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.
Love the comments...It's nice to hear from other's that feel the same as you do... It's amazing to me that FOOD causes this much stress in life and we allow it to take over everything!! I'm learning to find new things in life that make me happy and this is the first step. Reading and writing things... Thanks
1/21/2009 1:46:39 AM
This is completly what is killing me haha. I get really stressed with everything and for a while started compulsively working out... which in turn put more stress on my body/with no sleep i started not being able to stand without my legs giving out...
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