How do you deal with stress?

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  1. TennisPlayer

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    What do you do to relax or not feel stressed in the first place? :)
     
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    Before I start the day with teaching, I have to have my quiet time with God. It gives me a peace throughout the day.....
     
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    I like listening to the positive Christian radio station. On Fridays, they have funny kid stories!
     
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    Walk
    Beach
    Family
    Thinking positively
    ...and a glass of a nice oak aged chardonnay helps too.
     
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    Honestly, I don't get frazzled or stressed much as it is. I would really have to be under the gun w/ something or having multiple things going on at once to feel stressed.

    I've always wanted to try yoga & I'm sure I'd make time to do that if there was a time in my life when I just couldn't take it anymore. But, I know it's good to do anyway & not just wait until things are bad.

    I'm sure these would also help w/ stress:

    - taking a drive (to nowhere in particular, but just enjoying a calm drive & enjoying the scenery

    - playing a sport/good workout at the gym

    - playing relaxing music & sipping a nice beverage while reading

    - taking a nice warm shower

    - cooking can be relaxing
     
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    I don't do anything to prevent it, but when I am stressed, I eat. Which is why I look like I do. *sigh*
     
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    I play the piano, and what I play changes depending on the mood I'm in. It's a good thing I have a sturdy upright--I will pound on the keys every once in a while! Seriously, though, it's a great release for me. A good book works, too. I really love listening to a baseball game on the radio; there's something about it that is just very calming (it's too bad that baseball season usually doesn't cover the most stressful parts of the year...).
     
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    I get stressed out pretty easily due to my anxiety. It sucks. When I'm stressed I usually shop or listen to music. It is also very easy to eat when I am stressed, but I am trying to work out instead.
     
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    Don't beat yourself up about that. Try surrounding yourself with healthy foods so when you do reach for that stress relief, it won't do any harm. After a while, eating to relieve stress won't be that enjoyable because it won't be the things that soothe you so you might develop a yearning to do something else.

    For me, I go walking. I used to eat. Every day is a new day.
     
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    I knit. Or read. Or go for a walk. Or scrapbook. Or I write.

    Or I get a really hot guy to give me a massage. Personally, I prefer this option when its available!
     
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    Where does one get this "super hot guy" for massages? LOL
    Seriously, where?
     
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    Well, I played sports in University and keep in touch with a lot of the guys from various teams. Many of them are super hot. Some of them are even date-able.
     
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    I don't buy it, but it doesn't seem to matter. The damage is already done. I am working on exercising more, but some how manage not to most days.
     
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    Drink...oops sorry, not really, but that's the first thing that came to mind.

    Honestly, a long walk, a movie, a bath, reading a fun book or chatting with a friend help a lot.
     
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    Kates - There is nothing wrong with a drink every now and then. I know at the end of a long day, a glass of wine is the best thing ever!
     
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    I cry or sleep. Or obsess about whatever is stressing me out but obviously that doesn't work. I need new strategies.
     
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    Lol...I can totally relate. That's what I do before I become rational again.
     
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    It depends on the stress level.

    For the heavy duty stuff, I cry. There's a LOT to be said for the theraputic effects of a good cry. It's cheaper than therapy and a whole lot less harmful than booze. I recommend it highly.

    When I'm under a lot of stress, my sleep always suffers. Fortunately, I've been teaching long enough that I can still be an effective teacher after an occasional (or more than occasional) sleepless night. I've learned NOT to toss and turn; what works better for me is to go into the living room, and turn the TV very softly to Nick at Night or HGTV...something without a plot that I need to pay attention to. I put the volume so low that I can just barely hear. Very often I find that I doze off after an hour or two.
     
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    To be honest, I eat when stressed which is why I can stand to lose a few pounds. However, I know the best thing I could do is pray and turn it over to the Lord. I'm trying to get to that point and stay there.
     
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    Be physical..... very physical. Go to the gym, lift weights or participate in an aerobic class with the ladies. Walk or jog...

    A couple of days ago I had a leisurely walk on the beach with a very close teacher friend... We found lots of sea shells and shark's teeth. It was a nice relaxing day.

    Just get out of the house and do something.......:):):)
     

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