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It depends on how tense I am. I really like to lay on the sofa and read to unwind. If I'm VERY stressed, reading might require a little too much effort, so I'll still lay on the sofa but instead of reading, I'll watch something on television, preferably a comedy.
Music is very helpful to me when I'm tense. I think it's because there is such a powerful mind-body connection. Music forces my body into a new rhythm, literally, and my mind cannot help but follow along. Today, with iPods, cell phones, and streaming music on the computer, music is easily available to most of us.
Walking and swimming help me with tension, too, I think for similar reasons, making my body do something that forces it out of the physical manifestations of tension, also turning off the tension in my mind.
The ideal tension-buster is walking with music. (It's very difficult to swim with an iPod.) By the time I'm finished with a few miles, I am completely relaxed and ready to confront whatever created the tension in the first place.
There are mainly two things that always help.
1. The company of good friends, but that is not always available due to obvious constraints.
2. The recourse to God and Quran, and it is not only always possible but has a positive effect as told by the Creator:
There are those who believe and whose hearts are at peace with the remembrance of God.
Is it not a fact that hearts find peace in the remenbrance of God?
Working out always helps me. Not only does it help relieve stress physically, but when I am finished with a good workout, I always find that mind mind is a bit clearer and I have more perspective to tackle whatever stressful situation I'm faced with.
Sometimes, depending on the source of the stress, it helps to do something to work toward eliminating the source, like tackling a small item on the long to-do list.
I relax by reading or petting my cat. Animals have actually been shown in real research studies to lower your blood pressure, and they lower your heart rate while you are petting them. There is nothing more soothing than silky fur and a cat's purr!
whenever i am tensed i get myself buzy in the kitchen cooking and baking different items...it really relieves me.
When i am tensed i make myself busy in various household chores at the same time like cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, ironing etc while listening to loud music that helps in soothing my mind. When done with them then i go for a walk and watch birds that helps my mind think properly.
These are all fantastic answers. I definitely think I will be trying some of these methods and see how well they work for me, such as cooking.
Some things that I do include working out, playing video games, listening to music, or reading a book. I also enjoy cleaning when I can, but I live in a dorm with two roommates, so it is difficult to have things stay clean for long :)
I believe that working out is probably my favorite because exercise releases endorphins that make you happy, full of energy, and it helps clear your head. You can also listen to music, watch tv, or even read while working out, which combines many of my favorite things to do into one awesome package.
Somtimes I meditate or just take a moment or two for myself. It is very helpful because I can destress and not worry about anything. i also watch something funny when I'm stressed because I can laugh it out. I think the best way is to just take deeps breaths and the re focus on what you want to do.
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