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7 Ways to De-Stress

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  • Bio and lady, I can relate also. When mine started, I was telling everyone what was on my mind. I had no clue how it was affecting them. It was, badly. The depression lasted about 20 years.

    The shoe as they say, was on the other foot when one of my BFF went into a dark depression. That's when I felt what it's like to be around someone who is so far down. It's not at all easy. I was able to help her see she needed therapy. I also set limits on what she could say,,,well more the amount of time I could listen to what was on her mind. I had learned to NOT say much when I was deeply into mine. I found by not mentioning my feelings,,thoughts, I was able to make new friends and I became friends with the former friends I wanted to,,, I was very careful with who. The hurt was deep.

    I hope with reading any of this it can be of help.

    I do almost all of these things listed for stress. I found yoga,,, beginners,,,, I have way too many back problems to do more, help to distress myself. At times I do chair exercises, walking to help.

    A hot bath, good book,,,,candles,,,,I have to use the ones with the lights in them. Fire danger in a flight rise. I also use either an air freshener or potpourri.
  • PS: I spend time with the furry ppl who live in my house. I'm a house rabbit advocator and educator. Anytime I'm able to help someone out, I feel good for the rest of the day! I also quit fighting with the cat about whose chair it REALLY is (mine) and plop myself on rhe stationary bike instead. SOMETIMES ; )
  • @ladi_havoc: this is my first day, and while my stressors are very different, I have gone through the same thing. Before I was dx, even tho all of us were in therapy, I went from being a pretty popular founder, club president & sat on board of directors for a (now HUGE) fan/social/charitable organization..
    Now, I'm nobody, no friends, my "stress factors" have managed to drive wedges between family members (who I was very close to). So I understand what your going through, to a point. And MY stresses show no sign of improvement, one getting worse even 19 years later (affecting my finances AND my health.
    I WILL BE YOUR FRIEND. I WILL listen ( I dunno the site rules yet, but if the rules allow it, sounds like we could give being friends. Test drive, huh?

    Sorry if I wasn't supposed to say that here, everybody. As I said, fist day. Thanks!
  • Six mile hike today on my Birthday keeps the stress level down for sure! I always feel a lot better after exercise.
  • I started journaling when my "friends" didn't want to hear about my depression over the death of my husband. Now I'm all alone with no friends because I'm afraid to tell anyone how I feel.
  • Taking a walk is one of the best stress busters for me. Start my day now walking our dog and that seems to set me up for a stress free day.
  • I've been de-stressing by walking every day. I also made a promise to myself to write a Spark blog every day. Both are good for me because I'm disabled and don't work. My days can easily spiral into doing nothing. These have been helpful for me.
  • I de-stress by cleaning my house! I turn some music on, get my son dancing with me, & get going! We make a day of it!
  • MAGENTA4212
    Definitely walking and petting my dogs - preferably at the same time
    oh and swimming in our pool - just floating and relaxing
  • Whoever is responsible for your article images probably watched the shake weight commercials without laughing.
  • Playing my ukulele is my escape. :)
    A relaxer for me is my adult coloring book. I can get totally engrossed in it.
  • Color in. A coloring book.
    I agree with dog hugging! Our dog loves to be petted, massaged LOL You can't be stressed when your stroking silky ears and looking into soulful eyes.
  • Hugging my dog always helps. He's always willing to give me some love (unwanted doggy kisses!) or just lies there while I hug him and that always puts me in a good mood.

    Reading while listening to soothing music is also a big help.

    One time I made pie when I was fuming after an argument with my brother. The whole process of beating ingredients together calmed me down in the end.

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