- A back rub. Especially focusing on the neck and shoulders, where I definitely carry the majority of my tension. Throw in some oils or a good soundtrack (see below) and I'm gone, worry-free for at least a little while.
- Easy listening music. One of my favorite sources is the Aersia playlist online - a repository of video game music, with a subset created for the most mellow tracks. They've even added a thunderstorm backdrop to the playlist that can be toggled on or off depending on your preference. I've melted away to this playlist MANY times!
- Parks and Recreation - the TV show. With a stellar cast and amazing writing, every episode is a feel-good adventure. In fact, there have been some psychiatrists who have started recommending Parks and Rec as an alternative to medication for some depression patients! I'll admit I cry at some of the most beautiful moments, but it's never because of sadness, it's always from joy or happiness! If you're new to the show, a word of caution: many new viewers don't care much for season one. KEEP WATCHING. By the end of season two, new cast members will replace the one you don't like (yup, I already know who it's gonna be) and you'll LOVE the results. Oh yeah, all the gifs and pictures in this post are from P&R, too.
- Crocheting or crafting. Used to be knitting, but for some reason after I learned how to crochet, the hook became my zen and needles became stressful. With most of my yarn and other supplies still in storage, I don't do as much crafting as I used to, but occasionally I find time to make a few stitches here and there, and once I'm settled into my own space again, I guarantee my craftiness will come back to play.
- Working out or running. Honestly, this hasn't always been true. It didn't start until a particularly stressful event occurred a couple years ago, when I laced up my sneakers and pounded the pavement to try to get over the incident. Exercise isn't my go-to for every stressful situation, but I do find that a good run or lifting session helps clear my mind and gives me a kind of "reset button" when I need it most.
- A nap. As kids, we tend to hate nap time. It was always right in the middle of play time and that was NOT okay. As an adult, I have a newfound appreciation for naps. Sometimes you just need to drift off for a while before you can tackle the next item on the agenda.
And there you have it! Six things that help me relax when I'm starting to get overwhelmed. AND I got to use half a dozen clips from one of my favorite shows! See? I'm feeling better already!
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How do you handle stress? What causes you the most stress? What is your favorite show and why is it Parks and Rec? ;)