I think I'm a high maintenance relaxer.
The other night I was tired and achey and even had my first 'tension headache'; it was not nice. So, I decided to take a bath and relax. I dug out my scented candles, poured in some epsom salts, and was ready to go. I could not relax. I leaned against my bath pillow and begrudged the short length of the tub, the lack of a slanted back. I thought of the water stained ceiling and chipped paint that I needed to fix. I saw the cracked caulking around the tub. I looked over at the laundry pile that needed to get done. Then I thought of all the water I wasted to have this bath that I'm not even enjoying and of all the places in the world that are suffering for a lack of clean water. I did not relax.
I realized that I can't physically relax unless I can learn to mentally relax....and am in a hotel with bubble bath and unlimited room service!
As Anne Taintor illustrates: