6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How do you de-STRESS?

Thanks for all the fun comments yesterday, who knew a post about BUTT would inspire such a response :) I truly appreciate the kind words and encouragement. There are ups and downs and I plan to keep moving regardless of which I am on at the moment..

Today I planned to post the See Jane Run Seattle Giveaway (It's Coming I promise) but I have 2 minutes to post... so I thought I would talk QUICKLY about STRESS!! I found a few quotes on STRESS and DE-STRESSING..

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
~Richard Carlson

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
~Lily Tomlin

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
~Author Unknown

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
~Joshua L. Liebman

Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?
~Carrie Latet

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
~Jennifer Yane

Each day should have a clearly marked emergency exit sign.
~Dr. SunWolf

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese Proverb

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
~Etty Hillesum

STRESS has taken me over this week, I was PROUD to take the time yesterday to run on my lunch hour with Kerrie. That run helped me sooooo much! I need to run to release the tension and keep me balanced. I notice when I skip those lunch runs because I am "too busy!!"

Another thing that helps me with STRESS is folding laundry..
Call me CRAZY but seeing a big pile of unfolded clothes makes me feel good. It is simple really. I know that I can sit down and slowly tackle the pile, take the chaos and mess and make it orderly and organized. With minimal effort I will see immediate results. In life so many things are out of control, folding laundry I can control.

  • Running and folding laundry work for me...
  • What helps you DE-STRESS?


Marlene said...

Glad you were able to get out for a much-needed lunch run! If it is a non-running day (or I have evening run plans) and I am stressed at work, I will often sneak out for a short walk. Even 10 minutes is sometimes enough to refresh myself before tackling the afternoon.

I hate folding laundry though. :)

Alicia said...

I get the folding laundry thing. It's totally cathartic, requires no thought, and is mind-numbingly monotonous which is exactly what we need sometimes.

I de-stress by baking. I've been known to back A LOT on days I'm feeling stressed, which my family seems to love. :)

Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl said...

I think doing laundry does quite to opposite for me, it makes me feel stressed!

B.o.B. said...

Feel free to come help with laundry any time you are stressed. LOL! Love the quotes.

I usually revert to running, but the biking & swimming seem to provide good stress relief too. Oh and for some reason, coffee.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Running is my number one stress relief although curling up in a chair with a book is also really stress relief. I love losing myself in a book.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I know it's cliche, but making lists helps me destress. Usually I stress out about what feels like an insurmountable pile of things I need to do, but once I write everything down, it's WAY acheivable. And, I already have a game plan, by having the list.

Susan said...

Laundry is a huge destresser for me .... as long as I don't have to iron, that totally stresses me out ).

Michelle said...

This week is incredibly stressful around here. I have MADE myself run when I get home from work because I know I can better handle the stress. I LOVE cooking dinner and doing dishes. I know it's weird, but there is something calming, domestic and wonderful about it. Folding laundry is a close second....but the putting it away...blah! I make my kids do that.

Kristin Miller said...

Running, pray, and reading with a glass of wine. Three of my favorite things to do in the whole world that help me relax. Prayers works the best.

Mary said...

As a new mom, there is tons of laundry here if you ever need destressing on the east coast.
Loved the quotes!

S Club Mama said...

grocery shopping by myself, reading a book (that's not meant for anything other than fun...although I do love Christian books that help me further my relationship with Christ, sometimes I just need fluff), fluffy movies/tv shows, eating something really bad for me and not feeling guilty (not sure how that helps me de-stress but oh it's good). A bath. Just laying on the floor while my boys play and letting them hash their own fights.

Unknown said...

laundry is more likely to cause me stress than cure it. but to each his own...

Unknown said...

I use working out as a de-stresser and also just walking.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I love this one! "Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?" I need to remind myself of this. I had the worst day today at work (3 separate crying episodes. I am ashamed). I just need to take a step back because none of it is so urgent or important as to get upset over. Thank you for this post!

Unknown said...

Great quotes ... and um, I've got tons of laundry to help you de-stress! Hmm, I wonder how well it will ship?

Winks & Smiles,

Alili said...

A technique class (dance) - I can focus and be 'in the moment' for an hour of so and I feel so much better.

ozone3 said...

I de-stress by working in the yard. Nothing like taking revenge on weeds to relax you...LOL!!