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Speak Up: How Do You Destress?

It's a wonderful time of year, with the Fall leaves changing and multiple holiday gatherings with family and friends in the pipeline. Unfortunately, the busy season can make our already thinly spread lives more stressful than usual, which can lead to overeating and restless nights.

Exercise is always an effective way to destress, but some women find solace in things like cooking, reading, watching an episode of their favorite TV show, talking it out with their partner or friends, taking a leisurely shower or bath, and even cleaning can be a productive way to work through built-up tension. What's your go-to destress tactic?

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KMattes KMattes 7 years
Deep breathing/meditation.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Going for a long walk with my dog, relaxing with a nice cup of coffee and the newspaper, cleaning, baking, and working out all help destress me.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
My first choice would be to fix the problem that is causing me to be stressed out. But if that is not an option, then some kind of high-impact cardio is my next choice.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
nice latte, sometimes a drink and lots of tv shows like GG, Fringe, One Tree Hill, Dexter and so on :)
Amys3girls Amys3girls 7 years
My husband and I do the sexy workout together. Basically you do the workout together then have sex. It works for me.
said8me said8me 7 years
hitting the gym, cooking, cleaning, music, chilling on the couch, video games, taking a bath, and television. i think i can find almost anything that can destress me!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I exercise with lots of cardio so I can run or swim away from stress and I so feel better afterwards. If i can't get to the gym to do so I try to walk or I go on a cleaning spree. Cleaning my room (which gets disorganized a day later) helps me feel balanced. I also read, write and paint. (except if writing or painting is the cause of the stress. argh!!) I also get into baking modes. I just need to bake something and then maybe gorge myself on it. BAD, I know, but i do offer some of the goods to the family (if they're the stressor it butters them up a lil) :)
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 7 years
How funny, I TOTALLY get into a cleaning/organizing mood when I am stressed. I also am a big fan of exercise, tanning (the vitamin D helps me feel better), wine, sex and the city, and spending time with my pups. The best, though, is spending some intimate time with my BF, or just with myself, lol!
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I take a bath or have a glass of wine or champagne. Sometimes it helps just to snuggle on the couch with my boyfriend (unless he's the cause of the stress, lol ). :)
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
Get out of the city if possible, yoga, hug husband, talk to friends, hug them, walk. Cigarettes help with my anger but I don't even go trough a half one.
otaku otaku 7 years
i write, read, play video games and draw or paint. if i'm really stressed i'll go on a directionless journey. i'll just decide left, right, or straight at each crossing or point and end up wherever i end up. (you need to have coffee with you though, it's a rule) ^__^
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
A bath with candles and my Warm Milk & Honey massage oil.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
cleaning, sleeping, and window shopping.
Advah Advah 7 years
Depends. If it's work related, I try to lie down with relaxing music for about 15mins when I come back from work, and try not to think of anything. It usually helps a lot. 20 mins of yoga also makes a huge difference!
audrina audrina 7 years
A glass of red wine. A cup of hot tea. Yoga. And yes, a massage, if only I could afford them more often.
Savs Savs 7 years
I have two separate stress categories: "I need to just let it go" and "Cripes do I need to get something-- ANYTHING done." For the first: yeah. Bath, comedy shows (the comedy part is important, stand-up like Jeff Dunham is best), tea or hot chocolate. For the second: I make a to-do list. And then I tape it to my leg. I know it sounds weird, but when your to do list is right there on you leg, you don't lose it or get distracted. And then I proceed to do whatever needs to get done, and feel terribly accomplished afterwords.
juliet juliet 7 years
I go on a cleaning spree when I'm stressed. Somehow cleaning and organizing just makes me feel more "together" and ready to tackle whatever the real stressor is. If there's something heavy going on at home and I feel like I just need to get out of my flat, I jump on my bike and go for a long ride. Totally clears my head and helps me refocus. Bikes are the best!!
crayolasky crayolasky 7 years
A variety of ways, depending on the situation: -Listen to good music, on either the radio or my iPod/iHome (depending on if I want it quiet or loud) -Journal, to vent my feelings. Or to just get things out so I stop thinking about it (I'm an over-analyzer) -Read a good book or watching a favorite tv show that's comforting -Drink lots of water or tea (helps with stress and cravings, and keeps me hydrated!) -Exercise! Walking with my dog/playing with him, or yoga (along with my regular routine) :) -Cleaning... only sometimes, if I have the time, energy, and good music on. I'll get really caught up in it and clean everything in my entire house if I don't pay attention to the time! Haha. Its kind of a stress reliever, I guess -Reading the Bible and/or prayer works the best, for me at least.
neonjelly neonjelly 7 years
doodle in my sketchbook, take a walk, read or play video games. i can't fall asleep when i'm stressed. :/
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Exercise/walking outside, losing myself in a TV show, movie, or maybe a book Sleep is also nice because you feel so much better when you wake up and I notice that some of my best dreams happen when I'm really upset about something so I feel even better after.
gemini7827 gemini7827 7 years
clean and organize more [I am already a clean and organized nut :)]; high impact cardio; watch favorite comedy show;
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 7 years
I take a nap, watch TV, take my dog out for a walk, listen to music and dance around in my underwear lol, or read a good book and get lost in it. :-)
tamint tamint 7 years
I clean like a mad woman when I'm stressed, it really helps! Last Thanksgivngish time I remember I scrubbed my kitchen cabinets till the sparkled like new and recalked the main bathroom, and a bunch of other stuff. Oh, that and drink copious amounts. Just not at the same time.
nowari_101 nowari_101 7 years
eat watch comedy shows :P not helping i know !
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Bath, candle, champagne, sleep.
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