Monthend Randomness: Stress Management

I think all of us are subject to a certain degree of stress. This month has been a really bad one for me, and I had to maintain a clear mind so that my girls and my husband still get a relatively sane mother and wife. Given, it was hard to maintain a cheery disposition, but the best I could do was not murder any innocent victims. When you are stressed, what do you do?

 

If I’m like the picture above, I usually take time out. I know I won’t be able to focus at work, and I know I won’t be good company. So, I’ll take a work day off and just be with myself. I need the quiet alone time to collect all the shattering pieces of sanity and by the time the kids and hubby come home, I’ll be better. Some people I know cannot be left alone because their minds will wander to dark places. I find having a calm and peaceful picture in the head helps. Something like this…

 

 

It can be any mental picture that takes you to happiness. For me, another one would be shopping heaven and unlimited credit which I don’t have to pay for at the end of the month. LOL! If all else fails, I look for something really stupid and slapstick to laugh at. Some people tap into their inner child because that makes them comfortable. Well, I find toilet humour cracks me up.

 

 

Last but not least, look for a friend and talk it out. For me, it’s the last resort. I don’t like to bother people with negativity if I can handle it on my own. Sometimes, I also pull out a sad movie and cry it out but in the end, no matter how difficult it is, there will be a solution. We just have to face it bravely, acknowledge the problem that is causing stress and confront it with head held high. Once the problem is solved, we come out stronger and learn from it. Making the same mistake twice, well, that’s another story. Before I go, here’s another one for ya.

 

 

Hahahahaha!!! If you didn’t get the comic at all, then, well… pfft… slapstick aint’ good enuf for ya?!

How do you manage your stress level? What works for me might not work for you and should not work for all of you. We are individuals after all. So, what do you do? Do you talk it out, take it out on a punching bag, whip it and kick some ass with Tae Bo or put it all aside and pretend nothing happened?

 

xoxo Lily

 

  • Hanny Daforcena

    How I manage stress? I watch my fave anime or read the fanfics of my favorite shows/movies/anime ^.^ Of course, I blog and read blogs. IDK, there’s something… therapeutic in making FOTDs for me lately. ^.^

    • Lily

      Yes, watching movies helps me too. I can’t blog when I’m stressed though. God knows what I’ll write! It’ll come up all wonky and angry. Same with FOTD. Hahaha! I’m glad you have found your outlet though. It’s always good to let it out and then start all over again – positively!

  • lyn

    Hahaha, the comic strips are too funny! I like watching lighthearted tv shows to de-stress. Can’t take anything too serious or dramatic during such times. And I try not to talk or think about work when I’m with the husband because it tends to get me all wound up.

    Other than that I read magazines, surf the net, watch makeup tutorials on youtube, blog or knit. And retail therapy!

    • Lily

      KNIT! That is something that tests my patience. Hahaha! Yes yes, surfing the net is good… and I’d end up buying something online. Eeks!

  • xin

    LOL I love the corn under the sun! i just destressed by making some big purchases ><

    • Lily

      LOL! I guess retail therapy is a girl’s best friend after all =D

  • I de-stress with a book and by having a nice bubble bath! If that fails to make things better then I usually go out for a walk. Fresh air does wonders !

    • Lily

      Yes, I agree a walk can help. I used to do it when I was in Oz but it’s just too hot here! The last few days ESP have been unforgiving. I melt. Lol

  • Hey, this is a good post! For me, I like to make a hot hot cup of tea and drink it. Or walk out to the park and breathe!
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    • Lily

      Hi Jyoan, glad you like this post! It’s interesting knowing what others do to DE stress 🙂 guess I’m just a busy body. heh!