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Peoples of the internet! I have another question. Stress relief methods: do you have them? Because my blood pressure is currently Not Happy, and I can tell it's an emotional thing--my doctor has told me that I have surprisingly good blood pressure usually, and the onset of this is sudden enough that--well. I won't get into the whole mess, but it's emotional, and I need to figure out a way to counteract that.

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Yoga is my tried and true stress reliever. If you aren't into that, bubble baths and soothing music also help me. And then there's the simplest: sitting quietly and just breathing deeply and slowly.

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I do lip trills or vocal runs. Maybe belt out some showtunes. I don't know why it helps, but it does.

I second showtunes. Whenever I'm really stressed out by a paper, I crank up "The Last Five Years"

Lemon balm tea. Smashing helpless rodents with a hammer. Chocolate!

Sleep and being away from people, like alone in my room reading a book or watching a movie. Also cookies.

But yeah, for me it's usually self-isolating with something entertaining to keep me from stewing in my own thoughts. Getting extra sleep (often while listening to something, a podcast or movie or music to prevent stress dreams) usually helps a lot because I function a lot better when well rested.

Hope you feel better.

I used to swear by relaxation tapes back in the day.

Good luck.

meditation and going for a walk, alone.

ok. Go to Hulu.com and look up The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. He will make you feel better about yourself and the world in general

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Oooh, he's so relaxing, too!

Sometimes I'll pull out a movie or a book that I know practically by heart, kinda like the cinematic/literary equivalent of comfort food, especially movie musicals. Gene Kelly never fails to make me smile.

Good luck. :-)

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I stick an audiobook or a Broadway cast recording on my iPod and go for a very very long walk, while trying not to think at all. Best of luck?

Exercise like a mad person. Yoga and bellydance are very relaxing. Listening to soothing music, or reading a book help too. Anything to take your mind off it.

Maybe not like a mad person, but a round of push ups, crunches and squats helps me out.

Play with and/or hold your dogs. Guaranteed to bring your blood pressure down--animals have tranquilizer properties, according to studies.

Bubble baths. Sometimes followed by applying lovely smelling body lotion (aromatherapy.) Chamomille tea. Watching good stand up comedy (videos on teh intarwebs, etc.) Eating a really good meal slowly, so I can taste everything. Taking a walk, or other mild exercise. Listening to music, and dancing around the room. And so on.

Hahaha, when I saw your icon I said aloud "Is that a fucking bear?"

they say that "laughter is the best medicine" so i'll throw in a movie or look up clips on hulu/youtube of things that make me laugh (for me, Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz and recently FanBoys) or a "warm & fuzzy" movie like Howl's Moving Castle or Sister Act 2.

since you like taking pictures... you can plan for a quiet walk alone in a park or trail or somewhere not heavily traveled/populated, and just let your eye wander and take pictures. I've lost many an afternoon (and a good deal of annoyance or stress) doing that

I find it depends on the level of stress. For low levels of stress, it takes doing things that I enjoy and don't get to do so often: read all day, eat a particular food, hang out with a particular person. For higher levels, it takes me doing things that I don't necessarily enjoy but get my mind off of what I'm stressed about and get me doing things that are productive and physical: exercise, taking walks (especially in pretty places), cleaning.

I personally found yoga to be very good for my mental health. I'm extremely unflexible, so I wasn't good at it, but it cleared my head of my issues and that would linger for about an hour after the class was done.

Good luck with whatever issues are going on. You've got a lot of people rooting for you.

I had to give up caffeine. I know, it sounds horrible and wrong and against all humanity.

I'm in the stressful year of professional school. A year where 40% have to repeat a class and 15% have to repeat the year.

It's brutal and hectic and has raised my blood pressure like 30 points. The only thing that helped me tremendously was cutting out caffeine (I already yoga and meditate and exercise).

Yeah, I quit caffeine on and off, but the last time I quit was because I realized it was making me really cranky. I still have a Coke or Mountain Dew now and then, but usually only when I leave the house and get fast food or eat out.