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Your fight against stress

  1. Jan 30, 2007 #1

    radou

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    I was just wondering, what do you people do to reduce stress/nervousness? I mean, the stress is a standard part of life, some experience more of it, and some less, but I guess we all tend to get nervous often when we should not. (I know this may sound like an uninspired article from a trash trivia magazine, but I can't help it.)

    I use to take walks, which relaxes me and keeps me focued on things I have to do and somehow clears my thoughts.

    In general, I believe people who have any kind of routine physical occupation (like sport, primarily) tend to handle stress easier, since our bodies aren't created to sit in front of computers and work all day long.

    Anyway, in conclusion, it's great to have some type of 'exhaustion-vent', so I'm interested to hear what yours are. :smile:
     
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    Mine changes as what I do changes. Over the summer I didn't have a job and didn't work out all the time or anything. I was pretty active, but nothing extreme. What I did then was go on walks.

    I now have a job in which I often do physical activity and stay standing all day. To relax and get rid of stress I either go for a drive or sit down and listen to music in the dark.

    Hanging out with certain friends has always worked. This seems to be especially true with friends who are girls...
     
  4. Jan 30, 2007 #3

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    True, there are people who simply can't make you nervous.

    Btw, same here, driving is okay, too.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2007 #4
    Yeah, these are the people that when you talk to them, you forget about the rest of the world. Over the span of a few hours you can forget that other people even exist and are going about their day around you.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2007 #5

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    Then again, such people are rare. So, the more of them you know, the better. Although, it is, of course, completely relative. To someone else they can be the most annoying people in the world. :smile:
     
  7. Jan 30, 2007 #6
    What do you mean by stress?
     
  8. Jan 30, 2007 #7

    radou

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    Nervousness, anxiety, etc. The common things.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2007 #8

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    Stress is killing me. I do have someone that listens to me whine every night, so that's a big stress reducer. Comimg here and talking to good people like you reduces stress.

    Petting my cat and dog reduces stress. :smile:
     
  10. Jan 30, 2007 #9

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    Well, that's a great thing. I bet there are lots of people who only can whine to themselves, which leads to bad things in the end.

    Same here, again. :smile:
     
  11. Jan 30, 2007 #10
    I punch the crap out of my heavy bag at my house for about 1 hour. Man is that a good work out. Every other day I also run 5 miles. Everday I usually lift weights for a little bit too. I also like to play video games.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2007 #11

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    I always wanted to have a punching bag, but it's one of those things you want all the time but never actually purchase.

    Running/jogging rules. But you have to have the will to keep it up. I used to do some jogging in some time intervals (since my appartment is near the city park), but never made it frequent enough to consider it as a relaxing activity.
     
  13. Jan 30, 2007 #12
    Oh, I dont get those things.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2007 #13

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    Why would you want to get rid of stress?! It's what makes life exciting and keeps people productive. :biggrin: I'd never get anything accomplished if it weren't for the stress of deadlines looming. :rofl: Without stress, life would be boring.

    If you react negatively to stress to the point where it's harmful (feeling sick, high blood pressure, etc), and you can't otherwise convince yourself that things will manage to get done to relax more, then the only way to rid yourself of the stress is to rid yourself of the stressor. Get the job done that's looming, rearrange your schedule to fit things in better or eliminate things that are consuming too much time, ask for help on things that are too much to do on your own, etc. The best way to manage stress is to delegate the tasks that are causing your stress to others. :biggrin: If you are the one everyone is delegating to, then you could look forward to the day when you move up and can delegate to others. :tongue:
     
  15. Jan 30, 2007 #14

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    To me there is a difference between pressure and stress, just as a pat on the head is different from a slap across the face. Pressure (as in a deadline) motivates you to focus, stress reduces productivity because you spend time/energy worrying about the deadline instead of doing the work.

    Maybe its just a definition thing - to me, those harmful effects you listed are what stress is.
     
  16. Jan 30, 2007 #15

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    ...according to the dictionary:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stress

    It seems to me then that stress is, by definition, a negative thing, though definition #8 is a little vague about it.

    Anyway, stress makes me physically and emotionally tired. I sleep when I'm feeling stressed, which while better than drinking or doing drugs, but can be destructive, especially if it is a deadline that is causing the stress.
     
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  17. Jan 30, 2007 #16

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    I just take that all as different degrees of the same thing. I was almost going to answer Cyrus' question of what stress is by defining it as being under pressure. :biggrin: But, don't worry, even those who study "stress" can't always agree upon their definitions.

    What always amazes me is how two people can be given equal responsibilities and pressures, and one will find the challenge invigorating and immediately buckle down to do it, and the other will be overwhelmed and panicking over all the work they have to do. And, of course, there are also people who you want to tell, "If you spent as much time doing the work as you spend complaining about the work, it would be done by now."
     
  18. Jan 30, 2007 #17

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    You posted that while I was still working on the other reply.

    The bad side of "stress" is really more distress, or to overreact, or fail to adapt after a brief stressful event. It's basically the "flight or fight" physiological response gone haywire. In a physiological context, this reaction is a good thing if you're being attacked and your life is in danger, but if you're having the same reaction to something mild, like a deadline for paperwork, then it's a bad thing.
     
  19. Jan 30, 2007 #18
    I am actually lucky, since my job really gives me 0 stress. The most stress comes from driving to and from work.
     
  20. Jan 30, 2007 #19

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    I must thrive on stress/pressure because I can't seem to get enough. :rofl:

    A good sense of humor works.

    I take walks, and in fact, I need to exercise or 'blow the carbon out of my cylinders' once in a while, or I just don't feel right.

    Actually, I have been ordered to take vacation this year since I have maxed out my accrued vacation - a first at the company. Last year was so hectic, I couldn't take time off, and this year I am committed more than 110% according to our group leader. On the other hand, I think there is a good chance we'll be hiring another friend of mine and former coworker, who will be able to help pick up some of the work. As it is, we asking clients to defer some projects and we are almost turning work away. :yuck:

    In the evenings, I read ancient history and particpate in PF. :biggrin: When it's warmer, I look at stars.

    During the summer, I garden or do some outdoor activity.
     
  21. Jan 30, 2007 #20

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    Then you're practically married. :biggrin:

    That is so much better done in person. HINT!
     
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