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Reduce Stress - Do something Crazy

Updated on December 30, 2011

It's easy to get into a rut, to do the same comfortable things over and over. I like to shake things up from time to time and do something crazy. Maybe it will work for you too. Here are my suggestions.

Try begging on the street. Make a creative sign. Sit down outside your office building and ask everyone who comes out for spare change.

Pretend you're a goose. Here in Vancouver, Canadian geese are everywhere waddling along, blocking traffic, eating grass. Leaving greasy droppings like random bananna peels causing all sorts of odd pratfalls and the odd sled dog pile-up. Follow them around, quacking and flapping your arms.

Tapdance in the elevator.

Jump into a river (not from a high place - maximum 5 feet). I had a bad day programming last June. At lunch time I jumped into the fountain outside and it made me feel much better.

Send your resume around. Try to get at least one job offer.

Fly to Thailand and become a monk for a week. Don't let the local ladies and awesome noodles distract you from your new ascetic pursuits.

Shave your body completely.

Post an ad on Craigslist that you have psychic powers. Offer to help anyone that emails you with a detailed question.

Start a conversation with 5 strangers. For example ask the barista what her favorite coffee is and so on.

Visit a nude beach. Walk along the beach at sunset.

Have an eMedia-free day. Abstain from all internet, email, Facebook, YouTubbing, Googling web-surfing.

Save a life. There's always someone floundering around us. And deep down you're Superman - you've just misplaced your cape.


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      Mypath 6 years ago from California, USA

      Spending time with kids and becoming kids is best exercise to reduce stress.

      Yes, once a while coming out of shell gives you totally different perspective.


      Happy Holidays & HNY

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      Dawn Conklin 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Doing crazy things can be quite fun and yes they decrease stress (well at least for me they do.) I used to do some very crazy things and say some crazy things to make people laugh-seeing their laughter makes you laugh.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Why not,

      Being stuck in societal norms and expectations is very stressful.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great ways to reduce stress! Here in Wichita, we also have tons of Canadian Geese wandering around - especially our school yard! I can try this stress reducer and see what my colleagues think! (I wonder how many of them would join me!)