To Combat Distress.           A Top Ten List.

1.  Sleep.  Take a nap.  Fall asleep on the couch.  Get as much uninterrupted sleep as you possibly can.

2. Laugh.  Watch a comedy, a romcom, or a stand-up special.  Humor is the antidote.

3.  Eat.  Unless this is a hang-up, a decent meal or satisfying a craving or a special treat is a balm for the stressors in your life.

4.  Water, part I.  Take a shower (or bath).  Baths are not my thing, but some people find great pleasure relaxing in the tub.  The shower has a similar effect.  Immerse yourself in water and let your worries recede.

5. Exercise.  Running, biking, hiking, or walking get you out of your house and take you someplace.  Use distress as a motivator to propel you off the couch…after that nap.

6. Travel.  Whether to the shop around the corner, the next city, or another country, the successful completion of a trip can give you a sense of accomplishment.

7. Water, part II.  Ice-cold water.  There is a great bot on Twitter @hydratebot that reminds you to drink water.  Dehydration can effect mood tremendously.  Get that water so cold it hurts.

8.  Hugs.  Hug a human or animal.  If you don’t know another human willing to make physical contact, animals are less picky and appreciate affection.

9.  Create.  Write poetry, a story, paint a picture, sing, play your instrument, do some macrame.  Having a creative outlet is a way to express emotion in a healthy way.

10.  Read.  Reading takes you out of your yourself and into a different place and time.  It requires a concentration and immersion that at times is an escape and at times is an enrichment of the soul.

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