Thursday, January 12, 2012

Balls. (of stress)

Apologies for the late post, alpaca readers!  I've been running around like a mad woman these past few days preparing for my killah Barcelona trip that I am zooming off to tomorrow!  (P.S. We're having a post all about it coming up so be sure to check back!)

Like most of my ideas, this one started out great and soon turned into a huge stress fest because this inevitably failed to go as I had hoped.  Do they ever?  Negatory.  I'm generally an extremely organized person and I like to be on schedule with my life, so you can imagine the freak out that occurs when things need to be rescheduled.  In this case, I planned as many activities possible to make the most of my short week away from the hell cave, and it turned out that two of them already presented conflicts.  While I do like to have a plan, I'm pretty flexible with moving things around as long as everything gets done.  

The stress beast came out once I found out that one change in plans would wind up excluding a friend who was traveling far distances to see me.  It's not so much the control issue, as that I want everyone to be happy.  This is why I fail at planning parties.  There's that one inevitable drunk girl that takes off her shirt and I'm the one who gets all the evil glares for it.  I'm getting stressed just typing that sentence.   

Usually, if it's something I can control, I deal with my stress by breaking things down into small bit and handling them one at a time.  If it's out of my hands, I get my loyal friends to distract me from thinking about it.  Their advice usually goes something like this: 

(courtesy of maggie123 via   
My friend Bear recently shared his stress reliever and, despite being an avid lover of the disgusting, pee-ridden sidewalks of my beautiful Brooklyn who fears nature like it's the plague, I actually found it to be quite effective!  It's a little website called RelaxPls and it has rocked my world (in the calmest way possible of course).  

And, of course, when all else fails, there's always the fluffy bunny route: 

(courtesy of Nobody wants me via;
sidebar: the bunnies want you!)
What are your stress-relieving tricks?  

Leave your advice in the comments below and be sure to check back tomorrow for more on Barcelona & traveling!  (Please, you guys.  Our moms are tired of reading this.) 

-Beetle, xx 

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