How do you blow off steam?

Ansley Ansley
So when the world seems to be constantly kicking you in the proverbial nads, what do you do to blow off steam? And I'm not talking about just a little bit of frustration because the people at the drive-thru were ridiculously slow getting your order together for no apparent reason or because the dog won't behave, I'm talking about when things look dire and there's no way out...

And go!
Jan 9, 4:09 pm
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dv8 dv8
I post snarky comments on EF.
Jan 9, 6:46 pm
Sera26 Sera26
I like to sing really loud while working out.
Jan 9, 10:17 pm
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by dv8
I post snarky comments on EF.
Duh
Jan 9, 10:28 pm
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
I clean and organize my house. This helps distract my mind as it is focused on the organization aspect and making mental lists of things that need done and need bought.

I also try to devote at least an hour each day to unwinding from the world. This usually involves a nice shower while pampering myself and ends with a good book to relax with.

My BF and I try to keep work outside the home. We will talk about our day at work but we tend to try and stay focused on the positive and/or funny parts of it. If the negative needs to be brought up we do so outside. For us this keeps the home a warm and welcoming place.
Jan 20, 11:25 am
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by SaucyxGirl
I clean and organize my house. This helps distract my mind as it is focused on the organization aspect and making mental lists of things that need done and need bought.

I also try to devote at least an hour each day to unwinding from the ... More
Just reading your most recent replies it sounds like you've really got it together.
Jan 20, 3:51 pm
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
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Originally posted by Ansley
Just reading your most recent replies it sounds like you've really got it together.
I have just seem to many people and/or their relationships fall apart and become chaos because of stress. Since for the most part stress can not be avoided I have always thought it would be better to focus energy on the more positive aspects of life. Home is home...work is work that is my theory. I don't bring home to work or work to home. Makes things run smoother keeping them separate.

Perhaps my outlook is what it is because I work with the elderly. Hearing them talk about things that they wish they would have done differently really is an eye opener. I know that a lot of them say that if they had life to live over they would not worry about the little things and instead spend more quality time with their loved ones.
Jan 20, 5:21 pm
Edeneve Edeneve
I have to talk it out w/ a friend and/or express it physically w/o hurting anyone including myself. an example of that is finding a pile of papers in the garbage or lying around & furiously rip them to shreds.
Feb 11, 2:59 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by SaucyxGirl
I have just seem to many people and/or their relationships fall apart and become chaos because of stress. Since for the most part stress can not be avoided I have always thought it would be better to focus energy on the more positive aspects of life. ... More
Ah, now that definitely makes sense. I think it's wonderful that you have learned from the elderly you work with and were able to heed their message, good for you!! You always hear the one about telling people you love them, but your advice is actually a lot more helpful in the long run, I think. What's impressive, is that you've made it work for both of you. I agree with Stormy, you sound like you have it together!

As for myself, I have to do something physical to help get my body out of my fight or flight mode and some kind of exercise, even just walking around the neighborhood, helps. But talking to others &/or writing it out helps enormously, too. Then reading afterwards, or watching something that engages my mind and helps distract me while I try to relax. I agree with SaucyxGirl about housework and organization, but personally, I have to be careful to not add to my stress by starting too big an organizational project that creates a mess, lol! The pampering, is something I do after everything to try and unwind enough for the best treatment ever...sleep!! If I had to pick though, I say talking it out with someone who is sympathetic and understands (without challenging me or making it worse), is the most helpful thing for me.
Feb 11, 4:41 pm
Oriental husband and wife Oriental husband and wife
Drive to a scenic place like the beach watch the waves go in and out and listen to favortie music. Or to a airport observation point watch the planes land and take off and listen to good music.

Stay there until think of a solution or what to do next.
Feb 11, 11:25 pm
js250 js250
It depends on the amount and type of steam that needs to be let loose...

Basic daily stress is usually taken care of with a drive in the mountains, maybe shooting at targets with the guns, walking our dogs or writing poetry. Anything that translates into serenity, an open area for letting my anxieties out and thinking time that is not open for interruptions are my escapes.

For more internal and serious issues--anger, depression, frustration, mental issues--3rd gear & full throttle on my dirtbike!!!! I do confine these moments to hillclimbing, highly technical trails or more difficult areas that hopefully will slow me down a bit, after my bad crash last summer. (Luckily, all that was damaged was my knee--so I was able to heal up fairly rapidly and am not afraid of riding after climbing back on so soon.) I need an activity that allows me to rip into it and seriously concentrate on what I am doing no distractions allowed!--the serious adrenaline rushes during this also goes a long ways to alleviating my feelings, and taking my stress out on my bike is ever soooo much better than letting it build up and firing it out on an innocent or loved person in my life or hauling ass on mountain logging roads in my truck like I used to when younger!!! (I do put the truck through its paces in my friend's 20 acre pasture, though....)I guess it may be a bit of a 'redneck' way to deal with pressure (especially for a woman)--but it works for me!
Feb 27, 3:57 am
megankl0618 megankl0618
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Originally posted by Ansley
So when the world seems to be constantly kicking you in the proverbial nads, what do you do to blow off steam? And I'm not talking about just a little bit of frustration because the people at the drive-thru were ridiculously slow getting your ... More
Listen to music and take a few deep breaths!
Mar 7, 11:51 am
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Ah, now that definitely makes sense. I think it's wonderful that you have learned from the elderly you work with and were able to heed their message, good for you!! You always hear the one about telling people you love them, but your advice is ... More
Working in a nursing home you quickly learn that our elders have a lot to teach. They have years of experience and usually are more than willing to depart the wisdom that they have gathered in life to others.

I was talking to a co-worker one night about potty training my son and how he just wasn't getting it. A little old lady overheard and offered some very good advice. As she put it, she helped potty train her younger siblings and then potty trained her own 7 kids.
Mar 7, 12:17 pm
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