How do you relieve stress/anxiety?

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
3237 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve dealt with a lot of stress dealing with TTC and having been talking to a therapist. It has helped a lot and was really my only option for serious help because I won’t take medication.

If it isn’t something that I need to go talk to somone about, I write or listen to music. But that usually just distracts me from the issue at hand, not actually dealing with it.

Sorry you’ve been having a hard time. I hope things start looking up for you!

Post # 4
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I take anxiety medications and have since I was in elementary school (not constantly, but quite a bit of the time).

Even with that, I’m an anxious person by nature so what I do is change the things I can.  If a person stresses me out, I cut off contact.  If a situation makes me anxious, I avoid it/change it/or fix it as best as I can.  I take hikes out in nature so I can be alone with my thoughts and it calms me down if I’m having a legitimate rough time.  If you’re into natural remedies, a lot of people swear by acupuncture, massage, and valerian root.  

Post # 6
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I take an anti anxiety medication.  I’ve dealt with a lot of stuff in my 32 years, diagnosed with cancer, tornados, family death, diagnosed with hearing loss etc.  I also workout at least 4 days a week.

I find that exercise really helps relieve stress.  I feel better mentally, physically and emotionally.  Also writing my feelings down in a journal helps me to sort through what I’m feeling.  Especially lately with my recent diagnosis of hearing loss.  For me that was a deep fear from childhood (my mom had the same thing I do).  Seeing it happen to my mom was hard for me.

Post # 7
3198 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sex Laughing 

Post # 8
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I CLEAN! I know it sounds ridiculous, but when I feel like things are out of control or I’m upset, I go into cleaning spells. I clean walls, wash clothes, dishes, my hair, sweeping and mopping all the floors, clean under the sinks and cabinets etc. It really is therapeutic for me. Other than that I listen to music and dance around crazily until I’m exhausted, or watch television for distraction until the stress/anxiety passes. If it is really bad, I see my therapist,he is amazing.


Post # 9
1555 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work out – if I don’t work out at least 5-6 times a week, I am beyond stressed. I own my own company, work full time for another company and am planning my wedding. Without daily workouts, I would literally lose my mind! It gives me an hour or so each day to just focus on myself, not worry about the wedding, clients, what we’re having to dinner, etc. – its completely “me time” 

Post # 10
5909 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@orchidaloha:  Water, rest, relaxation, compartmentalization and a very strong ability to inventory the things that I can control, and the things I cannot…there’s got to be a point, where the things you worry about are someone else’s problem….so make the hand off and put it out of your mind.

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@orchidaloha:  Exercise regularly; it helps get out the pent up energy and it releases endorphins that make you feel better.  If you’re like me, the first few days are rough and you are totally exhausted but after a week or two you start feeling better.

Other than that make a list of things that make you happy.  Certain songs, speaking to certain people on the phone, a hobby or activity, etc…  When you start feeling the acute stress/anxiety put on that favorite song and sing to it or call that family member or friend and chat about anything.  It will distract you and hopefully it will distract you long enough for the anxiety to pass.

I have had anxiety since I was in elementary school and it takes time to identify your stressors/triggers so you can learn to avoid them or have a backup plan for when you can’t avoid them.

Post # 12
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have been an anxious mess as well lately. Once I started having multiple panic attacks a week I went to the doctor because it was just more than I could handle on my own and I needed help. They put me on meds and have been working over the last few weeks to get the dosage correct. I think they have it right now and I feel great! I feel like my old capable self, I no longer have an overwhelming urge to comfort eat, and I have tons more energy. I know how it is to not want to resort to medication, but I feel soooo much better now that I’m on it. My doctor also suggested that I get a pet because a large part of my anxiety stems from being alone. Last week FI and I adopted 2 guinea pigs, so I have been spending lots of time making their cage perfect, figuring out what their favorite things to eat are, and socializing them so they are not afraid of FI and I. Cuddling something small and furry really does help the stress.

Post # 13
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

If I do yoga everyday, even if it’s just a 30 minute online video, nothing can phase me. It’s amazing how much it helps. When I’m being a slacker, I sometimes deal with stress by drinking, and even occasional smoking, which I know is terrible. 

I’m definitely going to try to do at least an hour of yoga every day in the month before the wedding. It will keep me happy and make my butt and legs look rocking if I actually do it. 

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Exercise! It sounds cheesey, but there is nothing more therapeutic than going to workout class for an hour a day for me. It’s one hour a day where I can turn off my brain and just focus on working up a sweat and building strength! Also, I am teaching myself to crochet in my free time to try to take my mind off the madness of grad school and wedding planning.

Post # 15
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 @orchidaloha:  I have GAD and exercise really does help. When my Dr first reccommended it, I was like yeah right, whatever. But then it got even worse, so I tired it and it helps it a lot. It doesn’t completely get rid of it, but definitely makes it less intense at least.

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