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Stress Management - frerejacques - 11-22-2010

I am interested in hearing how people manage stress.  I used to think I knew how, but aside from prayer (which is fundamental), and adding five more hours to the day, I realize that I have no clue.


Re: Stress Management - icecream - 11-24-2010

(11-22-2010, 10:05 AM)frerejacques Wrote: I am interested in hearing how people manage stress.  I used to think I knew how, but aside from prayer (which is fundamental), and adding five more hours to the day, I realize that I have no clue.

i sually do it by just giving up

but if dont want to give up thing that cause you stress, you could use thios:

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Re: Stress Management - Historian - 11-24-2010

Well, I've used this successfully, but it costs $120.  The emWave PSR.

http://www.heartmathstore.com/

It's a biofeedback device tuned for stress reduction.  It measures your heart rate, then provides a breathing pace for you.  When I use it, I can literally feel the muscles in my neck relaxing and my breathing getting deeper (under stress breathing is shallow).  There are other similar devices, but I haven't tried those.

Other than that, physical exercise is probably the best thing.  Of course, if one of the stressors is lack of time, as it is in my case, getting exercise in your schedule will be difficult without exacerbating the problem.



Re: Stress Management - JacafamalaRedux - 11-24-2010

Have a good cry. Then have a glass of wine and a nice dinner. Edited to add:  :awww:   also, you NEED a girlfriend to talk to... A husband is nice to talk to, too, but men are always trying to fix problems, and sometimes problems can't be fixed so easily and you just need some sympathy. Women in general are usually better at giving sympathy.


Re: Stress Management - piusx1914 - 11-25-2010

I took up running.  I was WAY stressed out (I actually wound up in the hospital ER thinking I was having a heart attack), overweight and had been on blood pressure meds for 13 years.  After I started running the stress/anxiety slowly went away, I dropped a lot of weight, got off blood pressure meds and dropped my resting heart rate about 30 beats per minute (it was originally in the mid 80's and is now in the mid 50's).

Based on my own experience, I would recomend somebody having stress issues cut out refined sugar, caffiene and start doing some type of cardio exercise a minimum of 5 days a week (45 - 60 min workouts).  Obviously, if a person has not been physical at all, s/he will have to ease into this type of thing or an injury could result.  In the end, don't think of it as diet/exercise, but rather a lifestyle change. 


Re: Stress Management - frerejacques - 11-26-2010

So essentially, you're all suggesting that I do something sensible.

I was afraid of that!  :laughing:

Thank you.  I think that scheduling time for relaxation, exercise, and friends, and maybe once a week just giving up sounds like a plan!