The crazy things you do to destress
"I look into the mirror and give myself my best and sweetest smile. As I do that, I tell myself that this is a so-much-better version of my face — and it involves all my facial muscles!" – Ivy C.
"I go to school online, so my kids think I'm studying when I take my laptop into my closet and put a sign on the door that says 'Please do not disturb — Mom is studying!' Nope; I'm really on Facebook." – Kim S.
It's about that walk
“When I'm at work, I take a 15-minute break and walk around outside. If it's too cold, I go into the boardroom and walk around there. It refreshes me, clears my head, and gets my creative juices flowing.” – Jonnie B.
Early morning alone time
“Sometimes I wake up at three for a guaranteed uninterrupted hour to paint my nails, watch TV, read, and listen to music.” – Cynthia R.
Burn the midnight oil
"I stay late at work. Not to work, but to get the things done I couldn't otherwise accomplish." – Amanda S.
Full of hot air
“When I was in the military I used to take a plastic bag into the bathroom with me, blow air into the bag — making a pillow — and find a stall to fall asleep in. Male drill sergeants aren't allowed in the female latrine without announcing themselves, so by the time they called out, I was already letting the air out of my makeshift pillow and pretending to have a bad case of diarrhea. They left me alone every time.” – Angela F.
"Sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it, I just need a couple of hours of some bad reality TV. Because no matter how stressed I am or how bad I look, at least the whole world doesn't get to see it!" – Melissa S.
Give them the runaround
"My tactics for destressing are:
1. Hiding in the bathroom with a glass of Riesling.
2. Telling my hubby that I'm running to the corner store and asking him to watch the kids — then heading to the gym for a half-hour run instead.
3. Announcing I'm going to the gym, but instead heading to Starbucks with my laptop to get some blogging (and caffeinating) done instead." — Danielle Faust, OKDani.com