I have been busy, so very very busy, this week. And several months leading up to this week. Taking care of this, that, the other, and way too many things I never, ever wanted to have to do for someone else. I think we’ve finally gotten things to the point where if Murphy goes sideways tomorrow, we’re more-or-less covered. And the repair guy’ll be back with the parts to fix the fridge on Tuesday.
…My brain hurts. *Flop*
So. What are some of the best things for TLC to a worn-out mind? Especially if you are not exactly rolling in enough cash to say screw it all, I’m heading to Bermuda.
Here’s a few things I came up with.
Chocolate. Cocoa, extra dark, brownies, you name it; however you like your theobromine delivered. Besides being tasty, there is a small but significant amount of several minerals in it. Calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc – all of these are nutrients you will use up under stress. It’s worthwhile eating foods to replace them. Plus, hot cocoa is just soothing, especially if you’re stressed enough to be on the edge of sore throat.
Fluff. Fluuuuuuffy manga, books, or fic. AO3 has a tag for that. I tend to gravitate toward various fantasy light novels and/or manga, maybe a cozy mystery or two. It’s even better if there’s slice-of-life stuff involved. Charlotte MacLeod’s Peter Shandy mysteries are particularly good at taking you out of the everyday without straying too far from a “realistic” setting. Some recent manga that fill the bill are Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter, Dungeon Builder, An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride, My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop, and Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody. Anime include Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun, and Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs.
Monster encyclopedias and/or monster manuals. *Ahem* I admit this may just be me. But reading entries – especially ones with pretty pics – of various fictional/folkloric monsters lets the brain weasels grab onto “how might I use that in a story?” and maybe stop bothering me so much worrying about things I can’t fix.
The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons by Matthew Meyer is one of these. Yes, the paperback version is pricey. It’s also easy on the hands and absolutely lovely, and you can keep it on the bedstand to look through when you have a Catapult Nightmare, without worrying about dropping finicky electronics. I also have the second book. And there’s now a third one out, ooo….
Movies. Light stuff, or lots of action and not so much thinky. Definitely not Message-films. Ones I’ve gone through in the past few weeks include Spaceballs the movie! The Meg, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Beading, or any other craft where you can do it mostly by muscle memory and eye. Works best with a repeated pattern; the diamonds pattern of earrings is easy to knock out when my brain hurts, the waves take more concentration.
So. Those are a few things that work for me. What’s your favorite brain-soother?