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Old 05-18-10, 02:08 PM   #21
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Hi engima,

I've tried a lot of things. + Sometimes I'm rather busy and it is hard...
I get hypomanic tho sometimes and othertimes am just stressed/crazy busy..

but healthy things..

these books have helped me..
https://www.takethislife.com/book-clu...ase-add-25753/
The meditation book i've read more than once (and need to again) if I practice it, it does help though, and can be used anywhere, anytime, even for just 5 minute periods...

I have also tried brewing a nice cup of cammomile tea (which actually helped me calm my anxiety/hypomania when i have done it)

literally stopping + smelling flowers when i walk by a florist's or a lilac or rose bush..

I also engage in the arts when I can.. writing poetry, stories, painting (watercolors in the park)

stopping at a bookstore/coffeeshop for even just 30 minutes to read/relax sometimes

music is very important to me - a loud song even in the car + singing/yelling can help release/improve my mood
dance class - my current exercise - it's a lot of fun, and often expressive..

a good night's sleep.. (rarely accomplished, though, lol)

sometimes just a short walk outside, sitting under a tree away from traffic/people + some deep breathing/intake of nature...

some people watch a movie (or post on ttl)

when i'm upset, I sit in the hot shower for a while sometimes

umm... time for a short massage at a massage therapist kinda place?

often, talking to friends + going out for a couple hours helps too..
otherwise just a quiet night at home I guess...

Idk. just some things that I do.

I think just trying to be aware + appreciate the everyday things around you...
the sun shining, green leaves/flowers, the smell of coffee or popcorn as you walk by, a kid doing kid things, the sound of --- as you walk...
that helps me.. but i often walk with my head in the clouds when I'm not running off to a job....

good luck. + keep writing here, I hope..
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Exercising definitely helps a lot. I know it is hard to find the time, but you have to try to squeeze it in. Even if it is only 20 minutes.

Going outside for fresh air on all my breaks at work.

I carry my zune and a pair of headphones with me everywhere I go. Without music, I am quite sure I would die.

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I like alot of what some of you guys listed. :)
I've been trying to find new ways to relieve or reduce my stress. I'm constantly stressed and feel like there's no relief.

I have a short list myself of things I do to attempt stress relief:
-laying down on the floor
-eating(i know that could be dangerous though..)
-listening to static noise

I've also been considering going to get a massage or take a day off and visit a spa.
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Exercising definitely helps a lot. I know it is hard to find the time, but you have to try to squeeze it in. Even if it is only 20 minutes.

Going outside for fresh air on all my breaks at work.

I carry my zune and a pair of headphones with me everywhere I go. Without music, I am quite sure I would die.

Yoga.
my parents always tell me exercise will help, but they kind of always nag at me about it. Their nagging is a stressor and i feel like if I listen to them I'm going to be resenting them the whole time I'm trying to exercise.

and yes musical is essential :)
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my parents always tell me exercise will help, but they kind of always nag at me about it. Their nagging is a stressor and i feel like if I listen to them I'm going to be resenting them the whole time I'm trying to exercise.
I consider that the worst form of nagging, when they nag you to do something that you would have done in the first place by choice. Just have to ignore it in the end though really.

I've also tried bunch of the things here and they have been helpful, so thanks for the replies everybody.

Also found that learning to accept the things I can't control, and to be more forgiving of things in general, to help.
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[QUOTE=engima;481269]I consider that the worst form of nagging, when they nag you to do something that you would have done in the first place by choice. Just have to ignore it in the end though really.[QUOTE]

Yep. truly it is the worst!
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