Another essay on health and anxiety from a non professional
by Eric Booth
Here we are again. Time for me to do some self inflicted, social anxiety, therapy. I don't know if you've all noticed or not, but I haven't been real regular on the podcast lately. There's a couple reasons for this and they piss me off.
One is my frequency of playing games has dropped off considerably due to not being able to bring myself to go to game nights like I used to. I love the people at the game store but lately there's been a lot of people showing up that I don't know and I used to love meeting these new people. Now it's a little scary. But I'm able to go to something like RuthCon and have no problem. But this is with 99% people I know well and they all “Get” me. What really makes me mad is it was board gaming that originally brought me out of my shell and willing to get out there and meet new people and laugh with them. How it got all turned around again I have no idea but, I'm here to tell you, I'm gonna kick whatever it is in it's every loving, social killing ass.
The next thing that has contributed to the fall off of games being played is my health. I'm a big guy, there's no denying that. I spend 8 hours a day at work just standing pretty much in one place and by the end of the day my legs, feet and knees are usually screaming. When I got off work I usually just crash for a couple hours and miss game night. And now I'm dealing with my feet swelling up so much that they fall asleep. I've started regimen of Aspirin and it seems to be helping that a lot but now I'm afraid to take Naproxin which really helped with the soreness in my joints. I'm gonna reach out to some of my friends in the drug business and see if they have any recommendations for a happy medium. I've greatly cut back on my added salt consumption and that has helped a ton too. Plus, for the last 3 months I've religiously been taking and “Old Guy” multivitamin and the affects of that have finally been noticeable and that is really making me happy. This is the first time a steady intake of supplements have done anything. So that's the health stuff.
Now, in two days I'm gonna heading to a local con called “That Board Game Thing”. This is a pretty big local con with tons of people who I have no clue who they are. Well I'll recognize a lot of them but I don't know there names or anything. This is going to be a true test to see if I can get back into the swing of things again. If I feel it's not working I'll probably have to cut back more on the reviews, and review copies I request as I feel I'm not going to be able to give them the proper time and effort they deserve. I have a few games in the Que awaiting review and those will get done with the highest attention and plays they deserve. But after those I will have to take it day by day.
I just want you all to know I'm not writing this to get sympathy or anything from anyone. This is me feeling the need to explain where I've been and some self induced therapy by just spewing all this onto the page. For those of you who read this till the end thank you and I hope something in here may have helped you in some way. Peace.