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Official STRESS Management Thread - tricks, tips, what's worked for you?


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#1 jbw749

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 07:53 AM

Ok, I've got a lot to say on the subject and thought it would be nice to get others input who have high stress jobs and family lives and how they cope with them. I'll post in detail later today. I just wanted to get the ball rolling while I was thinking about it.  Please chime in if you have some tips or need help with anything stress related.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:53 PM

Surprised this thread didnt go anywhere. I guess for most of us, getting on the course is #1.

For myself, I know I absolutely have to get into a gym every couple days and just move my body. Especially when the golf season is done. Some sunrise duck hunting is good for,the aoukd but not so good for the sleep schedule.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:02 PM

If marijuana is legal where you are get a vape pen.

Go to a gym with a punching bag.

Hike or run/walk outdooors.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:07 PM

In order from best to worst:
1) Remove the work stress somehow
2) Do something productive away from golf and family to distract your mind.  Work out, walk, golf, etc.
3) Alcohol or other drugs

I personally pick a combination of all 3 to different degrees.   When I can't do #1 or #2, I do more of #3, which isn't healthy.  Currently working on doing #1, which will also allow more time for #2.  No poop jokes allowed.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:45 PM

I’ve been struggling pretty big the last 10 months with anxiety/depression.   Still haven’t found the best stress management technique

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:24 PM

5mg of buspirone daily. Take in the morning.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:13 AM

Exercise.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
Count your blessings.

Sometimes we need to work on a fresh perspective, too.

As I've aged, I've gotten better at not worrying so much about things that are out of my control, which is nice.
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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:56 AM

15 years ago my life was in turmoil, and stress was the order of the day. I started going for long walks in a nearby park, wearing headphones and listening to music when my head was spinning, or going without to take in the sounds of nature when my head was clear. The walking eventually evolved into running, and I ran dozens of races for several years. The walking/running gave me a chance to leave the stress behind in a positive way, if only for a few hours, and gave me something to look forward to.

Running may not be your thing-maybe music, gardening, painting, etc. You need something to take your mind off your problems, and give you something to look forward to.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:03 PM

Ive found being in better shape helps. Im not sure there's documentation for this but I would think having a lower heart rate and not being tired helps with stress. I definitely feel better now than I did when I was out of shape. I have an easier time staying calm. I jog and exercise every day

I wouldn't recommend excessive drinking LoL. But a couple of glasses of wine or a scotch sometimes is nice after a crappy day.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 05:25 PM

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 05:41 PM

View PostMtlJeff, on 10 December 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

Ive found being in better shape helps. Im not sure there's documentation for this but I would think having a lower heart rate and not being tired helps with stress

For me it's the 'being tired' after workouts that is key. Having an exhausted body helps keep the night gremlins thoughts away.  

And also, I wonder if you all do this: when I lay down, I start visualizing my last round, or my last best round. I try to remember as much detail as possible, on every shot. It's so much work that I rarely,make it past a few holes before drifting off.
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Posted 10 December 2018 - 05:48 PM

View Posttokeyb, on 10 December 2018 - 05:41 PM, said:

View PostMtlJeff, on 10 December 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

Ive found being in better shape helps. Im not sure there's documentation for this but I would think having a lower heart rate and not being tired helps with stress

For me it's the 'being tired' after workouts that is key. Having an exhausted body helps keep the night gremlins thoughts away.  

And also, I wonder if you all do this: when I lay down, I start visualizing my last round, or my last best round. I try to remember as much detail as possible, on every shot. It's so much work that I rarely,make it past a few holes before drifting off.

Yeah that's a pretty common sleep technique, in some variation or another. Ive done it with golf for sure. Other stuff too

Ive found being in shape helps so much away from the gym too though. Like I go to meetings where guys are huffing and puffing after walking up stairs LoL. They always seem to get annoyed faster. Or at conferences where you're running around and by the 3pm meetings some guys are ready to snap. I have pretty much unlimited energy right now.

I renovated my house last year and basically lugged flooring and drywall around all day for my contractor . I think he was surprised I was happy to do all this stuff LoL. It was relaxing actually cause I was getting my workout in
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Posted 10 December 2018 - 07:47 PM

View Posttokeyb, on 10 December 2018 - 05:41 PM, said:

View PostMtlJeff, on 10 December 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

Ive found being in better shape helps. Im not sure there's documentation for this but I would think having a lower heart rate and not being tired helps with stress

For me it's the 'being tired' after workouts that is key. Having an exhausted body helps keep the night gremlins thoughts away.  

And also, I wonder if you all do this: when I lay down, I start visualizing my last round, or my last best round. I try to remember as much detail as possible, on every shot. It's so much work that I rarely,make it past a few holes before drifting off.

I think of the story Fehrety tells. Something to the effect of:  I birdie 1 and 2, I’m on my way to the course record.  Then, I hook my ball into thick rough on 3 and spend all night looking for my ball.
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Posted 11 December 2018 - 01:45 PM

Had a closed MRI on my back a few years ago.  Playing 18 in my head was the only way I could get through the claustrophobia.  It worked.

Unbelievably, they didn't mention the horrible sound it would make so at first I thought the machine was imploding.... like my game.

Yep, I also run through rounds sometimes to sleep... and melatonin.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 06:22 PM

The key to reducing stress is to avoid or eliminate the source. I don't have statistical support, but just anecdotal evidence of being 55 yrs old and having many friends, family, and associates over the years but my theory still stands....75% of stress is self-induced, usually by bad choices or compounding of small bad choices.

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 09:37 AM

So you’re saying I should get divorced?
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