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Old 12-30-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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Walk in nature. The beach and the desert have been mentioned, but any nature will do. Through the trees, along the stream, by the lake, . . .
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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Excellent list- EFT is amazing I highly recommend it
This is also wonderful advice; I meditate, but do a lot of these other things, as well Freeing your mind is essential to de-stressing....
What is EFT???

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I'm not sure about that. I have a schedule that switches all over the place (in terms of hours) within the same month. It is a job where I'm on my feet the whole time. Sometimes I work till 5pm, sometimes I work till midnight, sometimes I work till 7 in the morning, sometimes it switches back and forth within the same 10 day period. Top it off with it being a super stressful job (physically and mentally). I have been doing this for over 10 years.
My adrenals are and should be toasted. I feel like a slug and I have headaches and am very demotivated.

Now I work out HARD four times a week.
This has made a HUGE difference in my mood and energy level. Not to mention my endurance.
Fast food manager????

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I think the important thing is to realize that sometimes there is NOT a solution to a problem and then being able to let go of the issue.

Letting go goes a long way in this whole destressing thing.
That is an excellent idea.

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Walk in nature. The beach and the desert have been mentioned, but any nature will do. Through the trees, along the stream, by the lake, . . .
I have made the decision to let go and am going to go back to the house my hubby and I bought for ourselves which has a river and plenty of wildlife. That will certainly calm me down when he dies shortly. I thought I needed this house(after I inherited it) that I grew up in to "hang on to" me and my memories of my childhood but now I find I will need to hang onto my memories of my adult life with hubby more. Hubs will stay here with me until he passes so I can still work but after he goes, I will go "home" and transfer to that city and let nature's calming effects work for me.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Fast food manager????

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Emergency medicine physician.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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If find a daily 20-25 mile ride on my mountain bike keeps my stress level low.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I find that there are a couple of things I can do that take less than a minute:

1. Take in a very deep breath, hold for about ten seconds, and then exhale fully. Repeat several times. (That will also lower your blood pressure immediately by about 20 points.
Or . . .
2. Washing my hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water always significantly reduces stress.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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I think the important thing is to realize that sometimes there is NOT a solution to a problem and then being able to let go of the issue.

Letting go goes a long way in this whole destressing thing.
It can help if that is the only option.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Emergency medicine physician.

I love the shows about ERs! Yep, tough, tough job and kudos to you, stan!
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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There is always a solution to a problem though. Stressing will make the issue worse and won't solve anything.
No there is not a solution to every problem--or maybe there is but it's the one you know you're not going to do. For instance--mom is going down fast with alzheimer's and won't eat. Neither of those is anything I can do anything about, though I am researching furiously for supplements that might slow things down. I can't even make her eat--and yesterday she threw up 2 out of 3 meals so we'll call the doc but that's all we can do. Husband comes out gay? How do you solve that? I could either divorce him or stay married to a gay man--what a great set of choices. Stalker--someone I casually met and had a conversation with--not a friend or date. How do you control what someone else does? The knifer was random--she was not out for me and I actually took the hit for a student, for which I was grateful. But you know what Texas--I think you just helped me to realize something--the reason I'm so stressed over this stuff is b/c it is things over which I have no control--you can't control other people, only yourself and while I already knew that, this just drove it home. It's random stuff, like everyone has problems you know? But most of us like to have them a little more spread out so we can recover our equilibrium between sets. After the third big event I thought that things happen in threes, and I can handle this, but we're past the 3x3. Or maybe it's 3 years, in which case maybe I'm homefree.

I'm going to look into the EFT btw, and many of the suggestions are things I do but have forgotten about lately, like walking in nature--I love to do that. And I think Jaijai is right about the adrenals and exercise fatigue--seems like I can't go nearly as long as I used to, even though I've kept up with it--I should be further along. And diet--I can control that. I'm on it.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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When things get really tough, here are my personal "go tos" from my anti-stress bag of tricks:

1. Prayer/meditation.
2. Progressive muscle relaxation helps me wind down for sleep, see link here: Progressive muscle relaxation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
3. Exercise, as mentioned in the other posts, but specifically strength-oriented exercise, such as weight training or body-weight stuff (even doing some jumping jacks next to my desk can help get me out of a bad mood).
4. A website/book/movie you find hilarious is great for breaking the tension temporarily (damnyouautocorrect works for me LOL)
5. Taking a very hot bath in epsom salts. They really help relax me and also help with muscle soreness if I have overdone the strength training!
6. As far as letting go, sometimes I write a letter that I never intend to send. I simply put all my thoughts on that paper and then either burn it or rip it to bits. Very therapeutic!
6. Many times I just "fake it to make it." I paint on that smile and go out and treat people how I want to be treated, and then their positive responses are in turn calming and helpful to me

Tonight I will symbolically burn my 2011 calendar from my desk. It was a rough year but I will literally destroy it and hang my new fresh 2012 calendar in its place.

I hope all of you will find the peace you are seeking in this new year!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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What do the doctor's say about your mother? Husband was Bi or Gay? Why was he not up front? Knifer? I do sympathize with you as I am going to through personal health issues myself and still fighting to find a permanent solution. Do you suffer from OCD, Anxiety? Any disorder?



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No there is not a solution to every problem--or maybe there is but it's the one you know you're not going to do. For instance--mom is going down fast with alzheimer's and won't eat. Neither of those is anything I can do anything about, though I am researching furiously for supplements that might slow things down. I can't even make her eat--and yesterday she threw up 2 out of 3 meals so we'll call the doc but that's all we can do. Husband comes out gay? How do you solve that? I could either divorce him or stay married to a gay man--what a great set of choices. Stalker--someone I casually met and had a conversation with--not a friend or date. How do you control what someone else does? The knifer was random--she was not out for me and I actually took the hit for a student, for which I was grateful. But you know what Texas--I think you just helped me to realize something--the reason I'm so stressed over this stuff is b/c it is things over which I have no control--you can't control other people, only yourself and while I already knew that, this just drove it home. It's random stuff, like everyone has problems you know? But most of us like to have them a little more spread out so we can recover our equilibrium between sets. After the third big event I thought that things happen in threes, and I can handle this, but we're past the 3x3. Or maybe it's 3 years, in which case maybe I'm homefree.

I'm going to look into the EFT btw, and many of the suggestions are things I do but have forgotten about lately, like walking in nature--I love to do that. And I think Jaijai is right about the adrenals and exercise fatigue--seems like I can't go nearly as long as I used to, even though I've kept up with it--I should be further along. And diet--I can control that. I'm on it.
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