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Top 20 Ways to Relieve Stress

By Cody |

“Dad, can I have a cookie?” “Dad?” “Dad?” “Hey, dad, cookie?” “Dad?” “Dad?” “Cookie dad.” “Dad, where’s my cookie?” “Dad, can I have ice cream?” “Dad?” “Dad?” “Dad, ice cream.” “Dad, why haven’t you got me a cookie yet?” Take that “conversation” and multiply it by fifty and you will have an average night with Addie. Mix in some crying from Vivi, squealing from both, and an “Addie, stop poking the baby in the eye,” and I have had about all I can handle.

Everyone feels overwhelmed and stressed at times. A year ago the stresses from my job and from my home life caught up to me and I began struggling to sleep. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night and thinking about what I needed to do at my court hearing in the morning. Within a week or two I had begun waking up in the middle of the night worrying about court hearings that were months away. Falling back to sleep was practically impossible. My nightly 2:00 a.m. visits to feed Vivi turned from enjoying my time with vivi to constantly worrying about work. My ability to spend time with Addie became more and more difficult. I just could not handle all of the obnoxious actions of a normal six year old. The stress was even affecting my dreams. It became pretty obvious that I had to find something to relieve my stress, because I was becoming a ticking time bomb.

I have stumbled on a number of things that seem to help manage my stress level. I no longer have trouble sleeping at night. I rarely think about work outside the office and I enjoy spending time with my family. These things have helped me so much, that when I am not able to do a few of them in my week, my wife actually notices that I appear more stressed. Here are twenty things I do to help relieve my stress:

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Twenty Different Ways to Relieve Stress

Go to a Movie

A lot of people may think I am weird, but I love going to the movie theater by myself. I have a few rules when I go to the movie theater by myself. I will not go to a movie that has not been out for at least two weeks. No weekends. Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the previews. This often means it is me and one or two other people in the theater at a time as I sit in my perfect spot (3/4 up on the left side four chairs in).
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8 thoughts on “Top 20 Ways to Relieve Stress

  1. vickie says:

    Cody, I think watching you do Yoga would be a stress reliever for me!! =) As long as you don’t mind an occasional giggle.

    1. theycallmecody says:

      You’d fit right in. When I do yoga, I usually do it at home while my wife sits behind me and laughs. I went with Casey to a yoga class once and everyone in the class and the teacher learned very quickly that it was amateur hour in the back–especially when I was certain the teacher was suggesting that we “stir our inner-broth.” I’m not made of soup.

  2. Lee says:

    Where, Where, WHERE do you get your Mexican Coke????? I’m in NH and have only seen it in one restaurant. Oh what a glorious experience it was. Please share your source? PLEASE!!

    1. theycallmecody says:

      Easy, I get them from Costco. I buy them by the case.

  3. Janet says:

    I just have to know – what is a Mexican Coke? (Or maybe, how is it different from regular Coke?)

    1. theycallmecody says:

      Mexican Cokes are made with real sugar. American Cokes are made with high fructose corn syrup. Sugar, apparently, is better for you than high fructose corn syrup, which is kind of like saying a broken arm is better for you than a broken leg. Anyway, the sugar tastes better than the high fructose corn syrup.

  4. Angee says:

    Before you even got to the bath bomb part, I had determined you’ve morphed into a woman.

    1. theycallmecody says:

      What are you talking about, those are all manly things–even the bath bomb.

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