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When the Bee Stings...

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things

What are your favorite things? It’s good to have a “Treasure Chest” of your favorite memories and moments to go to when you’re going through a tough time. Like say, you just heard a horrible gossip about you at the office. Or your boss unfairly attributed some bad work to just you. You might feel like retaliating, or lashing out, or be in a bad mood all day. Of course, you are entitled to that kind of a reaction, but chances are, such reactions will make you feel good only for the short term, and they have consequences. Worse, they may make you feel hellish for some time. '

These are the times to go into that Treasure Chest – take a breath as you open it, and mentally take out your favorite moments: Memories of laughter, if not your own, then in a movie; and moments of wonder and amazement in your life. Memories like these help stop the stress hormones and chemical reactions in your body that, if allowed to continued day in and day out because of one situation or another, can eventually cause your body to break down. In short, having a Treasure Chest is one way to deal with stress.

There is wisdom in the words of that song from The Sound of Music …

When the dog bites, when the bee stings When I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad.

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