If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you already know that this week has been rough.
For the record, my darling husband is referring to Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood Market ($1 crabs on Tuesdays!), but crabs or no crabs I’ve been having a tough go of it lately.
Historically, I cope with stress through distraction. I’m also impulsive by nature. My hair can attest to this – all 23″ of it. This length – the longest it’s been in my life – is an indicator of how happy I’ve been over the past three years (meeting the man of your dreams tends to have that effect)… but even the Blissful Runner can lose sight of her bliss.
The last time I cut my hair (I mean really cut it, not just a trim) was after an hellaciuos breakup, just before I began dating my now-husband. I ended my relationship, got into my car and drove around aimlessly and in tears for about an hour before I ended up in a Hair Cuttery parking lot. I walked in and had my bra-strap length hair cut to my chin. I find the cutting of my hair to be highly therapeutic. It’s a new beginning – quite literally, a re-invention of myself.
I’m feeling that itch again. My stress levels are high and there’s not much that I can do about it aside from adjust my outlook. Despite my acceptance of this, I’m finding it easier said then done. Sometimes I need that extra shove and I know from experience that doing something drastic fits the bill. My impulsive visit to the Hair Cuttery wasn’t the first time I’d turned to the shears for a distraction, and it’s pretty safe to say it won’t be the last. Most anyone with long hair will tell you their blanket of hair is akin to a security blanket, and while it’s a scary thing to shed, the freedom I feel when it’s done is addictive. It’s almost as though I can’t help but be a new person, when I bear so little resemblance to my old self.
Which leads me to why I’m desperately wanting to go from this:
Doesn’t she look happy and confident and sexy? I could really go for a dose of confidence right about now.
Questions: (1) Should I go for it? and (2) What do you do when you’re stressed?
All photos from katiehomes.com.