What do you do when you are feeling a little stressed?

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
October 27, 2008 9:48pm CST
Some people like to eat, some like to read, others like to exercise, or mabbe walk their dog. What do you find is the best cure for feeling stressed? I used to like taking my dog for a walk, and playing with him in an open area near my house. Unfortunately, now that my dog has passed away, I find the best cure is to watch a comedy DVD. My current cure is provided by John Cleese and Fawlty Towers. Although I've seen the series several times, it still makes me laugh, and offers a quick remedy for my depressed state of mind. How about you, what do you do?
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
When I feel stressed out, I do one or more of the following: 1. stop what I am doing 2. do stretching exercises followed by 3. deep breathing exercises 4. sometimes I fall asleep 5. meditating also helps and of course praying helps to calm my nerves and also clears the mind to come up with a solution to what is causing the stress.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
Since I can not edity the post, I might as well add a comment here. Try Singing (karaoke). I also found belting out a few songs to relieve stress.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Ah! Stretching exercises, maybe that would work for me too. Singing karaoke wouldn't though, I can't sing! Meditation and prayers have been suggested by several respondants, so they must work.
• Philippines
29 Oct 08
You say you can not sing. I do not sing that well either. BUT I can sing.. and it really helps. Scientifically, if you sing, you actually exercise your lungs and let out the Carbon dioxide you have collected. Singing becomes more of an aerobic exercise and this helps supply more oxygen to our lungs and our blood system. if you have more oxygen available then aerobic respiration occurs. but if less oxygen is available, then anaerobic respiration occurs and with this, we get to have more lactic acid in our system which results to many aches and pains in our muscles and joints. This is exacerbated by stress. try singing using the karaoke so you have lyrics to follow. I am sure you will find some relief.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
first of all i sleep soundly. since one source of my stress is lack of sleep. then if i already regain my strength and conciousness (lol),we take some time to eat in our favorite restaurant, ( that is if allowed by our budget though (lol) or if not, we just played badmenton. But there are times that all i want to do is really take that most desired rest, so i just sleep, eat, and sleep.It rarely happens, so i enjoy every minute of it.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
I agree eating is good, but is the lack of sleep due to a busy schedule, or doing other things.
• Philippines
29 Oct 08
We are so busy, we have our business going, while i am still working. I also attend to my child's needs, because we do not have yaya or nanny.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
I'm happy to hear you sleep well. Pardon my ignorance, but what is a yaya?
@polachicago (19077)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I meditate, take yoga or long walk with dogs. I watch good comedy if possible. Soft, relaxing music in the background is helpful. Talking to family and friends is very calming as well....
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
I like the idea of a peaceful walk with my dog, ( when I fet him). Music and talking with friends works well too, but for immediate relief I don't think you can beat a good laugh.
@polachicago (19077)
• United States
28 Oct 08
you are right, but sometimes is so hard to laugh when under big stress....
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Well, I must be lucky. Since I was made redundant in 1997 from a very stressful job in Australia, I haven't suffered from very stressful situations. Life here in Thailand is so less stressful.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I just sit back and reflect on what I'm stressed about. Then I try to draw up a solution to relieve me of my stressful situation! It works for the most part, but sometimes I just have to eventually get over it! Taripre$
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Sounds to me you would have most situations under control with your positive attitude.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Well, it's all temporary til The problem gets bigger if never resolved. Still, I just work at it til I can see some light! Taripre$
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
3 Nov 08
I'm a person who attacks a problem immediately, and don't like letting it develope.
• China
29 Oct 08
I like to play PC game online when I under the pressure,sometimes,watch actioner is another choice. Anything you can make a diversion,it's a good way to decompression.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Diversions are good, but from what I've heard computer games could add to stress.
• China
30 Oct 08
Yes,play PC game may put on pressure,but it can help you to forget the disagreeable things in your real life.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
3 Nov 08
Yeah. I guess you're right.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
28 Oct 08
When I was working, I used to feel stressed out sometimes. The stress is not only in the office, but often I bring the stress home as well. I was a project manager involved with IT projects, and so the issues and problems associated with these projects don't go away even after I leave office. At work, I try to divert my attention away from the stress by doing some other tasks, have a little break or go see my colleagues to talk about other work-related things. At home, when I feel the stress is getting to me, I just find something else to do that will take my mind off the issue that is stressing me, like watch some TV, play computer games or just listen to music. I've learned to cope with work stress, and have not been overwhelmed by it.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Your situation sounds very much like mine when I worked in Australia, Most stress was work related, and I used to take the stress home home. I started swimming and exercising every day before work, and this helped me face the day better.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
29 Oct 08
Stress is part and parcel of life, and more so these days as the pace of society has increased drastically over the previous decades. While work contributes significantly to our stress level, many other circumstances add to this even at home and in relationships. It is how one manages stress that is more pertinent, and I think distracting ourselves from stressful situations and focusing on other relaxing things really help, because that's very therapeutic.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
3 Nov 08
I agree with you, and I also believe that money, or lack of it. or what we do with it can also create stress. Coping is very important, or we could find outselves in a bad situation.
@kholid78 (341)
• Indonesia
28 Oct 08
Its my simple way to make more fresh. Its relaxing us without loosing our pocket. lol.. Just sing a song whichever you mood. Yes, Its true. I always do this way for 30 years. Just try it. Happy relaxing mylotting
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
I'm happy that works for you, but my singing is sooo bad, I would get more stressed. LOL.
@kholid78 (341)
• Indonesia
29 Oct 08
I am not a good singer either. But I must so. And its always work
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
3 Nov 08
On your word, I'll give it a try next time I feel stressd.
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
28 Oct 08
when i get stress i like to play vedio games. this help me to go off into my own world.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Now there's a great distraction. I'm not a video game player, but it certainly would clear your problem from your mind However, for me it would probably just create a new stressful situation in the cyber world. If it's possible to have cyber stress.
• United States
28 Oct 08
i do that at time if i can't get on the tv.. and blog about it.. loll
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Is there a name for the frustration one feels when they can't access the site they want?
• India
28 Oct 08
hi If I'm little stressed, i prefer to listen to music, stay alone for the time being. But if i'm overstressed I used to stop whatever i was doing and used to walk and focus on the beauty of nature. Meditation also helps me to overcome stress.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Tapnaroy, you're not alone there. Ice cream - especially chocolate- helps me through minor stressful timrs too. I'm not into meditation, but if it works for you, that's good.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Sorry about the confusing response. I don't know what happened. I somehow mixed up your response with the following one. Sorry! Music is a great relaxer for me too.
• India
28 Oct 08
Hi It's not your fault. I just didn't follow correct form of making a sentence. Anyway thanks for your reply.
@loxion (1551)
• India
28 Oct 08
I have a pile of comedy movies and each time the stress attack me...., i play that funny comedy and i'll laugh and the stress will be gone in no time
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Yes. I sure can relate with that. Do you have any favorite comedies? I'm looking for some series to download, there is nothing as good as a good laugh.
@loxion (1551)
• India
28 Oct 08
I have all the collection of Rowan Atkinson(Mr Bean),also try some Jim Carrey and add spme animations movies, the likes of "The lion king". but i am not sure about the source where you might download them. try www.allulook4.com, they have lot of movies for free and fun about it is that they have the latest movies.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Thanks for the info loxion, I'll check out that site. My Thai wife loves Mr. Bean.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
28 Oct 08
When I feel stress I generally go to sleep for 10 minutes. It will relax me so much and then I go to my work. If it is evening I walk in front of my house or chitchat with my family members.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
When you say you chat with your family members, do you discuss what is stressing you out? Or do talk about general topics? Depending on the severity of my problem, I usually couldn't sleep. I guess if you can put the problem aside long enough to fall asleep, you're very lucky.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
28 Oct 08
If I have a problem I do diverse my mind in to another thing that is sleeping. If we can't divert our mind in to another we will not solve that problem properly. Because I do like that.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
That sounds good, and if it works for you that's great.
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
Treating myself with a 30 minute - 1- hour bath. Taking extra time shampooing, putting on conditioner. Giving the shoulders and legs some extra attention as massage. Just stay under the shower, let it "rain". Sing a song. Recreate a movie scene. After a bath, I don't just swirl the towel around my body. I dry myself with small, light taps. Stress allows us to do things out of the ordinary. Celebrate. :)
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
3 Nov 08
Now that sounds relaxing. However after such treatment, I think I'd like to get stuck into something chocolate. providing my weight wasn't causing the stress. LOL.
• Malaysia
29 Oct 08
If I'm stressed out at work, I would leave what I'm doing - browse the net to clear my mind a while. Than later, will continue with a clearer mind. At home, I will have a shower, get ready my books - just lie back, relax and enjoyed what I'm reading. No point for me to tackle my problems with a stressed mind.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
I think it's important to drop what is causing the stress at work, and return to the issue ahter you've cleared your mind. We can take other approaches at home.
@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I like taking a hot therapy bath while listening to soft music it always lifts my stressed feeling away.You have a great night.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Now that sounds very relaxing. I could go for that.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Oct 08
If I'm home and stressed then I'll find a funny show on TV to watch. Sometimes I'll look through a magazine or read a book.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
I agree the first step is a good laugh, it's comedy first for me too.
• United Kingdom
28 Oct 08
I sit in my favourite chair, I close my eyes and I start to think! A few brief moments later I open my eyes, make my way towards the kitchen, stick the kettle on and make a nice brew! I too love to exercise! My living room is a proper gymnasium and I have three exercise machines which I use three times per week, this definitely gets rid of my stress. I would love to have a dog though, I've heard that they are wonderful stress relievers! I also love escapism and I do this by picking up a good book. I have several favourite books and I have read them over and over as they always seem to do the trick! I forget everything when I am reading them. I also escape into my personal journal! I have been keeping a personal journal for many years and I find this so relaxing. I sit there in my chair, the rain may be teeming against the window behind me, it may be a little grey but none of that matters! My personal journal acts as a wonderful stress destroyer! Like you, I love watching comedys, my favourite being "Only Fools and Horses". Stress! It's a thing of the past!! Andrew
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Thank you for your informative reply. I wish I had my own personal gym, I also wish I had my big lovable dog back. I'll fix that after the Christmas holidays. I imagine you don't have too many stressful situations, you sound as though you would be in control of most aspects of your life.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
28 Oct 08
hi, When i am stressed i just want to sulk , ya know what i mean and hope that soon it will pass , and that the sun will rise the nest morning . Usually , if it is summer i love to swim or go for a long walk that helps with the stress . being on the rd and going on trips help too ,but those are all over for now . sometimes just talking to someone is the best . Music seems to free my sould lately !
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Sounds like you wouldn't be much fun to be around when you're stressed out. Swimming or walking seem much better than sulking. Talking to a friend also is good.
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I play with my son or hear soothing music. Both work fine for me unless I am in a depression that lasts for days or months. When that happens, I have no other option but to wait for it to go away.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Ah, yes, playing with a young child certainly would reduce stressful thoughts. Unfortunately my grandchildren are thousands of miles away.
• Bangladesh
28 Oct 08
I would prefer to watch a movie and eat some sweet stuff when i feel stress; or exersize lil bit make me feel better.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
If it works for you - way to go!
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I like to go somewhere that is quiet and close my eyes (Not sleep LOL) Just to mediate and think on something pleasant. If I fall to sleep in the process oh well.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Now I've left my stressful job back in Australia, I fall asleep immediately I hit the pillow.