Might relax another....
So, I hooked up the old Super Nintendo system last night, and challenged Handy to a battle of Tetris/Dr. Mario. He talked a big game up front, but I'm the one that grew up with the game, so I was confident in my abilities. I was sailing through like I'd never stopped playing since I was eleven years old and he couldn't get past the first round--kept yelling at the TV, gripping the controller really hard while punching the little purple buttons. He finally said, "This is stressing me out, I'm done."
But for me, it was like jumping back into an unfinished conversation with an old friend I haven't seen in years. It was relaxing. Took my mind off of everything else that's been stressing me out. My source of escape from my stress actually caused Handy to be stressed.
He loved telling me that he wasn't good at the game because "While you were inside playing video games when you were twelve, I was outside building forts." And I said, "Oh yeah? Well I came inside to play video games AFTER building my fort outside, so...."
Yes, I laughed at him. Then I played Donkey Kong.
So what gets your mind off your stress? Walking the dog? Reading a book? Playing video games?