Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best way to relieve stress?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best way to relieve stress?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best way to relieve stress?

“Sex! Two destressed for the price of one!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Get off social media. I’m a whole new person when I’m not constantly checking Twitter.” — Rachel Benn, Life Imitates Heart

“Nothing beats meditation.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“Excercise is by far the best. Too often people think you need to be training for the olympics for it to be worthwhile, but even a half hour walk has great value. If the weather is bad, head to a mall if you don’t belong to a gym. Alcohol, in moderation, and when appropriate, also is great.” — Joe Imperato, Health Care Mythologies

“Walk down the lakefront from Fullerton to North ave when it’s not busy.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“There are substances that come to mind, but I guess a massage or a nice drive on LSD with a good friend should help, when it’s warmer sitting on a pier and listening to Lake Michigan lap against it is pretty fool proof, just a couple possibilities, but I guess whatever sounds relaxing to YOU is the ticket, nothing’s worse than being TOLD how to relax, right?” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“Unplug, head out to the little cabin on the little lake with 7 miles of gravel road to get there. Sit out on the deck in the morning with a steaming cup of fragrant coffee in hand, listening to the loons serenade you while the gentle, lapping of the lake along the shore keeps time. Ahhhh…..” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“I want to reach for comfort foods, but I try to exercise and/or mediate. Ice cream, in moderation, is also great. Canoeing! Bird watching and bike riding on a forest preserve bike trail. My favorite is the North Branch.” — Judy Marcus, Opinionated Woman

“I love going for walks in nature to reduce the impact stress has on me.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“If it’s short-term stress then I prefer to get out of my head. I take a walk or a short run… or just sit in the sun in a quiet place (basically it’s meditation with varying levels of exertion). For chronic stress, I don’t think anything helps more than talking with someone who cares – whether it’s with a therapist or with a friend over coffee (or even online).” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Baseball. No! Wait a minute! As a lifelong Cub fan I know that baseball can only increase your stress level. Even Game 7 (yes, THAT Game 7) aged me who knows how many years.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Meditation. Whether you practice deep breathing for one minute or practice a guided meditation for 15 minutes, connecting to your breath brings you to the present moment, and relieves stress instantly.” — Nina Kushner Vallone, You Know Neen

“Get something off your chest by writing a post for ChicagoNow.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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