I'm thinking the House t-shirt should be mandatory wearing in our household currently. Our house is on the market and we're also looking for somewhere new. Lies seem to be the order of the day, not only from some of the agents trying to sell us a property (for '4 bedrooms' read '3 bedrooms and a linen cupboard' and that 'drive through garage'? Well, yes, if you drive through a brick wall), but also from the agent selling our house ('Oh, didn't we tell you about the additional advertising costs?', 'We have loads of qualified buyers looking in your street', later revised post-signup to 'We aren't expecting big numbers for your street' and a single visit). I found out yesterday that we had been lied to about a bid on a property we were interested in, simply, I guess, with the aim of forcing our hand to make a higher bid and before we were ready.
Of course, it's not only the agents. We're living a lie. Every morning I strip off our regular bedding and put on the new, expensive coverlets and decorative pillows. I remove our bathroom towels and put out brand new ones. I set out pretty baskets of expensive smelling soaps and face washes in the bathrooms. Everything gets stowed away. Do we really live like this? Absolutely not.
The whole process is extremely stressful and I can't wait for it to be over. Practical Man and I keep bouncing the words 'SERENITY NOW' (thanks, Seinfeld) off each other. The fact we are yelling it is probably not a good sign.
So, it seemed an appropriate moment to revisit and implement some stress busters.
Good stress busters can include:
Taking time out to do something creative. I have been thinking about sneaking out in the dead of night to draw 'devil horns' on the smiling face of our real estate agent on the sign board outside but, while this might be personally satisfying, I'm not sure it would count in this respect.
Enjoy a laugh. Watch a good comedy. Maybe we should revisit that Seinfeld 'Serenity Now' episode.
Relaxation practice. Closing eyes and focusing on breathing. Except when I close my eyes, in a kind of Sixth Sense moment, 'I see real estate agents'.
Practice postive self-talk/affirmations. It's true that the way in which we think can determine the way we feel. 'I will fire that real estate agent', 'I will fire that real estate agent'. Yes, feeling better already.
Give yourself the spa treatment. Relax in a nice, warm bath, filled with luxuriously scented bubbles, surrounded by candles. Of course, the moment I do this, the agent will call for a viewing. Even a real estate agent might have trouble selling the unsual house feature of 'cranky prune-like woman in bathtub'.
Joking aside, these are some good strategies for coping with the immediate experience of stress. Anything else work for you? Ultimately, I think what's really going to work for me at this moment, is to sell this house. Anyone want a weekender in Sydney?