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It's a "Pit Stop". Saturday August 27, 2016

I have learnt to use visuals and images to express myself especially when I'm depressed. I sat with my spouse discussing my current episode of depression. As I reflected, I saw the state of my mood like a tyre puncture. Some punctures are slow; you can feel the weight of the car tipping to one side. This gives you time to pull over, investigate the damage, change the tyre and continue the journey. Others are sudden; you have to hold tight to the steering wheel to control the vehicle. All these you often have to fix with a little help. In the last six months I have had both slow punctures and sudden ones sending my mood in a tail spin.

My spouse, an ardent Formula 1 fan, had an interesting perspective. It's a Pit Stop, he said, or many pit stops. Like every car on the race track, a pit stop is inevitable. It's a given, you have to refuel and the tyres have to be changed. But sometimes you are going to need something fixed. Maybe you clipped your wings or nose. The engine might be faulty or some other driver was just mean and ran you off the track and in the process you damaged your car. Sometimes it is all the above at different times of the race.

The thing is, the Pit Stop is important, all the resources to "fix the car are in the Pit Stop" You just need to drive the car in there.

This is my Pit Stop. I will be back on the race track.

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Belinda Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 6:22am

How beautifully succinct & plausible. Thank you Peggs.

CityChick Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 6:52am

What a lovely analogy. I agree with Belinda - beautifully articulated. Thank you :)

LillyPet Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 7:24am

Hi Belinda,
I like this analogy. I definitely need to pull into pit stops when I'm back working full time.

Your blog made me think that, one thing I haven't managed yet is to drink enough water. Maybe If I put some next to my favourite chair, (where I keep crochet but hardly ever manage to relax in!) and think of it as my pitstop I'll keep hydrated even if I dont stop for long!

Thanks for a great blog. Peace and kind wishes to all. LPxx

the room above the garage Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 10:09am

Does your phone have a timer? Set it for every hour and leave the glass filled at the kettle. If I see my glass...I drink. I've found sipping it doesn't work so I gulp down the lot and it's my way of getting more in!

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 12:48pm

Ha ha...Timer is a good idea RATG...I was going to suggest that every time you go to the loo, you then go and have another glass of water...I try to do that and also leave my glass out ready-filled so each time I see it, I have a drink! And when I'm ironing the ironing mountain (equal to the EEC food mountains of the seventies me thinks!!) every time I finish an item I have a drink of tea or water!! Keep hydrated Lillypet xxxxx

LillyPet Sun, Aug 28th 2016 @ 9:45am

Thanks lovelies! Will do. Kettle pitstops the way to go! LPxx

LillyPet Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 7:25am

Whoops sorry! I meant Peggs! :)

Orangeblossom Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 8:24am

Great blog & analogy. Thanks Peggs.

the room above the garage Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 9:54am

Hello Peggs, I am really enjoying hearing from lots of new bloggers, it's helps each of us, I believe, to see and hear others experiences. It's not just interesting but gives us strength in numbers. I really love this one Peggy, your spouse is wonderful in support and its so true...some stops are sudden and some are slow. Thank you! Love ratg x.

The Gardener Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 11:04am

Good morning (meaningful because don't usually have opportunity) good night in Oz - tried our Adelaide friends but something wrong on the line. I can't do pit stops - or even complete overhauls - but like the analogy. For me, it's how you run the race - accelerate when you have the energy - avoid the pot-holes (for golfers, bunkers). I have re-jigged Mr G's medication - with the objective of trying to reduce the permanent anxiety state, which results in his calling me every 5 minutes. He woke in full misery mode this a.m - my alarm goes off at 7.30 so I can prepare for nurses and have a cuppa. I had a night's sleep, and, thus full of high octane fuel I 'went for it' (not for him!) We have a terrific heat wave - so non-stop watering - but, what a result. Plants which only survive here now think they are in the Med, and are responding in a stupendous display of morning glories and all other sun loving flowers. Whilst watering (watering cans across the road) met loads of people, smiles, jokes, pats, 'bon courage'). I suppose that is the equivalent of Peggs pit-stops. Then had rest of posters to deliver, in the car. Extreme trouble moving Mr G at all - heat suffocating. Home to collapse, no bread - tottered out again, met another load of people - gay clothes, super hats, and some spectacular legs emerging as the shorts get shorter. To all who post and live in UK hope you have a super holiday week-end - so many times watched a drenched Notting Hill carnival, after all that work. It's the huge return week-end here - school starts Thursday - stream of cars coming through here from Brittany - locked in the car in all this heat. Bound to be long tail-backs as they all converge on the big cities, and there will have been a huge run on bottled water. Good luck to all travellers. XXX

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 12:59pm

I can be a bit like you TG in respect of pressing the accelerator when feeling grand...but I then overdo it and have to take it easy when I hit a hairpin bend and find I'm almost going so fast and trying to pack everything - in that I'm coming back on myself!! As for yesterday's question in your reply about Bear language...I have a whole repertoire of crazy things I say to many different peeps!!! I forget sometimes and let them slip out here! Hoping never to offend if my crazy Bear things come out wrong!! Hope you get some respite from Mr TG today - Big Bear hugs xxxx

S Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 11:13am

Thanks Peggs- lovely analogy. Think it fits well with accepting ups, downs, pauses, stalls and cool downs as part of live. Thanks Sx

Leah Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 11:39am

Thanks for your blog.
I sometimes think I need a good tune up!! All the best Leah

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 12:53pm

Super analogy, Peggs. I also agree with RATG...what a kind and supportive spouse you have!!

As you were describing the slow puncture, it made me remember how slowly I can feel the Black
Dog approaching, snapping slowly at my heels til he's got me well and truly in his jaws and then I have to give in to it, rest a while til it's over or I can summon the energy to carry on. It's mostly lack of sore that brings it on, so I know I need to continue with keeping good sleep routines and stay healthy!
Thanks Peggs, good to see you here.
Bear hugs to all xxxx

The Gardener Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 1:46pm

Hi bear again - language! Slang words go out of fashion - school kids have 'codes' anyone use eggy-peggy? We used to give our teachers interrogative nicknames - where, why, who etc then giggle convulsively when reading out loud. The slow approach of the Black Dog - one always feels, like the onset of obesity, that there must have been a point when it was possible to have said 'stop' but it just does not work. Day so far, thank you Bear, OK, in that I am 'turning a deaf ear' and 'turning away wrath'. Also, not feeling guilty at inactivity, we've been out - he cannot stand this extreme heat - has a very comfortable armchair in a beautiful cool kitchen, lovely music plenty to drink and biccies. Is it too bad a life?

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Aug 27th 2016 @ 4:16pm

Ah, the comfy chair, drinks and's never too bad - especially if the drink and biccies are a great cup of tea and bisquis to dunk!! Apparently someone has mentioned dunking Jaffa cakes this week somewhere...why? Why would you dunk a Jaffa cake?? Waste of choccit I say!! Ha ha! Don't feel quilty at inactivity especially when weather is so flipping hot! You do enough most days to never have to feel quilty m'lud!! Bearish happy thoughts are winging their way to you for the rest of the day xx

Duma Sun, Aug 28th 2016 @ 2:41am

Hi Peggs. I'm impressed with your attitude to (literal) driving. I would call "Shotgun!" In an instant.

Onto my comment - have you read your equivalent of the Highway Code, lately?

It's a good read.

Cheers, Duma.

Belinda Sun, Aug 28th 2016 @ 6:32pm

Has anyone received a blog today? Sunday.

Carol Anne Mon, Aug 29th 2016 @ 7:16am

I love this analogy. Find it very fitting and very reassuring.
Thanks for sharing Peggs. X

Carol Anne Mon, Aug 29th 2016 @ 7:16am

I love this analogy. Find it very fitting and very reassuring.
Thanks for sharing Peggs. X

Nicco Wed, Sep 7th 2016 @ 3:01am

I'm very behind with my blog-reading but very much enjoyed reading your interesting analogy - a great way to describe depression.

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