Whenever being entombed in a wine cask starts to fray your nerves, simply recite these soothing phrases to yourself.
You may be sealed in a wine cask, but you are not just sealed in a wine cask. You are a multifaceted person full of unique hopes and dreams, and being imprisoned in a barrel within an abandoned wine cellar is only one aspect of your life.
Focus on the positives of being trapped in a wine cask, not the negatives.
Imagine how much worse things could be if there weren’t any air holes! Take comfort in your good fortune.
Whether you’re lying on a sunny beach or crouching in a dark barrel, the important thing is that this is a welcome respite from the daily grind. You have no work and no responsibilities in the wine cask, so relax!
Don’t blame yourself. Some things are simply out of your control.
If a musty, decades-old barrel can withstand your scrabbling fingernails, just imagine what you can accomplish.
Sure, it’s a drag that rats can squeeze through the barrel’s air holes and bite you. But instead of dwelling on what parts of your body the rats have bitten, give thanks for all the things the rats haven’t bitten.
Perhaps your captor has yet to apply that final brick and seal up the wine cellar forever. That’s something to smile about.
It may seem like you’ve reached rock bottom, but look on the bright side: Now, life can only get better. Contemplate that, and your stress will be a thing of the past! Never forget that you are amazing!