A nice hot bath is there anything better in the world ? I had one on Sunday and it turned my whole day around.
Last week I briefly touched on the fact that I’ve been suffering from stress lately. Although I’ve taken some steps to eliminate some of those stresses I’m still in the process of recovering.
On Sunday morning my already full brain started to spin with the to-do list for the day ahead.
Our hoover has been on it’s last legs for a few weeks. One of the wheels fell off but I’ve been managing to steer it round regardless. I was hoping to make it last until at after Christmas but alas it wasn’t to be. It lost it’s other wheel which in turn caused my proverbial wheels to come off too.
Stood in the kitchen up to my elbows in washing up I sobbed. It all came pouring out. How would we afford a new hoover, we didn’t yet have a Christmas tree. I had tons of things I needed to get done on the computer, the kids needed a bath and so and so on. It was like an avalanche of unrelated but equally as stressful things that had all been running round my brain.
FrugalMrW put his hands on my shoulders, looked me right in the eye and told me to go upstairs and get a nice hot bath. For once I didn’t protest because at that exact moment he knew exactly what I needed.I headed upstairs, turned on the hot tap and poured in the most luxurious bath foam I own. While waiting for it to fill, I took a notebook from my shelf and wrote down all the things that I was grateful for in that moment.
* A husband who knows my soul and knows exactly what to say to bring be back down off the ceiling. Who knows exactly what I need without me having to say a word.
*Four beautiful, healthy children.
*Hot clean water to lie in and soothe my mind and body.
*Although far from ideal, enough of a credit limit on our credit card to buy a new hoover.
* Our warm, safe home.
*A full freezer and cupboard of food.
And so the list went on.
Once the bath was full I sank into the deep water and immediately felt so much of the tension I had been carrying melt away. I lay back and enjoyed a few pages of ‘What I know For Sure’ a book that never fails to make me feel better and in total peace, I relaxed.That peaceful half an hour was exactly what I needed. I got out the bath in a more positive state of mind ready to tackle the day ahead.
Oh and the hoover ? I left that to FrugalMrW who not only bought the exact one I wanted he also managed to get it £150 cheaper.
What I’m trying to tell you is that when you are feeling stressed grab that opportunity however small it is to find some peace. I can’t guarantee it will solve any problems but it might give you the clarity and perspective to get back on your feet again.
What is your go to when you are feeling stressed ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.