My Top 10 List for Neutralizing Stress

Of course you’ve heard it over and over, but if you have any doubt that stress is detrimental to your mind and body, take a look at the Stanford “Killer Stress” video.

Stress cripples your mind, body and soul. In the words of Robert Fripp, that’s head, hands, and heart – what you think, what you do, what you feel. It can make you forgetful, fat, and cranky.

Here are some top ways that our household uses to cope:

1. Organize your life – stop procrastinating and get your shit together. I highly recommend David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

2. Exercise – get sweaty. It’s good for you and makes you feel better. We invested in a punching bag. It’s a great stress reliever.

3. Stop caring what everyone else thinks. This is truly the secret to happiness. Stop worrying about what other people think of you. Be yourself and go boldly. You’ll have a lot more confidence, and mental energy, if you just let it go.

4. Yoga – cliche, perhaps; but it is tried and true.

5. Listen to music while you work. Commune with nature when possible. We have a host of creatures coming to our yard.

6. Meditate to clear your mind. Practice mindfulness. Try a guided body scan.

7. Lower your carbs. Eat more fresh and organic produce.

8. Feed your mind and heart with philosophy and spiritual learning. I just finished reading Hindu for Dummies, Everything Buddhism, and am always looking for new pursuits. Inspiration can come from those who have been inspired.

9. Have sex and make love every day of your life.

10. Never, ever stop asking why. Why am I doing this? Is there a purpose? Doing everything with purpose in mind will help you feel more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately, less stressed.

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Literally Dreaming About the Future

Recently, I started taking melatonin every night at bedtime. I was reading Suzanne Somers’ book, Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness, and there was a passage in the beginning about how proper sleep restores your body – the natural repair functions kick in, your hormones are balanced, stress is reduced – so I decided to start taking melatonin.

Disclaimer: BLOG RULE #1: Just because I read a book and mention it in this blog, doesn’t mean that I agree with everything in the book. I have a voracious and open-minded attitude towards information. I like to research every angle.

I was also reading a novel, Immortality by Kevin Bohacz, which is a fantastic techno-thriller. It was given to me by William F. Nolan (crazy enough, the author of Logan’s Run, and a personal friend and neighbor, referred to herein as ‘Bill’) who said, “Here, you might like this, read it and tell me what you think…”
Without giving away too much, because you really should read this book, it’s excellent; there are some nanotechnology elements to the story.

I had also just finished reading How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp which is a style guide for middle-age women advising on how to look Y&H (“Young and Hip”). More on that to come in future postings, but for this article, I had been obsessing over the shapewear and lingerie chapter.

Melatonin is a wonderful sleep aide. I use Natrol’s Sleep’n Restore 20 Tablets, a product I found at Whole Foods. It does have an interesting side effect – it makes me have very vivid dreams.

I had this bizarre, but cool dream. Jason, Bill and I were far in the future. The moon had been destroyed and knocked out of orbit by an asteroid. Fortunately, some scientists had saved Earth by putting a replacment gravity sphere into orbit to keep the Earth’s axis and tides from being affected. Unfortunately, the thing was small, black and not visible. There was no illuminated moon to gaze at in the night sky. So some famous scientist was going to restore it. This guy is famous in the future. He’s old and he’s just a brain and brainstem floating around in a suspended holographic body. He’s kind of see-through and he’s been dubbed the first “holoborg”. He’s holding this massive event – it’s like a rock concert or an Obama rally. He’s going to project a holographic moon back into the sky – live.

So Bill, Jason and I are at the big event. The guy floats out onto the stage all ghosty with his brainstem bobbing about, gives a speech, and then flips the switch. But no moon appears. The projection just looks like a rainbow. This prompts Jason to start making Dio jokes (Rainbow in the Dark) and then Bill and I started going “Where’s the Moon?!?” (like from the Wendy’s commercial – where’s the beef?) We’re totally heckling this poor guy.

Next scene, I’m going to a cosmetic surgeon to get a new “nanobra”. The Dr. Rey of the future paints a thin liquid onto my topless torso. He calls it “nanofilm”. Next, he looks at a computer display where a special scanner and camera have superimposed the nanobra onto my real-time image. He controls the nanobra like a cad program and in realtime gives me a total boob lift. Perfect. He tells me that the nanofilm will gradually absorb and as it does, the little nanobots will restore and repair my skin and the underlying fat and muscle for my new boob shape. I won’t need a new one for a few years. Excellent!

I’m very inspired by this and sick of desiging search widgets for Microhoo, so I start a new comany for nano skin and hair care. The secret is that the programming is all in the bottle. When you buy a product at the store, you are buying a bottle that has the software and charging station and a starter set of nanos. You can buy multiple products at once and they can all share nanobots. When you use the product, the nanos perform their function that was set by the bottle. For example, the facial cleanser will exfoliate, open pores, remove makeup residue, and so on. The dandruff shampoo removes all the flakes from your scalp. When you shower, the nanobots are rinsed down the drain. But, new showers are designed to capture gray water so they don’t go to the sewer. The nanobots are reactivated by the water and they release any detrus (skin cells, gunk) into the water, then crawl back to the nearest bottle that’s advertising for replacements. As a bottle refills, it advertises less and less frequently until it is full. This way, the bottles are continuously refilled as needed. Also, refill blank slate nanobots can be purchased to replace the ones that stop functioning or get lost.

So yes, it sounds like a crazy dream – and it felt like it went on all night.

But I do have to say that I feel great after being on the melatonin for about 3 weeks. More energy, more relaxed, and I think my skin has improved.

To Crust or Not to Crust

We’ve been lowering our carb intake over the past several months. So we’ve come up with some strange rules about crust.

1. Pizza – don’t eat the crust (any of it, not even on the bottom of the slice) – except you can pick one small piece to eat the entire thing. This means you have to scrape the and eat just the toppings.

2. Bread – we get a half slice of bread a day – usually at breakfast. If we go out to eat, we tear the crust off the bread and dip just the crust in olive oil and eat it.

3. Pie/quiche – eat the center, leave the crust.

I feel bad about wasting all that crust, so we always bring it home and feed it to the birds.

Over 30 supplements

I don’t know exactly how many supplements I take a day, but I know it’s over 30. There are so many, I have to take them 6 at a time. It takes a couple of glasses of water to get through them.

BTW, a tip to new vegetarians – make sure your supplements (and over-the-counter meds) aren’t in gelatin capsules. Gelatin is made from animals (usually cows, sometime fish).

Also, we’ve researched each supplement on ConsumerLabs to make sure that the ones we invest in are up to par. And yes, it is an investment. Good supplements can be very expensive, but you can’t really put a price on your continued good health.

Vibration Therapy

We were watching a science program about vibrating turkeys who gained stronger bones and  less body fat by standing on a vibrating plate for a few minutes a day. So now we vibrate every day.

We have a zero-G Tempurpedic bed with built in vibrating base so we just turn it on for 20 minutes every night while laying there watching the news.

I’ve been checking my bone density on the smart scale – so far no change. We’ll see.

Seeking Longevity and Optimum Quality of Life

I’m about to turn 40.

I don’t want to go down the hill.

This blog is about the quest to stay right at the top, right at the peak, at premium functioning, for as long as possible.

My husband and I are always improving our lives – lifestyle, diet, supplements, and learning, learning, learning…

The goal is to be smarter, stronger, sexier than ever until we die at a very chronologically old age. We know there will be technological breakthoughs we can take advantage of in the future, but to do that, we have to start taking care of ourselves now.

We’ll share our experiences, knowledge, and rants here.