I haven't done this in a long time but this was once suggested to me by a therapist: Go to your bedroom, close the door. Take a hammer to your pillow for as long as it takes to unleash any pent up frustrations/aggressions. For extreme cases only (pun intended),
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Catching up on my Bible studies
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Getting my sister's 43 yr. old daughter and her redneck husband moved out of house.
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When I'm faced with the kind of stress where I just take my mind off of things, I try to learn something new. Whatever. 10 words in Norwegian. Anything that will take concentration for 10-20 minutes. Usually I feel more hopeful/calm after that.
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Take a walk; read; I am a spinner so I find something very lucious in my stash to spin while watching a great movie. One of these usually gets me over the hump.
Journaling Listening to an engrossing book Getting a massage Sleeping Stretching Talking to my therapist Petting my cat Snuggling with my hubby Meditation Laughing - it doesn't matter at what.... Just the act of laughing
A long bike ride A walk outside 10-15 minutes of gentle yoga and breathing Conversation with a good friend Writing/journaling my thoughts Visualizing a calm, happy place (like the beach at sunrise) Listening to nature sounds (rain, ocean waves) Reading something funny A hot, quiet bath
Fussing and playing with the cat. There is nothing so soothing as stroking fur that purrs back. Listening to cheerful, upbeat music and having a dance. Watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Watching a good comedy with friends. Reading a really good murder mystery.
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Read a book Work out Listen to music Take a nap Take a walk Laugh
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another one that I've used is to write a letter you never will send to the person you are stressed about. It makes me feel better to just pour all that stuff out. I either delete the document, or save it to read later when I'm more removed from the situation.
I guess you could actually do the same with anything that is aggravating you: Dear Scale: I am not going to let you dictate my feelings about me any more. You are just one of many tools to measure my progress. Dear Chocolate: I still love you, and we will see each other. But we need to take a little breather. It's best for both of us.
being with my dog walking reading being on the internet doing anything (even work) knitting planning & working on my healthy weight management & fitness journey shopping sitting in the Arizona sun sitting in the dark and looking up at the sky watching vintage TV
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running music my dogs a bath or a shower going for a drive a bike ride reading comedy zuma (the computer game) talking it out with a friend or family member
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my top ten de-stressors would have to be : 1. reading, nothing like escaping to another world. 2. cuddle time with the boyfriend. 3. sleep. 4. painting my nails, its something to do with my hands and it takes your mind off things. 5. going for a drive. not having a destination, blasting my favorite music, and nothing to worry about. 6. watching the planes land and take off. Heaven for a want to be pilot. 7. walking my dogs. my loyal companions are always there for me and watching them have fun barking at things, meeting other dogs ect brings joy to me. 8. dancing. 9. more reading. what can I say? 10. baths. nothing better than grabbing a steaming cup of coffee or tea and slipping into a hot bubble bath and scrubbing away all your worries. you could always bring a book like i always do as well!
Prayer and quiet time in the morning. I'll make myself tea and watch the sunrise about oncea week. Other times I'll I make myself (more) tea and read a book, magazine, comics or checkout pinterest. After I get off work I grab fresh produce for the next couple of days... and something with selecting good, fresh food helps my nerves calm. Talking with my sister helps. Getting moderate exercise makes me feel better.
Here are a few more ideas for your to try when you need something else to help you relax after/during a stressful day: 1. Peppermint Oil--Place a few drops of this essential oil on you thumb and index finger and rub it on the back of your neck or where every you have tension or stress such as across you forehead or on achy feet/legs or on your across your lower back. The aroma from the peppermint oil immediately has a calming effect and the areas that you rub the oil on will slowly heat up and help your muscles to relax giving you a since of having the tension slowly release. 2. A warm bubble bath with scented candles and a good book always help me to relax. 3. A nice cup of tea or hot chocolate and a few minutes of quiet as I sip the warm liquid and reflect on my day also seems to do the trick. 4. A small square of dark--yummy! 5. Going for a walk, a run or a bike ride also helps to relieve the stress of the day. 6. Sitting outside and watching the sunset over the mountain always helps me relax...the beauty of the setting sun as the colors play across the cloudy sky and over the green of the desert mountains is just too beautiful of a sight to be stressed out for long. 7. Playing with my kids or the dog is always a great stress reliever. 8. Looking through photo albums is a fun way to let the stress melt away. 9. Laugh out loud! Laughter is a cure all! 10. Sing and dance to your favorite songs or just relax while you listen to some soothing music!
I hope that these ideas give you a few new things to try when you feel the stress of the day building up. Thanks for sharing your ideas. One last thought...take a few deep breaths and think relaxing thoughts.
My top 10 de-stressors - 1.go for a walk down a country road 2. ride one of my horses out the field lane and across the fields 3. work in my flowerbeds 4. clean my house 5. listen to celtic music 6. practice playing my chanter (pre-curser to playing the bagpipes) 7. read a good book 8. work on a puzzle 9. embroider on my counted cross-stitch 10. get a massage
One of the reasons I am divorced is because my ex-wife hated that I didn't show signs of stress, she'd accuse me of not caring about anything because I would NOT gripe and moan about every little thing in my life.
My de-stressors are: weightlifting playing board and collectible card games talking and laughing with my children (we weren't allowed to do that when "she" was around) sparking here facebooking there watching my favorite shows (X-files, Revolution, Big Bang Theory)
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Breathe ,just following your breath will relax the breathing..And if I'm whining about something just stop it and get up and do something about the thing thats bothering.me.If I'm whining because I feel bad I don't follow it , I get up and do something to make my self feel better and shut up the whining..ETC. --BTW I just learned most of this and it really works, just being aware of what your doing helps so much...
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Mine are not in any kind of order, what technique I use depends on the type and source of stress. 1. Cardio 2. Strength/resistance 3. Martial arts-aggressive 4. Martial arts-Tai Chi 5. Music (energetic) 6. Music (soothing) 7. Cleaning 8. Reorganizing 9. Reading 10. Play with or walk my dog
If none of those help, I'm in a serious funk!
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1. workout/run 2. go for a nice walk or hike 3. meditate 4. practice yoga 5. knit 6. talk to a friend 7. pet the cat 8. watch the "keyboard cat" video 9. read inspirational stories on Sparkpeople 10. play a video game (probably not the best reply haha)
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1. take a leisurely walk 2. pamper myself 3. pray 4. read 5. sip a glass of hot tea 6. spend time with friends 7. scrapbook 8. sit outdoors and soak up some vitamin D 9. drink a glass of ice water 10. spend time on SparkPeople
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pray work out meditate read take a casual walk call a friend listen to music shop take deep breaths pamper myself
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Working out, reading something funny (I love humorous memoirs!), walking around outside, playing with my cats, talking it out with a friend, journalling and showering (or bathing) are my favorites. I haven't found a thing that one of these doesn't at least help with to the point where I can tame my breathing and thus feel better.
We all have those things we do to reduce stress in our lives. But what do you do when your go-to de-stressors don't work? Do you find something else? Do you just slog through it?
Here are my favorites, in no particular order. I've never been able to figure out what to do when these don't work!
1. Meditate 2. Cook and eat a healthy meal 3. Work out 4. Work out harder 5. Get some fresh air 6. Walk/play with the dog 7. Take a hot bath/shower 8. Talk to a trusted friend 9. Take some alone time 10. Read an interesting book
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