Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Recipe for Serenity

Count your blessings. It really does help. I've really got a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to Judy for holyexperience.blogspot.com.

Take exedrin PM at bedtime. It eases the joint pain. I also fall asleep more quickly, and sleep more soundly. I wake up more rested. That helps. When I am tired and stressed, the bone pain seems worse (or maybe I don't tolerate it as well). I've been tired and harried and it has been kicking my tail. This morning is better.

Bill also commented yesterday: 'I type with one hand only, because my black cat Jim is curled up against my chest in the crook of my other arm. He is utterly serene. And when he is with me like this, I am more serene, if not serene, than I am at other times.So, there you. As I have been telling you - if serenity is what you want, get a cat.' That made me laugh out loud, but I remembered other times, reading on cold winter nights with a purring cat on my lap, a ticking clock in the background. I could see that Bill had a very valid point as well.

Count my blessings, take drugs, get a cat.

See? I can be serene too.

(Without resorting to chocolate, NW...)


quid said...

I cannot think of anything that would make me less serene than a cat...but that's me. I'll take chocolate.
quid (ailurophobic)

WhiteStone said...

Spent two days with my daughter and I very much enjoyed her two cats. They were quiet. They loved being petted. I can see how they are a good part of her household.

A Novel Woman said...

Cats and chocolate are not mutually exclusive, you know.

Exedrin PM is a combination of acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and if you don't need the acetaminophen, you shouldn't use it because long term use is associated with liver damage. And Exedrin PM can be habit forming so if you are going to use it, you have to use it in moderation and for the short term only.

You're better off finding other non-medicinal ways to calm the mind and calm the body so you can sleep.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Novel Woman about the drug. Try bedtime for listing your blessings and talking to God. It will calm your spirit and if it's habit forming that's a good thing!!! Judy

Karen said...

It really does help to count your blessings, but I forget to do that simple thing way too often.

I love my cat, too. Did you know that having a cat can help reduce blood pressure? (Except, of course, when I'm in the middle of cleaning up one of his hair balls that I've found. It's then that I could kill him.)

Kelly said...

I like cats as long as they belong to someone else. I love dogs! Tropical fish are pretty relaxing, too.

Jayne said...

We had ads on the tv here in Oz trumpeting the virtues of owning a cat = less stress, lower blood pressure, companionship, etc.
I owned 5 cats at one stage; my blood pressure was in my boots and I was so serene hubby thought I was catatonic (boom boom);)

Mary Paddock said...

As a lover of both dogs and cats, I can say that they both have their own virtues in terms of serenity. Dogs are simple enough; treating you like it's your birthday every day. The moon and the stars would be yours if they could retrieve them for you. But cats offer a surprising amount of sympathy when you're down (don't let anyone tell you otherwise--we've had a couple of "nurse cats" in our household). They "get it" when you just want to be still. They like tea time, good books, and naps. :)

Fish are great Kelly, but you can't pet 'em (or shouldn't at any rate). :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb,
Some Serenity Quotes:
Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
-Joseph Addison, "The Spectator, #381", May 17, 1712

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
-Grenville Kleiser

Perhaps, after all, our best thoughts come when we are alone. It is good to listen, not to voices but to the wind blowing, to the brook running cool over polished stones, to bees drowsy with the weight of pollen. If we attend to the music of the earth, we reach serenity. And then, in some unexplained way, we share it with others.
-Gladys Taber

Ohm, DavidM

Debby said...

It tends to be a vicious cycle. The joint/bone aches begin, I sleep badly, they seem worse, I sleep worse. Tiredness makes pain harder to deal with. I can't sleep because I am uncomfortable. The PM medication is taken for both the pain and the sleep. I actually only have to take one normally, and I do not take it every night.

Debby said...

PS. Gosh you guys are great!

Buddha46203 said...

I've always found NyQuil keeps me pretty serene. Not on a regular basis there is a good reason they call it Green Death lol. Or an even better idea Bri and I found this tea at Bilo. Its called Sleepy Time Tea, it's a mint chamomile tea. I absolutely love it, calms me and puts me to sleep every time.

Bill of Wasilla said...

It's always good to see so many talking about cats.

Paula said...

A cat and a warming toddy for me!! LOL!

Sweet dreams - Px