I am a big fan of a nice bath...I try to do it at least once a week. It is my quiet time...I take a magazine to read and have good music on. It's very relaxing. Never thought about playing board games...that might be fun, I LOVE Candyland but probably haven't played it in at least 15 years (since our kid was little - he's an adult now). Sorry is fun too!
Journaling helps me a lot. I find when you write down your emotions and the scattered thoughts in your head, you become more aware of what you are feeling. Plus, it is like a release getting it all out of you.
Meditation always worked well for me. The karate dummy in my picture was good exercise, but a few people I knew said that beating it up with a baseball bat was as good a stress reliever as they had ever used; I never needed it for that purpose, but some seemed to get a lot of good out of it. When I worked construction it helped relieve stress to turn a torch way up and blow through thick steel, making a pretty shower of sparks that looked like the 4th of July; that probably isn't available to most people though.
I know I might be weird but my way to de stress is cleaning the house ! It makes me feel in control and organized then after its all clean and smelling fresh , I light a candle and drink a hot cup of coffee !
I like to walk long distance. I find that the first three miles I spend thinking about all of the things that are bothering me, and the next two or three miles thinking of ways to solve the problems. When I return to work the next day or after a weekend, I put my plan in to effect.
I find taking a break to read, even just for 15 minutes, helps. So does sipping a cool glass of water or a nice cup of tea (hot or iced, any kind). If those don't do the trick alone, especially if the stress is keeping me from falling asleep, watching something I know will make me laugh (like Fawlty Towers) is often useful.
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Reading a book for an hour just before the supper time crunch really helps. Walking the dog, having a cup of herbal tea and taking a bath are also great stress relievers.
I love the suggestions in the comments about hugging or petting an animal if you have one :) I also will stop and hug my favorite plushie (a stuffed balloon I made) for a moment, especially if I'm angry about something. Even as an adult, I still feel comforted by having something soft to hug :)
The design of being right to the point, informative and applicable of this article was appreciated. The ideas that coincide with goals from the SparkPeople program were ways to feel accomplishment while other things in life are stressful.
mweldon1 I enjoy my cat; she licks my hand especially if I have on hand lotion. I also like to sit next to my aquarium and watch the different fish do their thing; very relaxing; wish I could swim with them.
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