Erica is a writer, editor, wife, and mom. She has always found employment with an English degree and she excels at nurturing children and animals but struggles to keep houseplants alive. Erica currently writes at

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Fifty Shades of Anxiety

I was thinking of who my write-in vote for President will be when I realized that I would never be a plausible candidate.  While I’m awesome in an emergency (yep it’s true), I don’t stand up well over time.  Given weeks on end of constant busy-ness, I eventually feel stymied and put it all down for an hour of nail painting.  I can just imagine myself as president:

“Madam President, will the US become involved in Israel and Egypt’s growing border conflicts with Sinai?”

“I’ll get back to you after I paint my toenails purple.”

In real life, to-do lists, work, laundry, volunteer positions, the growing piles of mail and papers, and unpacked bags (if it’s the night before family travel, and you know what those nights are like) will eventually weigh so heavily on me that I just shut down.  My chest feels squished, I feel overwhelmed, and my mood and outlook become dour.  Don’t get me wrong, all the stuff gets done — and what doesn’t get done probably isn’t that important anyway.  The problem is mostly internal, and it’s something I’ve struggled with for years.

Sometimes I need a hug or a cry or a prayer or a VHS tape viewing of Fried Green Tomatoes.  But always, always, I feel better with a new coat of paint on my toenails.

Today it’s a sparkly burgundy red called La Boheme.  With ten pretty toes in a row, I’ve got something under control and am ready for the next big push.

How do you unwind when the pressure’s on?


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  1. MGR-removal 11/15/2012 at 10:23 pm

    Pedicure is also one of my way to relax and as my outlet when I want to unwind. Every one have different outlet of relaxation because we need it.

  2. Raejean 09/26/2012 at 7:34 am

    Escaping is my outlet, whether it’s time on Facebook or Pinterest, or girl time at the mall.

  3. Melissa Choate 09/25/2012 at 12:11 pm

    A good pedicure is therapy for me. I love the massage chairs and a good foot rub. The toenail polish is incidental in comparison to a good sugar scrub, but I do always enjoy the boost of pretty feet.

  4. Amy Allen Johnson 09/25/2012 at 11:04 am

    Hmm, my toenails could sure use some attention. I think baking is my outlet. When Matt wakes up to find a counter of apple dumplings and chocolate dipped marshmallows, he knows I’m just letting off steam. Or I’m just a bit nuts-o.