I dance when I'm stressed. I like going into the dance studio on my campus when no one is around, blast my music and just let loose. It doesn't have to be anything pretty even, as long as I'm getting that stress out in a physical way. I've come up with my best stuff while stressed and trying to let it out.
If I'm not able to do this, I physically over react. I've thrown myself to the ground in anguish or have done other physical acts dramatically. This is because I feel all that negative energy in me and it's trying to get out.
Originally Posted by MacGuffin
ayoitsStepho is becoming someone else. Actually her true self, a rite of passage.
I bake. Working my way through the steps and measurements, having everything planned out for me and doing something that requires me to pay close attention or else I'll fuck it up, helps me to get out of my head.
Never wrestle with a pig. You will get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.
I usually want to be alone when stressed out. Sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch a show I like or hang out on the web. But I find when I get out and visit friends and hang out with them I feel better. Sitting alone is what I think should help,but it doesn't seem to de-stress me as much as being with friends.
Some people are like Slinkys.
Useless, but still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
We are the music makers,and we are the dreamers of the dreams.
I have noticed that in times of really high stress or major decisions in my life, I smoke. Maybe I do this twice a year? Not often, but it really clarifies whatever issue I'm stressing over. Gets me in touch with how I actually feel about things. Minor stress I tend to need to be alone to center myself or need to get out with friends. I do the opposite of whichever I have been doing more of around that time.
It depends on the reason for the stress. If it's stress from lack of control over things, I try to take control over things. I go to stricter schedules and to do lists and exercise and healthier eating. If it's being really busy/ having a lot going on, I try to take more time to myself. Deep breaths, journals, meditation, and nature, baths, stretching, light exercise, reading, and naps. If it's stress related to school, because of the long hours of sitting at a desk and hurting my back without socialization, I call friends, go out, drink, work out, go hiking, get to the beach, whatever. Working out seems to be okay across the board.
Pretty much this. My methods for relieving stress are really dependent upon what is stressing me. If I'm stressed because I haven't had enough time to myself, am constantly busy, etc. I'll try and "slow down" time, in a sense. Basically learn to manage my time better, at least temporarily to get through it all, so that I can still feel like I'm getting time to myself. Going on long walks are always great stress relievers, too. If I feel too busy and go out drinking or partying, some how it just makes me feel worse. I'd rather use that time alone and to myself, instead.
If I'm stressed because I feel like I've let too many things get out of control, I get pretty anal about things, will go through serious cleansing periods of cleaning house, ridding my space of clutter, this way I can sort of gain focus and clarity again. And then I sit and make lists of things I need to do and work towards marking them off.
Originally Posted by shortnsweet
Bad coping habits for me are excessive drinking, excessive coffee, going online too much, not eating, nail biting, partying too much, smoking, talking on the phone too long, spending too much money. These things seem to temporarily fix things but make things worse in the long run!
"I don't know a perfect person.
I only know flawed people who are still worth loving."
Good coping strategies: take a long walk, play the piano, sing, crochet, draw a picture.
Bad coping strategies: whine, pout, have a prima donna hissy fit, eat way too much chocolate until I feel... ahhh... siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!
I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.