I enjoy coloring or reading something I normally wouldn't have time for (I'm currently a grad student so all I do is read). It's also starting to get really nice out, so just getting a change of scenery for a bit makes a huge difference in my mood.
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Fitness Minutes: (45,200) Posts: 2,005 3/20/08 11:03 P
I go to yoga class. I have found that I am a lot less stressed during the week if I go to a yoga class at least once a week. The higher impact exercise helps too, but really the calming of it does wonders.
For me it depends on the stressor and how stressed it makes me. Some days a glass of red wine works wonders. Reading, cooking, vegging in front of the TV, and going outside for a walk really help. I work out first thing in the AM, so I usually do something less strenous in the afternoons and evenings when stress usually is a problem.
Oh Pat - please come help me with my home office! It's an embarrassing mess cuz it's where I put everything extraneous when I clean up the rest of the house! I need to work on it in small bits since right now, it's overwhelming!
And thanks to whoever suggested desk exercises and moving 5 min out of every hour!
I write letters and review my calendar/schedule fun activities.
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Fitness Minutes: (979) Posts: 1,719 2/11/08 12:30 A
I'm discovering that for me, having one night where I come home (after the gym or not) and don't do anything but eat dinner and relax by watching a movie or tv show or reading. No computer, nothing extraneous, just sit down and do something semi-mindless.
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there are a couple of excersizes you can do at your desk, or work area, you can print them out then take them and put them up to remind you if you like. I do a couple as well as I sit all day long and although Im up and down I can sit for a couple of hours at a time...I have to remind myself to get up and move for 5 min every hour which was reccommended by the health nurse who did my ergonomic assessment..just some fuel for your thoughts there...enjoy
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Since my job involves sitting at the computer all day, I de-stress with a game or 2 of FreeCell. Since I work from home, no one is looking over my shoulder. I'm sure there are IT police who can see what I'm doing, but I put in tons of extra time, so I don't feel guilty for my mini-breaks!
I'm thinking I should switch to mini-breaks that involve MOVING, tho!
current weight: 150.0
Fitness Minutes: (55,045) Posts: 604 2/10/08 11:32 A
I have trouble destressing too, especially in this cold weather and being inside more..I used to dance and that was a great destresser..Now, I call my friends, read, journal, watch TV, deep breathing, and listen to meditation tapes as I go to sleep. I'm adding more exercise and I think that's supposed to help.
Life is a Blessing and what I do with it is up to ME!! Christina Applegate
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." --Francis of Assisi
Smiles and Blessings, Plaidy
current weight: 228.8
Fitness Minutes: (279) Posts: 1,270 2/10/08 9:17 A
Yesterday I purchased a sketch pad and some sketch pencils. I don't draw well at all. But, I bought these as an outlet that I'm hoping will help me destress. My hopes is that as I doodle (and it will be a stretch to call it that - LOL) my brain be forced to focus on it rather than the stresses.
As a team, how does everyone else destress? What mechanisms, activities help you in this?
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