Do you find yourself having a torrid affair with your thermometer and desktop calendar? Marking the days to the big “O,” and then one day after another during that long, arduous, two week wait?
If so, here are a few ways to temporarily break-up with the monotonous blank boxes, and to calm your anxiety while stork watching from your bedroom window.
Three Things to Help you Survive the Two Week Wait
- Shake your booty! According to the Mayo Clinic, “research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood.” Now I’m not talking about forcing yourself to go out for a long and boring run (though that’s ok too if you feel like it). I’m talking about putting on your favorite boogie down CD (I personally like Madonna’s Greatest Hits), and DANCING. Shake that thang!
- Just say no! Those of us, who are of a certain, um well, age, will remember this as Nancy Reagan’s slogan. It’s time to bring back the power of no. Say no to things that don’t feel good to you, that zap your energy and diminish your joy. While we might seem to be happier once we have satisfied and gained the acceptance of those around us, in fact we tend to mourn our lost desires and crave control of our lives. And Lord knows we already have enough things out of our control. So where you do have control, take it. Say no.
- Cry…from laughing too hard! According to Dr. William F. Fry of Stanford University “laughter stimulates the production of the alertness hormones catecholamines. These hormones in turn cause the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins foster a sense of relaxation and well-being and dull the perception of pain.” Seriously, it’s that easy. So when was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried instead of crying so hard that you forgot how to laugh? Life is tremendously funny if you let it be.