Let’s peel back the social media veil for a moment, shall we?
From the looks of these two photos from my instagram, my life is looking pretty glamorous. Yes, BlogTour LA was *fabulous* and I am honored to be a part of it. And I did enjoy a glass of wine from a rooftop bar where I caught my first glimpse (shown) of the Pacific ocean. The second photo is staged–about the only “true” thing is that I claim delighted ownership of the Chanel bag. I finally succumbed and bought the classic tote on the online consignment site The Real Real, but apart from that, the rest of the photo was completely posed.
So what was really going on in my life while I was on BlogTour LA?
Back at home in Pelham, NY, things were dire. My husband’s father is not well at all–he needs open heart surgery for a new valve desparately but it has been postponed because he hasn’t been strong enough for the surgery. His cardiac surgeons at Columbia are re-evaluating him tomorrow so please send positive vibes. The twins are feeling the pressure of the college application process. Have you seen the news on the Common Application? After agonizing over their essays, when the boys try to upload their responses, either they can’t log on or the Common Application garbles their writing. With the early action deadlines fast approaching, the boys are feeling more than bogged down. To cap it off, while I was away, the family was struggling with a mundane annoyance–there was no commuter rail service to transport them to school and work. A huge inconvenience.
Stress. We all have it, no matter how rosy things may look online. We all need to find ways to deal with it, so the stress doesn’t get the best of us. Some exercise to calm down. My friend Sarah, an avid long distance walker, has done a fabulous post on the health benefits of a walking regimen. Others take hot baths. I read novels–one of these days I will get around to suggesting some for you. Oh yeah, and I am guilty of online retail therapy (obviously).
Another way I de-stress is by taking a steam shower, as does the rest of my family. It is true. We all relax in the Mr. Steam shower in my master bath. I don’t want to minimize the very real difficulties my family faced while I was away, but since we know there will be stress in our lives, I think it is smart to build in stress busters that work for you.
The Mr. Steam people can list over 40 benefits to steambathing. For me, it helps with colds, skin care and general well being. When I am wound up, it makes me sleepy. A true lifesaver, because I get totally frazzled when I don’t sleep well. These benefits to steam bathing are not a marketing ploy. Taking a steam has been practiced by humans since the Bronze Age. Something that has been around that long, must have merit.
The Roman Baths at Bath, England
A visit to the Mr. Steam website will show that it is not a difficult item to add to your home, nor is it overly costly. The website has a handy tool to assist you in calculating the proper size for your steam system. And while it is simple to add a steam shower when you are creating a brand new bath, it also is possible to retrofit your existing shower.
The tagline to this blog is “Art in the Everyday.” People interpret that in many different ways, but my intended meaning is to suggest that you can find beauty in everyday experiences. Find a way to add beauty to your life–a stress buster for sure. It may be as simple as installing a steam shower. Preferably one by Mr. Steam. Enjoy your day.
Mr. Steam is a sponsor of BlogTour LA. This post is sponsored by, and in collaboration with, Mr. Steam, but all opinions are solely my own. Final image from the Mr. Steam website. Roman baths from here.