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Mental Health Day

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I went to go watch a buddy of mine from grad school play at a bar in Arlington on Thursday. Show started late--9pm--and I love my sleep, so I went ahead and took a vacation day on Friday to sleep in late. I'm to a point in my 7 Habits reading that I also felt like I needed a day to sit and ponder it, so my day off was billed as a mental health day.

Regarding mental health, I did not get as far into my 7 Habits pondering as I would have liked. Nor did I get enough cleaning done. I thought my mental health would be improved by a decluttering, and while I did get a little done, not near enough.

It turned out that a day such as this probably shouldn't be overscheduled, and maybe shouldn't include such irritants as going to the eye doctor or chopping jalapenos (hello, capsaicin burn!).

I did get my core values more or less determined, and I'm feeling inspired. I had hoped to put together a draft of a personal mission statement during my day off, but it didn't happen, and at the end of the day, I was falling asleep and definitely had to stick to "Quadrant IV" (Stephen Covey-speak for non-urgent, unimportant) activities.

I had an NSV on Friday as well. My day started off with a visit to my favorite masseur, Marlon. I heart massages like crazy, though I do often think, "Gosh, this poor guy has to touch my fat rolls, and my dry feet, and my unshaven legs!" so there are some stressors involved in even going. I try to remember that he must've seen worse, right--RIGHT??? and it's okay.

Well, I was in this situation, and he was working on my thighs, which have always been voluptuous and self-consciousness-inducing, even in my heyday, and I felt him touch something that kind of hurt. Then, he rubbed it again and said, "Hmm."

And I said, "Did you find a knot in my thigh?" which, while I suppose not an impossibility, would have been a first for me.

He answered, "Have you been working out?"



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/17/2012 5:59PM

    Awesome!! You are brave for getting massages and I'm so glad you got a compliment, too!

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HELLODANAE 2/13/2012 12:03PM

    I know the feeling, you just want to turn and KISS him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well or at least say thank you emoticon
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RUTHXG 2/12/2012 10:09PM

    emoticon I love how he broke through all your negative expectations!

And I agree--it's just fabulous that you took a day for yourself. I would guess it's going to make a difference going forward, even if it's subtle.

Yikes on the jalapeƱo burn--I have done that too! Now I wear thin plastic gloves when I cut them up.

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CARLYG8 2/12/2012 3:40PM

    WOOT!How did you manage to make it through the rest of the massage?? I would have been jumpin' around like a crazy person!! You go girl!!

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HOPESINGH 2/12/2012 4:34AM

    It's so good to read you took a day off just to ponder and think about yourself, and that you got a massage. Especially with the not-so-hidden compliment from the masseur. emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 2/12/2012 2:22AM

    Nice! emoticon

I've got a book on my library list about creating a personal mission statement. I first read the 7 Habits a few years ago and have never made the mission statement. I think it's about time. Following your blog makes me want to go back and read it again. It's an excellent classic!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 2/11/2012 10:51PM

    Music to your ears, I bet!

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LINDABENEDICT 2/11/2012 10:36PM

    bonus !!!

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