June 14, 2015
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