Off the wall cure of holiday stress


The countdown has begun.  There are only 19 shopping days until Christmas and there’s all that wrapping, cooking, entertaining, and decorating to finish.

I receive a feng shui tip of the day each and every day and they are typically so off the wall, I delete them without ever opening them.  For some reason I read Saturday’s e-mail and learned that December 5 was “Bathtub Party Day.”

But this bathtub party is based on an ancient Chinese secret that promises to literally wash the stress of the holidays right down the drain.   What the heck. I  guess it’s worth a try.

First you’ll need to add one tablespoon of sesame oil to your bathwater. Then, place two tablespoons of uncooked rice and one chopped, unpeeled potato to a net and suspend that in the water. While you’re at it, suspend that disbelief I’m seeing while you’re reading this!

The sender of the e-mail guarantees this secret recipe  really works to not only relieves stress, but also eradicate it completely. Hey.  That’s a huge claim.

Once you have the oil and the rice/potato blend hanging around in the water, lie down and close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a few breaths and then concentrate on the area at the end of your coccyx (does anyone know where the coccyx is located?).

After a few minutes, you’ll have refueled, restored and replenished your depleted life force and feel ready to take on the world.  Don’t eat the rice or potatoes or you’ll get all that stress back!

The Eastern cultures hold that taking a bath is great for your health both inside and out and that a bath can make you more beautiful. And if that isn’t a good enough reason to have a party in your tub, than I just don’t know what is!

There are two kinds of people in this world – bathtub people and shower people.  I fall into the former category and I’ve put some pretty strange things in the tub including olive oil and epson salt.  I’ll let you know if this works for me.

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