Dear Royal Friends,
Life has a way of scaring the living crap out of us. Sometimes it’s self-inflicted, like when we ruminate in the Trifecta of Troublesome Thoughts (Fear, Worry & Anxiety). Sometimes we blow up a small problem bigger than Puff The Magic Dragon — the old ‘Mountains out of Molehills thing. Sometimes the goblins are totally real…like the passionate frog you kissed (etc.) and thought was Prince Charming, turned out to be a run-of-the-pond “horny” toad. Literally.
I may be a princess pundit of positivity, but I’m not immune from getting into a tizzy by life’s slings and arrows. But I do have a rather large bag of tricks up my princess puffy sleeves to deal with them. I’ve accumulated an arsenal of handy dandy worry circuit breakers which I keep readily available in my “Coping” Cabana drawer located on the left side of my brain. In the bag are thoughts and exercises that calm my mind when it’s twirling around, as the Queen Mum says, “like a fart in beet soup.” Or maybe someone’s bubbe said that.
Here are seven excellent coping tricks I use that are quite unusual, but incredibly effective:
1. Remember you have to learn how to comfort yourself, then visualize being in two big hands full of light. – Fanny Trueherz;
2. Say to yourself, “Let go, be loving, and let the divine swirl move you.” – Princess Diane Von Brainsfried;
3. Calming breath exercise: “Smell the flowers, blow out the candles.” Technique: Breathe in slowly through your nose on “smell the flowers,” breathe out more quickly through your mouth on “blow out the candles.” – Intensive Care Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ;
4. Say to yourself, “Leave the thinking to the horses; they’ve got bigger heads” – Fanny Trueherz;
5. Become like a chiropractor of your brain and make an attitude adjustment – Princess Diane Von Brainisfried
6. Say to yourself, “It’s all mind over matter. I don’t mind, and it don’t matter.” – my dad, Dr. Irving Young;
7. LAUGH. Find some funny videos on Youtube or Facebook, or watch a funny movie. “The World is full of horrible things that will eventually get you and everything you care about. Laughter is a universal way to lift your head up and say: ‘Not today, you bastards!’” – Anthony Jeselnik
I invite you to get yourself a big ole’ Bag o’ Coping Tricks too. Steal these from me with my blessing. Store your bag wherever you like, but keep it handy dandy. And yes, we have to learn how to comfort ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little help from our royal friends. I’m here for you.
Bisous et tra la la,