De-stressing isn’t “blowing off steam”
De-stressing is different than “blowing off steam”, which some people like to do with high-energy, aggressive activities.
- pounding the shit out of something in a kickboxing class
- pounding yourself into the ground with high-intensity workouts
- screaming at the other idiots on the roads inside your car
This isn’t always bad. (After all, how is that imbecile going too slow in the fast lane going know what he’s doing wrong unless you tell him?)
In fact, it’s pretty awesome and important for us to turn our healthy aggression outwards instead of inwards.
Better we go ape on a punching bag, run some hard miles, or visit a Rage Room to get our frustrations out than shout at our kids or seethe silently until we explode.
But these activities — again, even if they’re healthy and appropriate — still get you riled.
They’re good stress… but still stress.
Same goes for recreational activities like:
- watching TV or films
- surfing the internet
- playing console games
Electronic stimulation, while fun, is still stimulation. So — unfortunately for all you Candy Crush and Call of Duty fans — anything involving a screen is out.