It's in the nature of my job that a lot of shit passes thru me either on its way up or on its way down. In order not to amplify the shit, I try to primarily act as a shit umbrella and only occasionally as a shit funnel. That means that I take a lot of shit on myself. Which should be very stressful, I suppose, but most of the time I don't feel that way. I was thinking about this yesterday while running around Rožnik hill and it might very well be that I don't feel stressed because over the years I've developed efficient stress relieving techniques of which the favorite I'll share with you in this post.
When something is bugging me my favorite coping technique is to go either running or taking a long walk. But it's not running or walking per-se, which relaxes the tensions, but what's happening in my head. In my head I stage conversations with people whose actions and words influence me and I try to imagine what they could possibly say to me and what would my answer to them be. In the course of an hour I manage to run through several such scenarios and when I'm done I feel relaxed. Occasionally, my deliberation leads to a conversation or an email to a real person, but usually the opposite happens and I no longer feel the need for a discussion or writing an email to resolve a tension since I already held an imaginary discussion in my head.
What's your favorite stress relieving technique? Please share in the comments.