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I'm stressed. I've been colouring ever since i got home from school yesterday (Friday) ... It's almost become an obsession i guess you could say.

When i'm stressed out, i normally will just cry. Crying wasn't working this time. So i printed off a few pages from disney cartoon things and coloured away. My head just clears when i do that. Nothing bothers me. And when i'm done, i'll sit down and think through what was bothering me so much before ... Sort of like leaving a hard math problem until after dinner b/c you just know the stupid textbook will go flying out the window if you don't. Things seem so much clearer when you go back to them later.

What do you guys do to clear your head? When did you discover this was your "outlet"?

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Oo, coloring! My college roommates and I used to do that all the time when we were stressed, and then hang our drawings on the walls and the fridge.

These days I try to walk or swim (haven't been doing as much of that as I'd like) cause I find physical activitiy, particularly repetitive motion, to be nice and conducive for thinking about things.

Or I play tai pei on my computer. It's just a simple pattern matching game.


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I sit down at my piano, get out some old music that I haven't worked on for years, and play it. Or, depending on what's bothering me, I will start playing the most minor (most minor?), most sad Chopin, the sweetest Schumann, or the deepest Rachmaninoff I can find. Usually, while I'm playing I start thinking about whatever it is that's bothering me and the music helps. See, for me, a piece of music is a story - if it starts out sad, then something good happens somewhere in the middle and it ends on a slightly happier note, etc. I just sort of piece my problems into the music and let it tell me what to do. Most music has a "happy ending."

Wierd, huh?


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To clear my head? I will answer forums sometimes, but not usually. When i'm upset i usually don't want to go on the unterent. Usually, i will read or write. I just think that reading really helps me get away. It makes me not have to think about what's goin on in life. When i write, it's sometimes peoms or stories. But usually just poems or my life, in my journal. I can write so much in my journal. Usually about 4 pages. It's just nice to be able to forget stuff and srite about whatever you want. It doesn't have to make sense, it doesn't even hve to be about me.

When did i discover that these were my outlets? I guess, about a year ago, for forums, and for journal, about 4 years ago, but i'm much more into writing in my journal now. The most time i've left in between days that i write in my journal is 10 days, since i started a new journal on Febuary 24.


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*laughs* I sure need to clear my head sometimes! Eeekkk.... Anyhow... as many said, keeping a journal really helps to sort out your thoughts and it helps to get it all off your chest.

Another thing that I love doing to clear my head is I take a walk in the woods with my headphones and music... I'll leave really stressed and come back much calmer and with more confidence. It really helps.

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

Care to read my thoughts?

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Reading. No matter how hellish the day has been I can always get caught up in a book and I and my problems no longer exist as I help Macbeth plot Duncan's murder, row past Skhylla and Karybdis hoping I don't get eaten, or wonder if Zaphod Beeblebrox has ever been sober as I pull out my kill-o-zap gun to defend the galaxy from Krikkiters. I like the diary too--blogger is a great place to make one at. And of course, listening to musicals, the plots are as involving as those in books.
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