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hey-U
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Does anybody else find themselves getting stressed out (in my case, at work)?
More to the point, does anybody else have any suggestions on ways to, well, 'deal with it'?
As a comparative newbie - both to GC and to a full time job as The Alleged IT Guy - I'd be interested to hear.

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I'm in the same boat minus the stress. I get plenty of stress and grief from my parents during the school year. My job as the assistant to our alleged IT guy at my school has no stressbecause theres a lot to do but not enough time management or training on my part to get it done so it just doesn't, and that's the way it is. Life's a pickle.

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Stress is running high here. Being the only programmer, web developer, net technician and customer service rep lands a lot of different work in my lap.

As for how I deal with it?

I break out in hives, it seems to help...

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Poet, just noticed in your sig, isn't it supposed to be "The Ataris" not "The Atrais"
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Thanks Coach, good point I'll change that ASAP. BTW, what part of Wisconsin are you from?

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Lots of booze and loose women helps me through the day

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quote:
Originally posted by Punk Rawk Poet:
what part of Wisconsin are you from?

Appleton, and don't listen to Cap'n Vic, I am not inbred... [Smile]

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Plenty of stress over here. [Eek!]

I recommend a massage or a nice hot bath. Being alone in a quiet room reading a good book for an hour can do wonders too.

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I find sleeping till late in the afternoon at least once a week is helpfull... If it's possible, a good snuggle with your geekly-other is a good remedy for stress, assuming you've no interuptions..

[devil wand]

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Thanks gang...

I've just searched the Hitchhikers Guide for 'stress'...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/Search?searchstring=stress&searchtype=goosearch&go.x=14&go.y=3

and that kicked up some interesting/ amusing answers - I particularly liked this one...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A82405

Computer Induced Stress

This form of agravation is the common computers way of fighting back against the people who use and abuse them. Unknown to most people all computers contain detecting hardware which functions as follows: The hardware detects how much the user needs to use the computer and it will then generate a malfunction directly proportional in side to the level of requirement. i.e. If you need to get a report done for the next day and your job may depend on it the chances are that your hard drive will melt creating a level of stress that can cripple a normal human. Apparently the computers seem to find this extremely amusing!

Thanks again everyone.

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I've always found sex to be a great stress-reducer.

Not that I would be able to verify this lately, but I've heard tell. [Roll Eyes] [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I've always found sex to be a great stress-reducer.

Hm. As long as the farmer's not awake.

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Stress at work? Well maybe the stress of not closing my eyes at work.

Drink Coffee or somthing with lots of caffnee or go smoke that works to.

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I've always found sex to be a great stress-reducer.

Hm. As long as the farmer's not awake.
Gee, are they as protective of their sheep as they are of their daughters? [Razz]

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Get orf moi laaaand!
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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I've always found sex to be a great stress-reducer.

Hm. As long as the farmer's not awake.
Gee, are they as protective of their sheep as they are of their daughters? [Razz]
More so, sheep can't memorize credit card numbers. [Razz]

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quote:
Get orf moi laaaand!

"Get orf moi network", now *that* might do the trick...

"Jethro - fetch the shotgun..."

(That might work even better)

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Wouldn't it be fun to kidnap one of them farmer bastards, stick'em in your front garden and shout "Gerroff moi land!", and then blow their brains out with a shotgun? I think so.

When it comes to farmers, I'm with Jack Dee - "they get up at 5:30 in the morning 'cos they don't even have enough imagination to sleep." [Razz]

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And let's not forget Alexei Sayle: "I hate the countryside - it doesn't even have a roof"
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quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
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Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I've always found sex to be a great stress-reducer.

Hm. As long as the farmer's not awake.
Gee, are they as protective of their sheep as they are of their daughters? [Razz]
More so, sheep can't memorize credit card numbers. [Razz]
You'd be surprised what Maisie could do.
[Big Grin]

**sigh** That's why I could never compete.

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quote:
Originally posted by hey-U:
And let's not forget Alexei Sayle: "I hate the countryside - it doesn't even have a roof"

[Big Grin] "I'm on pills for me nayrrves!"

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The Bad News is.... you make your own stress.

The Good News is..... you make your own stress.

It's all in the way you look at it. Here's my recommendations;

• Deep breathing (from the diaphram). Set your watch to beep every hour which is your signal to take 3 deep breaths no matter where you are, or what you're doing.

•EXERCISE. Exercise is the BEST medicine for stress. It's all about the complex system of the human body and mind. It gives you energy, and releases "happy" chemicals, and flushes out the stress hormones and chemicals. If you're starting out from scratch, I highly recommend this book, Getting In Shape. I got it about a month ago, it's fantastic. I'm on Program before the Program, Level 3, and I can notice a difference already. (I've been lazy about exercising this winter)

• Progressive relaxation. Get a progressive relaxation tape, which goes through tightening every muscle and releasing combined with deep breaths. In 18 minutes or less you'll be more relaxed than after a vacation.

• Practice Rational Thinking. Listen to your inner dialogue and stop yourself from thinking about what could happen, or what things should be like. Everything is the way it is, and that's reality. Don't awfulize, don't think people are out to get you (because they're not), don't work yourself up.

• Hang out with friends. Notice I left out the family, they can be stressy. Go out with your friends, have a beer (don't drink to excess, that stresses out your body). Have some pub food, talk about your problems, listen to their beefs, nothing beats commisserating, and you never know, someone may have some good nuggets of advice, don't brush it off, *listen*.

• Hot bath, this is an excellent way to relax the muscles.

• Be outside for at least 30 minutes every day. Walking is good for you, the sun is good for you. Really.

• Adopt a cat from a shelter. Cats are so great for stress releif. Petting a cat instantly lowers your blood pressure. Give it the best care, and patience, attention, and love, and it will pay you back a million times in kitten kisses, purring, and happiness.

• Declutter. Clutter causes stress. Make a habit to clean as you go.

• Read a fiction novel. It's good to read something that's not information.

• write. Start a journal, or write poems, short stories, songs. It's very creative, and you feel so satified afterwards.

• turn off the TV

• Listen to relaxing or energizing music. Music can boost a mood instantly. At work, you can use headphones, or an iPod. Norah Jones is quite the sedative.

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I focus on the future. As in: next week, I won't have to worry about deadline x, exam y, marathon shift z, etc. I also procrastinate by making inane posts to the forums and daydreaming about my next adventure (though right now the inane posts are out of boredom). Otherwise, like Nitrozac said. And for god's sake don't get sick. That jut slows you down and makes it worse. THough instead of tapes I have Dvorak's New World Symphony on my play list, and instead of a cat I had gerbils at school and a guinea pig at home. The trick is to deal with the situation yet find ways to escape the agony. Volunteering was great for that, because even though it brought its own varieties of stress it also brought a way to flee the mess that was my soap opera school life. And mountaineering is just plain balm to my soul.

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So, let me get this straight-am I the only one saying sex? [blush]

Come on-you all wanted to say it!!! [Razz]

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Believe it or not snupy a really good professional massage can be even better than sex.  -  -

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quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
Believe it or not snupy a really good professional massage can be even better than sex.  -  -

So I'm voting for massage then sex! actually there's places round here where you can get both... well massaged by a professional. They're affectionately known as wash n wanks, for all those taking the language course
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