Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Where Does Your Stress Go?

Happy mid-Thursday šŸ™‚

Today has been a little stressful. Okay, today has been a lot stressful. I’m trying to remember to breathe and take things one at a time. Its funny how so often we forget to breathe in and out? I went to a 9am yoga flow class, which helped a lot. It’s not the most intense class there is and its only an hour, but just getting grounded on the mat really, really helped. Plus, my hips and hamstrings are like tight rubber bands right about now. Ouch.

I made a quick and tasty whole wheat tuna pasta salad for lunch:


I wish I could give y’all the recipe but I’m including this in my next Health.com post (read my latest post here!) so you will have the chance to see/make this in two weeks. Sorry!
I also had a juicy grapefruit:

And I’m about to head over to the bike shop in town to put some air in my tires then go out for a long ride, another activity that really helps me calm down and get centered.
Hope your day is going well. Here’s a question for everyone: what is your primary way to de-stress? I admit I’m HORRIBLE at it. My stress resides in my shoulders and often leads to migraines. Yoga has helped by leaps and bounds but there’s still that old ball of steel in my tummy when things don’t go my way. I’d have to say though my primary ways to de-stress include yoga, drinking tea, cooking by myself and running. There’s something mellowing about chopping onions in a quiet house or stirring a pot of risotto that is so calming. What about you?

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Going for a run is one of my number one ways to destress. By the end, nothing is ever as bad as it seems and I feel like I can think clearer. Also, if I’m stressing out at night before bed, I like to make a list of whats stressing me out. It usually looks a lot more reasonable on paper than it did racing around in my head.

  • Jessica
    April 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Running has in the past few weeks become a great way for me to de-stress. I too enjoy cooking/baking. šŸ™‚

    Hope your day gets a little less stressful.

  • Keri
    April 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    long walks, long baths, reading, and doing my nails!

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    April 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    hi jenna!
    sorry to hear things aren’t going very well right now. i know it sounds weird, but i love to iron when im stressed. i stand in a quiet room and watch the wrinkles slowly fade from the fabric. don’t go crazy with button down shirts or anything – stick to flat things like napkins, tablecloths, and pillow cases. seriously just iron anything. it helps! well, that and crying.

    happy thoughts!

  • Diana
    April 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Definitely exercise, watching a tv show or movie, or sometimes just talking a walk. Napping is good too! šŸ˜›

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Cardio exercise, watching trashy Tv and reading mindnumbing magazines – works every time for me!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    April 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I like to take a bath and read. It feels so luxurious. Like, I’m not supposed to be getting such a treat. I love it.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    April 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    oh i have had a stressful day too. remmebering to breathe helps me too. i too keep my stress in my shoulders which leads to very tight neck-ugh. i try to exercise to relieve stress-can’t wait to do that tonight! have a great ride šŸ™‚

  • brandi
    April 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    cooking, definitely.

    and taking a long, easy walk or a bubble bath with a good book.

    sometimes, just laying in the sun, in the grass, somewhere is the best thing ever.

  • Kate
    April 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Pilates … but finding time for Pilates is the difficult part.

  • Corinne
    April 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    could not agree with you more. running or some form of exercise is def my top defrizzer but if i cannot do that, COOKING!! reading is another beautiful way to unwind and the end of a stressful day. enjoy your bike ride!

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner
    April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Cooking IS fun! Up until a few months ago I NEVER cooked. I always said I was too impatient and lacked the forsight to start prepping before hunger struck. I’ve changed my philosphy recently and have been making messes in the kitchen up to 2 and 3 times a day! Not only is it fun to experiment, but I feel better knowing I’m making smart decisions with my health. It’s also a mood booster to see how I’m improving my in my mad culinary skillz! And it really doesn’t take all that much longer than pulling five items out of the fridge and eating straight from the container (my previous MO). I really see no downside to this cooking business. šŸ™‚

  • Shelly
    April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Running and cooking are definitely ways that I destress. I’m kind of a ball of stress right now myself (though usually, I am not very stressed on a day to day basis- I think exercise really helps me have a calm baseline- I’m just dealing with some lousy stuff right now) and all I want to do is go home, put on my shoes, and run until I can’t think anymore.
    My problem is that when I’m stressed, I lose my appetite and fail to eat.

  • Jil
    April 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    My stress definitely resides in my shoulders and neck…getting spasms around my shoulder blades is not uncommon when I’m stressed out. Joy! haha I try to keep myself relaxed and if I feel myself getting super overwhelmed I make the time to take an extra nap or a long, hot shower.

  • Jenny
    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I go to the beach and swim, blog or get some exercise in! Tends to help:)

  • Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I definitely stress eat. My stomach becomes a bottomless pit and I just eat and eat and eat šŸ™

  • Julia
    April 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Recognize that! Many people don’t believe me, but making risotto (the real way, so yes: stirring!) is so calming for me. And there’s such a nice reward afterwards too, of course;)

    x Julia (Taste of Living)

  • gigi
    April 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I hate to admit it, but usually I turn to the (wine) bottle.

  • theemptynutjar
    April 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    oh i am stressed also jenna. i have less than 2 weeks to find some job that will be “unstimulating and mind-numbing” and find a cheap dump (place) to live. With u on stress.
    I used to do 15 minutes of yoga 3x a week before…haven’t touched it in over a month…no concentration whatsoever…just no concentration!
    i am embarrassed to say it, but something really silly on TV is just about the only thing that works for me.

  • Mary Catherine
    April 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Alot of times it is hard for me to do intense cardio when I’m stressed. I prefer to zone out in a hot yoga class! I also try to get a goods night sleep and remember that I always feel better in the morning. Sometimes you just have those kind of days!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I like to read and escape into the book. Thanks for reminding me how important that is!

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  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    April 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    A hot shower always works for me!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I’m so horrible at this. If anything, I’d say reading helps me get away from it all.

  • Kamaile
    April 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Meditation is my favorite way to de-stress. I either sit quietly for 10-20 mins and focus on my breathe in and breathe out or look up “zen meditation music” on youtube and meditate with that too. Wine works too! šŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Lee
    April 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    My primary way to destress is to put in my earphones, crank up my favorite tunes on the MP3 player, and either run or do a sweaty session on the elliptical trainer. I have also found that holding my newborn daughter and singing her lullabyes is very relaxing.

  • Anna
    April 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    This sounds cheesy, but playing with my dogs always takes my stress down a notch– I love them! Going for a run is also great!

  • Anna @ OatsnBoats
    April 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I’m with you on cooking for relaxation. It needs to be a recipe I know… giving me something to occupy myself with while only partially occupying my mind. My favorite is chopping ginger. Aromatherapy for the win.
    I also definitely enjoy taking a few minutes to go outside, breath in the fresh air, and roll my shoulders.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    April 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    When I’m in the moment, step 1 is often breathing. šŸ™‚ I just close my eyes and take 10 deep breaths focusing only on the sound of my breath. Then when my eyes open again, things will either feel better or the same! But at least they don’t feel worse! šŸ™‚

    A nice sweat session, shopping, a decadent dinner with someone close + a morning just me and R & R are fabulous ways to destress as well!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    April 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I get stressed really easily šŸ˜• Ways I de-stress are: listening to music (angry music really helps for some reason lol), taking a bath, going for a walk, and shopping šŸ™‚

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    just going on a walk or doing yoga or meditating…those are all really easy and cheap ways to de-stress. i’ll admit, a massage or pedicure does the trick too šŸ™‚

    hope you’re day gets better/less stressful!

  • Devon
    April 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Bubble bath with lavender epsom salts šŸ™‚

  • Jin
    April 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Stop whatever you are doing and just close your eyes and breathe. Nothing else. No yoga, no chopping onions, no running.

  • Haute Teapot
    April 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Shopping! Sometimes music, always exercise, and then if nothing else works, wine. šŸ˜‰

  • Megan
    April 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I think it is so interesting how we all seem to have the places in our body where stress “goes” as well as the strategies for how we deal with that…physically and emotionally. After a car accident in high school, my stress always goes to my shoulders. You can probably see when I’m stressed– other than the knitted brow– because I imagine I look like a hunchback šŸ™‚ My best stress buster is a fast-paced workout. If I am stressed to the max, I am not practiced enough at yoga to really let go. If it’s work related, I find it best to try to cut out early, go workout, and then return to work later and tackle it with a better attitude!

  • Michelle C.
    April 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    To de-stress I like to listen to some good music, especially Michael Buble or sappy country music, but if its really stressful sometimes its good to just cry. I tend to get worked up over things and a good cry really seems to allow me to let it go and start over. If I was home and had access to a kitchen, I definitely include cooking too.

  • mkg
    April 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Putting my ipod on and walking/running with no destination. Its like with each step my problems are crumbling.
    And of course crying…even though it has a bad wrap šŸ™‚

    I’m pretty stressed myself this week.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    April 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    A lot of the time, running helps me de-stress. Crying works too, especially when you have a wonderful husband who is a great listener.

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    April 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Such an appropriate post for tax day. Hmmm, deep breaths, attempts at meditation, a long hot bath with a good book and/or a massage. The only thing that works for me long term though is working through the issue causing me stress. Of course, denial’s not bad either šŸ˜‰

  • Amanda at Plato's Plate
    April 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    my stress all goes to my shoulders too!!!

    But yoga, tea, and cooking all help. I love making dinner after a stressful day at the office, it just soothes the soul.

    Reading also helps…and so does my dog!!! He is so happy to see me all the time and just seeing his little face cheers me right up.

    Walking somewhere pretty also helps me.

  • Sarah for Real
    April 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Usually I get stressed when I have too much on my plate. Action is the only thing that’ll help me at that point, so I jot down lists like MAD and then get to work. That’s probably not the best way to de-stress though :/

  • Katie
    April 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I can’t wait for the tuna pasta recipe. Please be sure to post a link when it’s up!

    My stress most definitely lives in my neck and shoulders. I’ve had many a massage therapist tell me that they found lots of tension there. Running or exercise in general are the main ways I de-stress.

  • Daisy
    April 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    hahaha i love comment #17. maybe others said wine too but that one popped out real quick. exersizing/running/yoga really isnt my thing. Sure i’ll do it to say in shape but it has never de-stressed me in any way shape or form. going for a walk – yes. drinking a bottle of wine or any alchoholic beverage. yes.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Yoga and a hot shower. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Evan Thomas
    April 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Whenever something stresses me, I need to do it through to be satisfied. That, or let it be forgotten forever. I’m not one to pick something up and put it down

  • E.M. (.Real.Gone.Bettie.)
    April 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Most of my stress usually comes from work (I work loonnnng hours most days), so when I hit my wall I make myself walk away and get coffee. I’ll stand outside and take some deep breaths, and rock out to a song that just hits the spot. I’ll also reread parts of my favorite book (On the Road) to remind myself that my life is more than this one stressful thing, and that there are some rad things I’ve experienced and put my energy into. It’s a reminder of the things that make me happy. And sometimes a glass of wine is just delish! Keep truckin.

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Sometimes exercise like running and yoga will do wonders for stress as, usually, you’re not only stressed you’ve gone stir crazy and need to let the aggression out. Sometimes, just exercise won’t cut it so, I also find that just taking a day off, taking a mini vacation does wonders for your mindset. Getting out and just enjoying life- socializing with your friends, going for a walk and talk, getting dressed up and going to a nice restaurant, etc… Sometimes just enjoying life’s mini pleasures can really make you re-appreciate your life and everything involved in it so that whatever is stressing you out, doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore.
    In any case, I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a hard and stressful day and hope you’re able to de-stress.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Unfortunately, my stress settles in my chest..which leads to heart burn/chest pain. It can get very scary if Iā€™m really stressed out!

  • Mom
    April 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Remembering “This too shall pass”. Reading the Bible.

  • Tara @ FoodforFuel
    April 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Your mom sounds exactly like my mom…She would have responded to me in the same way, with scripture. And to be quite honest, I usually de-stress by calling my mom and venting. Something about hearing their thoughts on the matter and encouraging words helps me see the bigger picture. Of course, there’s always the fall back-running and baking. šŸ™‚

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    That salad looks delicious. For breakfast/lunch–didn’t eat til 12:30P–I made all organic salad with huge handful of fresh basil leafs, about 10 cherry tomatoes, about 10 kalamata olives, 3 cloves of chopped garlic, generous parmesan cheese and tossed with grapeseed oil. Yum–somtimes I add a tin of anchovies to this for the protein wc grosses out many but I love anchovies.

    Stress: Music, mega walks by the sea, fresh flowers, get out of wherever am for a change of scenery, turn on Rocky theme and exercise, sit down close eyes and meditate on all the good in my life. Take out yellow pad and write down what am stressed about–ID what thoughts are contributing–what empowering ones could I choose instead. Go visit beautiful garden/quiet sanctuary. If above doesn’t work–get pint of Hagen Daz Vanilla and rent a movie!

  • Angharad
    April 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    YOGA. And running too. And baths with magazines or a good book. Phone calls to my best friend in England. A cup of tea. A glass of wine.

    I bet that bike ride will help tons!

  • Lisa
    April 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    My stress is in my neck and shoulders. They get so bad sometimes it hurts to touch my shoulders. Swimming and sitting in the hot tub help a lot.

  • polly
    April 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    hello love!
    I had to bite on this post. šŸ™‚

    You’d guess I’d say YOGA. But honestly, PRAYER and reading my devotions. Be it a simple verse or a section of a book with Abbi. The Lord is so much bigger than our worries and our thoughts and my emotions get the best of me, until I remember why we’re here in the first place. To just love HIM and do our best with his grace. Yoga is a big part of making all that happen for me. Being with the ones I love and just getting in my jammies at night, and watching our favorite TV is also a huge bit of bliss. šŸ˜€ I used to think running was my answer. Until my shins and body say… um, no. šŸ˜‰ Oh! and eating real, whole foods and drinking only water is a huge help. Caffeine makes me scattered and I don’t even want to think about what the heck I would be like if I drank alcohol. hehe šŸ˜› Love you, sweet girl! A HUG helps too, so here is a big one! (((hug)))

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    PS re stress. When I was managing a $35 million renovation to the world HQ for a law firm , had to deal with 500 type A lawyers everyday. Incredibly stressful. I joked that had ‘wine floats’ to get thru. Often would come home, run for the Chard, and then watch a RomCom like ‘Father of the Bride’ with Hagen Daz Vanilla [fave] right aft the vino. To stomach–it WAS a wine float. The building that was being renovated was 40 floors in financial district of San Francisco and I swear built over Indian burial grounds with the unhappy spirits infilitrating that concrete tube. AND a VERY famous/household name actress lived in the Penthouse above while her home was being renovated. I had the ‘—— —–‘ complaint cell phone for the duration. When she wanted to vent and scream–I was at her service. She never met me to associate the complaint line with a person. But I would run into her in the elevator she was very charming and complimentary to me on my dress, hair, etc. I’d just smile and say thank you and didn’t say ‘Half an hour ago you were calling me every name in the book!’ She looked like an ordinary person without makeup and in jeans, etc, but fixed up. Wow. Golden Girl, totally.

  • Kerry
    April 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    UGH! I’m feeling the same way! Hope we both feel better, asap!

    A good run to great music, a hot shower, deep breaths and a small glass of wine= DESTRESS.

  • Becky
    April 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Umm, sex always works for me! šŸ™‚ And yoga!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    De-stressing = running or going to bed!! I don’t find watching tv or anything helps, cos normally if I’m stressed it’s cos I have so much to do, so I feel bad sitting on my ass doing nothing :s

  • saramariesue
    April 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I de-stress with a few…depending on what’s available for me to do. Chopping vegetables, breathing in the steam that comes off of a cup of hot herbal tea or taking a brisk walk. I do Kundalini yoga also – which reminds me to slow down and not let stress take over or run my life. uuggh. It’s hard sometimes though! I guess it’s all about being aware of yourself & what your feeling.

  • brianna
    April 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    such a fitting time for me! between grad school, my two jobs, boyfriend, trying to maintain at least some level of a social life, things are busy! and usually a lot of my stress comes from feeling like i have too much to do–it feels unmanageable. so, often i will take a minute to gather my thoughts, jot a few things down (whether it be a to-do list, a list of goals, or inspiring thoughts, etc.) or maybe i will read an inspirational post on a blog. but i try to only give myself a minute or two for this sort of reflection b/c really, getting things done is the only way for me to get through this type of anxiety. so i move on to my list and get to it! sticking to a semi-normal sleep schedule (despite the lack of time) helps too, as does wine and ice cream–preferably eaten AWAY from the computer–when necessary!

  • Johanna B
    April 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    My main form of stress relief is walking. I also enjoy hot baths with lavender essential oil, candles, and piano music. I find that I respond less to stress when I am taking care of myself by exercising and eating cleanly. Prayer and meditation also help.

  • Jason
    April 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Running works sometimes if it’s mid day and I only have 30 minutes or less. Cycling works best though. I worry about the cars, the road, the hills and my cadence. I tend to ignore the rest of my world and focus on the task at hand.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Exercise is always my best de-stresser!!!

  • lola
    April 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Yummy pasta salad! and your recipe for split pea soup amaziiiing :):) can’t wait to try it today šŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    April 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Sorry about the stressful day. I relieve stress with exercise (trying to get more into yoga) and tv watching šŸ™‚

  • Kait
    April 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I had a major stress out/meltdown moment about my future last night. I called my mom and then today went on a long walk just to clear my head and calm myself down about everything. I think exercise of any kind though is my best way to de-stress and just be.
    Hope you have a great night!

  • Julia
    April 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Pumping iron. Heavy too. Enough to make me grunt and hurt (in a good way, of course). Gets out a LOT of aggression and I get toned in the process too šŸ˜‰
    Also I let myself enjoy the things that I really love. In my case, chocolate. Sometimes indulging is very stress relieving.
    Also, what my boyfriend has taught me is to honestly evaluate the situation. What are concrete things YOU can do to control the situation? Have you done them? If not, do them. What are the things you absolutely cannot influence? Let those worries go. Do everything in your power to help the situation and hope for the best. This advice has helped me tremendously. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Cooking, reading a really engaging book venting to my mother, and exercise (any form) definitely help me in terms of alleviating stress. My number-one quick fix is a series of deep breaths, though. Hope you’re able to mellow out with the remainder of the day!

  • Tina
    April 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Definitely reading a good book in my bed. I love being deeply sucked into a story! Just being in my room makes me feel better-I just remodeled it, so its calm inducing. And I love reading food magazines & making notes for the next day or week. I usually turn the Soundscapes music channel on TV for a little calming background music. And if its winter, my heated mattress pad is the best thing ever!

  • Carrie
    April 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I find cooking helps me de-stress, too! Also: yoga, reading, listening to music, going for a walk, meditating, just to name a few.

  • MMiller
    April 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I’m not good at stress anymore! It effects my health! I would say a walk on the beach maybe?! But mostly I just watch silly TV! And I pray! If I have too much time to think it gets worse! Exercise helps if I can make myself do it!

    Hope the rest of your day is stress-less!

  • Melanie
    April 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I de-stress by doing a kickboxing class, I can work out all my aggression and by the end of it feel much more relaxed. Turning up the music really loud and cooking while drinking a glass of red also works and if all else fails I convince (or whine until he gives in) my man to give me a upper back massage – bliss!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    April 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I’m having one of those days also. Working out and just relaxing seem to really help. Trying to let it go out of my mind is challenging.

  • Sarah
    April 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Mine are similar to yours- tea, yoga, cooking. I also like to pray (especially through journaling!), write, or take a walk with someone close and just talk.

  • Sarah
    April 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’ll add that I’m working at eliminating one of my defaults, though, which is just eating, eating, eating!

  • Michelle
    April 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Primary way to destress = ACUPUNCTURE!! I love it! I get it once a week and it helps keep the tension at bay. Oh and of course curling up in bed with a super girly book or dvd and my kitty!

    Feel better soon!

  • kate
    April 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I love to destress by hanging with my pups, reading a book, doing some yoga, or going for a walk.

  • Katherine
    April 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Try to de-stress! I look forward to a post tomorrow about how calm you are (think ohm)

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    April 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I like to destress by going outside for a run or throwing a ball around with The Boy. Cooking and cleaning are both great destressors for me too!

  • Molly
    April 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I love getting a whole bunch of magazines at the store, then having a relaxing night reading them! šŸ™‚

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My stress goes right to my shoulders. Usually I request a nice massage from my amazing boyfriend, or do yoga!!


  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I stress SO easily but baking and cooking always help me. And a nice bubble bath šŸ™‚

  • eatmovelove
    April 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I’m really really bad for stress. Even trying yoga doesn’t help because I just can’t concentrate or am so anxious. There isn’t much that does help actually. I tend to eat alot during stress too and continuously snack WHILE making my dinner, so that doesn’t help much either…I kind of just have to wait it out and try to distract myself with cleaning or typing or something…and then just pray for sleep eventually.
    Oh and going to a movie really helps sometimes too.

  • Jacquie
    April 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I love cooking and baking and while yoga’s helped me tremendously too, I also love a good, hot shower. Helps relax my shoulders and I actually can think very well there… weird, I know but true nonetheless.

  • Blaine
    April 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I can totally relate. I love doing a really really intense yoga class where I sweat my booty off. For me, the actual act of relaxation does not succeed in relaxing me (like a calm yoga class) – sometimes it takes some real sweat and good ol’ exercise to FORCE you to think about something else and get the blood flowing.
    THEN – an epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil to sooth my whole achin’ bod.
    Hang in there, Jenna, you have SO many people rooting for you! šŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Exercise…junk magazines…junk tv. They all give me stress relief. But I don’t do them often enough.

    Sorry you are stressed out. I hope you get some relief soon.

  • Teresa
    April 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    STARBUCKS CHAI LATTE ! Calms me down!

  • Pam (IIN Health Coach)
    April 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Sorry you are stressed out.
    That is really great that you know ways to calm yourself down. I love to stand in the kitchen and chops some veggies after a long day and throw them in the over for roasting or pack away raw veggies for lunches. Exercise is a great way to de-stress.
    It also helps me to call a friend and talk it out. Just the act of saying my concerns out loud to someone and knowing they are listening really helps.
    I hope your stress subsides soon!

  • Susan
    April 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, I’m with you on a stressful day (and week). A soak in the hot tub and of course reading yours and a few other blogs – very relaxing.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    That looks so healthy and delicious. My number one way to destress is to “treat myself” to something. Maybe a pedicure or something simple like going for a walk and reading a book in the sun. Just take time to relish in some of life’s guilty pleasures. I also like to make myself something REALLY good to eat that I normally wouldn’t, put some sweat pants on and pop in my favorite movie. There is something so cozy about all of those things, it always makes me feel better.

  • A
    April 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Jenna! I recommend some comedy and music to de-stress… or why not both?!??! šŸ™‚
    (p.s. this is a link to a funny music video of Say Hey by Michael Franti — I swear it will put you in an awesome mood!)

  • aldr
    April 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    oh yes, big stress here right now too. I think mostly I exercise, try to eat well and get enough sleep. boring, eh? It does help you deal with what comes. when all else fails, a glass of great wine or some hot tea and a good book šŸ™‚
    hang in there!

  • sherri
    April 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    reading a new post from YOU (ELR) is the perfect stress reliever…p.s. my sis won a pulitzer prize this week and that was pretty awesome too!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    April 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I got to this post a bit late, but consider myself lucky to get to read all these comments!!! For me, one thing I like to do is unplug. Sitting on the internet, even just reading blogs and whatnot, checking facebook, reading email, etc. often bogs us down with more stress and reminders of what we should be doing. I like to turn off the computer, even ignore the phone sometimes, and just relax and take time for ME. Usually with hot chocolate and a book. Often when I try to get away from all the OTHER stuff, I find myself recognizing something else that is stressing me out that I never even noticed before.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 16, 2010 at 2:26 am

    All of my tension ends up in my neck and shoulders and gives me awful migraines and tension headaches too.

    My big stress relievers are yoga and cooking. You know where you are with yoga and cooking.

  • adria
    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Besides the fact that my stress normally comes because of my lack of time to do everything that I need to, I usually sit down and read a chapter or two of whatever book I’m currently on. That usually helps clear my mind a bit so that I can start back up on my to-do list. Otherwise, I’m too frazzled to get anything done.