After reading Liane Moriarty's 'The Hypnotist's Love Story', I'm wishing I could do self-hypnosis!
You are not stressed! You are not stressed! You are calm in the face of whatever life throws at you!
Not that I am stressed. I made that clear at my first acupuncture session last week. I thought I'd have a go after trawling through a million blog posts on dealing with amenorrhoea. (There goes all my male readers.) I've had blood tests in hospital too, I'm not a complete hippy.
It comes down to hormone imbalance, which can be caused by stress.
"But I'm not stressed!" I told the acupuncturist, my emphatic tone possibly undermining my statement.
"Do you get annoyed easily?" she asked.
Me? Not at all. The only thing annoying me is the fact my body is acting like it's in a frickin war zone when I have always eaten healthily, am reasonably fit and take my vitamins.
Okay, occasionally I get a little irritated. The convoluted questions in the (Spanish) driving theory test I'm studying for are ridiculous. Why do I need to know the speed limits of a tractor anyway? Or a horse and cart? I'm not planning on moving to a farm!
And I guess I'm a little anxious about what my agent's verdict is going to be on my new novel. What if she doesn't like it? Do I self publish or change career and move to a farm?
And I get impatient that I can't think of a new novel idea. Should I just give up now, change career and move to a farm?
And frustrated that my Spanish accent isn't smoother and I think I spend my life sounding inarticulate in both languages... should I give up urban living and move to a farm where the cows won't be able to tell the difference?
"Maybe I do get more annoyed than I thought..." I admitted, during my second session.
She smiled knowingly and got to work with her needles.
Whether acupuncture is scientifically proven to work or not, I don't know. But it feels such a luxury to spend an hour with a person concentrated on caring for your body. I never imagined someone sticking needles in you could be so relaxing...
I am totally utterly relaxed... I am not at all concerned that I may be oversharing on my blog... I am totally relaxed...