photo by rosy

me under a structural “confessional” the architecture class at my school built w/ a friend who swears that i was confessing to that romper being my most prized possession…

I have a confession: when I was younger (and I am only 22 so I am one of the lucky ones), I dealt with my stress in unhealthy ways (if you would like more details as to what that means as well as some other solutions I have found on the way, please feel free to message me privately). So, for me, a large part of growing up on OM has been the seeking and practicing of HEALTHY ways to deal with stress. This pursuit of health in the midst of a bustling, busy, abundant and REAL life is not always easy. I am forced to confront my dear enemy indecision on the daily to determine what exactly is self-love in any given circumstance. And let me tell you: not only is there no one right answer, but the same situation might call for a different answer depending on what the day has in store for us. It is all very confusing, no?

Well, I would now like to make you even more confused, though perhaps more hopeful too, more rejuvenated, more committed to health for the masses and not just people who work full time in this fairyland (cooky theme park) of an industry.

I present to you…


photo by renee g

  • practice yoga
  • go for a run
  • go on a bike ride
  • call up a friend who only talks about “frivolous” things
  • call up a friend who has no idea what made you stressed in the first place
  • have sex
  • give yourself some love if ya know what i mean
  • make out with someone
  • go out dancing
  • dance naked in your room with the headphones blasting Spice Girls into your ears (your own personal silent rave)
  • teach someone something new and that they want to learn
  • call someone and ask them how you’re doing
  • abstain from talking about yourself
  • or, vent to someone who doesn’t mind hearing it
  • get some froyo with a friend
  • go to the movies
  • read a novel
  • write in your journal
  • scream into a pillow
  • cry
  • re-watch the notebook
  • find something that makes you laugh uncontrollably. And laugh uncontrollably.
  • go to happy hour someplace new with good friends
  • catch up with an old friend
  • meditate
  • write a gratitude list
  • do some twists
  • plan a trip (plan to escape the stress, but you have to go through it first)
  • write poetry
  • make lists
  • make a “not to do” list
  • drink extra water
  • make a cup of bengal spice tea
  • listen to a podcast
  • sing in the shower
  • chant/repeat a mantra
  • start your day over

This list is by no means exhaustive so…What do you have to add? Answer in comments!

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