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04-07-2011, 03:24 PM
Please give me a nice long list of non-food stress relievers. I have to head to the store today still and I'm incredibly stressed at the moment. All I can think about is different types of food I want to eat. :o I've already had a cup of tea, worked out, and stepped outside for a minute. Nothing seems to be helping.

04-07-2011, 03:31 PM
Meditation, reciting mantras, taking a warm bath, reading a good book, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, writing poetry, drawing, painting, doing word puzzles or sudoku, going for a walk, getting a massage, playing video games, listening to music, etc.

04-07-2011, 03:32 PM
Surfing the internet. For me it's almost as bad a habit as overeating--i surf the internet way too much. Almost...but not quite as bad.

04-07-2011, 03:34 PM
Calling a close friend or petting a pet, yours or someone else's. :D

I hope your stress decreases!

04-07-2011, 03:44 PM
Hey! I have recently replaced food with boxing/boxercise for stress relief. x

04-07-2011, 03:48 PM
Cuddling a pet! Also, reading, knitting, drawing, writing-things that involve my hands help.

AZ Sunrises
04-07-2011, 03:53 PM
Exercise. Do cardio, pilates...something.

04-07-2011, 03:57 PM
I do my nails. I'll paint and repaint them if need be. I hear learning how to crochet is a good idea because your hands are too busy moving and reaching into a bag of chips or cookies is not so easy.

But I'll be honest...It's almost a neccessity for me to eat when I am stressed so I choose really healthy items and nibble really slow.

04-07-2011, 04:13 PM
I recommend taking Valerian root. It is sold at health food stores. There is also something called Bach flower remedies. There is one for stress, but I forget what it's called. You just put a couple of drops in water and sip on it all day (I think u shake the water before you sip). I know this is very "out there," but I thought I'd mention it. I hope you feel better soon.

04-07-2011, 04:21 PM
i take a warm relaxing shower, do my nails, and read a book to avoid eating!

04-07-2011, 06:19 PM
Burning incense, or any type of aromatherapy. I often find that when I think I want to eat, having something nice to smell is just as satisfying.

04-07-2011, 06:28 PM
Burning incense, or any type of aromatherapy. I often find that when I think I want to eat, having something nice to smell is just as satisfying.

I used to burn candles for this very reason. Yankee Candle Butter Cream is my favorite... And it felt like I was eating frosting without the calories!

04-07-2011, 06:29 PM
For me it's keeping busy. Finding a friend to take a walk, cleaning the house (yuck!), window shopping, gardening, volunteering somewhere. Boredom is what gets me.

Focused Lani
04-08-2011, 05:23 AM
I find ear candles de-stresses me perfectly, but you have to do it with a friend. Other than that I'll organize a drawer or a cupboard or randomly clean a fiddley item (like a washing machine, fishbowl, behind the toilet or the windows) I love seeing the finished product and feeling a little more in control once finished.

04-08-2011, 05:31 AM
Taking a bath definitely relaxes me, take in a good book and maybe have a little snooze in there too :D

04-08-2011, 05:42 AM

Try chamomile tea. It has been used for centuries for relieving stress.
Chamomile has many different applications: sedative, relaxant, depression aid, stress reliever, soothes teething and colic, calms the digestive system, settles nervous indigestion, gastritis, relieves headaches, menstruation, disorders of the kidney, liver and the bladder, hay fever, insomnia, hiccups, etc.

Search the internet for 'stress chamomile' and you will find out more about chamomile and its uses.

I drink chamomile tea in the evening to relax and sleep better.


04-08-2011, 07:47 AM
Coloring in a coloring book; no joke. It's been a stress reliever for me all my life. It's therapeutic & it brings you back to your carefree childhood days! Try getting a nice big back of crayons & a fun coloring & activity book, it does wonders. I am also known to work on huge puzzles.

Or if coloring is too childish, lol .. try crosswords, seek & finds, etc.