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MAJESTY6 SparkPoints: (582)
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11/19/12 5:12 P

Dear Chocolate is hilarious..I feel the same with chocolate its my weakness..

PUNKADOO Posts: 137
11/19/12 4:48 P

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),

LIPSWET773 SparkPoints: (449)
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11/19/12 2:25 P

Catching up on my Bible studies

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (72,728)
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Posts: 3,038
11/19/12 12:40 P

Getting my sister's 43 yr. old daughter and her redneck husband moved out of house.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (81,097)
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Posts: 10,110
11/19/12 12:38 P

Walking on the trails while talking to a friend.

HEALTHYME20091 Posts: 204
11/19/12 12:00 P

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.

GETULLY SparkPoints: (56,879)
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11/19/12 10:02 A

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.

FOUNDER3 Posts: 5,983
11/18/12 8:30 P

OBIE'S MOM

I totally LOVE your letters!

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
11/18/12 8:23 P

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DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (346,670)
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11/18/12 8:08 P

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BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
11/18/12 6:58 P

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

CROWDGOESWILD SparkPoints: (22,877)
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Posts: 307
11/18/12 5:31 P

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


JANI-LOU Posts: 1,514
11/18/12 2:48 P

Going to the gym. Reading.

1954MARG Posts: 243
11/18/12 2:44 P

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.



HAPPYDEM SparkPoints: (4,408)
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Posts: 466
11/18/12 1:31 P

A walk
Reading
Grooming/petting my cat
Prayer

JOYFULROAD Posts: 283
11/18/12 10:07 A

Flicking through a magazine
Going for a bike ride
Talking to a friend
Painting something in nature


DARJR50 SparkPoints: (85,379)
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Posts: 2,247
11/18/12 8:22 A

Listen to Seven Metals. A relaxation cd featuring the Tibetan Sing Bowl

NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
11/18/12 6:15 A

walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, Beer

WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
11/18/12 6:09 A

Long walk or listen to my favorite music!

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (89,594)
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Posts: 6,635
11/18/12 6:08 A

Tai chia, yoga, meditation, quiet walk, hot bubble bath, message, sit on patio with nice tea watching animals, cook, clean, laugh

TCANNO SparkPoints: (116,945)
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11/18/12 4:39 A

in the past (15 years ago) I would have said smoking but now go for a long walk


TMCK-40 Posts: 529
11/18/12 12:09 A

Playing outside with children
Massage
Meditate

HEALTHY-SPARK SparkPoints: (41,274)
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Posts: 1,063
11/17/12 11:48 P

Reading
Listening to music
Playing with my cats
Call a friend
Exercise/ yoga / stretching
Hiking
Dancing
Go get a massage/facial/manicure or pedicure
Hot shower/bath


JOYFULME01 Posts: 596
11/17/12 11:02 P

Read a book
Work out
Listen to music
Take a nap
Take a walk
Laugh


OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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11/17/12 10:49 P

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.
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FOUNDER3 Posts: 5,983
11/17/12 9:55 P

Just reading all of your recommendations and doing some of the recommended deep breathing has helped me tonight.

Thanks.

SENIORSWIMMER SparkPoints: (15,986)
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Posts: 298
11/17/12 7:52 P

Exercise and a long, hot, bubble bath afterward.

AMARANTHA_Q Posts: 389
11/17/12 7:14 P

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


OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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11/17/12 7:10 P

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

BRAVEPILOT2BE SparkPoints: (773)
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11/17/12 5:52 P

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!

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/17/12 2:19 P

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.

ARIZONA33 Posts: 231
11/17/12 11:24 A

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.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 5,637
11/17/12 10:26 A

Riding motorcycle
Watch good movie
Get 8 hours sleep
Play with dog.
Play with Wife
Play in the garage
Internet Sparkpeople
Walking
Gym workout
Driving

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
11/17/12 10:24 A

exercise in any form!!! otherwise I like to play games

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,012
11/17/12 10:22 A

I love walking, massage, reading, listening to music, deep breathing...

FANCYFREE15 Posts: 75
11/17/12 10:13 A

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



RASIRE Posts: 284
11/17/12 8:59 A

my de-stressors really depend on why I'm stressed. And sometimes, depending on why I'm stressed, not much of anything will work.

But some of the things that work best for me is exercise, yoga/meditation, shopping, watching a show that I love on television, message.....

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
11/17/12 8:51 A

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)

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (16,718)
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11/17/12 8:04 A

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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DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (346,670)
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11/16/12 8:20 P

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LMB-ESQ Posts: 11,208
11/16/12 7:31 P

HFAYE81.... playing video games.... I always thought there was something very therapeutic about pixel bashing to relieve stress!

AZULVIOLETA6... stress sex is the best!

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (240,261)
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Posts: 7,343
11/16/12 6:30 P

getting a massage and dancing

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,543)
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Posts: 3,205
11/16/12 5:59 P

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sex
dance
giving a massage / getting a massage
hot aromatherapy bath
sitting in hot tub on cold day
snuggling
head-to-toe salt scrub
swimming
good music
relaxing with friends

NSMANN Posts: 965
11/16/12 5:47 P

I love taking a bath and reading a book

23KAIYA Posts: 4,857
11/16/12 4:54 P

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! emoticon

HFAYE81 SparkPoints: (21,025)
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Posts: 287
11/16/12 4:17 P

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)


MARYHENNIG SparkPoints: (98,877)
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Posts: 3,824
11/16/12 3:17 P

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

NEWMEETERNITY SparkPoints: (2,507)
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Posts: 153
11/16/12 2:38 P

pray
work out
meditate
read
take a casual walk
call a friend
listen to music
shop
take deep breaths
pamper myself

FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (14,199)
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Posts: 1,110
11/16/12 2:31 P

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.

LMB-ESQ Posts: 11,208
11/16/12 10:21 A

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

Other ideas???

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