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Poll results: What are your common responses to stress

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  • Intensely immerse self in some hobby

    8 18.60%
  • Read (material either related or unrelated to source of stress)

    9 20.93%
  • Geographically get 'away' (walk, ride, drive without any destination)

    19 44.19%
  • Primal scream therapy (while no one is around)

    3 6.98%
  • Watch a movie to escape

    10 23.26%
  • Eat comfort foods like a pig

    21 48.84%
  • Drink alcohol like a sailor who's on liberty after a 2 year cruise

    13 30.23%
  • Complain to friends and family

    15 34.88%
  • Stay up night/lose sleep thinking about problem

    22 51.16%
  • Devise vengeance schemes

    7 16.28%
  • engage in Intense physical activity (punching bag, running, sex etc)

    12 27.91%
  • Boss friends/family/minions around more than usual

    2 4.65%
  • What is this 'stress' you speak of

    1 2.33%
  • Zone out to some sort of music one enjoys

    9 20.93%
  • Some other cathartic behavior (explain below)

    6 13.95%
  • Some other really healthy way which will impress the hell out of y'all

    4 9.30%
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    Stress Reactions

    Stress is a fact of life. We cannot escape it this lifetime. The question is how does one deal with it. To varying degrees most of us react in a variety of ways depending on whether we are at our best or worst but what fixes/outlets do you find yourself resorting to most often?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I consume a lot of sugar during stressful times, therefore making my mind hazy and inflating my spare tire; which in turn causes more stress.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Depends on the type of stress. In a group stress situation, it's almost invariably humor to defuse it. Personal, internalized stress, now that's a different animal so I may deal with it with procrastination, direct action or just dwelling on it when I should be sleeping so I can be exhausted the next day and make other poor decisions as a result. It never ceases to amaze me that I can go all night worrying about a problem and then not be bothered by it the following day until it's time to try to sleep again. I guess it's a function of the number of distractions that I can have or generate.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I didn't see one of my biggest stress relievers (and cause to some extent) listed - RETAIL THERAPY.
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    I tend to go on long walks in crowded places. Why? Beats me.
    Two wrongs don't necessarily make a right, but three lefts do.

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    Xanax

    It should replace flouride in water.

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    Oh, and in case anyone was wondering what was intended by the last poll choice, it is intended to cover constructive things like therapy, prayer or meditation.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by bflo_la View post
    Xanax

    It should replace flouride in water.
    Watch a movie to escape
    Who is thinking of General Jack D. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove
    do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.

    A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice.

    conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/quotes
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    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Besides working out and adult beverages......I like to clean.

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    i sometimes feel like hiding under the covers.

    other times i just plan a vacation, or think about where i want to go next, even if i don't get away physically, just mentally.

    then i suck it up and come up with a plan for dealing with the stress inducer. (sometimes the plan is a bit more elaborate including malatov cocktails and fire ants than that which is implemented.)
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Yoga and meditation, in addition of intense physical activity and eating, have become my major routes of stress reduction.

    Also denial via the Scarlett O'Hara approach to crisis management: "I'll think about that tomorrow."

    When it's real bad there's always my amber plastic bottle of little helpers.

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    Play Soduku or computer solitaire. Or read a technical magazine.

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    Taking a drive
    Sleeping in and not dealing with the world (Hibernating)
    Listening to music
    Shooting guns
    Drinking excessively
    Eating fast food
    Violent outbursts (rare, but usually what happens when I fail to deal with the stress)
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
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    I like to do crosswords or little logic games. Of course a little horizontal therapy never hurts either
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    My close aunt died on labor day. I got fast food and drove about 100 miles (nowhere in particular) around the desert to clear my mind. Talking also helps with stress and me.

    Music to calm down and sleep.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Bike ride or meditate.

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    Hmmm....

    How about visiting Cyburbia as a form of stress relief? Actually, this was my #1 purpose of my very first visit to this site

    I also like to take my frustrations out on the Wii at home.....regardless of whether the kids or wife are playing me.....making one or all them cry because they can't stop me on Wii helps A LOT....ha ha....insert evil laugh here...ha ha....
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    The Nectar of the Gods: wine.
    Sitting in the hot tub and reflecting on the fact that TO lives in the middle of the desert.
    Remembering the Rogaine is working.


    Pointing and laughing at the less fortunate.

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    Stress: Sometimes

    Stress relief for this Bear can include any of the following.....

    Working on fake city (My main hobby)
    Reading
    Looking for hopkin
    Drinking the "nectar of the devils", beer
    Horizontal bopping
    Looking at maps (paper, atlas, Google Maps)
    Cyburbia (and some other forums)
    Killing cats
    Old movies
    Writing

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    I indulge in:
    • a drink- and b*tch-fest with my close girlfriends
    • wokring out, either a hard session at the gym or recreating outside
    • selling my soul to Nordstrom, Banana Republic, REI and/or any of the endless high-end boutique shops in this town
    "That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!" ~Calvin and Hobbes

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    I don't think I get streessed out too often - but when I do I start drinking. But I do that even when I'm not stressed

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    A combination of exercise and laughter
    Listen to comedy recordings or try to stay outside of the current situation and try to picture the humor in it from an outsider standpoint,
    I received this adivice while attending stress seminars from people who were supposed to die and beat the odds, The first speaker that I heard talk about this was down to 48 pounds with terminal cancer and made it, The nurses talked about the resolve that was shown in his room during this time and he thought they meant him and he thanked them and they told him they meant his wife and he started laughing because he was so absorbed in his problem he didnt think about her problem which was worrying about him and providing support for him and he realized the humor in the situation. I have attended other seminars since with this theme and have found that it helps me.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Pointing and laughing at the less fortunate.
    Why, because I don't have a white tiled floor that I don't have to clean daily.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    I didn't see one of my biggest stress relievers (and cause to some extent) listed - RETAIL THERAPY.
    Like a guy posting a poll would get that one?

    I get stressed, I clean the house.

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    Hey, nobody mentioned pets!! When I'm stressed at home, I drop everything and pet and play with them, which invariably mellows me out into a ball of mush.

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