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04 May 2010 @ 10:56 pm
Pond scum!  
Since work's started, my level of stress has risen exponentially. Pressure points come from the workplace, the family, friends, heck, even little things like the bus arriving late and a ruffled piece of paper makes me annoyed and stressed. I guess it's all part and parcel of life. Technically, that's the reason we all age and die anyway right? Without stress, I'm sure we'll all live longer.

So I think I came to my trigger point last week when I decided that ENOUGH! I wasn't going to let myself go down the stressed till I go crazy and kill myself route. So I decided to take time off, party, exercise (haha!) and of course veg out for a bit. Very naturally, since I love Google so much, I also searched for ways to destress. And the solutions that came up were I guess, helpful in a certain sense but I know for sure that they will not work for me.

Some of the results that came up were:
- Get organized.
- Surround yourself with supportive people and friends.
- Breathe.
Sit up straight.
- Meditate.
- Take deep breaths and count to ten. (Don't mind me, but how the fuck is counting to ten supposed to help when you've 1001 things on your to do list and time is going tick tocking away!?)

So I thought I'll just share the methods I use to destress. Very simple and also very enjoyable. Note that these methods only apply if your source of stress comes from a tangible person and not from your own incompetence, etc.

 1. Imagine said source of stress as a 5by5cm doll and in your mind, poke furiously at the doll while uttering a long string of curse and swear words. If decapitating the doll sounds enticing, go ahead and imagine that.

2. Identify a key point about the person which you can mock. Could be that the said person is severely fat and ugly, has a huge hairy mole in the center of his/her head, badly drawn red eyebrows or could just be a sad lonely, 50 year old spinster. Register this fact in your mind. And focus on it every time you feel your pressure point getting activated because said person is being mean to you. I have to say this really helps me because every so often, I find myself thinking: Ok, I'll just let it slide and let her continue being such an asshole. After all, at the end of the day, she's just a fat and ugly old woman. Instantly, my angst is transformed into sympathy, or pity, what have you. Yes, it's taking it personal but hey, there's no need to be nice to assholes right?

3. Shred paper. I cannot emphasize how therapeutic shredding paper is. I've yet to identify if it's the TSSSSTTT sound or the fact that the paper turns into little bits after the whole process which makes it therapeutic.

4. Sleep. I think this explains why I feel the need to sleep ALOT.

5. Imagine blending said source of stress into a mix similar to that ofpondscum.

6. BITCH. I think when people recommend "being in the company of supportive friends", what they really mean is for you to BITCH. Bitch to your heart's satisfaction, you know it definitely helps with stress relief.

Bearing in mind that the 5 points I mentioned above are some what psychotic and morbid, I have to add a disclaimer here that destressing methods vary from one individual to another. However, I must say that these are tried and tested because right now, I'm feeling really zen and really placid about everything. And yes, it's Tuesday but I am happy to know that it's THREE days to the weekend! :D
charmainecharmainetai on May 4th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
*hugs* yea rant and bitch it all out you'll def feel better!

Also.. point 2.... dont know if you're referring to anyone but i imagined someone we both know. LOL. k im damn mean..
iammyyeyeslikeshutter on May 5th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
*coughs* how about bitching session next week ? =)
jedthegreatjedthegreat on May 12th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
1) is hilarious lah wtf!? Hahaha
And yes I rmb 3) your obsession with paper shredding lol u've turned psychotic.