Day 2346: The Pest Reliever

Sometimes, the first photo I take affects how I see things for the rest of the day, as well as the contents of my next blog.

Here’s the first photo I took yesterday:

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It’s a relief to share that I can see myself as a kind of pest reliever — relieving  what pesters my patients and also myself. Those pests include:

  • shame,
  • worry,
  • stress,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • perfectionism,
  • traumatic memories, and
  • harsh judgments (like the inner critic).

Pest relievers can include:

  • acceptance,
  • appreciation,
  • forgiveness,
  • humor,
  • welcoming all feelings,
  • self-expression,
  • self-care,
  • care for others,
  • compassion,
  • celebrating,
  • being in the moment,
  • nature, and
  • community.

Let’s see if there are any pest relievers in my other photos from yesterday (presented as taken chronologically, so I don’t pester myself about any “right or wrong” order):

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Michael’s cooking is definitely a pest reliever.   I sometimes pester Michael for his cooking secrets to share here: there’s no pesto on that salmon, but rather a delicious lime, mint, and fresh peach sauce.

Music can be another pest reliever, so here’s “Voodoo Mambo” from The Pest, starring John Leguizamo.

 

Now I’m going to be a pest and ask for comments, below.

As always, a great pest reliever is gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create this pest-reliever post and thanks to you — of course! — for visiting.

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22 thoughts on “Day 2346: The Pest Reliever

  1. There are far too few pest relievers in this world. A special breeding programme should be instituted immediately!

  2. Sometimes pester relieves fester, Ann.

  3. i was thinking about pesto, then I saw the pic 😂

  4. A funny thing about the word “pest” is it’s come to mean small annoyances but derives from a word for the plague–anything but a small annoyance. There’s a lesson in something so big being reduced, as well as a lesson in the careers of John Leguizamo and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who built big things out of small starts.

  5. Harley is a natural born pest reliever, part of security personnel in the household.

  6. I read rest not pest but pest makes more sense

  7. The bored Daily Bitch photo suggests there is a down side to the theme

  8. This post is the best pest reliever, my dear friend. ╰(✿´⌣`✿)╯♡

  9. You might find this interesting, Ann, but I read your title “Pain Reliever,” not “Pest.” I suppose that was probably because I believe that within your daily work you are a “pain” reliever. I believe it!

  10. Number 29 haha

  11. Pingback: Day 2442: Everybody’s somebody’s _______ | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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