Favorite Non-Gaming Stress Relievers

  • @Stormcrownn I can't wait for that day, haha.

  • I listen to asmr a lot when stressed. Very relaxing

  • Martial Arts.
    Nothing like punching someone in the face followed by some peaceful meditation

  • @TheHashtag0nist I've always wanted to get into Martial Arts, but I feel completely lost as to what to pursue. I'm 24, so I probably could...

  • @Stormcrownn I started trying this in my spare time. I've tried (and failed) meditation before but this is much easier to practice and I'm already noticing results.

  • @SabotageTheTruth That was my initial problem with meditation. I simply think too much, when my counselor had me use that energy to just process things around me, the whole concept immediately clicked.

  • @Stormcrownn I would recommend any martial arts as long as you can find a good place to train.

    The main thing you need to be aware of os the so called "Mc Dojangs" where the main objective of the instructors is to pump out as many black belts as fast as they can.

    Belts don't mean anything if you are not significantly improving on a physical and personal level in between them.

    If you are looking for the more traditional sports with a bit of philosophy behind them, try the usual ones like Karate and Taekwon-do.

    MMA popularized a lot of arts and people often "rank" them to effectiveness, but that should never be part of your decision unless you are planning to fight professionally.

    Find something that works for you and an instructor that knows how to make sure you get the most out of yourself.

    Anyway, i am ranting

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    Reading comics when not in a gaming mode

  • Just close my eyes, dive into my 'mental sanctuary' (so to speak), and just enjoy either quiet or the sounds of nature.

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  • I'm a competitive dancer, and I find it oddly calming to get into battles with people for fun. Sometimes I just show up at my school's break dance club and throw down against a few people there, keeps me sharp and lets me get my negative emotions out through movement. The physical activity of it combined with the mental attention required to predict beats and answer back the opponent's best moments helps me feel refreshed.

  • @El-Shmiablo said in Favorite Non-Gaming Stress Relievers:


    Sorry, just had to add that.

    Anyway reading, cooking/baking, walking, coming here, look up random stuff on YouTube (How did I never hear of "Dont hug me, I'm Scared" till now)

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    My job doesn't allow us to listen to music. Kinda blows having to sing to myself for ten to eleven long tedious hours, but when I'm not at work and I need to relax I just draw.

    This is the start of something new I'm working on. http://oi65.tinypic.com/3304i0w.jpg

  • Playing music. I play guitar mostly, but I like tinkering around on pianos, synths, and drums. Don't sell yourself short. Anyone can learn to play. It just takes time so it helps to have patience and motivation. Guitar is easy because there are so many popular recognizable songs that you can learn from the beginning. From there just keep learning new songs and perfecting the ones you know. Then next thing you know, you'll know how to play a bunch of chords. It's challenging and gratifying. Makes for a great stress reliever. I'd recommend it to everyone.

    Skateboarding is fun. I love just cruising around. Getting tricks no matter how simple or difficult always feels great.

    Running is a good stress reliever. It's hard to get motivated to get outside most of the times. But I've never finished a run with regret. And it's a good way to lose weight. Bicycling is fun for the same reasons.

    Cooking is a great stress reliever. Enjoying good food. Drinking beer, wine, or whiskey to go with....the best combo right there.

    Last but not least riding my motorcycle. I love it. Feels so good. Feels like riding a bicycle down an endless hill.

  • @TheHashtag0nist said in Favorite Non-Gaming Stress Relievers:

    Martial Arts.
    Nothing like punching someone in the face followed by some peaceful meditation

    Getting punched in the face is however, very stress inducing.

    Just kidding, what kind of martial arts do you do & how long?

  • @RyanBates Yeah, it's always better to be generous ;)

    I've been doing ITF Taekwondo for abouttttt 20 years? Some gaps in there though, not 20 years of consistent traininh

  • Cracking open a beer, revving up the massage chair, while listening to whale songs.

  • Ironically, exercising and working out really relaxes my nerves. And it really helps gets rid of stress. When I'm running on a treadmill, I am kind of in my own zone, it feels nice. It's just a good feeling every time.

    Other than that, chatting with friends online, watching videos(which is why I love that EZA gives us so many!), is a great way to relieve stress.

  • Smelling petitgrain essential oil. It's made from orange tree twigs. I discovered it when I detected a unique & soothing flavour note in a bottle of Pepsi Throwback (I almost never drink commercial colas for health reasons), and looked up the recipe (which is actually public knowledge). I must mention that it's perfectly matched to my body type, and might not necessarily have a strong effect on somebody else.

    Also ginger ale.