I’m nervous just thinking about turning on the TV for tomorrow night’s Game 5. So in anticipation of the first pitch and the accompanying sweats, heart palpitations, nausea, headache and testy temperament, I went browsing on the web and came up with Seven Tips for Relieving Stress from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Here they are.
- Allow plenty of time. Being too busy is a big source of stress.
- Exercise. It’s a great stress buster.
- Get plenty of rest and eat well. You’ll be able to handle stress better when it does come up.
- Discuss your problems with a friend or family member.
- When stress hits big, take a time-out. A few minutes away from the problem can help.
- Breathe deeply — slowly in, slowly out. Think of something pleasant.
- Ask for help. If you feel like your stress is just too much, talk with your family, a friend or a counselor.
I translate the above to mean:
- Allow plenty of time before the game to get in your lucky clothes and sit in your lucky seat.
- Do jumping jacks between innings.
- Order a pizza in the third inning. No, two pizzas.
- Go on this blog or twitter or watch the game with an actual human.
- Walk away from the TV during the commercials (or when TBS shows Leyland in the Tigers dugout).
- Think of the 2011 Yankees holding up that championship trophy and pouring champagne on each other.
- Call me. On second thought, call 911.
Good luck, everyone, and let’s go Yankees!
P.S. Here’s a pic sent in by Friend of the Blog Peggy. It’s a total stress-reducer: her Yankee fan cat!
This just in: it’s officially Yankee Pet Day. Friend of the Blog Audrey sent a pic of her pooch. Can I hear a collective “Awwww.”