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stress management

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Tue May 12, 2020 6:46 am

What are some things you guys have found helpful in managing stress? We've all read the same lists and I think most of the common tips are crapola. What has actually worked? Here's one I discovered: when at the computer I remind myself to keep lowering my shoulders. Simply not letting my shoulders stay hunched has helped a little. Hasn't turned me from Too Much Coffee Guy into the Fonz but it has helped a noticeable amount. What works for you?

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Post by nafod » Tue May 12, 2020 1:13 pm

I was driving back from the lab in town, absolutely no one on the streets when they should have been jammed. It was like a scene from Omega Man. I said fuck it and ran it up to 70 on the town street and held it there. That felt really good, and took down a wad of stress. Driving at real speed on country roads is great.

Been buying new tunes, experimenting with new music stuff, and then rucking while listening to it.

Back into sci-fI reading too. Just read The Three Body Problem, good book. Got Stars My Destination ready to go, I think Benny recommended it.
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Re: stress management

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Tue May 12, 2020 1:21 pm

nafod wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 1:13 pm
Driving at real speed on country roads is great.
I used to drive fast on the back road home after work cranking The Who. It did boil off some steam.

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Post by Shapecharge » Tue May 12, 2020 2:08 pm

MJS, some long steady-state cardio but in the lower heart-rate range.

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Post by DrDonkeyLove... » Tue May 12, 2020 2:11 pm

Qigong: Nothing fancy just Ba Duan Jin, Cartmell's Xing Ye Nei Gong, and/or some random stuff I've accumulated over the years. Concentrated but relaxed movement + breathing is good for me. Sometimes breathing alone helps when I'm in the world and annoyed. 4 count inhale with 8 count exhale.

Stoic practices: The Stoics were masters of human psychology and put together a system of thought, that when practiced diligently changes ones perspective about stressors and how to deal with them. To be somewhat effective a permutation of it has to become a persons active outlook and/or philosophy of life which requires a lot of work. It's one of those things that's super simple and super hard like Christianity, Islam, BJJ, archery, etc. Lots of practice and failure are involved.

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Post by DikTracy6000 » Tue May 12, 2020 2:34 pm

motherjuggs&speed wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 1:21 pm
nafod wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 1:13 pm
Driving at real speed on country roads is great.
I used to drive fast on the back road home after work cranking The Who. It did boil off some steam.
Steppenwolf almost ran me off the back country roads when I was 18.

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Post by Turdacious » Tue May 12, 2020 2:47 pm

Bullet Journaling: being more organized is a great stress reducer, helps with areas I'm OCD in, and helps me be more analog
Deep breathing: Donk wrote some great stuff (some of which I really should incorporate). Trancendental Meditation helps me a lot when I remember to do it, especially when I'm on low sleep.
Noise Cancelling Headphones: tells people to leave you alone, helps lessen background noise
Focusing on Time Management: I still suck at this, but I'm getting better. Cal Newport's 'Deep Work' is a resource I got a lot out of.
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Post by vern » Tue May 12, 2020 10:46 pm

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Post by Bram » Wed May 13, 2020 12:15 am

Tell myself "let go." This helps with the stories that I construct (I'm great/terrible, others are great/terrible).

A regular eating routine. The biggest part is eating breakfast relatively soon after waking up. If I can do that, then snacks and meals throughout the day keep my blood sugar levels steady.

Yoga. Lately 10-15 minutes before meditating or after working out. Unlike my workouts or meditation, the yoga is whatever I feel like until the timer is up. Because it's free flowing I can make it hard, or easy, pay more attention to tight spots, or fuck around with my balance.

Although I meditate (this one infrequently), workout, and surf relatively often, I'm so hell-bent on improving, doing them in a structured way, and/or doing them well, that I tend to find these activities stressful as often as they de-stress me.
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Re: stress management

Post by Bennyonesix1 » Wed May 13, 2020 12:49 am

Shapecharge wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:08 pm
MJS, some long steady-state cardio but in the lower heart-rate range.
^^^^^^

And deep meditative breathing.

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Re: stress management

Post by Fat Cat » Wed May 13, 2020 12:54 am

Shapecharge wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:08 pm
MJS, some long steady-state cardio but in the lower heart-rate range.
Long walks in nature are the simple answer.
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Re: stress management

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Wed May 13, 2020 12:55 am

Fat Cat wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:54 am
Shapecharge wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:08 pm
MJS, some long steady-state cardio but in the lower heart-rate range.
Long walks in nature are the simple answer.
Preferably with a dog.
I don't have a lot of experience with vampires, but I have hunted werewolves. I shot one once, but by the time I got to it, it had turned back into my neighbor's dog.

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