Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Five: Stress

This week's questions are from Sally, and look at how one deals with the stress monster:
  1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff?
    Most honest response - the small stuff. I tend to obsess over perceived slights and missed connections. Big stuff I seem to be able to release with a little more ease.

  2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting ( or maybe something else)?
    Exercise is the healthy answer; chocolate is the more honest one. TV is even more likely than chocolate, though the caffinated option is my drug of choice during working hours.

  3. What is your favourite music to chill out to?
    The "Ambient" playlist on my iPod has several favorites: Edgar Meyer's "Appalachian" series; some John Fahey (notably America); Goreski's Third Symphony; a fair selection of "California Elevator Music" (Windham Hill & its imitators).

  4. Where do you go to chill?
    My recliner, which sits at an approximate 45° angle to the TV set. There is a nice park not far from my house which is an occasional destination. I keep meaning to take my camera for a walk through its gardens, but the 100° temperatures discourage this worthy outing.

  5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?
    A solitary walk. When I was striving to walk a couple of times a week, I used a local mall. Though I saw other people, I didn't need to interact. Like most of my ambulatory compatriots, I wore ear phones; listening to music or a podcast made this an ideal activity.
       I can enjoy a gathering of friends, but a party with a large proportion of strangers or casual acquaintances tends to be stressful. I find myself playing the part of an out-going person, which can be quite tiring.


revhipchick said...

wonderful play--i love your honest answers!

Deb said...

OK, I had never heard of it being called "California Elevator Music" but boy does that fit!!! LOL... (and sometimes, I like to listen to that, too!)