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#1 charliehorse

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:37 AM

Stress is bad for us, so what do we do to manage it?

Have you any tried and true techniques?

We all know the same old theories, but what do YOU actually DO that works?

Yes, I am currently a stress-bucket and looking for some assistance. :emoticon-insomnia:
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:19 AM

When I am stressed, I work in my kitchen. Get out my cookbooks and look for something unique to try. That I hopefully don't have to go to the store for special ingredients. If I am to lazy or in a fatigued state then I take a warm shower and pamper myself and read all my magazines that are sitting around waiting to be read before they get passed on to another. Sometimes if it is nice out I put on my walking shoes and WALK and walk and walk. Pretty soon I am enjoying myself and noticing everything good around me. Stress seems to just melt away.
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 03:40 AM

Hi Charliehorse & Sheryl
Ahhh the wonders of stress, I just had a weekend with family, my sister & husband came to stay with us for 2 nights, Now I am paying for it, Naturally one would think "stress is only related to negative situations :angry: " Well that's wrong, even happy occasions, excitement, anticipation :D can cause our symptoms to go Wingy for a while! I am achy- Diarrhea-exhausted, I slept all afternoon yesterday and for the first time in 3 months I slept through the night (woke up at 6:00am today! Thats one symptom I welcome! :emoticons-yes:

Sheryl gave great advice, I just hate the idea of getting ready to go for a walk, now I try not to think about it, just get out the door, once your out the door- It really does wonders and you begin to enjoy it! Its just getting out of the house, thats the hard part, at least for me. Its the same thing with a hot shower or bath, once your in its WONDERFUL & you feel great afterward! Get the energy and get in!
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 09:39 AM

Hi All

I think the very best stress reliever is exercise; either walking as Sheryl recommends or in my case going to the gym & having a jolly good workout with my MP3 player going full blast to something like 'Tiger Feet' by Mud.

I'm afraid it does date me somewhat!! :blush:

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#5 charliehorse

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 06:25 PM

Thank you Sheryl, Sandra and Joelf,

It's Friday night here and I'm pretty tired and carrying some residual stress from the working week so the plan is to follow in Sheryl's footsteps and make a nice dinner and read some mags on the couch. I would go for a walk but rain is pouring down and it's cold. I also find that going outside does make everything seem so much brighter and happier, Joelf. It's always a matter of temperature, though, isn't it.

So, the next question is which cuisine would most satisfy the weary soul? I'm thinking comfort food must have a criteria: warm, a little on the fatty-mouth-satisfaction side, probably the very opposite of a lettuce leaf? Hm...will do some research in my recipe books. :bye:
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Posted 16 October 2009 - 04:36 PM

Sandra- I know what you mean about "good" thing stres- for some reason talking on the phone causes me stress. Not face to face- just on the phone.

Charliehorse- Are you a Jeeves fan too? I love the books and the old PBS series - in fact I've in the middle of a Jeeves and Wooster marathon right now. :emoticons-yes:

#7 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 05:28 PM

I clean. When things are really bad, I clean the house, the garage, my car, bathe the dogs, and go looking for more. I have been known to whip out a paint brush and touch up the woodwork! Unfortunately, I don't get stressed often enough! Posted Image


Years ago a doctor told me his method of taking his mind off things was to tackle the chore he liked the least or at least think about doing it. At the time mine was cleaning the jam off the kitchen floor before it attracted all the loose dog hair: 2 golden retrievers and a herd of little boys made for lots of distraction opportunities.
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Posted 16 October 2009 - 05:46 PM

In the spring and summer I garden and grow LOTS of flowers and herbs. Things that are bright and smell great and attract hummingbirds. Many times, I just sit and watch hummingbirds. Everything else goes away. They delight me!

In the cooler, wetter months I have a room in my basement for art. I seldom clean it, just take the garbage out when I have to. And any project that I'm working on I can leave it there until its dry or until I feel like working on it again. Mostly, I do multimedia collage. It's A BLAST!!! I use old family photos that I've blown up or copied in black and white. I use crazy images and old maps and the maps of my city from the phone books, and the horoscope pages from the newspapers as the backgrounds. Then I paint over that and add images and/or words. Then I add my central theme, which usually includes my family and/or hummingbirds and/or my dogs. They are wild and fun and they just sort of develop themselves as I go. Sometimes one will take me a week. Sometimes months. The disasters sit in the corner and I'll paint over them someday if I feel like it. I like to use bright colors and build them up in layers. I also have a small stained glass studio down there, but I love to garden when there's good light. And you also need good light to do glass, so I don't do as much of that as I used to.

Of course, I love to read. Download music from I-tunes and make new mixes for me to listen to while I do art. I go to the library and get books on CD for my commute.

If all else fails, or if I'm too tired for fun or art ( which seems to be happening too often the past few months...) then a great nap and some lovely 'sleepy' music is very comforting.

Whew! Got a bit carried away. But, really, try the collage thing. Look it up on line. There are as many styles as there are artists, and no 'wrong' way to do it!

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:22 PM

Hummingbirds in your garden, northendpoet? That sounds so beautiful. I've never seen one in life. Nature is the very, very best relaxant isn't it.

I am going to try Jeannie's idea, too, of doing horrible chores, though the very idea of it is scary. I know when I do happen to be cleaning and I am stressed I am like a tornado with all that nervous energy. :blink:
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Posted 17 October 2009 - 08:53 AM

Hi Charliehorse & Enjoytheride.

I love the 'Jeeves' books (as a teenager, many years ago, they were my favourite reading. ;) ) I loved the old fashioned humour!

My favourite books are 'The Mating Season' & 'Right ho, Jeeves' & although I did like the television programmes with Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry (I also remember the original B&W series with Ian Carmichael & Dennis Price! :blush: ) I always preferred the books. As the books were written in the first person you can get all Bertie's muddled thought processes which are so amusing. :D

I'm glad to find other people find them as enjoyable as I do.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 11:08 AM

Well I am surprised no one has mentioned my all time stress buster...sleep. Yep, I sleep when I am stressed. I know most people can't when they're stressed but for me it's my way of getting away from it all, even if "it all" is still there when I wake. Funny that I should end up with a disease that cause chronic fatigue that causes you to sleep! :emoticons-yes:

Although not a fan I do remember the Fry & Laurie "Jeeves & Wooster", thought it was excellent, mind you hasn't our Laurie come on in recent years?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:36 AM

:rolleyes: Happy Tuesday everyone,
I decided to acutally put (2) 5 minute appointments in my daily calendar at work. They pop up on my computer screen as reminders at 10 AM and 3 PM and they are just called "OHM" (like the meditation mantra). So when I get the reminder I stop what I am doing, sit back in my chair or take a quick walk, and relax. I think about anything other than work or anything stressful. As a matter of practice I make every muscle relax the moment I see the reminder on my screen. It is amazing what even 5 minutes will do to bring you back to a center place.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:01 AM

Hi all, I'm new.
If I am feeling stressed I find walking helps a great deal, also pulling weeds from the garden is a great one for me.

#14 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:44 AM

Hi Hazel, welcome to the Forums!

I agree with you about pulling weeds. One of my dearest friends died in March of this year. He passing coincided with a warm spell, so for about a week, I was outside from "can until can't' working on my garden. It was wonderful therapy, especially since we had gone on many a plant buying expedition together. It works without fail for me, no matter whether I'm sad, mad, or just having a grouchy day.

I hope you'll post often and let us get to know you.

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