself by focusing on something other than what's stressing you. Grab a steaming cup of coffee or tea, close the door, and take a mental break. Do a little people watching, appreciate any birds within view, or enjoy some fluffy clouds rolling by. Allow yourself to daydream for a few minutes.
    5. Listen to a relaxation CD. Invest in a couple of these CDs for a short daily escape, says Connolly. You may like to hear chirping birds, rolling waves, or gentle rain — whatever your choice, closing your eyes and listening to these soothing sounds while doing some deep breathing can help you relax and de-stress.
    6. Take a walk. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress because it's a great escape for your mind. Head out for a quiet early morning walk or lace up your sneakers on your lunch break. Walking along a trail, waterfront, or other peaceful place when possible may offer even more relaxation.

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    Channel Mike 138.
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    Look out a window. Distract yourself by focusing on something other than what's stressing you. Grab a steaming cup of coffee or tea, close the door, and take a mental break. Do a little people watching, appreciate any birds within view, or enjoy some fluffy clouds rolling by. Allow yourself to daydream for a few minutes.


    One of the greyt things about the new place is the back windows. I can stand/sit in either the den or the master BR and look out into a half acre that is mine and the birds. We both put up with the squirrels but my longhair chi keeps them up their tree when she is in the yard. Between the trees, my eclectic garden and some privacy fencing I can almost imagine that the nearest neighbor is miles away (I wish!).

    Bad news - no wintering hummers this year. I'm looking for a COLD winter. Already put up my windbreak for the back porch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
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    Bad news - no wintering hummers this year. I'm looking for a COLD winter. Already put up my windbreak for the back porch.
    They left here late and are probably taking their time getting down to you, I'm going to take the feeder in next week. It has been unseasonably warm here.
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    We never stop to smell the roses----or that ocean breeze. Twice this week we walked on the beach. It was lovely and relaxing. The election was so hard to take that just walking on the beach and looking for shells was relaxing. We need to do that more. There's always time to get the yardwork done.

    But talk about our bad timing. We've had some red tide here, particularly in a spot that has a dog park near Sarasota Bay (Bird Key). So I guess the pooches will have to wait for their lovely little walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    They left here late and are probably taking their time getting down to you, I'm going to take the feeder in next week. It has been unseasonably warm here.
    They came an gone a good while back. If the experts who say there are 7 in the trees for every one at the feeder are correct, we had better than a hundred here for a while. We have had a couple (yearling males?) over winter a time or two and have several lazy old men who go back to the nesting grounds in the spring until the eggs are laid and then come back here for the summer.

    Tie that in with the Black tail Hawk, the families of Cardinals, Bluejays, Robins and Bluebirds and we have an excellent entertainment venue all summer long.

    I've got to get the winter feeder posted back up soon.
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    I have found that a couple of silhouettes of homeless looking people and a hundred or so rounds works wonders as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    I have found that a couple of silhouettes of homeless looking people and a hundred or so rounds works wonders as well.
    Speaking of that, SR heard about 5 rounds go off near our house over the weekend. It came from a little homeless (hobo) camp that the cops are turning a blind eye to. They go down a little path that you can barely spot in the brush. They have a tent in there on the grounds of a nursing home/rehab facility. And they wonder why some car windows are smashed in the visitors parking lot. I guess it's not politically correct to tell them to move on.

    That's why we're trying for that mental vacation by taking the dogs to little parks and trails near the beaches. The dogs aren't allowed on the beaches here, so sometimes we take a ride without them. My little 2 and 4 year old grandkids somehow smashed the seashells they picked off the beach when they were here, so my new mission is to go to the best shell beaches and get some more for them to mail.

    Tonight we went to a place called Casey Key Fish House near sunset with some friends. It was delightful. There was a large wood stork eyeing us, waiting for a handout. There were also blue herons, night herons, grey herons and egrets surrounding us. It's one of those places here where you can drive up in your car or pull up to the dock in a boat and come in to eat. Since we don't have a boat, we obviously parked in the parking lot.

    I do love that place. The food is good and it's delightful to sit and look out at the bay and at the boats and birds. Good food, good prices and relaxing atmosphere is hard to beat. It's a vacation in itself.
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