Sunday Night, Reading Cary Tennis in Salon.com

One of self’s favorite sections of Salon.com is Cary Tennis’ advice column, “Since You Asked.”

Tonight, self decides to read only Mr. Tennis’ answers, not the letters he is responding to.  Below is one that self thinks is pretty interesting.  Tennis’ response is addressed to “Superwoman Some Days.”

Here’s a simple suggestion:  Just dial it back 10 percent.  Dial everything back 10 percent.

Everything.

Give it a try.  Just take 10 percent of what you’re expending and save it.  Rest up 10 percent more.  Do 10 percent less work.  Give your all  —  minus 10 percent.  Hold back 10 percent in reserve.  Use that 10 percent to stay well.

If you’re working 40 hours a week, take it down to 36.  If you’re sleeping seven hours a night, increase it to seven hours and 42 minutes.  If you’re studying six hours a day, decrease it to five hours and 24 minutes.

You’re never going to stop the cycles.  So the thing to do is allow cushions around the corners, around the extremes.  Those points where you are completely exhausted and yet you keep pushing on are probably the points where you are breaking down.  So if you can avoid those breaking points, you can perhaps live more comfortably.

After reading Cary Tennis’ most excellent advice, self dreams up a letter that she thinks sounds like something “Superwoman Some Days” might have written:

I’m so stressed!  I’m on the edge of flipping out!  I’ve always been able to multi-task!  But lately, when I try putting all my fruit into a vanilla parfait, I find myself having a total meltdown!  Crying at the kitchen counter!  I feel fragile and weepy, and depressed about everything!  I have a great job, a great car, a cute house, two cats, and no dependents!  Why am I so sad?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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