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How do you de-stress from work/study?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by BDB2008, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. BDB2008

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    I'm finding as studying/job hunting/family life becomes more and more time consuming i'm not getting time to chill and wind down sufficently to feel refreshed enough. The days of meeting the lads on a Friday night at 6pm are gone as were all settled, married with kids - and to be honest too knackered to bother :)

    I probably get an hour a day to myself if i am lucky and that time is spent either doing absolutely nothing just veg state of consciousness in front of the TV watching 'nothing' or if im in the mood i load the ps3 and play abit of Tiger Woods or FIFA; however if i'm in a ratty mood i may load up a driving game and loose the tension :)

    The thought of reading to destress does not work, it just does not help my brain to relax.

    What do you do?
     
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  2. UKDarkstar
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    I play Call of Duty - I find running around shooting people destresses me nicely :biggrin
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Playing with the kids, board gaming, computer gaming, reading.
     
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  4. Josiahb

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    Fire up the PC for a bit of WoW, CoD, Counter-Strike:Source, whatever else takes my fancy or whack a DVD in (normally The West Wing, awesome show).

    EDIT: forgot to mention, I also help run a ladies football team and a drama youth group (neither of which are particularly DE-stressing to be honest). And I occasionally play tennis. Oh and act for a local theatre group.
     
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  5. skulkerboyo

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    I go to the gym. If the weathers nice I'll go for a run or cycle with my partner. Was enjoying just relaxing in the park until the british weather took a turn for the worse in 2006 lol

    I only play vid games late on weekends and usually after a late session

    Enjoy cooking and I'm learning italian as well as I may have to spend a considerable amount of time there. Time vegetatin in front of the TV is something I reserve for illness or visiting boring friends and relatives
     
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  6. Theprof

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    working out, watching tv, chillin with the guys or my girl. There's no way in hell I can read when I am stressed....
     
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  7. Evilwheato

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    Watch some of my DVD's or play some games. Either way just generally relax :)
     
  8. Phoenix
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    I go and take a plunge to 40m/130ft and swim with the fishes for a while
    nothing quite relieves the pressure than being under 5 times as much pressure ;)
     
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  9. Arroryn
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    Depends how stressed I am :)

    A walk with incredibly loud music on normally clears the senses.

    I like a nice soak in the bath, lights off, eyes closed (attempting not to fall asleep). A good read or write as well, something to immerse my senses in an area that isn't technological.

    I used to be more active - and am trying to go that way again. But I can atest that ladies football is heavily distressing, NOT de-stressing! :biggrin
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Listen to music, watch films, Wii, Read, Karate and boxing.
     
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  11. JonnyMX

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    Yup.
    And get drunk.

    :biggrin
     
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  12. jk2447

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    XBOX 360 with a few beers for me :twisted: or if my girl is watching TV I'll practice some hacking on my virtual machines
     
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  13. Bluerinse
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    I pick up my guitar and play :git of course well within reach of a stubby :berrr
     
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  14. demarrer

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    Switch off the computer/tv etc, get outside, get on my bike, go for a drive, play the piano.
     
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  15. LukeP

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    Depends.

    Daily it's usually a walk with my gf, but after a stressful week sometimes I end up having a spliff and playing team fortress 2 whole night (rarely happens lately, due to me coding for work in my time off).

    Also coding de-stresses me too
     
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  16. BosonJosh

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    I grab the guitar or a good book.
     
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    Sleep
     
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  18. Sparky
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    Loud music with a JD and coke. :rocks
     
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  19. crazy horse

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    Normally a bit of COD on the xbox, a book or I go for a long walk/ bike ride...haven't had the time to do that too much recently though :(
     
  20. MLP

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    Xbox, read, karate practice or a play fight with the little one.
     
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