Stress and anxiety are common pangs of the
modern human condition. They are present not only despite of, but also because of the development
of our current societies which are typically regarded as “successful.” A society in which
we have more leisure time than ever before paradoxically includes an era of overwhelming
personal stress. We are no longer in constant survival mode where our every thought is focused
on provision of biological essentials like food, water, and shelter. In first world countries,
this is a time where we in large part control when we go to bed in a comfortable, relatively
safe home. No need to worry about predators or the elements. We awaken at the time we
predetermine to go to the job we applied for. With the flow of time, many physically active
and exhausting jobs have been replaced by screen watching, button, pushing stationary
occupations. Who could have imagined that a job tantamount to that of George Jetson
could leave us with so much stress? Of course accruing the required credentials
for that job can be stressful too. College students, many of whom live the school for
four days, party for three days lifestyle, who should be indulging in the splendor of
their youth and freedom, are also absorbed by stress and anxiety- particularly during
exam time. We have created stressful situations for ourselves beyond the full plate Mother
Nature original set for us. We occupy a world where our technology has evolved far more
rapidly than our capacity for its frequent application has. So how do we deal with all
this stress we have manufactured? We all deal with it in our own ways. Medication,
recreational drugs, and finding time for a personal hobby are popular methods. Indulging
in the fulfillment of basic needs like eating and copulation are also heavy hitters in the
stress venting process. Personally, the method I find most effective is avoiding as much
stress and anxiety as possible. I justify their existence in my life only as reactionary
emotions, not meant to be dwelled on. I realize that allowing myself to experience prolonged
amounts of stress will only hinder my ability to solve whatever problems have caused it.
The same is true for anxiety. I imagine a worst case scenario in whatever it is that
I’m inclined to feel nervous about, then ask myself what that nervousness could possibly
do to help me prevent that outcome. I can’t recall a time that my conclusion was anything
other than understanding that being nervous would actually increase the chances of that
worst case scenario. In accepting and understanding just how counterproductive and futile stress
and anxiety are, we are able to let much of it pass through us before it can take root.

100 thoughts on “Stress

  1. Your method is very logical, but I don't have that kind of control. When I'm stressed I usually leave the task or problem that is stressing me out for a while to do something else productive. For example, if I'm stressed about writing an essay, I may take a break and clean my closet. This allows me to justify taking the break as a valid use of time, and work off the extra energy that stress brings on.

  2. I deal with stress… by shutting down. A TV, a book, my laptop, whatever. I wait out the stress. I stop caring.
    Probably not that healthy. Eh, whatever.

  3. I indirectly deal with stress by writing poetry, playing music, writing short stories, losing myself in the rhythms of my favorite songs, or going on here and watching some videos like yours. The reason it's an indirect way to deal with stress though, (at least the way that I look at it) is because I vent the pent up feelings relatively long after the stressful thing has occurred. But, singing my heart out is probably the most effective way of letting my body and mind relax.

  4. I miss your face!!! :::sigh::: (Inspirational video btw…thank you for sparking productive thoughts in people.) =)

  5. I have a form of Autism, AS. So anxiety is common for me.
    I have pills, but the repetitiveness of paper folding in origami, along with the math behind it is calming for me. Everybody around me thinks I'm both nuts and amazing for it. It's all simple rules in the end.

  6. GI, it would be awesome if you were to appear in one of your videos wearing a burqa, just for shits and giggles.

    As for stress relief, I find that humor is not only the easiest and most accessible solution, but that a well developed sense of humor is also the most sustainable solution with the greatest long term benefit.

  7. @herpiethelovebug I think you smoke too much pot XD

    and where the fuck is my inbox…? >.>

  8. I deal with stress by RUNNING AWAY and PROCRASTINATING

    then I deal with the stress I gain from doing that BY RUNNING EVEN FURTHER AWAY

    snd then eventually I catch my deadline by the skin of my teeth with a much lower standard of work than I could have had.

    Yeah, I'm one of those students

    speaking of, I should be revising right now, I should get on that.

  9. Sex, violent video-games, "angry" rap music and thinking realistically about things.

    That's also my personal take on "the meaning of life", btw.

  10. Sometimes I just press it down and down and down, until its just an ever-present dull murmur at the base of my soul. Southern Comfort also helps…

  11. @TragedyZ He needs to hide his identity after his last channel was exposed to the people he worked with, who didn't take very kindly to his atheism.

  12. That's just life sometimes and there's not a one-size-fits-all plan for dealing with stress. That's what makes people unique… to find there own way. But suggestions are always helpful too, if they are good ones. My advice is to take a balanced approach. Letting your hair down a bit if your a workaholic, or facing reality and getting organised if your a hardcore dropout. Try to find balance.

  13. I live in the present moment. Worrying about tomorrow doesn't help anyone though the purpose for it probably links back to the push to plan. It's ok to plan for tomorrow, but the worry/distress is damaging. When I start worrying, I consciously bring myself back to the present time. To go to sleep, I picture a blank slate and wipe it clean every time a worrisome thought appears. With practice, it becomes easier to do this.

  14. I deal with stress with breathing exercises. Inhale deeply for 4 seconds, exhale slowly for 8 seconds, repeat until calm.

  15. I recommend an old Buddhist (no hocus-pocus!) perspective-building exercise.

    Find a quiet/secluded place outdoors you can lie down on the ground for ~15 minutes. Lie back and relax your body as much as possible – gaze up. Keeping your mind still and serene, half smile on your face, contemplate the fact of your mortality. Imagine yourself as a dead body, slowly rotting away. Next, see yourself as a sun-bleached skeleton. Then, imagine your entire physical body returning decomposed to the Earth.

  16. Listen to music, play video games, food, and this one I just recently found

    whackyourboss com
    can you find all 20 ways?

  17. I actually just attended a sort of group/workshop for dealing with stress. One of the major things we talked about was stress being an umbrella emotion. It's really the things underneith the umbrella that are causing the problem. the first step is to identify the actual emotion so you can better challenge the thoughts that are causing stress

  18. Rock climbing. If you can keep it together perched on a rock face with a 10m fall if you place a toe wrong, you can keep it together when you can't pick a shirt for work.

  19. I find knitting to be a great stress reliefe for me. Even more so if I'm learning a new technique or making something complicated. The repetitive movement combined with having the project keeping my focus on it is great.

  20. @TragedyZ Because they'll be on his ass again; it was likely he'd get fired if he'd kept openly making videos

  21. I've thought the same thing for years. The best way to relieve stress is to avoid it altogether. My favourite way to relax is going to park or a walk on a nice day, and taking enjoyment in the little things, like how the sun feels on your face, the wind on your skin, the people and animals enjoying the lovely weather. It's so serene, and all your troubles slip away.

  22. I have alot of stress facing charges form the law tend to do that and so far i'm dealing with it as best as i can but boy this is were family only adds to it they seem more stress out than i. Second degree assult is what i'm facing can't say more except i'm not too worry since i know what happen and i know i'm not a criminal but yet it seems becuase i'm young,big and stronge i need to prove that i'm innocent this is how our court system relly works πŸ™

  23. Being an artist [musician, 3d modeler and animator, i also draw and design etc.] with lots of hobbies, fortunately I have MANY WAYS to get rid of the stress that accumulates in me. The best way, as you mentioned, is to avoid it… but it is not completely avoidable. So I have a few ways to deal with it… maybe some of you will find at least 1 way solution suitable for yourself. [I'll need to write it in more comments πŸ™‚

  24. I often go in the nearby forest and yell… I just yell… letting it all out… Sometimes I also yell at home, when I'm alone, but I NEVER discharge stress in front or on someone else! I also have a metal band, and being the one who does the grunting vocals in it, I also discharge at rehearsals πŸ™‚

  25. An other good way would also be by playing light-weight, fun games. I'm not talking about survival horror, action packed FPS or strategy games… For me the most relaxing is roaming in a sandbox game or in a RPG [like Oblivion], seeing beautiful landscapes, listening to calm orchestral music, as watching simple people doing their everyday tasks… I know these are all digital, but it is relaxing!

  26. I also enjoy the company of a few friends at a beer, listening to music, chatting about past times, mishappenings, women, games, music, cosmology, or whatever that pops in our minds…

  27. Yeah, worrying about something, never actually changes anything …I just try an remind self of that whenever I'm tempted πŸ™‚

  28. … 12th century serfs had more leisure time than we do, and the people with the most leisure time of all are hunter gatherers.

  29. Fake not caring about stuff all the time until you actually believe it yourself. Then for some reason you really…don't. It takes a lot of time to happen but once it does – you are stress free. Another thing that works is thinking about the thing worrying you. Then while thinking about it engage in a sport activity. Take jogging for example. You're thinking about that exam tomorrow that you studied 28974g35 hours already. You're worried but you can't really study more. So you use that worry

  30. to jog way more than you normally could. Worry is kind of like anger. It can make you stupid and useless at things you can actually do. It can also give you energy and make you better at things you aren't that good at if you point it in the right direction.

  31. I deal with stress by putting on loud angry music and either reading, writing, or drawing. The angry music allowing me to vent my frustrations by literally screaming them out along with the lyrics of whatever song i happen to be listening to, and the reading, writing, or drawing helps me to focus my mind on whatever issue happens to be the causation of my stress. Which ultimately allows me to formulate a solution to said problems.

  32. Sounds like a great set of solutions (provided you aren't damaging your hearing with the loud music). Thank you for sharing your techiniques.

  33. I just don't worry about the things I can't change and karate helps with the rest, a combination of hitting someone and meditation works a treat.

  34. My wife loves to stress. well, not really "love" but she can't seem to help it, she just gets anxious about a lot of things that I find I can simply 'let slide'

    I've found that telling her the following has helped:

    If there's something you're worried about, and you can do something about it, there's no point in stressing about it.
    If there's something you're worried about, and you can't do anything about it, there's no point in stressing about it.

    Might seem daft, but it's true, and works.

  35. Stress is not always bad, stress gives us motivation to try hard and be the best people we can be and it's entirely necessarily to our survival to be able feel anxiety, I find "there's not point in worrying about it, that's just going to make it worse" to be a statement only true in certain situations, in most situations better advice would be to use your anxiety to motivate you to do something productive.

  36. For the most part, I find writing and drawing to be very stress relieving. For the most part, I find writing short horror fiction works best for me.

  37. i focus on what i can change and what i can live with.
    for what i can change i think of a solution, practice patience and or find a way around it at best.
    for what i can live with, where there's nothing i can do to change, i try to look on the bright side. being an optimist is really helpfull in most stressfull situations.
    in any case, getting the job done puts the related stress behind you and hopefully you get close to what you were aiming for.

  38. Simple, move to a more accepting country. I live in England and am an open Atheist and we all know that many teachers are also Atheists and Theists but we don't care it is our own opinion.

  39. Oh yes, that's simple! I'll just pack up my entire life and leave all my family, friends, and job and hop over to a more accepting country. It's not like making such a move would cost thousands of dollars that I don't have, or require any logistic complications…
    I will be moving to another area of the USA soon, but as long as I'm a teacher, my identity will remain anonymous on youtube for the same reason.

  40. well from that story I would prefer to start a new life… and if you can afford a new house in USA surely you can afford a new one in England? Isnt "I'll just pack up my entire life and leave all my family, friends, and job" what you're doing when you "move to another area of the USA"…

  41. I never said I was buying a new house or that I currently own a house. There's a difference between moving to a different district or state a matter of hours away and moving over seas.

  42. I for one an amazed that you stand strong against adversity. People shouldn't move away just because things get hard. You are calling attention to this US issue much better than a British guy talking about it.
    I think many things are awesome about the USA, and to just run away when one thing is broken would be cowardly. You are an amazing person for trying to fix the problems that affect you, rather than turn tail and run.
    I hope one day you will be able to make videos without hiding your face.

  43. I wish more people were like GI, jus civile open to debating with logic and fact, not nanananan I can't hear you.

  44. This video reminds me of one of my friends who never gets stressed and when asked why, he just says "I don't believe in stress".

  45. I don't know how to deal with stress. Or my emotions really. So I just bottle it all up. Healthy plan isn't it?

  46. I deal with emotions by being sarcastic with myself. Like ^Oh I am so depressed^. I can't help but laugh at how pathetic I can make it sound. It also reminds me how much reason I have to feel that way.

  47. The problem I have with saying how I deal with stress is that it ultimately depends on the situation. If I can DO something about a situation giving me stress, either getting it done and then moving on, or if I can't get it done I find someone – or something – that can help me learn how to get it dealt with. (It also helps if I look at a situation from all angles.) If it is something I absolutely can't do anything about – mostly relatives with diseases that will kill them – I try to understand the negatives and instead focus on the positives.

  48. I usually just turn it into sorrow, then let myself cry it out. After all, crying releases dopamine, which will counter any stress I have at the moment. But that is the way I do it when it's long-term stress, or when I'm not in public. When I have just a sudden feeling of stress, or feeling nervous, then I talk to myself, or the voices I hear. It's relaxing and it makes me feel stronger. Most of the voices I hear are nice, so talking to them about problems is like talking to close friends, or adults you know and trust. It's nice.

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