Thursday, April 16, 2015

Therapeutic Elixir, I Assure You

Tonight I am drinking until my jaw unclenches.

Bruxism. It's a thing.

Work today was ridiculous.

Last night I got about three hours of sleep. And they were punctuated by horrific nightmares in which my spouse and various dogs physically attacked me and gun nuts attempted to shoot me to death for opposing their views.

So I'm tired. Also, clearly I don't handle working with contractors very well.

Tonight I'm trying not to think about selling my house or getting everything done at work or whether my spouse will try to kill me the way I dreamed he did.

I'm just relaxing and drinking.

My jaw feels much better than it did earlier today. Less clenchy, you know?

Ain't nobody got time for that
Tomorrow I can worry about home repairs and budgets and spouses and contractors and co-workers and ridiculous clients.

Tonight I'm making sure my upper and lower teeth don't grind.

It's a pretty good feeling.

Poll question: How do you de-stress? There's no such thing as too many coping mechanisms, after all.

Share and I'll write about it. Tell me why your method is better than vodka. I dare you.

In the meantime, I'm going to go to bed early and hope for better dreams.

G'night, Drunkards.


  1. When I'm stressed, I knit. I have a simple shrug that is nothing but elementary stockinette stitches (it forms the little V's you see in knitwear) so it doesn't require much thinking. The steady movements and the little clacking of the needles seems to set my nerves at ease.

  2. I walk. I get out of the office and go somewhere. According to Google the large park with a duck pond and a life-size replica of the Parthenon is about 8 tenths of a mile from my office, so on a rough day I might walk at least a mile and a half. It's two miles if you count the trip around the pond.
    Pottery's also good because it starts with a process called wedging. This is jargon for beating the shit out of the clay and slamming it on the ground as hard as you can to get the air bubbles out.
    And when I'm home alone where I don't have a pottery studio and I don't feel like going out there's pinball. There used to be three different pinball machines at various places close to where I work. They're gone now, and in spite of the variety of tables Wii pinball just isn't the same, but it helps.
    Gotta admit as a stress reliever masturbation can't be beat.

  3. Things I do to destress: cook myself a very extensive gourmet-style meal. For me, the act of cooking is therapeutic in that it's hard to think of much else while doing so, but also, sitting down to a beautifully plated meal makes me feel special and important. It doesn't hurt to drink wine while cooking and eating. I also run. That helps. a LOT. It's the WORST, but damn, does it work.

  4. I de-stress by routinely reading your blog. It's my me time.

  5. I don't handle stress very well. Music and running work, but what is even better is to remove stressors from my life entirely.

  6. Funny...drinking makes my jaw clench.....kind of like when you eat a sour pickle, that pain you feel...that's what alcohol does to me. I know, it is AWFUL to be me!

    I can't remember the last time I had a chance to do this, but I love LOVE a good long soaking bubble bath to help me relax. Just quiet time, warm water, and a good book!


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