THE FPQ OF STRESS RELIEF

Fandango’s Provocative Question #154

He wants to know how we relieve stress. Ha!

  1. Find something funny to watch. Movie, TV, whatever does it for you.
  2. If the movie doesn’t work for you, how about a book? I have a great selection of books that are funny, articulate, and all about time travel and history. Then, there are The Dresden Files.
  3. Take three scoops of ice cream or frozen yogurt, a splash of milk, a dash of vanilla extract, a big squeeze of syrup, and 3 tablespoons of malt — I think Nestle makes the best one. Blend it, drink it, and smile.
  4. Buy some special goodies from the lady who bakes those special cakes. Wow, what a great baker! Delicious! But don’t eat them for the yumminess because you’ll wind up flat on your ass. Now watch the movie. Anything by Mel Brooks works for me, but there are quite a few others.
  5. If none of this makes you relax, a really good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in the quality of life, especially if you have trouble sleeping.

I really read more than I watch. Actually, I don’t read. I listen. Not only is this easier on my permanently strained eyes, but it’s like having a movie in my head. A great narrator can really improve a book. Unfortunately, a bad one can ruin one. One of the best things about Audible.com is you can return bad books. I return quite a few every year — at least three or four. But I have 1500 audio book. Maybe more by now.

Did these lockdowns change us permanently? I think for we oldies, the answer is probably “yes.” It may not be true for younger people who have more years to recover. I know my mother lived through the pandemic of COVID in 1918 as did the rest of her big family.

I wish I’d understood more about pandemics then. I didn’t know enough to ask the right questions. I’m sure they could have told me a lot. I know my mother said that the flu epidemic was more deadly than World War I, which was the deadliest war in its day. I’m not sure if WW2 was bloodier and I don’t fell like looking it up, but I’m sure Google would know. Probably so would Alexa.

I don’t think I will ever completely shake off the effects of this. I was supposed to go to a wake today and I didn’t want to go. Not because I don’t care, but because I’m afraid of groups. I don’t know those people, whether or not they were vaccinated, who might be sick. I’m just trying to stay alive.

I don’t find the isolation awful. We haven’t been socially active in a while. From an activity viewpoint, life hasn’t been all that different but somehow, it feels different.

Maybe you know what I mean.



Categories: #FPQ, Anecdote, Fandango's One Word Challenge, Mental health, Provocative Questions

13 replies

  1. the times are hard in ways we’ve never had to deal with. i think by doing the things that you can to make yourself happy, you are on the right track. i love audio books as well!

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    • These days, I often don’t even know what is bothering me. Something is, but I can’t figure out what. What I do know is that these are mentally and emotionally difficult times and everyone is struggling in some way.

      I have loved audiobooks since my long commuting days. Even after I stopped commuting, I continued to love them. Now, I think maybe Garry’s developed a taste for them too — and I get to read and my eyes get to rest.

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  2. Audible is my go to as well! I love reading! I love audiobooks!
    I like your suggestion about the frozen yogurt or icecream too!
    And if I could get it, or when I can, a good nights rest is amazing!

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    • The malted milkshake is the first thing I’ve put in my mouth in two years that tastes REALLY good. We never go out and I do most of the cooking — and a lot of the time, by the time I’m through cooking, I don’t have much appetite left. I don’t think that’s unusual. You get a lot of the food just be being with it as it cooks — smelling it, mixing it, tasting it. For everyone else, it’s dinner, but for the cook, it’s the end of a project. An entirely different perspective.

      I don’t know what I’d do without audible! I just had to buy a new speaker My older Oontz died the other day after three solid years of great work for a small price. I have to pair up the new one — a job so simple I don’t know why I’m procrastinating. Everything feels like hard work these days.

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  3. Except for the “special” something, which isn’t a thing here, the rest is a very helpful list.

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    • I started making malteds because Garry was getting too thin. He gets most of it. I get what’s left over — and even that small amount tastes like a bit of heaven. And of course, something to make you laugh has to be good for stress and your soul 😀

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  4. I definitely do know what you mean. I think this weekend I might try one of my “special” marshmallows, drink your #3 malted milk concoction, and then watch “Young Frankenstein.” Sounds like a great way to relieve stress!

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    • It works remarkably well for us. Some tasty, something to make you a little crazy AND something funny. The perfect storm!

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    • I should mention that the malteds are AMAZING. We’ve had them in strawberry (Garry’s favorite), vanilla (my favorite) and a black and white (chocolate and vanilla. I’m not sure you CAN do anything wrong. I actually bought a Ninja “bullet” to make them. It’s small machine and easy to use and clean — and it fits in our way-too-small kitchen. All the fancier machines — which were “professional models” for soda shops were very expensive which was bad enough, but they were also HUGE. I’m REALLY happy with the Ninja bullet. But there are a lot of these “bullet” machines around. They are basically a variation on a theme of “blender.”

      But I gotta say the first time I tasted that strawberry malted, I almost fainted with joy.

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