Thursday, August 23, 2012

What stresses out one person...

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?


  1. My favorite stress reliever is a long bath with a good book. You would've demolished me in that game; I was never good a Nintendo. And I don't have cool forts to blame it on, just good books--which you probably read before you played anyways. ;)
    Catherine Denton

  2. Kristin, you are a girl after my own heart. I STILL have my brother's Super Nintendo (long after he graduated to newfangled things like Xbox) and Super Mario 3 is still my favorite way to destress. I am DAMN good at jumping on things' heads three times. Also, Mario RPG.

  3. Curling up with a good book and a big mug of tea always relaxes me. Or watching an old fave TV show, like Gilmore Girls. I need to try playing video games. :)

  4. A computer game will take my mind off my manuscript, although I play rather intense. Guitar playing usually unstresses me though.

  5. I think you know I love my gaming. Sometimes it stresses me out. Sometimes it relieves the stress.

  6. Sounds like a blast. And I loved your comeback. =o)

    Right now I'm in the bad cycle of when I stress I eat, which then makes me stress over my weight. Good stress relievers for me, though, are reading, crocheting, crossword puzzles, grabbing my camera and going out to take pictures, and cleaning.

  7. I love to read and completely forget about the stress of the day. To immerse myself in another world where the drama is some one else's to deal with.

  8. I have both Yahtzee and Scrabble on my iphone. Something about a simple game lowers my stress.