A while back, I asked you What do you do when you feel like crap? and I had some great responses. So now, I would like you guys to answer: what do you do when you feel stressed?
The same thing, you might point out. Well, today I have a head cold and I don’t feel too peachy, but I don’t feel stressed. Stress is a whole other kind of problem. Here are the ways I deal with it:
-I have a cup of tea/coffee. It’s simple but effective.
-I try to laugh it out. Anyone who knows me knows that I try to see the funny side of most things, even the time I broke my ankle on a mountain (you had to be there).
-I talk to someone about the reasons for my stress. Usually, the reasons are trivial and the other person can help me to realise this.
-I pet my animals. My dogs and my cat are great outlets for me; I just sit in silence with them and stroke their fur (which is not as creepy as it sounds).
-I cry. There is no greater stress release.
-I write. It sometimes never sees the light of day but the relief afterwards is indescribable.
-I listen to music: something peaceful and relaxing. Although I hear heavy metal works too.
-I go for a walk or I wail on my punching bag (I mean that literally, I am not referring to Jack).
-I go for a drive alone. I drive slowly down a country road and just have a good think. Sometimes I pull the car in.
-I listen to myself. There’s two Janes: the Jane who gets stressed and panics about the little things and the rational, calm Jane. When stressed Jane tries to take over, calm Jane will always point out “this feeling will pass. The situation isn’t as bad as you think it is right now. There’s always a solution and you’ve got plenty of people to help you find it.”
-I do some paperwork. I know this sounds crazy, but the root of my stress is often my belief that I don’t work hard enough. So I take out some school-related work and I spend a few hours getting myself better organised. Afterwards, I can relax in the knowledge that I’ve done something productive.
How do you combat stress?