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Fun and Games for Managing Stress

Here are some great resources for you to have FUN, and leave your stress at the door.

Having Fun: Why It Provides Some Of The Best Stress Relief
We all have stress in our lives, which provides us with a strong need to relax and balance the stress with fun activities. Here are some reason why fun activities provide some of the best stress relief. You will also find tips on incorporating more fun into your life.

Time To Take A Break
When life gets stressful, sometimes it helps to enjoy a little leisure time. Taking a break from stress and relaxing with unstructured time can help us to cope with stressful days.

The Importance of Hobbies For Stress Relief
Hobbies are often thought of as activities for people who lead quiet, relaxed lives. However, people with full, busy, even stressful lives may need hobbies more than the average person, and benefit greatly from having hobbies in their lives. Hobbies bring many benefits that usually make them more than worth the time they require. Here are...

Finding a Hobby – Top Hobby Ideas for Stress Relief
Finding a hobby can be a simple and effective way to relieve stress. A hobby can be an outlet for eustress, a source of gratification, and a much-needed break from the daily stress of life. Looking to find a hobby that can help you relieve stress? Or did you already find a hobby that helps you de-stress? Share your best stress-relief hobby...

Laughing More and Having Fun
Having fun is an important part of stress management. Because studies show such wonderful health and stress relief benefits to laughter and even the anticipation of laughter, having fun should be a priority in the life of anyone who wants more health and happiness and less stress. Here are some strategies for having more fun in your life.

Non-Addictive Online Games for Stress Relief
Online games can be a great way to relieve stress. However, some online games can become addictive, draining time from your schedule and creating more stress. The following are some online games that are particularly good at relieving stress (included are explanations of why), and have the added bonus of being fun for a few minutes, after which you can get back to your day.

Authentic Happiness: Finding Happiness In Your Life
While there’s more to happiness than just the absence of stress, there are relationships between stress relieving activities and happiness. The following is a list of the 16 different features that promote happiness, with resources from this site and others that can help you incorporate these features into your life, helping you find authentic...

Why You Should Take A Break
We all need to take a break sometimes, but many people leave their vacation time unused, or come back needing to take a break from their vacations! Learn why it's important to take a break from work, stress, and your daily routine, and learn how to most effectively do this.

Adult Education: How Learning and Growing Can Help Relieve Stress
It's never too late to learn something new. And it turns out that continuing to lern and grow into adulthood is not only a way to stay happy, it's also a good stress reliever. Learn more about adult education, happiness and stress relief, and find resources for growth.

Fun and The Importance of Play: Why Adults Need to Play, Too
We usually think of play time as just for children. However, having a regular activity that you do just for fun is part of staying happy as an adult, too. It's also a great stress reliever. Find out more about the link between play, stress relief, and happiness, and see resources to help you get more fun in your life.

Stress Relievers
With today's stressful lifestyles, it's important to have time that you take to do something just for the fun of it. While there are many great hobbies to choose from, this is a list of hobbies that are particularly useful in relieving stress. Learn about the benefits of each, and find resources to get started on a new great hobby for stress...

Learning to Draw: Relieve Stress By Being Creative
Learning to draw can not only be fun, it can relieve stress! You can get in touch with your artistic side and use drawing as a way to process emotions, distract yourself, and acheive other stress management benefits.Find out how to reduce your experience of stress and express yourself creatively by learning to draw.

Make Time For The Important Things In Life
Time can get away from us when we're not careful. Life gets in the way and we forget to take time for the things in life that sustain us and bring us meaning and happiness, and that can lead to stress. If this sounds familiar, learn how to stop this pattern, and make time for what matters the most to you.

Fun Stress Polls: A Fun Way to Check Public Opinion
What stresses you the most? How cluttered is your home? (And everyone else's?) Relieve stress by taking a few minutes to ask yourself some fun questions, and compare answers with thousands of others. Here's a list of fun stress polls from Elizabeth Scott at About's Stress Management Site.

iPod Fun: Fun iPod Uses for Stress Management
Did you know that a video iPod can also be a great stress management tool? Here are ten ways that iPod fun can also relieve stress. Use these tips with your iPod and have a healthier, less stressed lifestyle!

Free Sudoku Puzzles
Sudoku puzzles are a popular pasttime and stress reliever for many. Deb Russell, About's guide to mathematics, has some fun and free Sudoku games for you!

Real or Fake? The Urban Legends Image Quiz
While this whole site is a fun way to take a break from your stressors for a few minutes, this quiz is especially cool! You see fascinating photos and get to guess if they're real or doctored. (And you'll be amazed by which ones are real!)

Reduce Stress with WEBoggle!
Playing Boggle can be a great stress reliever, and playing Boggle with others who are really good at it will relieve stress and help you exercise your brain muscles at the same time!

Here's a free online resource that brings you daily updated, magazine-quality word puzzles like crosswords, logic puzzles, word searches and more!

iFiction: Interactive Fiction
If you'd like to really feel like you're escaping, this site allows you to enter an interactive story! It's like a 'Choose-Your-Own-Adventure' book that you get to participate in. You'll find 264 games in 45 categories. For those who love reading, it's a must-see!

It's Your Turn.com
If you like to play turn-taking games with actual humans, here's a great free resource for you! You'll find over 60 games like chess, checkers, backgammon, Battleboats, Pente, Go, and Stack4, that you can play any time of day. Enjoy!

Music to Relieve Stress
Music can be a powerful tool in relieving stress, and can be used for tension release, relaxation, motivation and more. Heres a useful list of some of the best CDs to use for stress relief, with tips on how to use various forms of music in different ways.

The Surprising Benefits of Re-Runs
If you find yourself watching television to de-stress, don't be too quick to chastise yourself for wasting time; you may be smarter about stress relief than you realize. Research suggests that watching television, particularly re-runs, brings specific benefits for stress management. Learn more about what these are, and pat yourself on the back.

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