Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Five: Stress-Busting Edition

Sally from RevGals writes:
I am off to spend a few days at the beach chilling out after a hectic few weeks and before I head off for Summer School... So with that in mind this weeks questions are looking at how you deal with the stress monster!!!???
1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff ?
It is actually the cumulation of a whole lotta "stuff" that I either know I have to do or think I have to do. And I am learning how to say "this is not my problem... this is not my problem..." and allow the person who is dropping the ball learn how to cover for themselves. It is very hard to do for a compassion-mercy-people-person, but I am improving.

2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting ( or maybe something else) ?
There is nothing else... Peanut M&Ms do it every time. And then of course, I am stressed because I ate all that chocolate and depressed that I didn't exercise. It's not a healthy pattern.


3.What is your favorite music
to chill out to?
Pat Metheny, hands down. He's a great guitarist (jazz) and the music just floats you someplace else. I also like the stuff he did with Lyle Mays. I got introduced to his music many years ago by friends in grad. school... (Hat tip to Billy and Reed!) ...and he has remained among my favorites...



4. Where do you go to chill?
Well, from now on, when I need to think of a "happy place" when I am relaxing or meditating, I will definitely take a trip
here... but most of the time, when I am majorly stressed out, I retreat to either our patio where I have wind chimes and a water feature (in the warmer weather), or to my piano to bang out some frustrations...

5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?
With people I trust. Not people who pluck my last nerve. Sometimes it means getting lost in a crowd, but more often than not, it's with a group that energize me, and are folks I can give back to in some way. I usually need to be with people though, because part of my stress is caused from being isolated while studying/writing for seminary.

Bonus- share your favorite stress busting tip!
Humor! Jokes! Laughing helps immensely. My fave stress test uses the picture at the start of this post...

Diagnostic Stress Test
The dolphins (at the top of this post) appear to be nearly identical when viewed by stress-free individuals. The test is not sufficiently accurate to detect mild stress differentials, but is very accurate on individuals with higher stress-levels. Deviations in appearance between the two dolphins are indicators of potential stress-related problems and the deviations, if any, may also indicate the source of stress. Based on the results of this test, if you experience significant deviations, you may want to consider taking things a little easier...

And hey, if none of these work, I am going to go looking for Mindy's cows... they are good listeners!

Deb

17 comments:

"PS" said...

Loved the bonus section.

There is something about a "water feature" that is relaxing and refreshing.

Mrs. M said...

The stress test made coffee go up my nose-- ouch!

Mary Beth said...

loved that photo

mompriest said...

I imagine playing the piano would be a great way to relieve some stress, and your back yard sounds lovely.

1-4 Grace said...

Yes, eh...er- uh right.
TWO dolphins, yeah, get it..uh- I think!!!!!
Great paly Deb!
Congrats on not having classes

hipchickmamma said...

just looking at your stress tests busted up plenty of my own stress--thanks!

great play!

QuakerPastor said...

Way cool! How many more days until the ultimate stress buster--Ohio State Football Saturdays?!

Leah Sophia said...

I love that dolphin stress test, too--thanks for the reminder. Great play!

Rev Scott said...

AWESOME diagnostic! But that's the hairiest dolphin I've ever seen...

See, this is why I think we need a piano - because sometimes the choice is pound ivory or pound walls.

Sue said...

Good play! I love the bonus!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

well perhaps dial up in boonieville adds to the stress level b/c it takes so freakin' long for the photos to come up I just can't wait that long... I kept waiting & waiting thinking "what photo? there's no photo with this post? oh wait there's m&ms..." (sigh)

so at any rate I'd like to reserve a space at the chateau... :)

Cathy said...

I have never seen a dolphin that is brown and white and has legs.

Presbyterian Gal said...

That picture with the diagnostic so rocks!! Still lol'ing.

Prioritizing, Peanut M&M's and Humor.....We were separated at birth, you and I.

Iris said...

Love the stress test!

Diane said...

yes, I see two dolphins, don't you?

great play!

Kievas said...

Great picture!

Deb said...

Sorry hot cup... the picture is at the BEGINNING of my post... I fixed the wording so that it is clear.
oops.

stress gone?
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