Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Stress Relief

I’m a bit burned out at the moment, having found myself having a lot of stressful discussions about feminism and related issues recently, some of which I’ve mentioned here. So, I decided to write this week’s AI on something other than one of those argumentative situations. Yes, it’s how we all deal with those situations without completely crumbling! (Or cracking, to be more relevant to the featured image, fnar fnar…)
Obviously you can’t stop thinking about this stuff forever, but sometimes you just need a bit of a break. Being someone who has anxiety already, I have a bit of a hard time with that whole “not constantly worrying about everything ever” thing. I don’t really have any proper solutions, beyond the sort of stuff doctors have told me, but there are a few things I do to gain temporary relief. Playing the viola is one way I can stop thinking about things for a while. Cooking is another, as long as I can do it on my own, and has the bonus of (hopefully) edible results. Failing all of that, it thankfully doesn’t seem like the internet is ever going to run out of kittens…
What’s stressing you out at the moment? What do you do to relieve stress?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, at 3pm ET.
Featured image by Bernard Goldbach on Flickr.

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Courtney is a theoretical physics student at Imperial College London, broadly identifying as cisfemale, panromantic, asexual and atheist. She lives with mental illness (worst room-mate ever) and hopes to help break down the stigma attached to admitting that. Her hobbies include campaigning, internetting and spectacularly failing to defy any stereotypes regarding British people and tea. She also identifies as an X-Phile/Browncoat/Whovian, which are clearly the most important things.

1 Comment

  1. October 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm —

    My thesis research has not been behaving adequately for more than a year, and that’s been really getting to me. I’ve got a lot of energy and can deal with a lot of pressure, but that resilience goes downhill fast when I don’t feel like I’m actually making progress.

    I deal with it by forcing myself to set aside specific free time where there is No Research Allowed, to play video games, write, read fantasy novels and/or fanfiction, and watch Labyrinth over and over and over again. That last one really helps, as it happens.

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