Some questions are real head scratchers. You know, the kind of insane, off-the-wall questions that seem appropriate only if you are asked by some sort of mythical creature while on a heroic journey. I’m not meaning the riddle of the sphinx (spoiler: the answer is “man”), but I’m speaking specifically of the seemingly innocuous question of “How do I lower stress?”
Dah… Ummm… You know I’m not quite sure how best to eliminate stress, because, well, like most of the world I happen to have a fair share of it. Don’t we all though? I mean, after all, stress is a natural biological function of the nervous system when it kicks into the hyperdrive that is the fight-or-flight response, and far too often we are neither flying nor fighting. And then, when the chronic stresses that are all too common in today’s workplace push you even further over the top, it’s important to find an outlet.
So yeah, that’s my answer and I’m sticking to it. Find an outlet (although I don’t mean the electrical socket; I mean come on, didn’t we all learn as a kid not to play with those, or was that just me?). So what’s an outlet then? Well exercise is always good; it works out the body as well as any of those kinks and knots in your back. There’s also napping. I mean, sure, most of us haven’t really had a nap since kindergarten, but there are a lot of days I miss Nap Time. It seems like such an amazing idea to nod off for an hour or two in the middle of the day and feel refreshed (there are a couple “old world” countries that still embrace this bohemian lifestyle). However, with all that in mind, my outlet of choice is to engage in hobbies.
Why? Well, there are a million and one different kinds of hobbies (Okay I’m lying, it’s a million and two… Okay that’s still an exaggeration, but it is really inconceivable how many hobby possibilities there are). For instance, you could start by collecting random flotsam and jetsam knickknacks, or digging about in the garden, or scrapbooking your childhood, or just sitting back with a crossword puzzle. See, already my stress is melting away.
Of course, my personal stress reliever is writing. Whenever my mind gets mixed up with the political ranting mumbo jumbo of certain least-favorite politicians, at it again, I just exorcise those emotions in a nice cathartic writing session, which may lead to an online post that gets some positive reviews from readers. Although if you guys do go that route, I ask you not put me out of a job.
When it comes to stress, it’s something we all have to deal with, and at times we can all feel buried by it. But, with practice, flexibility, and the right hobbies, we can slip right under that stress limbo stick and keep on going when we reach the other side.