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    how do you deal with stress

    Well, aside from the fact that depression seems to bring out the best in my writing and my drawing, stress seems to block out any ability to draw. So i'm looking for some new ways to relieve stress that perhaps i may not have thought of. In the past i would play drums on stage in a heavy metal band...or would have amazing nights with my now current ex-girlfriend. Aside from getting plastered drunk, i can't think of much to relieve the stress.

    Obviously life throws you stress all the time, it doesn't end, i think i just need some kind of logical vent for it, but my most tried and true methods are not currently an option. So i'm curious, how do you get rid of stress? I could use some ideas.
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    exercise

    you can start some really light training program and work your way into it slowly. it's a great time to think about the things you are stressing about and figure out a solution. not sure we've chatted before on here, but i've seen your username (old one too, right?) before many times.

    with regards to drawing...maybe do some really, really intensely anal retentive type studying (maybe color charts or an old master copy?), then after the mark and stroke making involved with that you should be good and loosened up for your other work.

    hope this helps blue
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    i often thrive under stressful situations. that's also where some of my procrastination comes from. to make the assignment more impossible almost..

    i don't know if you're seeking for ways to relieve stress, or to deal with stress and keep performing. for the first looking at art, listening to music and walking helps me a lot. for the second i really admire how people seem to rise above themselves in certain situations and i can relate to them. don't know for you but perhaps reading some of those stories would get you hyped up as well. i find that one of the things that doesn't help stressful situations is worrying about it. so i try to focus on the task at hand, and on doing whatever it is that needs to be done.. of course it's not always that easy but that's how i deal with it.

    i think it might be a very personal thing though. so i don't know if this helps.
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    Turn on really loud music, and organize something... organizing ranging from simply digging through a box/putting my books back on the shelf *rather than on my desk*...to moving furniture... is usually what I do.

    Sometimes I do just draw something completely idiotic that would probably give a psychologist something to study for 3+ years - if it's non-art related stressed (I get stressed on days when I can't seem to draw even the simplest things I've drawn a hundred times -_-, call it 'rusty stress' because I never know how long it'll last ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cotron
    masturbation

    that reminds me I need to unwined.
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    I usually take out my stress on my bf but he doesn't like that. So I play DDR and workout. I took tai chi in the past and it worked well (but now it's the same night as the life drawing, guess what got pushed aside.) I find that going raving or clubing works great to, but only if your the dancing type, not the getting high/drunk and drooling on stranger's pant legs type.

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    definitely exercise....

    ....go cycling, or play table tennis, shoot some hoops,
    just going outdoors into some green spaces,
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    1 part Skyy vodka
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    I rarley get stressed but whenever I do I just shrug my shoulders give a big sigh and say "fuck it" and flop into a chair. I ragdoll it out of me so to speak but, it think it only really works for me. Try it though.

    Hope that helps.
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    Beer and weed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    1 part Skyy vodka
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    oh snap, there's going to be a lot of stress to relieve next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    1 part Skyy vodka
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    LMFAO.

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    Throughout the night
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    Never a frown with golden brown

    (NOTE: i have never taken heroin, and don't really reccomend taking it )

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    1 part Skyy vodka
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    Great Idea, as you can all see it worked pretty well on The Big Lebowski =)

    I didnt know about the banana liquor in a White Russian, I ll have to try... I would right now but unfortunatly I m at work


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    Quote Originally Posted by guggenmaneuver
    exercise
    Ahh, you know thats what i forgot to do this semester, get a membership to the gym. And yea, we've talked before, toss Lord in front of Blue and thats what i was for almost a year, until i convinced jason to change it for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by tensai
    i often thrive under stressful situations. that's also where some of my procrastination comes from..
    Yea definitely not the same with me. when general "stress" sets in i look at the pencil, look at the blank piece of paper......and i want to watch tv. I usually do my best work at the start of a new relationship, just because the amazing feeling of new love puts all stress on the back burner for a month or two. I try to squeeze in as much drawing/writing time as i can then.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alzorath
    Sometimes I do just draw something completely idiotic that would probably give a psychologist something to study for 3+ years
    This is actually a pretty cool idea. Something which doesn't nessesarily have to be my greatest work, just something "fucking nuts". I'm gonna try this tonight.
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    Cleaning up my apartment helps me alot when stress takes over. The sound of a vacuum cleaner that has been running for half an hour non-stop takes your mind on a journey through time and lands you in a stress-free zone in your world. The most important thing is: having something to do is the best method to defeat stress, but it has to be something you rather like than the other things that produce the stress. This way, you can let go the stressy things on your list and forget them for a certain time. Just don't try to be dormant, this will keep the little voice in your head telling you what you should do instead of chilling on your couch. Housework is a great place to rest your thoughts on without getting too stressed.

    Another thing is cooking. This is a great downer. Keeps my focus on a bearable amount of items (oven, cooker, fridge and worktop) and I learn what tastes good and what doesn't.

    Otherwise, what Mr. Dos Santos said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    1 part Skyy vodka
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    That sounds way tastier than my daily cocktail!
    2 parts Efexxor
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    and a splash of Lunesta at night

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    I tell myself that in month or two I will be smiling at the memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake
    Beer and weed.
    hell yeah
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    First of all, don't like the "facts of life" run the way you live, it's your life.

    With that in mind, go for a jog in the rain.

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    spend a day in nature... turn off your phone, dont bring anyone else along... just go off into the woods, a quite park or a beach... and sit there or walk around... no books, no music... complete isolation... and just enjoy...

    I apologise for the excessive use of "..."

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    1 part Skyy vodka
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    Dan's on to something here
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    Forgot 1 thing I do to relieve stress...also happens to work wonders if you have a chest cold/stuffed nose/sore throat/coughing/etc. - Go in the bathroom, close the door and put a towel at the bottom of it (to keep the steam in), turn on the shower as hot as it will go - and depending on your preference either sit in the shower or lay out on a towel on the floor outside the shower (still in the bathroom). Very "sauna" effect, but a helluva lot cheaper than a spa.

    Not to mention the sound of falling water is relaxing .
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    Don't do it when you have a fever though, double burden on heart.

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    I dunno about you guys, but drawing is pretty good stress relief for me.

    When I get into a drawing, especially a very detailed one with lots of bumps and swirls and widgets and whatever, I just lose myself in the work and any worries I have get dulled.

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    You know what happens to me when I get stressed.. I sleep... I take the weekend and I lie in bed and just sleep for 15 hours... and try to induce rem sleep... If Im stressed I only sleep in the sun or a candle lit room. There is something about sleeping in the dark when I am stressed that gives me nightmares. Like sleeping on a hammock.... with a good book... and I just sleep the stress off... It seems like I always think about stuff way to much before bed... but the minute I wake up... I usaully am not thinking about what I was the night before. I started sleeping with ear plugs in and its like I am out like a log.
    LAst night I was so stressed out... But I woke up today and I felt like it was a new day and my worries wherent as big as they seemed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noshadowmaster
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    I hit a plastic cup around my living room, freestyle-kung fu like. It's actually really good, I get kinda sweaty, and I keep pulling leg muscles, but Kung-fu cupping is a fun excersize that gets you moving. If that doesn't work, Get Burnout Revenge. It's a great game and it's so fun to blow off steam with. Unlike Counter-strike, where one usually just worsens their stress...

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