Wednesday, May 23, 2012

And this is why a massage just won't do it for me

When I've been in a funk, some of my well-meaning friends have said, "oh, you need a massage or some retail therapy" and while that's nice for the moment, it just doesn't do it for me.

This is why.

What works for me is that I actually need to stop, examine my life and see what's REALLY going on.

What works for you?
Did you like that blog post? 

PS by a strange coincidence, I'm actually going for my first massage of the year today :)


  1. You have a point. Retail therapy or massages are just for that short period of time. The way you do is the correct way. I too do it like that. Stopping and re-evaluating everything around me, is the only way I can see what's going on and where I need to go from here.

  2. Oh I love that blogpost - I have immediately subscribed to her feed. Nurture yes! I feel that the Happiness project has learned me a lot about nurtuing yourself - examining what makes you happy but also how to get on track when you are not. For me writing help - bne it in my head, in my journal or on the blog. And time alone to just be.

  3. I guess it depends on what's driving my funk. Most of my "funks" are driven by just needing a break, and a change of scenery is usually really good for me.

    Of course I couldn't come to that conclusion if I didn't do at least a little reflecting.

    Will read the article this afternoon! :)

    And ENJOY your massage!!! I have one scheduled in a couple of weeks, but I just signed the girls up for swimming lessons, and I'm going to have to reschedule it. I hope it won't take me too long to get back in! I've been looking forward to it for a long time!

  4. I adore that blog post. I really need to do exactly what she is saying she did. Glad I got this right before I ran to the cafeteria to get my lunch. I didn't have time to pack it today. I will go get a salad!

  5. I LOVED that blog post. Thank you for sending it to me when you did.

    When I get to that point it means that I need to go back to basics.

    Basics for me = eating healthy and wholesome meals, drinking lots of water, exercise (preferably yoga) or even hard exercise like bootcamp (which I hate – btw that’s why I keep going back – BC keeps my depro at bay) and getting enough sleep.

    Also, it means that I need to slow down.

    Slow down for me = getting off my computer (especially on the weekends), planning my life better so that I never need to rush, not procrastinating, JUST BEING STILL (even if it means watching mindless TV or sitting outside in the sun and doing some people-watching) and not trying to fill my time with STUFF and even PEOPLE.

    Slow down for me = getting rid of NOISE i.e. social media and even radio if necessary. Slow down for me = going OUTSIDE of my four walls i.e. into the garden or for a walk.

    It also means that I need more touch. So I hug more, snuggle more, kiss more and and and.

    And it means that I need to write. Like in a notebook. Using a pen and my own handwriting. NOT a computer.

    It also means that I need to pray. Seriously. This helps A LOT. Can’t believe I didn’t discover this earlier.

    I hope that you had a great massage. I again forgot to budget and schedule it for this month. Am planning one on my B-Day at the holiday place that we’re going to. MUST sort it out on Monday when I get home.

  6. Love it! Love it!

    This is exactly where I am and what I need to be doing. I am so guilty of avoiding life! This is precisely why I am finally quitting, to focus on me.

  7. When I'm feeling a bit meh I love to take some me-time and just go for a walk in the botanical gardens (possibly with chocolate) and switch my phone off. I don't get to do that anymore, so now I find a nice long nap really does my mood a lot of good, or a really hot bath - best results if I can have both! But it takes some organising to find the time.

  8. OK...just read that post. Thank you for sharing it.

    I've really been thinking a lot about the "Hands-Free Movement" over the past two weeks (the "How to Miss a Childhood" post). In just two weeks, I've honestly seen big changes in my world. In some ways, this post falls in line with that.

    I'm starring this post, too. I just kinda feel like I'm beginning to reach "something" -- not totally sure what yet -- but it's a good thing.

    More to come, I promise. :) :)


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