I spend time with God. I've tried all the other suggestions and they are only a temporary fix. I was a bit disappointed that nobody else has mentioned it. Give it to God and let him deal with it. It really does work.
Music is another great de-stresser--either listening to it or playing it. I listen to a relaxing CD or to Pandora Radio on the internet. I play favorite music on my electronic keyboard--with headphones plugged in, I'm in my own world for a little while.
3/18/2010 11:20:25 PM
Often, I am the one listening, advising and preaching my positive psychology. I love peace and harmony and hate conflict. That alone is a source of stress. I try to get others to see the glass is half full!
3/18/2010 11:16:41 PM
Great advice. My stress busters/me time are taking a walk, reading a magazine or a book, tea and chocolate and venting to a caring friend/family member.
I'm a very good example of chatterbox, so chatting with friends helps to prevent stress level to go uber high! I tried to do the breathing but people always distract me, want something, need something from me, usually new tasks, haha.
I like these ideas - simple - but remind us of easy things to do.
1/20/2010 8:47:02 AM
I just read the articles regarding stress, I am still trying to figure out what helps, i have been out of work for 3 months and stress level is very high at the moment, I try to read and crochet but that does not seem to help. Any advice?
10/21/2009 4:13:26 PM
I often sit and stew over whatever stresses me and that only compounds the issue. I say to myself, if I imagine the worst case scenario, then whatever does happen, won't seem so bad. This is just a heart attack waiting to happen.
The articles bottom line appears to be distract yourself. I am trying to occupy myself with more productive activities, accept what I cannot change and focus on the good things I have; most importantly my beautiful baby daughter.
These are all good ideas. But, I need quick stress relievers. I am trying (quite unsuccessfully) to quit smoking. My job is one of the biggest obstacles. Within a couple of hours last week, I was yelled at and berated by a client, and then reprimanded by a coworker. I cried in the bathroom for 5 minutes and then I went to buy a pack of cigarettes. I can go without cigarettes for a week at a time. But my job is full of moments like the ones I just described. And when those things happen, I feel like smoking is the quickest way for me to calm down. I'm not addicted to nicotine. I'm addicted to the habit.
I can't leave work and go take a hot bath or really even take a walk or exercise. I only get a few minutes at a time. I have a stress ball. I guess I will try to take the stress ball and maybe get a journal and try to learn some deep breathing techniques.
I don't want to wake up 10 years from now and still be a smoker. It's disgusting. It's dangerous. I'm over it. But I have got to learn some more ways to QUICKLY handle overwhelming stress.
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