Reducing Stress/Activities

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How do you reduce your stress? Let's hear your own personal hacks.... But please remember that what works for you might not work for someone else. Be particularly aware of changes to your diet or physical activity: moderation is everything!

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  • One word: exercise. A few more words: cycling is a love of mine, not to mention gym trips and long walks. Keeps me sane. --RobertDaeley 21:00, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Weight lifting is great for reducing stress. You just can't think of anything stressful when you work out hard enough. There must be a good gym near your house or office. You just need to know how to choose a good gym. Find a pal, join the gym, and you will become a new man in some months. NickyWills 06:54, 9 June 2006 (EDT)
  • Breathing exercises. You could learn this in a martial art, or yoga, or in some meditation course of some kind, but it's hardly limited to that. Long breath exercises work wonders for your respiratory health (do them regularly and you'll notice your lung capacity increase by an order of magnitude in pretty short order). Doing any kind of breathing exercise for a respectable length of time (20 minutes or more) also requires a great deal of concentration. Maintaining the physical act forces you to clear stress and distraction out of your mind. Sometimes we focus on controlling our bodies with our minds, but sometimes we can do it the other way around too. I'm a strong believer that regular breathing exercises can make a big difference in an otherwise stressful life. It only takes 5 minutes to be effective (but can be done as long as you want), can be done anywhere (as long as you don't mind making a little noise for some breathing techniques), it clears your mind of distracting or stressful influences and does wonders for respiratory health. I've been doing Ki-breathing since I started studying Aikido in college and I'm still amazed how effective it can be (though sometimes nothing works like swinging a bokken around in the backyard). --ThePolack 21:25, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Listening or making music seems to be helpful for some people. For example, as a student, I used to listen to calm and melodious 70-80' "california pop"... Recently I've seen an interview of a surgeon doing scales on his piano to clear stress the evening before a day of operation performing.. --Stephane
    • Calm music is very helpful. Example: music composed by Gurdieff (1877-1949) and De Hartmann (1885-1956) -- even the volume titles are evocative... Journey to inaccessible places v.1; Seekers of the truth v.2; Meditation v.4; Trembling dervish v.7. I personally like the piano pieces performed by Alain Kremski. Cue them up as ambient music. --gochess 13:24, 9 May 2005 (EDT)
  • Take regular time off. I enforce full weekends, and it helps me stay clear that having lots to do doesn't mean I need to stay constantly on task until it is all done. It makes the difference between "being booked up" and "being burnt out and panicked". --Ookpik 18:02, 20 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Hard day at the office? Come home to the kids? Don't ask them about their day, tell them about yours! --RB 17:27, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Cultivate Rituals. Rituals combine "best practices" with "comfort actions," making productive work into a stress relief activity. My rituals include end-of-day desk clearing and morning coffee. Rituals are also very good for task switching; consciously creating a ritual behavior for getting from one part of your day to the next is a good way to avoid cumulative stress from several daily responsibilities from building up and overwhelming you. --Shannon Lee 12:13:15 June 7, 2005 (PDT)
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