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State of The Trout: Stress coping technique and The Boss series goes on sale

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The Girlfriend and The Bride are on sale for $0.99! From now until the end of Authors After Dark in Charlotte, NC, the entire Bossverse series is available for under two dollars. As always The Boss and The Hook-Up are free.

On the stress relief front, I have hit a stress wall! If you’re new to the blog, welcome to an ongoing account of my struggle with mental illness! It’s always more difficult to manage my mental state when I’m under stress. Right now, the stress is all good stress, caused by good things, but stress is stress, and I need a constructive coping strategy.


I could build a bog-out tent out of Rugrats sheets…

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and I could hide in it and get high with Samantha…

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and spend some quality time on Tumblr…

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I’m doing awesome, though, and expecting good things. Also, due to my super rad tent, expecting to wake up in a bed full of thumbtacks, bleeding slightly.



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  1. Sara

    Yes, I’m familiar with the “stress=outbreak” equation myself. Every woman in my family suffers one avenue or another. Luckily, or sadly-i’m not sure which, there’s only one female in the next generation. Pity her because she got the crazy gene from both sides of the family.

    July 18, 2014
  2. Mandi Rei Serra
    Mandi Rei Serra

    Hotboxing with Samantha… the rest of the historical American Girl dolls are jealous, no doubt.

    Felicity was my favorite.

    July 18, 2014
  3. One strategy that helps me with stress related to (job/responsibilities/decisions I have to make) is to actually schedule time (you can use your preferred appointment calendar/software/app) to worry about X. That makes it easier to stop worrying about it at other times. I tell myself “I will (worry about that/make that decision) on Wednesday afternoon” and give myself a much-needed break from the anxiety by doing something more pleasant (or at least a more mindless chore like laundry). I was inspired by Scarlett O’Hara’s strategy of saying “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Of course, I have to actually spend my scheduled time worrying/deciding, or I won’t believe myself next time.

    July 18, 2014
  4. Amber

    This is why I will never stop playing video games. My stress-relief of choice is a silly game called Katamari Damacy, where the goal is to roll everything around you into a ball. The NPCs scream in horror and eventually learn to try to flee (and fail) when you roll them up.

    Of course, I might just be really bloodthirsty.

    July 18, 2014
  5. Alison

    It looks like you have mastered the art of the coping day.

    My go-to stress coping technique is Netflix and lots of cups of (decaf) tea. It really helps to just acknowledge that today might be a write-off and just hunker down and wait until tomorrow. Give myself permission to take a coping day.

    July 19, 2014
  6. My coping technique when I’m overstimulated is something I call a Nothing Session. I set aside a certain block of time and when that time arrives, I lie down on my bed and do absolutely nothing. When my brain is all AAAAAGH I HAVE TO DO THIS THING then I remind myself to do that thing after I’m finished doing nothing.

    It works best if I set aside the time in advance—if I know the week is going to be especially hectic, for example, I make sure to book a Nothing Session as soon as I’m able.

    It helps that I live alone and don’t have anybody to bang on the door and demand to be fed or anything. If I ever do get to a point where I’m living with people again, I figure I will negotiate such sessions with everybody involved and steal a Do Not Disturb sign from a hotel to hang on the door.

    July 19, 2014
  7. Bitca

    I’m sure it’s Better to say, “Oh! Just do this Yoga position, ” or “Make a jug of chamomile/lavender iced tea, & sip it throughout the day 🙂 …” but anxiety-disorder level stress can be as debilitating as depression. Sometimes you simply need instant relief .

    So, have you checked into the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol [CBD, or hemp oil]? Your herb contains it at varying levels; CBD sort of mellows the impact of THC. Alone, it also lacks any intoxicating effect, so CBD is great for anytime/anywhere treatment of GAD, social anxiety, phobias–any condition in which stress overwhelms your ability to function or focus. The tinkering of bloodthirsty entrepreneurial folk has made commercial varieties very high THC & low cannabidiol, but in Rx states/countries, there are specific strains bred to be the other way ’round for anxiety & pain control.

    As we don’t have Rx in NY, I’ve using CBD hemp oil. I use it for pain that breaks through my meds like Buffy kicks down a door–but it is also a safe & effective anxiolytic (even for kids & pets). The stuff isn’t cheap, but hemp oil containing controlled levels of CBD for stress/anxiety is sold online for about $50. There’s even a “vape”-ready form w/a refillable e-cigarette… I just wish my insurance would cover it.

    Good luck; stay brilliant!

    July 23, 2014
  8. trynn

    As a fellow American Girl doll collector, I LOVE the picture of you getting high with Samantha. I love seeing people, especially adults, enjoy their dolls. Makes me feel less crazy, haha.

    I love those Rugrats sheets. I LOVED Rugrats when it was on, and I wish they’d never canceled it. I still watch it on netflix.

    July 24, 2014
  9. Hane

    My daughter is having a down day. Must show her “Getting High with Samantha.” Unfortunately, we ‘re on vacay, and Samantha is home and there is no good party oregano here.

    August 13, 2014
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