The Solo Midlife Woman’s Guide to Managing Stress With Humor (& Alcohol)

After an anxiety-filled week of preparing for huge changes, juggling responsibilities, and trying to meet the needs of others, you might need to bring out the big guns to manage stress in midlife. There’s only so much a walk and warm bath can do. For me, the big stress-busting gun is humor. Laughter is absolutely the best medicine during times of stress.

Here’s what has this single midlife woman giggling this week:

My favorite FWB.

(Why can I so relate to this???)

I feel you, Cupid.

I feel you, God.

5) Stare at the wall, evaluate all life decisions, and hope the water washes away your stress without splashing into the big-ass glass of wine you’re drinking in the shower.

I had that wine this week!
In and out of the shower.

Exercise is good for stress.

The moon is overrated.

Yeah, baby!

Soup & Salsa!

Ah, the downside of aging.

And drinking.

Let’s ask Alcohol.

+ (Water Γ· Alcohol)

Warning: Refrain from consuming alcohol while spinning.

It’s bedtime o’clock somewhere.

Going-away celebrations with friends (before 6PM) have been welcome distractions from the stress of moving prep. This was just Act I of this spread. We had sooo much food. Please tell me what’s up with the over-60 flatulence after eating??? Laughing makes it worse. Jeez.

“Bye, girl, bye with your stinky self.”

An earlier going-away celebration, with lots of stress-relieving bourbon whiskey.
All smiles. No farts. Whiskey wins again.

Teachers give the best stress medicine gifts!

Yep. Plan B is da bomb. See above.

But sometimes a good, stress-busting pineapple-jalapeΓ±o margarita is in order. My set of snarky coasters is coming with me to Portugal because they make me smile.
NΓ£o fodam a mesa.

OK, so I’m going with mid-century modern decor for my Portugal pad, and was scrolling on Etsy for items (instead of packing) when this popped up. Don’t know how “pussy” translates in Portuguese, but imagining this hanging on my door just cracked me up.
Bem-vindo a minha casa, querido. Meow.

If it’s on a t-shirt it must be true.


Finally…I’ve always wanted a pair of rose-colored prescription glasses, but never got them because they accentuate the dark circles I’ve always had under my eyes. Well, this week I finally got my rose-colored, no-line bifocals…and I love them!
They may be a tad crooked in this pic because I’d had some “soup.”

Cheers! That’s it for the things in my stress-busting toolkit this week. Happy Fun Friday! May your weekend be stress-free and filled with laughter. See yourself through rose-colored glasses, and live your best life every day πŸ’œ.

The Hot Goddess

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  1. LOL-ing! Love these! Each new one became my favorite as I was scrolling down! Love the Pussy sign! Priceless!

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  2. Oh, I love you Natalie! You had me laughing from the first one to the last mention of “soup” with your picture. Love the rose-colored glasses although I’m pretty sure you have them whether or not you wear those new specs! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  3. I am laughing so hard …. and I feel like these all apply to me (lololol) My favs: Angels Envy; opening wine is now my “fitness passion”; I agree with the over 50/food/fart thing – what’s up with that?! And yes, laughter is so good for the soul. So glad you have a wonderful “tribe” that is loving you well as you enter this new season and new location. Wishing you a fabulous as you are kind of weekend! Leigh

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  4. LMAO all of these are spot on!! and I can definitely relate to “over-60 flatulence” – WTH??? I’m glad you’re finding ways to relieve the stress, I’m sure it all gets overwhelming at times. Try to think forward to the day when you’re living in Portugal enjoying the fruits of all your hard work πŸ’–

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  5. I can’t even begin to imagine how stressful it is to prepare to live in another country. It will all be worth it in the end…….The friends with benefits one! I can’t πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ’•

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