If you take a peek into my life, you’ll find out that it’s so… “full”. I can’t seem to find the right adjective. Full seems to be the closest to describe what my life is.
Everyday, I race (sometime literally run) from one meeting to another. I successfully meet deadlines for the things that I have to write about. At the same time, I need go through stuff for Taxumo and Manila Workshops that need my attention. To add to that, I need to check if Zeeka (daughter) has assignments and quizzes that she needs to study for.
Even with the things that I have to accomplish, I always take time out to relax and do things that I love to do.
One of the things that you can do is to go and stay for a while in a place where you feel relaxed. What we do is we go on a staycation and stay in a hotel over the weekend. You don’t necessarily need to go on a staycation. Staying in a quiet cafe, sitting in a hotel lounge or hanging out by a pool can be enough of a change of scenery.
The other thing that I like doing when I feel stressed is doing new things! haha! I try new restaurants and dishes. I go to new malls or stores. I sometimes suddenly dye my hair to another color or buy clothes I wouldn’t normally choose (since I’m not really your fashionista friend.. haha!). I also try out new gyms, learn new things, read new books or play new mobile rpg games or boardgames.
Recently, to destress, I wanted to try out a new look. I always wanted to try colored contact lenses! For the full 38 years of my life and the 23 years of which I wore contact lenses, I have never ever tried colored contact lenses. I was always intrigued by them though!
Having gone through eye injuries before, it made me very careful in choosing the kind of contact lenses to use. Alcon is a brand that I trust and they have a brand called Air Optix. Air Optix is called such because it has a technology that makes it breathable contact lenses. Air Optix Colors and the other Air Optix products are made with a highly breathable material that allows nourishing oxygen to flow through the lens so your eyes stay comfortable and fresh all day.
Me not wearing Air Optix Colors
Me wearing Air Optix Colors!
I finally got to try the Air Optix Colors in Honey! At first, it felt weird to be able to see the contact lenses as you put it on. I was so used to transparent ones… ones that sometime fall from the palm of your hands because you can’t see them (BTW, I use Dailies Contact Lenses… also from Alcon). haha!
When I used them, I could immediately see the difference. I felt so polished, even if I was in an ordinary shirt and loose pants! Feeling ko bigla akong gumanda! I felt like even if you didn’t have make up on, people would just look at you and stare at your eyes. haha!
I got Honey (color of my lenses), which looks natural and is close to the color of my eyes. I was thinking, if I feel this way with this new, natural color, imagine the confidence I would gain if I my eyes were blue or green! I actually can’t wait to try it.
What I like about it is that it’s easy to wear and it’s very comfortable, too. It’s a bit thicker than my Dailies contact lenses, but both feel light and comfortable. I actually used the contact when I went to the gym after!
So slight changes in your life, can be such “uppers” of mood. A slight change in the color of your eyes can make you see the world from lighter, more positive perspective. A slight change in the way you look can make you more confident and ready-to-face the world again.
So in times when you feel stressed or lonely, just breathe a little.