25 Ways To Relieve Stress

I’m not a drinker. Never was. You can ask the people who’ve known me for years. They’ll tell you. It’s a control thing. Since we all know I’m a control freak, alcohol can get the upper hand and I don’t like that. Plus I hate the way alcohol tastes. Yup, I said it. It’s bitter and gross. Not for me. Not to mention wine gives me a migraine and beer, even one, can make me sick. I must be allergic to an ingredient. It’s never been worth it to me to drink. Why waste the calories?

But I understand why people do drink. If you’re having a bad day, week, month, year and you need a quick way to untie the knots in your shoulders a glass of wine will do it. There have been many times recently I wish I did drink. I’d like something to take the stress away without me breaking a sweat to do it. I’m having one of those moments right now. (And I already worked out today) So instead of drinking I’m going to blow my calories and maybe ease my stress with the one thing I do like.

cookieI’m sure I’ll hate myself later.

As I write this, I don’t know if I should vent out my stress here for all of you to read (honestly, I’m not a good sharer like that) or educate us on ways to relieve stress, but we know them, don’t we?

  1. Pray
  2. Meditate
  3. Exercise
  4. Sit with nature
  5. Listen to calming music
  6. Take a drive
  7. Scream at the top of your lungs
  8. Take a bath
  9. Call a friend who makes you laugh
  10. Read (big one for me)
  11. Play an instrument
  12. Write
  13. Paint
  14. Get a massage, a pedicure
  15. Shop
  16. Cry
  17. Walk on the beach
  18. Help someone else
  19. Jump on a trampoline
  20. Roll down a hill
  21. Watch a baby discover his toes
  22. Smell freshly cut grass (unless you’re allergic)
  23. Roast marshmallows over an open fire
  24. Eat chocolate
  25. Chase rainbows

I have my Healing Music playing. I’m sitting outside watching the trees push the breeze around. The sky is clear, deep blue marked by fluffy, clouds of cotton. The cookie is half-way gone. I barely remember eating it. What’s next?

Another moment. Another chance to catch my breath. A quiet place to read a book. Tomorrow, hopefully.

If I was smart, I wouldn’t get stressed out. In the grand scheme of things, nothing is that bad. Challenging at times, but manageable. I have what’s important. The rest I should surrender. When do you think I’ll learn that lesson?

Not before the cookie is gone, I’ll tell you that.

So, how do you relieve stress? I’d love to hear from you.

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4 thoughts on “25 Ways To Relieve Stress

  1. A great way to relieve stress is to punch something. Seriously. Sparring at karate class works wonders. 😉 Hope you were able to de-stress, take a breath, and relax. Call me if you need me.

    1. I love the idea of punching something. (What does that say about me?) I’m going to try and work karate back into my life. Maybe when school starts. Thanks for checking in.

  2. It sounds stupid, but running pointless, in-town errands helps me with stress. Ten minutes in the car — i.e., away from my desk — does wonders, so I’ll often make time to get a coffee from Panera or Big Gulp (even if I have coffee and soda already in the house), just for the excuse to get out. (For the record: I prefer walking to driving, but L.A. isn’t a pedestrian-friendly town, alas.)

    1. Running errands to relieve stress doesn’t sound stupid. The mindless tasks help take the pressure off I think. Especially for writing. When I get stuck on a scene running the vacuum helps me. Sometimes the carpets and floors are very clean. I love to walk, but NJ isn’t the kind of place you can walk everywhere. If I want to go to Panera I need the car too.

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