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  1. JustChecking

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    Are you stress? My jaw reminds me all the times. Please see if any of these stress solutions would help you. Here is the link:

    http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/healthy-living/13-2-minute-stress-solutions-171300147.html

    Another method is prayer.

    If you have other methods, please share them with us.

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    A good method is deep breathing

    Also each time you catch a negative thought in your head try to contradict it

    If someone would write a book on how to deal with BB fear or post BB fear and the consequences they would make a fortune

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    Good ones, Endless! I will try to remember doing them.

    Yeah, self-help books are popular.

    Thanks!

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    JustChecking, this post was a great idea and, hopefully, will help folks.

    When I have been at my worst, counting my deep breaths (deep breath in -1, deep breath out-2, and so on) really helped to calm my pulse down.

    Finding a distraction has also helped me. My happy place is Disney World, as silly as that may sound. But, I have a lot of great memories (my son has autism and spoke his very first full consecutive sentences at the age of 6 after he had rode Space Mountain). So, when my anxiety starts up for whatever reason, I like to get on YouTube and watch Disney videos, or listen to my CD of ride music. It takes my mind to a different place, so that I can move on from that anxiety filled mind frame.

    Exercise is also good. When the weather is nice, a long walk is refreshing. But, it's cold and snowy where I live, so I get on the treadmill or go to the mall and walk around.

    And, as much of a help this site is, if reading all the posts is causing stress or anxiety, step away for a while. Ask whatever question you have, then leave it. Give it some time for others to respond and then come back and look at your post only. Don't start reading all the other posts. It's too easy to start reading and then get stressed out all over again.

    It's so easy to let the stress and anxiety take over. The earlier/sooner a person learns coping skills, all the better for their health, both physically and mentally.

    And prayer is always good

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    What helped me was doing checks of everything before sitting down. I'd come home, prep my shower stuff, vacuum, check my mattress. Then I'd watch a movie, do stretches, have a bubble bath, or do crosswords before bed. c:

    Or baking. I baked cookies and stuff. Hobbies really help.
    Btw here's something my boss' mum introduced us to. Best/worst thing ever... best because it's so easy... worst because I figured out how to make it from scratch.... -fatfatfat- This is a gluten free recipe but there are others that are normal... I just cheat a bit and use some of our gluten free flour from work.. hahaha Mug cake!

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    Butterfly, that’s not silly at all, especially it has to do with your son’s milestone. Whatever memorable works. You’re right about movies and music.

    I don’t have a regular exercising routine, but I will try to learn some basic Bollywood dancing moves. Look kind of fun on YouTube.

    Yeah, I already have cut back on reading the posts.

    R Eyes, you have a nice routine going. Boy, that Chocolate Mug Cake looks so delicious. I could almost taste it. It’s easy and quick to make. Baking is such an excellent hobby. Get to experiment, see the result and enjoy the treats. Sadly, I am not a baker. Buying all the ingredients which I may not be able to use them again is one of the reasons I don’t bake.

    Thank you both for sharing some neat ideas!

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    And keep reminding yourself that you can't be beaten by such a simple and small brained life form!

    .....I am NOT an expert.....

    Any advice i give here is based solely on my own personal experiences in dealing with bedbugs & other household vermin.
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    Yes, ITortureBugs4Revenge!

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    1. If you prefer the deep breathing technique, here's the alternate nostril pressing method:

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    2. See below if you prefer the collar bone and hand pressure point methods:

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    Enjoy the views and soothing music below:

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    JustChecking,

    Thank you for posting the soothing music video!! I normally have either Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart playing softly in the background while my kids are homeschooling, but this morning I'll be playing this video. It's great, and the music is perfect for calming.

    Thanks again!!

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    Hi,

    Sorry no music to these ones but one of the ways that I deal with the stress of dealing with people with bedbugs is to get out and see different things. As such my photography is part of my therapy regime and I hope some of you get some peace from these links:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bedbugsuk/sets/72157637847366995/ - fishes and sea creatures

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bedbugsuk/sets/72157634971710462/ - butterflies

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bedbugsuk/sets/72157634999481166/ - UK ancient monuments

    There are also sets from the Grand Canyon and NY/Chicago street life. At some stage I will try and dig out some of my bee pictures and macro passion fruit flowers.

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    Thanks for the cool ideas, recipes, music, photos, and videos!! They bring some normalcy to my anxiety-ridden and depressing life. You are all wonderful!!

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    Daylight - 45 minutes ago  » 
    You are all wonderful!!

    Don't tell too many people we have reputations to maintain.

    David

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    David,

    Beautiful pictures!! And I got a nice little chuckle at the bed bug holding the newspaper at the top of the page.

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    Hi Butterfly#2,

    Yes at the start of 2013 we switched from a very realistic and macro image format for all our education to a less threatening cartoon affect. It was mainly driven by someone who had a suspected BB issue but who was also phobic of all insects to the point they could not look at one.

    Her view of the world was effectively at complete odds to mine and yet we needed to work out a way to communicate that was both scientifically correct and non threatening to her. The project took me about 20 days to complete and meant I had to learn a whole new level in web programing and found an artist who has an amazing ability to understand my gesticulations and produce exactly what I want the first time (so much so I have been secretly working on a pests don't have to be scary project with her to cover all sorts of pest issues).

    Long story short when you look at the details you will see a few levels of humor in there and yet its pretty much technically accurate down to the "tail drop" on the defecation action although a bit of poetic license with the copy of BB news.

    If you search you will find my mythical creation Cimex ridiculous or the Ostrich bug as it is commonly know. There are found in large numbers within certain industries and can adapt to just about any environment.

    Oddly enough we found the biggest change that the new website brought was less stressed customers because they could see the value of reading and understanding without being told "the sky will fall in" like some demented six legged chicken lick'in (see now look what you have made me do, I need a cartoon of that).

    Remember smiling is good exercise for the face, it works more muscles than frowning.

    David

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    You're welcome, Butterfly1972 and Daylight. It took me some time to find a piece of soothing music on YouTube that sounds good and relaxing. I am glad you like it.

    David, thank you for a variety of beautiful pics! They sure have a calming effect. Last time, why you posted them on another thread, my computer couldn't download all the pictures within certain time frame. This time I could see the cute fishes. I have heard that starring a tank of fishes could relieve stress. Gaze at a particular fish swimming around and around. How f r e e and light!!

    So, that's why the hi-quality cartoons of bed bugs. How thoughtful, David!

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    Last time, why you posted them on another thread, my computer couldn't download all the pictures within certain time frame.

    I meant "when".

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    Oddly enough we found the biggest change that the new website brought was less stressed customers because they could see the value of reading and understanding without being told "the sky will fall in" like some demented six legged chicken lick'in (see now look what you have made me do, I need a cartoon of that).

    Hi, David,

    Happy to provide you with the inspiration for a "demented six legged chicken lick'in" cartoon....lol. Looking forward to seeing it....I think.

    Remember smiling is good exercise for the face, it works more muscles than frowning.

    100% agreed!! My favorite sayings are; "Smile! It increases your face value." and "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." 100 points if you can tell me what movie they are from.

    And, we have got to do some serious brainstorming of what to change the #2 to following Butterfly. Somehow seeing #2 reminds me of.....well, something that involves a newspaper and a particular bed bug. Surly, we can think of something else......lol.

    Butterfly #(waiting for a new part to my name)

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    I sing this while doing laundry... when no one is around anyway.

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    Watch these cuties.

    http://youtu.be/U-pRwkzHJJk

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    Beautiful Rainbows From Around The World. "Look, a rainbow..."

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/beautiful-rainbows-around-world/10492?image=0

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    Check out this online fish aquarium.

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    I defy anyone to be stressed after 2 hours of the music of my people.

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    Although you may immediately think of me as British I am actually of Manx decent, its a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, home to the Vikings and Celts of many regions, its bleak beauty gives a rare chance to stand on a mountain and see 7 countries as your survey the landscape.

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    JustChecking,

    Love the salt water fish aquarium. I had it playing through YouTube on our TV this morning and my kids loved it. They asked for it to be on every morning during school. And thanks again for starting this thread. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, seeing all the videos and listening to the music.

    David,

    Awesome Celtic music!! Apparently, even my golden likes the music. She is now laying with her head on my laptop as I have the music playing. Good music and a wonderful dog to pet.....relaxation at it's finest.

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    So, I'll go ahead and ask for forgiveness for the following link and it's...shall we say...complete gross factor.... I was in need of a good laugh one day and a friend directed me to the following link. Needless to say, I got that much needed laugh....and then some And let me say, I feel so bad for what these poor folks went through after eating the gummy bears, but I'm ever so grateful that they shared their reviews on Amazon (is that just completely wrong of me?!). Anyway, hope it can bring a smile to someone's face today.....and a little relief to any stress they may be feeling.

    http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummy-Candy-Sugarless-5-Pound/product-reviews/B000EVQWKC/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

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    David, I enjoy the Celtic music very much. Intoxicating! Thanks! I heard at least 1 of them before. It's true they say music is a universal language. It's good to our souls, etc. I will have to look into the descriptions later.

    Butterfly, wow, that's so...hilarious!!! Don't worry, one of my brothers used to say stuffs like that. ;)The music and the gummy bear joke are much needed as I stayed up the whole night cleaning again. I laughed and laughed and laughed. I laughed again after finding out it's from a female writer in the middle of the joke.

    I don't want to put you in the hot seat, Butterfly. You don't have to answer, but I wonder why your friend would know about this joke?

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    S O R R Y !!! This is not a joke. You see what lack of ordinary sleep can do to a person.

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    Actually, I had a lot of Cola gummies a short while ago. You see, sweets is not my favorite thing. I got this crave and couldn't stop eating them. Maybe it's a coincidence. I had more skin reactions and more frequently after the Cola gummies consumption. I am so thankful that I don't have other reactions.

    I feel terribly for all those who got affected by eating Haribo Gummy Candies.

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    I don't want to put you in the hot seat, Butterfly. You don't have to answer, but I wonder why your friend would know about this joke?

    Hi JustChecking,

    First, let me say that I'm so sorry you were up cleaning all night. And I wish you a good night's rest tonight!!

    My friend has diabetes and was on Amazon looking at sugar free gummies when he came across these reviews. There's more than just the first review. Apparently, many, many, many people have had the same, um, reaction to these gummies. So, when you're ready to laugh more (ok, I feel really bad at laughing at these poor folks expense) read further down the page. I laughed until I had tears running down my face (again, so sorry at laughing at others expense...just can't say that enough). BTW, my friend didn't buy the gummies (although, knowing him, I bet at some point, one or more folks in his direct line of fire may experience these gummies.....but, it better NOT be me....because I will hunt him down...and it won't be pretty.....lol).

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    Butterfly, you are very welcome! I am glad you and your kids find something enjoyable and helpful from this thread.

    We need some escapes from this pest madness, right?!

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    This thread is very calming. Thank you!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    That's why. I see. I know what you're saying. No one wants to be in that situation. Regardless, it's very important to have enough supply of t_il_t paper at home. lol

    P.S. I will continue checking the reviews.

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    You're welcome, NoBugs!

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    Great thread...relaxing music and laughs.

    Celtic music: I'm a big fan of Connie Dover.

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    Thanks, Butterfly! I had a bit of tears in my eyes while reading the reviews.

    Although you may immediately think of me as British I am actually of Manx decent, its a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, home to the Vikings and Celts of many regions, its bleak beauty gives a rare chance to stand on a mountain and see 7 countries as your survey the landscape.

    David, that sounds mysterious. Are you talking about Snaefell Mountain? I counted 5 places: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Isle of Man. Where are the other 2?

    I can't help but see X-Men (Man) in Manx.

    TAOT, I listened to several of Connie Dover's songs. They are good! Thanks!

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    JustChecking - 5 minutes ago  » 
    I can't help but see X-Men (Man) in Manx.

    Funny! Very nice thread JustChecking! (May I call you "JC"?)

    bed-bugscouk - 1 day ago  » 
    . . . I am actually of Manx decent, its a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, home to the Vikings . . . .

    Ok, I'm REALLY curious here . . . does anyone other than me think this goes a looooong way in explaining some things?!

    P.S., I enjoyed the music also David, I didn't have time to listen to all of it, but so far the first song is my favorite.

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    Thanks, Abs!

    Who knows, David is unique as he sometimes says.

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    I can't help but see X-Men (Man) in Manx.

    LOL..... That's great, JustChecking!! I instantly got the image of David standing in a hotel mirror, flexing his muscles, while wearing his flashlight on his head (or I'm assuming that's a flashlight in the his how to check a hotel room video).

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    Yeah, with extra sight, smell and who knows what capabilities.

    (or I'm assuming that's a flashlight in the his how to check a hotel room video)

    I think you're right, Butterfly.

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    "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

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    JustChecking - 4 minutes ago  » 
    "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."
    ~Lou Holtz

    Great quote, Just Checking.

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    "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

    ~Lou Holtz

    Love this quote!! It's going on my fridge tomorrow morning. Thank you for sharing, JustChecking!

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    Thanks, TAOT!

    I was so disgusted with myself for my pest problem some time ago. Although I heard of a particular song before, I hadn't had for a very long time and I had no idea what the song title is. For several days, I had this song running through my head over and over again, but I didn't know which song it was. Anyhow, after some more days, I found it on the Internet. Could it be a higher being was telling me I am and will be loved no matter what? I mean I have been trying the best I can within my resources. You may tease me about a higher being sending me a message, but I really do believe most of the lyrics to the song below is what the higher being wanted me to know. So, here's a song for you from the higher being:

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    Thanks for sharing the song, Just Checking.

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    You ladies are welcome, Butterfly (somehow your post wasn't on when I was on this thread) and TAOT. I had a fridge magnet with that 10% & 90% quote but I can't have any more fridge magnets among other things due to the pest issue.

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    Thanks everyone for helping us cope. It's such an insecure feeling when you suspect your home is under infiltration by the evil insects called bedbugs. The relaxing and inspiring music, quotations, and kindness expressed and shared are much appreciated!

    I appreciate the songs and kind words from Just Checking, the Celtic music from David, the fun balance from Butterfly, TAOT, Abs, and Nobugs.

    Great thread you started, Just Checking!

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    JustChecking,

    I wanted to share with you that I believe in a higher power as well. I believe that messages are sent to us all the time....we just have to be open to receiving them.

    Last night, after I posted about liking the quote you shared, I got on Facebook. As I was scrolling down, the exact same quote was on my news feed!! Honestly, maybe 10 minutes after reading it on here, there it was again on my FB (I had never seen that quote before, and to see it twice in a matter of minutes.....some may call it simply a coincidence but, well, like I said, I believe in a higher power).

    I had been struggling all day yesterday with how I was going to be handling certain things, and that quote really struck home for me. Again, thank you so much for sharing

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    You're welcome, Daylight & Butterfly. Thanks for sharing, Butterfly! You'll do fine.

    We really do need a breather to carry on with our battles. I have to take this opportunity to thank Butterfly and other posters who inspired me to start this thread: Butterfly's thread, http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/my-bed-bug-fear-amp-anxiety-story, and other posters' threads that contain very descriptive, emotional triggering words. Please note I am not suggesting the emotional impacted posts are bad because they were healthy for the posters to vent and to work out their feelings. Only after that phrase can we move on to a calmer stage and become more proactive. I also know that this can be a roller coaster ride with a "X" number of loops. Therefore, instead of having people who are sensitive to other people's written descriptions to magnify their own problems and be stressful about it, why not have a variety of outlet options for release.

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    "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."
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    Yes, great quote!

    Butterfly1972 - 10 hours ago  » 
    I wanted to share with you that I believe in a higher power as well. I believe that messages are sent to us all the time....we just have to be open to receiving them.

    Count me as a member of His club also! . . . And, yes, I also believe we are sent messages!

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    Therefore, instead of having people who are sensitive to other people's written descriptions to magnify their own problems and be stressful about it, why not have a variety of outlet options for release.

    I have to say I agree with this!! I try to help as much as I can, but sometimes when I read a particularly stressed or anxiety filled post . . . or if there are multiple such posts in a short period of time . . . or maybe a post that I particarly empathize with . . . I sort of start feeling the stress of the posters! I just can't stand the emotional toll these freak'n BUGS put people through!

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    JC wrote,

    "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

    ~Lou Holtz

    So true, in bed bugs and beyond...

    I agree this is a fantastic thread for all the reasons mentioned, and I think it will be a keeper. Thanks to everyone who's participating!

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    I don't know if this falls into the "stress busters" category, but thought I would mention it anyway.

    I read Hoda Kobe's book "Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives" last summer. To this day, I still ask myself, "Will this matter in 10 years?" when I'm going through things that cause me stress, worry, etc. It helps to put things into perspective. Worth the read.

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    Therefore, instead of having people who are sensitive to other people's written descriptions to magnify their own problems and be stressful about it, why not have a variety of outlet options for release.

    I have to say I agree with this!! I try to help as much as I can, but sometimes when I read a particularly stressed or anxiety filled post . . . or if there are multiple such posts in a short period of time . . . or maybe a post that I particarly empathize with . . . I sort of start feeling the stress of the posters! I just can't stand the emotional toll these freak'n BUGS put people through!

    I am hoping that I used this quote within a quote function correctly. Exactly, Abs! Just like putting on your oxygen mask first before helping others in case of emergency during a flight.

    NoBugs wrote,

    I agree this is a fantastic thread for all the reasons mentioned, and I think it will be a keeper. Thanks to everyone who's participating!

    Butterfly wrote,

    I don't know if this falls into the "stress busters" category, but thought I would mention it anyway.

    I read Hoda Kobe's book "Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives" last summer. To this day, I still ask myself, "Will this matter in 10 years?" when I'm going through things that cause me stress, worry, etc. It helps to put things into perspective. Worth the read.

    Thanks for the confidence vote, NoBugs!

    Butterfly, I watched a mini interview on the author who talked about this book. This book can also bring people hope. I will add it to my reading list. Thanks!

    Since anything that has helped you de-stress may work for other people, too, I encourage anyone shares his/her methods with us.

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    “When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.”

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    Sometimes the best thing you can do is:
    Don't Think
    Don't Wonder
    Don't Imagine
    Don't Obsess
    Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

    I have no idea who wrote this but I came across it some time ago, and now it hangs on my fridge....my fridge is covered with a few inspirational quotes

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    . . . Since anything that has helped you de-stress may work for other people, too, I encourage anyone shares his/her methods with us.

    Does "a" glass of wine and bubble bath count?

    That used to be my standard every Friday night de-stress from the work week "de-stressor" (and sometimes I would throw in pizza delivery).

    Now I find when I take a long walk and block out the world and listen to my iTunes, it's almost like meditating and it does a world of wonder for de-stressing.

    Also, when I'm stressed or feeling depressed and blue, I catch myself singing or humming Amazing Grace . . . I find it very soothing . . . and it comforts me.

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    I have to say that this weekend was kind of stressful, but since it was National Margarita Day on Saturday, my girlfriends and I got together and "celebrated". We watched "Last Vegas" because Vegas and margaritas tend to go hand-n-hand.....and well, you just can't go wrong with Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro. Great movie....in fact, we all laughed so much, we watched it twice......although it could have been the tequila that made it seem so funny....

    Also, when I'm stressed or feeling depressed and blue, I catch myself singing or humming Amazing Grace . . . I find it very soothing . . . and it comforts me.

    Me, too, Abs....

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    Yes, Abs, wine and bubble baths do count. You just reminded me that I'm due for both!

    I like hot chocolate or hot tea with honey also.

    I sing Amazing Grace and other hymns along with the whole soundtrack from The Sound of Music.

    I want to try the long walk and music. Sounds like a winner.

    Calling friends works too if I don't go on about my issue too much. So I'm starting to think that solitary pursuits/stress busters are the best , which the above mentioned seem to be.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    I'm a HUGE MercyMe fan, and can't believe I haven't thought of posting this song before I listen to MercyMe while on the treadmill.....great music. Enjoy!! "I just might bend, but I won't break".....awesome!!

    [+] Embed the videoGet the Flash Video

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    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!!

    I like watching Morgan Freeman's movies, too.

    I haven't heard of MercyMe's songs before. Is that the song title, Move? That's a cool one. Haven't heard as many songs since the weekly Top 40 songs in the 80s and 90s.

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    Yep, "Move" is the song title. They are a christian music band. Really good music.

    I had to laugh at the reference to the Top 40..... When I was a teenager back in the 80's, my friends and I would take turns making the weekly Top 40 list so that we could "discuss" the results on the school bus on Monday morning.....we were such geeks....but, totally thought we were so cool....lol. Think....Sixteen Candles Great memories!!

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    lol...Butterfly, do you mean copying down the Top 40 list?

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    Lol...JustChecking, you didn't know you were in the midst of a famous 80's singer, did you?! I sure gave Tiffany & Debbie Gibson a run for their money....

    Yep, making = copying down...

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    Thanks for clarifying, Butterfly!

    Really?!? I didn't know you could sing like Tiffany & Debbie Gibson or even better. Good for you. So talented.

    I am not good at remembering the artists' names and song titles. I had to look up and listen to Tiffany & Debbie Gibson. And yep, I listened to at least a couple of their songs before.

    At the beginning, I listened to Top 20. Then for some reasons, I listened to Top 40. And for some reasons, I stopped listening to Top 40. It's partially because my favorite DJ, Casey Kasem, was no longer hosting the Top 40.

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    Really?!? I didn't know you could sing like Tiffany & Debbie Gibson or even better. Good for you. So talented.

    LOL.....I was totally kidding!! I couldn't hold a tune in a bucket if my life depended on it Have you ever seen the movie "My Best Friends Wedding"? In it Cameron Diaz sings karaoke....horribly. That's my singing ability.....but, it doesn't stop me from having a blast singing karaoke.....just gotta have fun in life.

    No one could compare to Casey Kasem doing the Top 40....he totally rocked!! Just wasn't the same without him.

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    That movie's so long ago. I might have watched it and don't remember the details but saw the clip after you mentioned it. I think I sing like that in English. When I used to sing in another language, I didn't scare myself as much.

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    but, it doesn't stop me from having a blast singing karaoke.....just gotta have fun in life.

    I agree. My family had a mini karaoke setup a long time ago. It sure felt good to sing.

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    Butterfly, awesome song! The few MercyMe songs I know and/or have I like, but I don't know them well. I've been considering making a Fight the BB-Power playlist. Or, really, I've been saying to myself that I need a playlist for when I'm cleaning or feeling down but hadn't gotten around to a title, lol. My "Fight to Win" playlist was started to kick my butt into gear when writing, but I've found it helpful for other "fight to win" situations. Doesn't quite work for the bb's, though. Clearly I need something more like "Move"

    I find watching "brainless" tv helpful. Too much thinking and suddenly my mind wanders or I get disgusted (I have real problems right now, thank you! is kinda what goes through my subconscious). But lighthearted fair is totally distracting. Who cares if there are plot holes big enough for a semi-truck. The hole is lined with daffodils, prat-falls, and witty banter. I just finished, or will so finish, watching a Japanese drama that is...goofy in comedy and touching in all the right places, and is so enthralling that it makes me not want to do my housework. Fantastic!

    I also find listening to podcasts can work for a distraction, but it's depended on what the subject matter is. Go figure, I need it to be really engaging, make my brain work kinds of things. Maybe something that's genuinely serious instead of playing at seriousness is the key? IDK.

    And as I scroll up and down this thread, I wonder what took me so long to check it out. I see it all the time, obviously, but somehow I never do "come right back to it" as I keep promising myself.

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    I also find listening to podcasts can work for a distraction

    I listen to the podcast, "Car Talk".... Now, I don't how to do much else other than to put gas in my SUV, but I love listening to these guys try to solve "car issues" from callers. They are two brothers from the Northeast area of the US, funny as heck personalities, and have the best accents (or at least they sound like accents to me....but I have a Southern accent, so that might make a difference in the whole accent aspect...lol.) Anyway, listening to people try and imitate the sounds that their cars make and describe the "not normal" jerking and jumping of their cars is so funny......and a very nice distraction from life. The best calls are from females that haven't a clue about the different car parts, such as myself, and try to explain the "doohickeys" and "thing-a-ma-bobs" making "clank, clank, clank" noises.....because I can soooo relate!!

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    [quote]Anyway, listening to people try and imitate the sounds that their cars make and describe the "not normal" jerking and jumping of their cars is so funny......and a very nice distraction from life.

    Just imagining that made me laugh out loud. Maybe I should add some comedy to my podcast routine.

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    ClutterFree wrote,

    I just finished, or will so finish, watching a Japanese drama that is...goofy in comedy and touching in all the right places, and is so enthralling that it makes me not want to do my housework. Fantastic!

    Yeah, I have to watch out for all those captivating drama. Glad you enjoy it.

    Butterfly, you made those Car Talk podcasts so interesting.

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    Hi,

    Can I ask a few people to have a look at ASMR audio which came to my attention because of recent reports that they are very good at helping insomniacs to regain normal sleep patterns.

    It reminds me of some experimental audio work I heard in the early 1980's which used microphones embedded in the ears of a dummy head to capture the real stereo effect. The sound of a haircut was just amazing and at times you could really "feel" the location of the scissors.

    I have listen to a few of them today and I think if I was laying down in a dark room this would relax me a lot although I suspect a few of the readers might prefer a chocolatey smooth male voice rather than a low and husky female one.

    Please let me have some feedback as I think this is an approach with merit.

    David

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    bed-bugscouk - 2 hours ago  » 
    Can I ask a few people to have a look at ASMR audio which came to my attention because of recent reports that they are very good at helping insomniacs to regain normal sleep patterns.

    Hi David,

    Do you have a link? I googled and came across a link, but, um, I'm not so sure I landed at the right place....or, maybe I did...it was a female voice....and in that instance, a "chocolatey smooth male voice" would have been much better.

    Thanks,
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    Hi Butterfly1972,

    The link I had was to a Russian lady doing this on YouTube. As an NLP practitioner I found the vocal range off key from where it needed to be and while a female voice will work well for men it often has the opposite effect with women although that is possibly less the case in these times of gender fluidity.

    It was featured on a BBC News 24 segment at 2am about people having insomnia (yes the irony of that did not escape me). Not that I have problems sleeping but I had a conference call with Australia to discuss some of the latest advances. I am not sure if/how/when I can share that information, it may have to wait until their new website goes live to present the information as they wish to do so. Quite exciting though.

    David

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    Watching Downton Abbey is another great stress buster for me. Last episode of the season is on this week.

    Another good show is Doc Martin. You have to love him. Both are on PBS.

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    bed-bugscouk - 4 hours ago  » 
    Not that I have problems sleeping but I had a conference call with Australia to discuss some of the latest advances. I am not sure if/how/when I can share that information, it may have to wait until their new website goes live to present the information as they wish to do so. Quite exciting though.

    I sure do hope you'll be able to share this information with all of us!! Always nice to hear that there is something exciting on the horizon!!

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    bed-bugscouk wrote,

    The link I had was to a Russian lady doing this on YouTube. As an NLP practitioner I found the vocal range off key from where it needed to be and while a female voice will work well for men it often has the opposite effect with women although that is possibly less the case in these times of gender fluidity.

    It was featured on a BBC News 24 segment at 2am about people having insomnia (yes the irony of that did not escape me).


    Oh! I wonder if this is the same thing that was featured on my newsradio station this morning. They described it as a woman doing something monotonous and repetitive. Although, now that I think about it, perhaps not. I don't know that she talks while does this stuff. Hmm...

    David, I looked at a couple of the ASMR vids and I agree with Butterfly that I'd rather have a chocolaty smooth male voice, if I had a choice. Or a soft-spoken, non-whispering female voice. I find the natural sibilance annoying, as well as the wet sounds of the mouth that I'm sure is drowned out in normal speech. Personally, having someone else brush or otherwise card my hair would probably work for me.

    Daylight wrote,

    Another good show is Doc Martin. You have to love him. Both are on PBS.

    What's it about? Not only does my cable-less tv get terrible reception for PBS, but it's a pain to stream at home as well. I'm about 2 weeks behind on Sherlock. Maybe more

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    How about the song "Another One Bites the Dust" I sing that when I find a dead bug!

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    Hi Clutterfree,

    Doc Martin is a comedy/drama set on the coast of Cornwall in England. Martin Clune plays the Doc Martin Effingham who used to be a surgeon and returns to his hometown to practice as the local GP. He is a bit gruff and lacks people skills, but he is very good hearted and funny in his way. The show has a delightful cast of characters, the setting is beautiful, and the story lines are entertaining. It's the best Brit com, in my opinion.

    The completed 6th season is supposed to be on in the states, but in mine it isn't yet. Seasons 1-5 replay on PBS. Check the local listings. It started in 2004, but they didn't do one every year. If you can start with season 1, that would be best. You can get them from Netflix too.

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    bedbugsarethedevil123 - 13 hours ago  » 
    How about the song "Another One Bites the Dust" I sing that when I find a dead bug!

    LOL!! Classic!!.....that one takes me waaaay back

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    bed-bugscouk - 1 day ago  » 
    Hi,
    Can I ask a few people to have a look at ASMR audio which came to my attention because of recent reports that they are very good at helping insomniacs to regain normal sleep patterns.
    It reminds me of some experimental audio work I heard in the early 1980's which used microphones embedded in the ears of a dummy head to capture the real stereo effect. The sound of a haircut was just amazing and at times you could really "feel" the location of the scissors.
    I have listen to a few of them today and I think if I was laying down in a dark room this would relax me a lot although I suspect a few of the readers might prefer a chocolatey smooth male voice rather than a low and husky female one.
    Please let me have some feedback as I think this is an approach with merit.
    David

    I definitely will have to try this as I have to get rid of my vampire lifestyle very soon. It's been taking a toll on me.

    The male/female whispering ones, BTW no choc smooth or husky, are odd. Then, I came across a chick playing with her fingers with a makeup brush. After a while, it cracked me up. That's just me. Some people may find it relaxing, etc. However, I found one on newspaper page turning, cutting, highlighting and writing which is more promising. I am so glad that there are a variety of options out there.

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    Thanks, David!

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    bedbugsarethedevil123 - 16 hours ago  » 
    How about the song "Another One Bites the Dust" I sing that when I find a dead bug!

    I like the chorus. "Another one bites the dust...". Thanks, BBaretheD123. Congrats on finding a dead bug!

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    Daylight - 3 days ago  » 
    Hi Clutterfree,
    Doc Martin is a comedy/drama set on the coast of Cornwall in England... It's the best Brit com, in my opinion.
    The completed 6th season is supposed to be on in the states, but in mine it isn't yet. Seasons 1-5 replay on PBS. Check the local listings. It started in 2004, but they didn't do one every year. If you can start with season 1, that would be best. You can get them from Netflix too.

    Thank you! I was looking for something new to watch

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    A dear, sweet friend posted this on my FB timeline last night, and I thought I would pass it along to all of you as well.....

    Tonight, remember that God doesn't ever sleep
    or slumber, so you can.
    Get some rest.
    God loves you, my friend.

    So, when you are stressed and having trouble sleeping, remember, God is there with you.

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    Speaking of God . . .

    I pass by a church every day to and from work. . .

    Their sign this week reads:

    Mercy

    Is NOT getting

    What We Deserve!

    Ok . . . that might not be exactly a "Stress Buster" . . . but it has made me smile and say "AMEN!" AND "Thank You Lord!" every single time I have passed it!!!

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    Yay, Butterfly and Abs.

    I found a piece from DaySpring.com:

    You Are Loved by Jesus

    Higher than the sky.
    Deeper than the ocean.
    More than you've even dared to dream.
    The hairs on your head are numbered,
    The cares in your heart are too.
    You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have a purpose and there is a good plan for you.
    You are fully and beautifully known by the One who loves you, more than you can even imagine.

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    I don't have a quote or a video today, but I was kinda, sorta stressed today, so I took my dogs and kids outside into the fresh fallen snow and played, and played......and played.....well, for about 40 mins cause Momma got COLD ~ it's 19 degrees where I am....with a *feels like* 7 degrees....brrrr

    But, playing and running around in the snow was a much needed stress reliever. Ever slid down a slide in the snow?......Super fun!! It was nice to just let go and be a kid again.....if only for a few minutes. That's my tip of the day....lol.

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    Hi Butterfly,

    It sounds like you enjoyed a "perfect" day for me. Snow is soo much fun, and when your kids and dogs are there with you sharing the blissful moments, it doesn't get much better! You reminded me of good memories in my own life--thanks! I truly love snow, ice skating, tobogganing, skiing (tho I haven't been in over 40 years)--but I've been a military wife stationed in the South for most of my life. So thanks for the reminder of good old times!

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    Daylight - 17 hours ago  » 
    It sounds like you enjoyed a "perfect" day for me. Snow is soo much fun, and when your kids and dogs are there with you sharing the blissful moments, it doesn't get much better! You reminded me of good memories in my own life--thanks! I truly love snow, ice skating, tobogganing, skiing (tho I haven't been in over 40 years)--but I've been a military wife stationed in the South for most of my life. So thanks for the reminder of good old times!

    Hi Daylight,

    I'm so glad you were reminded of good times! I grew up in the deep South and have lived up North for the past 15 years. I'm not a big fan of the snow (although yesterday was really fun!). I prefer hot weather, sunshine, shorts, and flip flops. Soooo, if you have any *life in the South* stories, I would love to hear them.....I miss home.

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    I used to love tobogganing when I was a kid.

    It must be tough with your hubby away on business trips often, Butterfly; military, Daylight.

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    bedbugsarethedevil123 - 16 hours ago  » 
    How about the song "Another One Bites the Dust" I sing that when I find a dead bug!

    I like the chorus. "Another one bites the dust...". Thanks, BBaretheD123. Congrats on finding a dead bug!

    Then when you count multiple in one place "And another one gone, another one gone.."

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    bed-bugscouk - 3 weeks ago  » 
    I defy anyone to be stressed after 2 hours of the music of my people.

    [+] Embed the videoGet the Flash Video
    Although you may immediately think of me as British I am actually of Manx decent, its a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, home to the Vikings and Celts of many regions, its bleak beauty gives a rare chance to stand on a mountain and see 7 countries as your survey the landscape.
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    *-* Isle of Man? That's the #1 place I wanna go to- followed by Scotland and Ireland (south). I also have a Manx cat. Have you ever heard Canadian Celtic music?

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    prefer hot weather, sunshine, shorts, and flip flops.

    Oh dear, I almost forgot those existed. We had a brutal winter this year in Montreal

    Can't wait for the spring to come and sit out in the sun

    So, when you are stressed and having trouble sleeping, remember, God is there with you.

    Yep, I pray to my mother who passed away 3 years ago (last of my family) and I think that she is there when I sleep watching me and protecting me, it's kinda silly but it really helps me

    I was once told it's not so much the results of prayer that counts, just the act of prayer is what is most important, it's relaxing , I'm not a super religious person, but after a lot of things I endured I realized prayer helped me a great deal....

    This is a great uplifting and inspirational thread

    Good going you guys!

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    endless_nightmare - 3 hours ago  » 
    Yep, I pray to my mother who passed away 3 years ago (last of my family) and I think that she is there when I sleep watching me and protecting me, it's kinda silly but it really helps me

    Not silly at all, Endless... My mom passed in August of 2011, and I talk to her every single day....multiple times a day. She was my best friend, and when she was on this Earth with me, I would call her several times a day just to ask a question or say "hi". When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she also lost her hearing within just a few months time, so my daily calls to her stopped, but I would "talk" to her anyway....just to myself. I've done that ever since. It makes me feel like she is right here next to me.....guiding me. That's a very comforting feeling.

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    Click here for relaxing meditation music, ocean views and tranquility.

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    You can slide the red horizontal bar to choose your favorite ocean view. If it doesn't play after you move it, you may have to hit the toggle pause/play key once and then wait (sometimes, twice). Click the far bottom right icon for full screen.

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    Hey Butterfly, you mentioned putting coconut lotion on first and then enjoying the above ocean view video in another thread (sorry, I forgot which thread). How creative! Thanks!


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