Like at the moment that I'm being stressed out, stress from one day, stress from one week, etc.? At the moment, I usually just find a place to smoke, maybe text a friend and/or listen to some music. For a day that's been stressful, I smoke a little more than usual sometimes (I've smoked over a pack on REALLY stressful days, like when my dad died, but that's been rare), grab a beer or two later at night, watch some TV and/or read a book. My husband calls it "brain melting" lol. When you just sit there and do basically nothing, like watch TV, play a game, etc. As far as really long term, like my life in general and not going suicidal anymore (I'm bipolar), my faith has helped a lot. Since I embraced my Pagan path with everything in me, I've never felt better about myself and life in general. So, for me, it's a combination of my faith and smaller ways of coping with at the moment kinds of stress.
at 3:54 AM on Jan. 7, 2011