STRESS! How do you deal?

  • allatonce

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    May 01, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    Normally I consider myself fairly good at maintaining my calm and not getting too stressed out, but recently, I have been finding myself really stressed, shoulders and neck hurting from tension kind of stress. What do you guys do to de-stress?
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    May 01, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    I charge my iPod, plug the earphones into my head, and go for a real long, exhausting run...preferably on a trail that winds its way out of town and away from tons of people. Between the endorphins and the uninterrupted me-time, it does the trick.
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    May 01, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    masterbation
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    May 01, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    I try to take things one at a time. Think about the issue for a few minutes, see what I can actually do about it, and then work on it one step at a time.

    And if that fails, Pomegranate Martinis and Manhattans. Or an hour long massage.
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    May 01, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    LOL !!! both of the above works for me !!! ha !!! only I don't run, I hike. But about the best thing that works for me, is to switch from what's stressing me, and work on something that I enjoy doing. (in the garden for instance) Another thing I do, is pick up a book, or go visiting to totally take my mind off whatever the stressor is. Good luck !!!
  • allatonce

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    May 01, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, I did a run today with my ipod, and some new music, which normally works for me. Had a very short term effect today, I'm just going to try and take things one step at a time and put things in perspective.
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    May 01, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    This may seem like a strange answer to your question.

    I take GABA (gamma-animobutyric acid). It is a precursor for serotonin. Serotonin is a natural neurotransmittor in the brain that is used by the brain in times of strees to calm itself.

    This book...

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    ...is an interest look at using the precurors (amino acids) to manipulate the neurotransmittors of the brain in order to affect mood and cravings.

    There are several short surveys at the beginning for you to determine what your deficiency (-ies) are and then you can take the appropriate amino acid to get the results you need.

    Example, for me, I needed to ameliorate depression. GABA is the precursor for serotonin that effects mood. So I tried taking GABA tablets. OMFG! WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Even the anti-depressants that the doc gave me didnt do this! Actually, it was the combination of anti-depressants and GABA that made me feel total human again.

    Well, depression is an extreme case of the brain under stress. I have also used it for just feeling stressed in the afternoon during work. Within 20 minutes or so, I feel calm...and it's just the working of the brain's natural neurotranmittor which makes me feel good about taking it...no artificial chemical sloshing around in the brain.

    The reason the book is called The Diet Cure is because the author is presenting this technique as a method to suppress eating craving so one doesnt feel the desire to eat...hence dieting is not necessary...hence the dieting is cured
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    May 01, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Music.
    Exercise.
    Meditation.



    dancerjack saidmasterbation



    ...that too.


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    May 01, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Exercising, music, reading, cuddling with my partner.

    When I am under extreme stress (e.g. death of a loved one) I feel like sleeping all the time.
  • GQjock

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    May 01, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    Depends on what the stress is from
    if it's work related stress or something that's basically out of your hands
    I go to the gym or out with friends - something to get my mind off it
    but if it's something that you're procrastinating about the best thing is to hit it head on and get it out of the way
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    May 01, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    If I can, and if it's the appropriate time, I try to deal with what's causing the stress right away. Can I fix the problem?

    Otherwise, if it's something that can't be fixed right away, I do any or all of the following:

    1) Step away from it for a while
    2) Go running (I do that anyway)
    3) Lift weights (ditto)
    4) Get some advice from a friend
    5) Read, check out a movie, relax with a DVD
    6) Dwell on the positive things going on in my life
    7) If possible (not always) try to take the cause of the stress less seriously, and (if appropriate) develop a sense of humor about what's going on (again, not always possible)
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    May 01, 2008 11:37 PM GMT
    lovinglife4 saidNormally I consider myself fairly good at maintaining my calm and not getting too stressed out, but recently, I have been finding myself really stressed, shoulders and neck hurting from tension kind of stress. What do you guys do to de-stress?


    Great Cardio ( jogging, power walking, swimming etc..) for at least 45 minutes 6 days a week takes all my stress away. Preferably outdoors. It burns all the built up adrenalin associated with stress. A balanced diet ( watch your caffeine and processed sugar in take), plenty of water, and at least 7 hours of sleep with a set pattern. Go to bed at the same time don't throw your inner clock off. All great in reducing or completely eliminating stress.
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    May 02, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    A five mile run with lots of Madonna on the playlist or a 2 hour yoga session.
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    May 02, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    Anytime I'm stressed (not too often, thankfully) I deal with it by running, cycling, swimming laps, or even kicking back in the jacuzzi.
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    May 02, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    Eat, go to gym, or just Lock myself away from the world, and recharge the battery's, by doing yard work. But I cope with stress as a whole, well.

    This is what makes One a survivor of torture, and not a victim.
  • irishboxers

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    May 02, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    At the risk of being considered completely raving insane, I go shoot guns at the firing range. I don't own a gun, but am checked out in their training program. Love me a 9mm Glock. Releases stress, gives you an endorphin/adrenaline kick, and has the bonus of feeling kinda butch.

    Or I just light some lavender and sandalwood-scented candles and chill with a book and a glass of wine.

    Two extremes, I know, but what can ya do...
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    May 02, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    working in the yard and listeing to music
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    May 02, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    back rubs do the trick for me most of the time along with several other solutions mentioned above. hope they work or you.
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    May 02, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Exercise is always good, but for me I have to try to figure out what's causing the stress and do what I can to eliminate it.

    Things that normally stress me: working on a deadline, being disorganized and unable to find something I need, forgetting to pay a bill, being over-committed to too many obligations.

    I know I'm prone to each of these. But all of these have specific solutions. The way I reduce stress is to identify which of my normal stress-inducers is at work and resolve it.

    I also find that getting out of my routine helps reduce stress. Getting off of the internet and turning off the TV for a few days also helps. When I do that I usually resort to reading a book instead. The solitude and tranquility of just reading a book is relaxing.

    P.S. If all that doesn't work a good cigar and a beer is my next last resort.
  • Timbales

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    May 02, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    Kickboxing is great for stress.
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    May 02, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidKickboxing is great for stress.

    Or kick someone in the boxersicon_eek.gif
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    May 02, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    I agree with dancer jack, masturbation usually does it for me. I can focus better after polishing the bayonet.

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    May 02, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    When I'm stressed I listen and dance to upbeat, fast tempo music to get me out of the funk but recently I have discovered something else that seems to work quite well for me. I sit on the shower floor, curl into a ball and let the water from the shower pelt me, or make a bubble bath and sit there with my eyes closed and listen to soothing music. Yes, the last two are pretty weird (and a little emo gay, lol) but it feels great.
  • auryn

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    May 02, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    I watch either South Park The Movie, Carrie, and/or Mommie Dearest. (It's a really bad day if I have to watch all three.) I also get with a friend and have a Bitch Fest.

    As far as the stress you store in your neck and upper back, when you sense that you are tightening those muscles involuntarily, take a deep breath and bring your shoulders up as far as you can... hold that position for a count of 8 - 10 seconds, breathe out and drop your shoulders hard. Try doing that a couple of times and you shouldn't hurt as much. Also try to focus your distress energies into your hands, you can massage those easier than your neck and shoulders.
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    May 02, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    I get in a nice run. Just put my music in my ears and hit the road. I run along the water so I just daydream and unwind.