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How Do You Handle Stress?

June 14, 2015

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For this week’s Spaker’s Corner video, we’re asking people what they do to relieve stress. And as I write this blog post, I’m in Bali in a private villa overlooking an infinity pool that’s steps away from an empty ocean. I’M NOT STRESSED OUT AT ALL! This is some of the calmest I’ve been in ages.

But, sadly, it’s not always like this. This is our first time in Bali, and before March when we went to our friend’s wedding in Punta Cana, we never traveled for vacation, but always for something Eatyourkimchi related. But it’s not like Eatyourkimchi related stuff is even that stressful for us, you know? Even on our vacation now, we’ve always got our cameras out, and we’re taking lots of pictures and videos. We find that fun and enjoyable We both have artsy hobbies, and we’re just lucky enough that we can make a career out of it.

But it’s not always super fun and sunshine and roses. I’m stressed out about Martina’s health. I’m stressed out about my own. I’m stressed out about our animal’s health. I’m stressed out about our long term goals. When it comes to being creative, we try to put structure in our lives, and to give ourselves deadlines for the content we want to make, like TL;DRs, FAPFAPs, WANKs, WTFs, and Speaker’s Corner videos, which are all due on a day, rather than us just putting them up whenever the hell we want to. We’ve been pretty stressed out planning this Meet Your Kimchi Tour as well, since we’re having a much bigger hand in organizing everything now than we’ve ever had in our previous tours. NEVER AGAIN! Planning tours is really, really stressful. Some people flourish at event planning. We have close friends who LOVE IT! Not us, though. I’d like to stick to just making videos, thanks!

I think the biggest thing I do to handle stress lately is diligently go to the gym. I have dates and deadlines for when I go to the gym, and I’ll never skip a day unless I’m traveling. When I’m at the gym, having that hour to focus on something entirely different from everything else in my life, to not focus on camera angles, lighting, or audio levels, to just focus on pushing hard weights and not giving a damn how ugly I look while doing so, that’s a really important part of my life now. Being able not only to step away from the parts of my life that can be stressful, but also to do things that forbid me from thinking about them, I think, is wonderful. I’d like to be able to meditate, but every time I try I lose badly and get back to thinking about all the things I have to do. But at the gym I can’t do that. If I don’t focus, I could hurt myself, which – for the purposes of stress relief – is a good thing, I think :D

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  1. I use swing dancing as a stress reliever. It’s socialable, it’s exercise, it gets my mind focused on something else. Working on my technique also gets me mindful of what I’m doing in the present. All of those things help relieve stress.

    Incidentally, Seoul is one of the best places in the world to go swing dancing. Friends of mine will go on a holiday and no matter where they go, they go via Seoul for the dancing.

    3 years ago
  2. Aww this video was adorable and had me audibly chuckling quite a bit, especially at the naughty comments! hehe

    Lovely music, laughter, doing something physical like running or gardening, crafting… For the sake of good sleep, I also need my time at the end of the day where I start to slow down and unwind, like reading something fluffy and romantic while relaxing with my hubby.

    Also, I find it really helpful to take time each week (usually on Sunday) to schedule my weekly to-dos/plans, dividing them out nicely over the week so that I’m not doing too much in any one given day. It’s so calming to focus on one day at a time, knowing that by the end of the week, everything will be taken care of. I get a lot more done, too, because in the past, I’d see a long list of to-do’s and get too overwhelmed to function. It helps me take care of myself better, too, because part of what I include in that schedule are fun activities (like arts and crafts, new adventures to try, or simply “sit down, turn off distractions, and do nothing but watch ___ drama”), self-care (healthy foods, exercise, etc), outings with friends, etc. Just don’t over-schedule! Leave blank spaces for relaxation and spontaneous opportunities, like watching EYK videos. ^_^

    3 years ago
  3. HULK SMASH

    3 years ago
  4. I go to my boxing gym to relieve my stress, especially during Final Exams week. Like this last semester, it felt awesome sparring, diverting from all the studying I just finished doing. That’s how I got myself through that emotional tsunami and graduated. Hehe, I loved the Nutella response; I’d say the same, too!

    3 years ago
  5. I’ve always used music as a stress reliever. The particular songs change over time, but music is my way of coping or forcing myself to let go of the stress. When I was younger (middle school and high school) I used to listen to Stairway to Heaven as a way to just relax and let the tension and stress go. Lately my go to song is Big Byung Stress Come on! Besides being such a fun song it reminds me that I shouldn’t focus on all the extra small stuff. And it reminds me that exercise, proper nutrition, and sleep are essential for keeping stress away.

    3 years ago
    • Lol, thanks! Just watched Big Byung “Stress Come ON!” at work and had me laughing. So true, the essentials are what should matter most.

      3 years ago
  6. Playing youtube videos (vlogs) in the background while I do my work. It’s like white noise – it’s playing and I don’t focus on it 100% but it’s comforting to go through the motions. When I’m not up to date on my favourite daily vloggers I feel like there’s something missing in my morning routine

    3 years ago
  7. I pluck my leg hairs for stress relief.

    3 years ago
  8. I watch Korean dramas. I don’t obsess over them because that would defeat the purpose of watching them to relieve stress, and I have a ton to be stressed out about. So no drama related blogs or tumblrs, etc. I just watch the show. No analyzing. It really lowers my tension level and calms me. Like a soothing tea.

    3 years ago
  9. I like to go for long walks with my headphones on zoning out to music and concentrating on each step. I’ll also sometime find a nice quiet room and put a warm washcloth over my eyes. I liked the teenager’s answer of arcades and karaoke. I don’t think the arcades would help but the choir geek in me would love the karaoke.

    3 years ago
  10. Sleeping and watching Kpop is a big stress reliever for me. Although I’m naturally a worry-wort, doing anything that helps release the stress helps! Even just being outside in nature and chatting with friends and surrounding yourself with positive things really make a difference!

    3 years ago
    • Sleeping, playing hours of minecraft and watching Kpop is a big stress reliever for me. Although I’m naturally a worry-wort, doing anything that helps release the stress helps! Even just being outside in nature and chatting with friends and surrounding yourself with positive things really make a difference!

      3 years ago
  11. This was just a cute video with so many charming people !!! When my friends are working or at school I end up scrolling through 9GAG for hours or some other app that grabs my attention. But if I have a day off after a stressful week I like to play my favorite video games. I never sold any of my old playstations so I just started playing ffx again (almost strong enough to defeat sin if anyone cares to know :) ) Just progressing in the game and seeing your characters level up can make you feel so much happier.

    3 years ago
  12. I watch K-pop videos and eat, need to go to the gym because of that. Thinking about it stresses me out. I’m hungry.

    3 years ago