Extreme Stress Reducing for Females

by MarenEliz

A period of working out of town with split shifts & other demands taxed my mental health. Here are the extremely juvenile things I did to keep stress from driving me bonkers!

A recent period of working out of town with split shifts and other demands taxed my ability to recharge my mental health batteries (ha – yes, I assert that I occasionally possess that!) I surprised even myself with how low I devolved to keep my grip. We are not talking DRUGS or BOOZE (although a trifling dribble of wine did pass my lips), but

truly juvenile strategies.


My EXTREME Comfort Games


Salty & Sugary & Mocha-y


My normally veggie- and fruit-seeking diet is intended to sculpt a buffer bod.  That’s the goal, anyhow.  Despite this, extreme stress on the job took me back to my teen days when I joyfully and unconsciously had a higher metabolic rate and could eat junk with impunity.  As I spent time on a work assignment without my usual family, friends, and extra-curricular hobbies, I went for the comfort of fast food which I enjoyed in high school so many times packed in a car with my gang of friends. 

Arby’s.  Spicy curly fries and a jamocha shake.  To savor it,

I ate s-l-o-w-l-y.


Tom and Jerry.  While flipping through channels, my eye caught this cartoon and I actually stayed on the channel.  All right, I was reading a book, kind of, but it gave me great peace to see the familiar two-dimensional cat and mouse out of the corner of my eye.  That’s when I knew that I was seriously stressed out.

Good Cartoon Book

(I know the author - fabulous gal)
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I am a pretty good sleeper most of the time.  I fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.  This out-of-town work environment had me off duty for the night shift unless there was an emergency.  As it was a very loud environment, I used my “airplane ear plugs” to be able to fall asleep.  They did the job without incapacitating me, so I did waken in the middle of the night when I was needed.


This was not a manicure, but a do-it-myself job.  I wear nail polish about three times a year.  Here, for some reason, I felt compelled to buy pale pink glittery stuff and while I was “on call” I put it on my fingers.  And toes!

Stress Reducer?

Pink Nail Polish
Pink Nail Polish
Maren Morgan


OK, walking to reduce stress is not juvenile.  It actually is a very sound strategy.  I managed to squeeze in two 2.5 mile walks, but I could have used one daily.  When one can’t engage in her customary activities to relieve stress, watch out.  Look for a troglodyte where a human used to be. 


Lots of adults chew gum.  It is the new cigarette for us orally-fixated folks.  However, I gravitated back to childhood; to bright pink silly gum with a comic strip inside the wrapper.  (Is there a theme developing here?)  Comfort, comfort, comfort…

More Good Books

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How I Got This Way

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Suggestions Welcome

If you have additional ideas for anyone finding herself in my position, please feel free to share them.  The comment section below is waiting for your brilliant strategies.

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Updated: 03/10/2012, MarenEliz
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MarenEliz on 03/19/2012

Thanks, Angel. Any de-stressors that are not too expensive - and the sillier the better - work for me!

Angel on 03/10/2012

It is crazy some of the things we do to reduce stress. I end up playing with makeup and trying to create new looks. Nail polish is another method as you noted. I usually find a crazy color that my daughters wear and put it on for fun. I always end up laughing with my girls after putting it on. I do my toes too. I like to put on some older music from my teen years and sing really loud. Always works to destress me and puts me in a good mood. Thanks for sharing your ideas.. great article.

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