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Get outside into the sunshine and walk.  If the weather is not conducive for that, get a youtube exercise video, or one of the numerous ones on AARP.  Love Denise Austin and Kathy Smith.

Sometimes just a good stretch is all I need.

 

If on the computer 20/20/20 Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

 

Reading or Sudoku. Give my husband a back rub or face massage.  Relaxes me too!

Journaling, a few minutes of deep breathing.

 

 

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I love to knit and listen to the oldies music on the google speaker.

Knitting just a simple shawl or scarf is very relaxing and keeps your hands busy even if watching a movie.

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when i'm stressed out i don't let it get to me. right now i just lost my job, talk about stress! but it is not bothering me. i have books to read. i just got 5 of them from Barnes & Nobles so i got plenty to read. a good mystery book is just what the doctor ordered. your mind is engaged on solving the "mystery".

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when i'm stressed out i don't let it get to me. right now i just lost my job, talk about stress! but it is not bothering me. i have books to read. i just got 5 of them from Barnes & Nobles so i got plenty to read. a good mystery book is just what the doctor ordered. your mind is engaged on solving the "mystery".


💥 @PaulH627938 sorry about your job loss. I luv mysteries too! Angela 💥

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@s181224g  Love that!  I like to crochet and loom hats.  There's something soothing about working with the yarn, and in the end you have something that is one of a kind, that you can keep or pass on as a gift.  Was a bit of a yarnaholic at one time, cut back my collection to a manageable amount when I started my minimal journey.  Treasuring and appreciating what I have more when I have less.   ---  Christine

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It depends on what is causing the stress & what time of year it is. I'm allergic to bee venom, so I only go outside to garden, etc. in the Winter, Fall & early Spring. Once the bees come out, I stay in during daylight hours. But, I do some container gardening on my screened porch.

 

I'm also into 4 different types of crafting, so I can lose myself by pursuing any one of those, or delving into a really good book that transports me to a different time/place, or getting back to writing more of the trilogy I've been working on, or concentrating on sorting through stuff to determine what to pack, store, donate, sell or trash in preparation for my move into a patio home on the perimeter of a retirement community later this year, or sorting through old paperwork & shredding or filing what I want/need to keep.

 

I can also spend some time playing with, then petting my cat, doing some Tai Chi or band resistant exercises, or playing online games, or checking my 3 different email accounts, doing surveys & participating on 5 different online panels. ANYTHING THAT WILL GET MY ATTENTION OFF WHATEVER IS STRESSING ME.  I have a lot of options to choose from.

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Thank you @ccncee  Getting the attention off whatever is stressing is key!

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@ccncee You are a champion stress-buster!  ---  Christine

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Favorite stress busters?  Pet my dogs, say hello to my chickens, and then go play with my three goats, all of whom call out "maaa" when they see me coming!     

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@ip3285 Sounds like you have a wonderful home life!  ---  Christine

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I usually talk with friends and family (or temporarily block them out, depending on the cause of my stress LOL), listen to soothing music or watch a comedy. I'd do the nature thing in a heart beat if it were possible. Hmm, maybe I can try finding a nature vid and listen to nature sounds. It might work or it might make me miss the real thing all the more 😅

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@MonicaLBP  Sounds like you have a case of can't live with them, can't live without them.😄

It sounds like healthy boundaries!  ---  Christine

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When I feel stressed, I drink a big glass of water, go for a three mile walk, breath deep and drink another big glass of water when I get back.  I also pray when I walk.

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@Wenny  You are officially my hero!  Great attitude to bust through stress.   ---  Christine

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🥃 Need I say more?

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🥃Need I say more?


💥 Lol @2Papa 🤣😂 💥

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@2Papa Very concise! 😄  Christine

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CBD is awesome stress attenuators.  Vapor for most immediate calming, +/- some THC - have to have certified, tested product, mostly CBD.

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@p120527 Not quite ready to dip my toe into the CBD world.  Welcome to the On-line community.   ---  Christine

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Cristine:  CBD doesn't work when you just dip your toes into it, so you're fine doing without it!!  😀

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I love all of your suggestions @Rhymesometimes, especially getting outside. I've found that is one way to help me when my nervous system has gotten out of whack. I especially like to take a moment to connect with nature. When it's warm, I take off my shoes and really feel the grass and earth beneath my feet. It has such a grounding effect for me. I'm also a tree hugger, and I always take a moment to connect with a tree and give it my gratitude. It sounds silly, but it really provides me with feelings of calm.

 

Another thing that I like to do is meditate I begin each day with a mindfulness meditation practice, and I use an app to guide me. Some days are easier than others to focus on the practice, but I've found that showing up each day centers me. Now, I have many tools in my toolbox to use whenever my stress levels increase during the day/night.

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I think all of that is terrific @RacquelE712599 .  It really is very centering to be in nature, and have gratitude for everything in nature.  We are happier , more content and healthier when we appreciate what we have. Read something yesterday when I did my daily devotional that made an impact on me.  The concept of "giving thanks" for something specific, which can happen in the moment, and "gratitude" in more of a long-term general way. I say, hug as many trees as you want!  😊 Christine

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My stress relief is music and writing 

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Those are awesome stress busters @RacquelE712599 .  Have you ever written music or lyrics?  That could be a melding of the two.  Christine

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@Rhymesometimes , I have never written music 🎶 just like to listen learn and dance to it. Thank you 

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@RacquelE712599  Speaking of dancing, check out Family and Friends "Would You Rather?" question.   ---  Christine

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Hello @RacquelE712599 , it's good to see another writer here. Do you write in any particular genre?

 

When I'm stressed about relationships writing poetry is a good release for me. And writing keeps my hands out of the medicinal cookie jar, so it's an extra bonus.

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@DeahWA  No babe I just write to write for the people to Learn, Receive, Teach. Thank you. Good luck on your writing 😃

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@RacquelE712599 Excellent. Do you blog then? Blogging is such a great way to get a message out.

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@DeahWA @I would love to Blog Where and When . 

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