Stress Relievers-BTB #1

Posted June 11, 2015 by Elizabeth in discussion, Features/ 11 Comments

I am sending the love to my bloggy friend KissinBlueKaren for her new weekly meme Beyond the Books. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).

I hope you’ll think about joining us. This week’s topic is Stress Relievers. I’m very excited that this is my first post using animated gifs and a video clip!

jess crying hystericallyPersonally, I don’t feel a lot of stress, which surprises people, considering that I have cancer and was forced to retire so young that my income is now below the poverty line. But what are you going to do? Deal with it! Sometimes I get frustrated and angry when people, mostly my family, question me about my mobility and breathing problems, so that would  be stress, I guess. That situation might make me tear up, but I’ve never actually bawled over any of this. I think crying is a great stress reliever, even though I look gross afterwards, and during, if I’m honest with myself! I get so worn out from a huge cry that I sleep for hours, and sleep can be another great stress reliever, or a way to avoid thinking about stressors.

karen drinkingFor some people, drinking or smoking relieve stress, but those have never done it for me, and neither does eating. I’m more of a boredom eater. In college, I loved going out dancing, which is a great way to throw off the cares of the world, and when I first graduated and was working I went to the gym regularly. Any kind of working out helps with stress I think. Across the street from me is a large Chinese family and they are often outside doing tai chi early in the morning, which looks very calming and centering. If I could stand up for more than five minutes without support I’d go over and join them.

Crying, Eating, Drinking, Exercise. Do you do any of these things to relieve stress? Any suggestions for something else?

For more Stress Relieving ideas, visit KissinBlueKaren and the other Beyond the Books participants.

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11 responses to “Stress Relievers-BTB #1

  1. I exercize every morning, and it does help with the stress, I feel more relaxed. But my best stress reliever is the following : sitting beside a river or a stream of water, near trees, listening to the wind in the trees, the birds and the sound of water – terribly efficient 🙂 When I don’t have a river nearby, I launch a youtube video with the sound of water, it doesn’t work as well but it helps !

    • I love the sound of water, too! My little living room fountain broke, so I need a new one. I also love to just sit on the beach and listen to the waves or float on the boat on the lake and listen to the water hitting the sides.

  2. First off -love the Karen from Will and Grace GIF! I have two slightly conflicting ways of dealing with stress. I love a glass of wine at the end of a stressful day. The other is Yoga. I always feel so much more relaxed and energized. I unfortunately don’t get to do it as much as I would like though.

    • I’ve been trying simple yoga for my agility/mobility. I can get yoga techniques and mini-classes on Demand, so I don’t have to go to a big class.

  3. I didn’t even think about dancing, but that is a great stress reliever. Also, exercise is great. I haven’t been motivated for that lately. Crying is great too. Great post!

  4. Fun gif! I did try tai chi once, but didn’t last. I like to walk and when I do jigsaws I find I can calm my mind down as well as have to concentrate. Same thing with Suduko. Reading of course is a stress breaker. Swimming is great too but I only go to the beach occasionally in summer. I don’t get stressed now that I have finished teaching!

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