Stress Relievers



  • What do you do to release stress? Work related stress, family stress, life stress, etc.



  • I like running. Right now I'm at about 10-12 miles a week which is roughly running 3 days a week. It clears my head, relieves stress, burns calories, and is free.


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    Alcohol



  • I play sports Baseball, Soccer, Basketball and run. I also do play video games from time to time and play guitar.



  • Music.



  • I like all the answers above, and would like to add how important it is, to have a stress relief routine. Stress and related burnout are critical issues to seriously consider, and have a plan to manage.



  • And laughter. I cope with the ridiculousness of this world through humor. :D



  • @spiral This stress really isn't work related, but just life related. Somehow, technology has turned into my escape.



  • My stress relief are basketball, workouts, video games and sometimes just being isolated from People helps too.



  • Browsing Mangolassi.it is a stress reliever for me. To sit down and look through the new topics and answers can be stress relieving... can also be stress causing at times, but not as much as it is relieving. I find that learning more about IT is stress relieving and fun... not necessarily from Mangolassi.it, but in general, from books I have, labs, blogs, news, etc.

    Non-IT-Related stress relief:

    Podcasts, going to the gym, lightweight gaming (minecraft, NMS, etc), phone apps (Duolingo, Sololearn) for learning foreign spoken/programming languages, play some ukulele.

    Also, going out with the family on weekends to do fun and interesting things. There's a lot to see and do in the SoCal area, so we really like to take advantage of it.



  • I've recently start Karate and that seems to be helping (a bit as I'm having issues with co-ordinating leg and arm movements lol)
    Main one is getting home and switching off in-front of the TV. If it's home life then take dog for a walk our just go to the shops and buy junk food.



  • Music, going to see it, have a gig, listen to it. Music is always my go to.



  • Music - I generally have Pandora running all day. Sit out on the porch and watch it rain or just watch the trees sway in the wind....



  • Spending time with my wife and daughter. Gaming is a big one. I find working on IT related tasks to be very stress relieving so working on my personal lab or on work tasks tends to make things less stressful.



  • I find it easy to relax / decompress doing pretty much anything other than what it was that got me so harrowed to start with.



  • One of the best things to do is get up and move, even if it is going for a walk. And let your mind wander, whether you listen to music or a podcast or nothing at all. Manual labor is pretty freeing as well when you are under some stress. Get out in the yard and trim a few trees or dig those holes to put new plants in the landscaping, etc. Learning new things is fun for me too, but nothing relives stress as much as movement / some kind of exercise. Otherwise everything gets tense, and I eventually am going to move wrong and tweak my back.


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    @nerdydad said in Stress Relievers:

    This stress really isn't work related, but just life related. Somehow, technology has turned into my escape.

    People like doing things they are good at. If a guy sucks at golf you won't find him out on the course every Saturday. If he's good at work, he will often bury himself in his work when other parts of his life are difficult.



  • Music, weight training, rowing, and skydiving. Not necessarily in that order.



  • A nice single barrel bourban



  • I like going to the firing range. When I worked at the prison you could go practice whenever you wanted. So that is what I will do. It is my "alone" time so to speak. I have a little .22 pistol, .22 ammo is cheap, I use it to go plinking.



  • @penguinwrangler said in Stress Relievers:

    I like going to the firing range. When I worked at the prison you could go practice whenever you wanted. So that is what I will do. It is my "alone" time so to speak. I have a little .22 pistol, .22 ammo is cheap, I use it to go plinking.

    Plinking? You mean the sound the bullet makes when it bounces off a beer can / glass bottle? lol.

    My uncle used to have a little 6 shooter .22. I'd love to get my hands on one again.



  • @dafyre said in Stress Relievers:

    @penguinwrangler said in Stress Relievers:

    I like going to the firing range. When I worked at the prison you could go practice whenever you wanted. So that is what I will do. It is my "alone" time so to speak. I have a little .22 pistol, .22 ammo is cheap, I use it to go plinking.

    Plinking? You mean the sound the bullet makes when it bounces off a beer can / glass bottle? lol.

    My uncle used to have a little 6 shooter .22. I'd love to get my hands on one again.

    Yup. I have metal targets I shoot at now that get knocked down when I hit them.


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    Target shooting is a great stress reliever. Somes plinking with the .22 will do it, and some days you need the 12 gauge and some clay pigeons.



  • I love fishing. In fact, when I fish I use as little technology as possible. No fish finder, gps, or even a motor. I just like to get out and relax. Oh and alcohol and kayaking go hand in hand.



  • I love punching holes in paper as well. I find it satisfying to develop accurate loads for my rifles. Long range accuracy has always amazed me. I am considering getting back in to practical shooting like USPSA, its a blast. No pun intended.



  • @mike-davis said in Stress Relievers:

    Target shooting is a great stress reliever. Somes plinking with the .22 will do it, and some days you need the 12 gauge and some clay pigeons.

    When I worked at the prison I could fire the .357 Magnum Revolvers that were standard issue at the time. Department of Corrections fire .38 Special out of them. I bought the .357 Magnum rounds on occasion to target shoot with. That was cool.



  • @irj said in Stress Relievers:

    I love fishing. In fact, when I fish I use as little technology as possible. No fish finder, gps, or even a motor. I just like to get out and relax. Oh and alcohol and kayaking go hand in hand.

    I have always thought Kayaking would be fun/cool to do. Any suggestions for someone that has never done it before?



  • @penguinwrangler said in Stress Relievers:

    I like going to the firing range. When I worked at the prison you could go practice whenever you wanted. So that is what I will do. It is my "alone" time so to speak. I have a little .22 pistol, .22 ammo is cheap, I use it to go plinking.

    That is the thing about the range or mowing... you need to wear ear protection ... so you could have 15 people around you, and still be 'alone'



  • @mike-davis said in Stress Relievers:

    Target shooting is a great stress reliever. Somes plinking with the .22 will do it, and some days you need the 12 gauge and some clay pigeons.

    Or a nice old Mosin and some steel plates to slap around.



  • @penguinwrangler said in Stress Relievers:

    @irj said in Stress Relievers:

    I love fishing. In fact, when I fish I use as little technology as possible. No fish finder, gps, or even a motor. I just like to get out and relax. Oh and alcohol and kayaking go hand in hand.

    I have always thought Kayaking would be fun/cool to do. Any suggestions for someone that has never done it before?

    Getting a rental is a great place to start. I found a place near you that does it for $25 a day! That is the best rate I have seen.

    That is a very small investment to see how you would like it.

    http://www.oldcovecanoe.com/


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