Thursday Therapy Check-in
Good morning! Today I see physio doc, yay!
Otherwise? Therapy today is... STOP.
This is used in varying ways to help people not panic in crisis, but it's useful on a bad day. Just sit. Think of your Options, and make a Plan. You may find you have more options than you realize.
For example: "I *have* to make supper! I can't do this, I'm in so much pain, and I have to!"
Think: "Pain. Effort. Supper."
Options: Take-out. Leftovers. Cereal. Go hungry for the evening. Option 1 = driving to pick it up, no. OPtion 2 = no leftovers dammit. OPtion 3 = easiest but am I cheating?! OPtion 4 = I'm hungry, this isn't helping me think clearly! .... Fifth option .... Gotta be a fifth? How asinine crazy can it be? Well, it can be "OK, screw it, dry cereal, not even in a bowl." or it can be "Call for delivery pizza.... but that's money I don't want to spend so..." we end up at "What is easiest to cook with least effort?"
Plan: Add water to pot. Dump in something tha tsimmers for half an hour. Go do other things or rest until 20 minutes are gone, go stir it, and retreat again. *This*, btw, is why I have dehydrated (vacuum-dried) veg and rice/lentils/quinoa etc. so often. Measure. Add water. Add a few herbs. Done in half an hour. Ahhhh.... What do we call it? Well, if there's extra water, it's veggie stew/soup. If there's no water left and it's all perfect, then you're having a "pilaf". (Which just means "rice dish".) If you're carnivorous, an down a microwave, nuke something and set it on the side. Ta-da! Plan!
And now, you have STOP.... and you can go:-)
This, btw, is why I exhaust myself once a week pre-chopping fresh veg, storing in tupperware, and then during week I can just throw it in the pot. One-pot meals are so easy for the vegetarian set. You call it side dishes if you're a carnivore, but that's our main course. I also prep salad greens, etc., but not cucumbers. Those gets squishy and yucky if pre-cut. Zucchini is good for a couple days, carrots and ceelry for all week, onion for the week, etc.
Home cooked from scratch, b/c many many years ago, I was in severe pain, and said STOP! and poof!
OK, I am so freaking tired I can't see straight, so today's trivia is:
Where the heck does Leo get this stuff?
Well, aprtly therapy, and partly this stress management seminar I took for free in, like, 1995.
Or my mom taught me life hacks, as they're now cutely called.
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