What is your Stress Reliever?

J Kate
By J Kate Latest Reply 2012-02-23 10:46:53 -0600
Started 2012-02-15 16:08:36 -0600

One of my all time favorite comments from my son's (who was 16 at the time) endocronologist is:
"Stress is a huge factor in controlling your blood sugar. The only question is, are you 2 units in love, or 4 units in love. Is your heart broken 5 units worth or 6? How can we know?" My son blushed and I laughed.

However stress is a HUGE factor. My favorite stress relievers are buble baths, and playing my guitar and singing. What are yours??

Here's a link about diabetes and stress: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

127 replies

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-02-22 23:10:17 -0600 Report

One of my main stress relievers is to play my guitar and sing also. I also love to create all sorts of things. I draw. I paint. I make Jewelry and sew, I cook. I also create all sorts of artistic things from cardboard and paper. I try to keep myself busy so there is no room for stress but for some time now I have been having a lot of different health problems so I can't do as much as I had done in the past. I have decided that I'm going to do my best to make something or create something everyday.

Linda2 2012-02-22 19:26:42 -0600 Report

Feet up in my recliner, low lights and good music. Really like Rod Steward "fly me to the moon" cd. Great music.

Run Soo
Run Soo 2012-02-21 19:11:45 -0600 Report

Going for a run or taking my basset hound for a walk.. I seem not to be able to sit still lately.. too nice outside..

jayabee52 2012-02-21 19:29:21 -0600 Report

where are you at Soo?

Run Soo
Run Soo 2012-02-21 19:41:20 -0600 Report

I live in south milwaukee wi.. You know 39 degrees and NO SNOW!! usually -10 below and 2 feet of snow

jayabee52 2012-02-22 12:34:47 -0600 Report

But we PAY for it in the summer with multiple days over 100º, and sometimes over 120ºf. The air conditioning bills in the summer are outasite!

jayabee52 2012-02-22 21:07:10 -0600 Report

I'd tell you what it was this afternoon but don't want to rub it in. Let's just say this year we've not had snow staying on the mountains for more than a day or two. Been a warm winter here. I am afraid we'll REALLY PAY FOR IT this summer!

sheriden 2012-02-22 21:54:30 -0600 Report

Jayabee52 We have had the worse winter this year we got all your snow. We have had two straight days of rain. Now it is snowing and two ft. is what they think. I have not seen our moutains w/o snow all winter. You are blessed. We will also pay with lots of green and than when it browns fire will be bad. Blessings to you and yours.

Young1s 2012-02-22 21:40:58 -0600 Report

Same here on the east coast James. Didn't even have to buy my youngest any snow boots this year. I'm thinking this summer is going to be a real scorcher.

JSJB 2012-02-20 04:42:50 -0600 Report

Well lets see, I guess you can tell one of them from the picture. The other two are my grandchildren and my garden.

Jeanae 2012-02-19 08:56:29 -0600 Report

It depends on the time of day. Evening- bubble bath, Soft music, and low lights. Then snuggling with either hubby, kids, grandkids or dogs. During the day I either sit down and refocus my attentiion like coming up with meal plans for the week. Or if I need something mindles I like to reorganize my cupboards, drawers, and closets. If it is something really, really stressful I go for a walk & talk- I walk and talk to God.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-17 21:12:48 -0600 Report

Forgot to add Jigsaw Puzzles. I keep them on the dining room table all winter long. I won't put together a puzzle that is less than 1000 pieces.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-02-23 10:46:53 -0600 Report

So, if I send you 3 1000 piece puzzles and take one piece out of each, you wouldn't put them together? Actually, you probably would, but then put a contract out on me.

flipmom 2012-02-17 15:17:29 -0600 Report

i wish i could just drop everything and have a bubblebath… but thats not always the case… so when bubble bath is not an an option..music n dancing will do or breathing exercises or maybe and a cup of hot tea…

Jan8 2012-02-17 11:16:34 -0600 Report

my animals. iIhave 2 dogs and 2 cats although sometimes have caused some big stresses,love nature..many deer ,hawks,birds,beautiful trees and a stream that is always running, love my comfort food PB and J on rye, and my husband can be a huge stress reliever. Love to paint walls,clean,laundry,you name it esp vacuuming. crazy isn't it? I am just happy I can do these things.

bjgordon 2012-02-17 11:11:20 -0600 Report

I like to go bowling but is sometimes a stress-er, but it is a different kind of stress. I love gardening,yard work and to play in my shed with woodwork. I love to turn on the music while I'm doing all this. The biggest stress reliever is getting up in the mountains and just taking in the beauty.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-02-16 16:57:25 -0600 Report

It depends. Some times I like shoot em up action movies or thrillers. Then there's the more quiet times when I love to read and listen to music. I love the "oldies station" it plays music from the 50s,60s. Then I might switch to country so I cry. I do have to pay attention tho because this is also a stressor for over eating. The best thing I can do is get with my best friend and we laugh, great big honking from the belly laughter.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-16 14:16:45 -0600 Report

I am rarely stressed but when I do feel stressed I step back, take a deep breath and ask myself if this is worth being stressed about? 99% of the time it isn't so I move on. Stress can add to medical problems you don't have and can exacerbate medical problems you do have so I choose not to let anything out of my control to stress me out.

One way to relieve stress is to identify what is stressing you out. Make a list of what causes you to be stressed. Scratch off things out of your control i.e., the economy, someones problems, higher cost to buy things…these are things out of your control and stressing over them isn't going to help you because this is something you cannot fix. Next look at other items on your list i.e. unemployment, not enough money, health issues, these are things that can be fixed but it isn't going to be fixed over night. For these you need a plan of action. Once you come up with a plan take day by day to execute it. There will be disappointments but you have to handle that. Odds are you might not get the first job you apply for and money problems can be fixed with conscientious budgeting. If you know you don't need it, don't buy it. Buy what you need when you can and save money for frivolous things you want. Health issues can be stressful especially if you have a hard time getting medications and taking proper care of yourself. Adding stress will make it worse. I find that if I take steps to get my meds and work on the health problem itself, I don't get stressed out. I know some of you pay a lot of money for meds, thankfully my meds cost me 12 bucks every 3 months. I save up for testing strips so I can get 100 at a time. It isn't easy but in time things seem to work out when you least expect it.

I find that if I don't concern myself with things I cannot control, I have less stress. Makes me a happier person.

Ashalka 2012-02-16 13:03:24 -0600 Report

The things I do to relieve stress are read love books especially fantasy & sci fi, I love listening to music, and my best stress reliever is playing World of Warcraft gaming is my haven, my escape, a place where I can be all powerful if only for a little while.

pixsidust 2012-02-16 12:22:31 -0600 Report

There are a few things. If my stress is coming from a source then I must plan a solution to get my situation better in some way. The mere plan itself makes me feel better. Taking each day to execute that plan to the best of my ability for that day…makes me feel better. Looking at it and making it tangible gives me hope. With hope comes a feeling of brightness, excitement and it can be the thing dreams are made of…

Some of my plans fall in these categories:

It may be how I am going to eat better the next day, taking each day at a time.

Deciding a realistic exercise plan for myself, to lose weight..then take it one day at a time. I feel good after doing the biggest loser 1mile walk dvd. Anyone can do it, so I recommend it. Even better when I do more, like get on my bike or use weights

Decide how to plan my finances since I am unemployed and finances are tight.
Start to work at building my own recruitment from home since all I ever did was via the phone and I am known in the industry after 25 years

Lastly nothing compares to the feel of clean jammies, warm socks & cotton sheets after a hot shower…Now I copied this from a Relax discussion where I answered about my shower ritual…

Here it is..

Relax…Starts with the Warm~~shower cascading over me
while I lather with handmade, gentle coconut oil, goats milk, & aloe soap.
Its creamy and practically foams up while rubbing moisture into my skin. I use a soft sea sponge that compliments the soapy lather…ahhhhh!
A sisal back strap to wash and lightly exfoliate my back all at once.
All natural home made herbal shampoo made with natural oils lightly tingles my scalp with a hint of pepper mint.
My hair is silky

I use Trader Joe's Tea Tree oil tingle conditioner…also as it name says tingles my scalp. After toweling off I use body butter all over. I sand and look my feet over and again reapply the body butter…unfortunately I am that dry, I need to do it twice.

On comes the pajamas or sweats. I'm warm. I feel good, smell good, and with big socks and my fleece lined shoes…Ah…I am comfy. A cup of hot tea, warm soup, a magazine gets opened, News watched or Diabetic Connect Site gets read. Stretch…yawn…Ahhhh…Honey! I'm Home!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-17 06:20:12 -0600 Report

This sounds great would like to try some of your soap do you also get this at Trader Joes? I have an antique claw foot tub, and am always lookingbfor great soaps!

pixsidust 2012-02-17 13:25:13 -0600 Report

I buy it home or handmade on ebay. I have a favorite seller if you private message me I will tell you. Love his stuff. He makes the shampoo I use and the soap. Are we friends? If not I will follow you and you can follow me back to be friends and then we can message

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-16 11:55:49 -0600 Report

A good book, a relaxing chair and just natures sounds in the background. wind through the pine trees, frogs croaking, birds singing, years ago I loved the sound of Whippoorwills, waves on the beach or the sound of a babbling brook~~~~~~~~~~

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-17 06:12:31 -0600 Report

Silly question, but what are whippoorwills? Louise

jigsaw 2012-02-17 07:11:59 -0600 Report

It's a bird.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-16 05:58:36 -0600 Report

I also love music, my favorite thing to do is light candles and have some native American flute music in the background. I also love reading right now am into Karin Kingsbury books. Sometimes I like to watch "chick flicks" where you just laugh and don't have to think! I also enjoy my devotionals, learning and reading about God's promises.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-16 14:21:32 -0600 Report

Set, I love music and the collection my sister and I have starts with Fred Astaire and ends with ZZ Top. In between we have Native American, Gregorian Chants, Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Soca, Irish and nature sounds. Music can set the mood for just about anything. I am also an avid reader and am currently into the Amish Romance Novels. I also love murder mysteries. I have a Karen Kingsbury book on my Kindle app. Planning to get a kindle as soon as I get a job.

kellyeck3 2012-02-15 23:19:50 -0600 Report

I love to take bubble baths as well…sometimes that's a little hard when there are 3 adults in the house with one bathroom, I love to sew, crochet, garden and walking. I do plan on doing more of this stuff. I do realize I set in my home far to much doing nothing because it seems like the world stops when I'm not home. I like your sons' comment though, very cute and true!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-17 21:20:04 -0600 Report

Does the world stop because you are not in control or because you are? Why sit in the house when there is soooo much to do outside? I use to take vacation time and stay home. It wasn't until I met a friend and her, my sister and I started traveling. I have been on 13 Cruises, to Vegas several times all of the states on the East Coast from Connecticut to Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, New Orleans, Atlanta, St. Louis and took the California Coastline tour from San Francisco to Las Angelas. I am not going to sit back and let the world pass me by without being a part of it.

kellyeck3 2012-02-18 01:18:10 -0600 Report

I would love to be able to do that! I love to travel. I've been to many of the U.S. States and Jamaica. I love learning and being apart of some many differnt cultures. The ultimate vacation, for me, would be a cruise and it is one of my goals.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-17 21:15:10 -0600 Report

Kelly tell the other two adults that if they need the bathroom to go use it now because I am taking a bubble bath. Take time for yourself and you will be less stressed and wrinkled from your bubble bath.

draco59 2012-02-15 22:29:18 -0600 Report

Takeing care of my horses, listening to music, reading, meditation…

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-02-22 23:19:01 -0600 Report

I love horses !!!

draco59 2012-02-23 08:42:20 -0600 Report

Have 2 , Abby, a 19 yr old paint Mare. We rescued her in Oct 2010, she wt about 750 lb and had a 4 month old foal. Know she's about 1200 lbs and happy. We just got Buddy, well finished paying him off, he's a 12 yr old paint gelding, he goes about 1500 lbs, I can ride him, I'll put some pix's up.
Have a wonderful day Teresa… :-)

dietcherry 2012-02-15 22:06:00 -0600 Report

Kate check this link out; its impossible to feel stress while listening to this!!


J Kate
J Kate 2012-02-16 11:45:54 -0600 Report

I love this! Thanks for sharing!

dietcherry 2012-02-16 12:05:52 -0600 Report

We need a Discussion just for our favorite stress-reduction songs! These are all going to get lost here!!!!!

Nick1962 2012-02-16 11:09:10 -0600 Report

Try this one on from the queen of my collection.
Always makes me feel like I just finished a bowl of oatmeal or cup of hot chocolate.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-02-16 11:45:32 -0600 Report

This does smack of oatmeal and hot chocolate. I love it. Okay here's one of me singing. We shot this on the dry farms (one of my favorite places) and at a 100 year old theater I spent six years saving/restoring. I love that building… but holy crap I look fat in this- DO NOT JUDGE ME. :)

Nick1962 2012-02-16 11:58:36 -0600 Report

Love it! Where can i get more? Love old restores, spent a while rehabing a shoe/boot manufaturer into affordable housing

J Kate
J Kate 2012-02-16 12:03:11 -0600 Report

That is SO cool. I don't think I've ever done anything so rewarding. How long did it take?

Nick1962 2012-02-16 12:14:56 -0600 Report

Took about 2.5 years and I was just volunteer labor for the developer. Turned out real nice, very rustic, all original wood structure and floors exposed, 15 foot high ceilings. Only drawback was that because it was an old factory, all the original huge windows were up high, so even though each apartment got tons of light, you couldn't really see straight out of them.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-02-16 12:17:08 -0600 Report

That sound amazing. I love old buildings. How cool to live there. Not being able to see if is an upside though, right? :)

Nick1962 2012-02-16 13:40:21 -0600 Report

It actually was - blocked out all the filthy streets around it, all you saw was huge expanses of open sky.
Lightning just lit the place up.

dietcherry 2012-02-16 11:44:36 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing that Nick Never heard it before Very soothing

Nick1962 2012-02-16 11:47:46 -0600 Report

Not a problem, love my Rachael! If you ever need something strong and edgy for a workout let me know.