What to do When You're Stressed

Look how good my boobs look! Oh wait, those aren't mine... I've been a little stressed recently.  There are a few outstanding things with the house that aren't settled yet, The Boyfriend is still the early stages of securing employment (he has a job, but has to go through pretty extensive training and certification, so it's definitely not a 9-5 type thing with a steady paycheck yet), and there are a few other things I've normally been able to count on that seem less-than-dependable these days.  On top of everything else, I think my body and brain are still regulating themselves from when I had my Mirena IUD removed, so yeah...a little shaky lately.

I think I'd be a crazy-go-nuts wreck if it weren't for a few key things I discovered a couple of years ago to help relieve stress.  These things aren't foolproof, and they don't fix big problems, but if I need a brief respite from the world at large, or just a way to sit and quiet my mind, these are the things I'll turn to.  Here's what you can do when you're stressed:

Take up a repetitive, tactile hobby

No, I'm not talking about jerking off, so get your minds out of the gutter.  I'm talking about something to keep your hands busy GOOD GOD STOP SNICKERING.  For me, that means knitting.  I can sit for an hour and hear the needles clicking away and feel my mind quiet.  For other people, that might mean long walks with the dog, or a game of solitaire, or an hour in the gym.  Do something that requires that you get moving in some way.  Pervs.

Relax with Music

Yes, it's true, I am now grateful to my parents for making me take all those (15) years of piano lessons, because when I'm feeling angry or sad or stressed, I can sit down a pound out those emotions on the keys.  If you play an instrument, pick it up for a few minutes and write a new song or play an old one.  If you don't play an instrument, cue your iPod to music that you know relaxes you.  What's that thing about the "power to sooth the savage beast"?  Yup, it works.

Get some rest and drink lots of water

If you're continually feeling stressed, make sure you're taking care of your body by getting some extra rest and drinking tons of water.  I think a good water measurement is to try to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day.  For me, that means about 50 ounces, give or take.  (Ha.)  Also, try to replace one caffeinated drink per day with 8-12 oz of water (caffeine, though a legally addictive stimulant, doesn't actually do too terribly much for your mind and body).  Look, you'll have to pee a lot, but your body and mind will thank you, I promise. 

Get a little cute therapy

Get some snuggle time with your pet, or even just YouTube "cute kittens" and good lord, the stress will melt away as it's replaced by a fountain of rainbows and unicorns and warm, sugary goodness.  No, seriously, how stressed can you be when you watch this?

or this...

OR HOLY CRAP THIS?

Or my latest favorite, the cute-to-the-power-of-a-million FENNEC FOX:

Well!  I feel better now.  How about you?  What do you do when you're feeling stressed?