Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stress: How do you deal?

It's finals week at OSU so naturally there's all kinds of stress going on around here. Occasional stress is normal, but I really try to control it since it's potentially linked to all sorts of nasty things like lowered immunity, acne, cancer (okay, everything is linked to cancer it seems), even to some extent Alzheimer's.

Some things I usually try:
  • Yoga: while I really don't do yoga on a regular basis (I should), it really does help me focus and get rid of the "brain fuzz" that stress inevitably creates.
  • Running: something about the rhythm of feet on pavement is a great release. Plus it makes me sleep like a baby that night- no stress insomnia here!
  • Sleeping: on that note, I do try to sleep more when I am stressed. I haven't had much luck with that lately, but I try.
  • Really Long Warm Showers: my stressball self is not very eco-friendly, I know. But very few things make me feel more relaxed than a long shower. With the bonus smelling good, no less.
  • "Thinking Time": I've been told that I'm weird for it, but every now and then I just have to stop, sit down, and zone out for a few. I think of it as a time for my brain to get its act together.
  • Reading: Whether it's something serious, uplifting, or just plain fluffy, 10 minutes with a book or magazine helps me unwind (lately I've been paging through my old copies of Real Simple and my favorite parts of the New Testament). Then I can start back into whatever I'm supposed to be doing.
Your Turn: How do you deal with stress? And out of curiosity, how often do you find yourself stressed out? Sometimes? Rarely? All the time?

Stresscat picture via my computer files. I honestly forget where I got it from- if you know, email me and I'll tag it appropriately. :)


  1. I know how you feel. I've been so ridiculously stressed lately, I try not to think about it or else I feel like I'm going to have an anxiety class.

    I NEED to do more yoga. I'm going to force myself to do an hour of it tonight. I usually dread doing yoga because sometimes I find it kind of boring during the practice, but absolutely NOTHING relaxes me like the relaxation at the end. I always feel so peaceful afterwards! Running has been great for keeping my mind off things too!!

  2. For whatever reason I tend not to get very stressed. I do over-think things, but its not quite the same. And good luck on your finals!