A Psychologist Rates My Stress Strategies
From pizza to ultramarathons, what's the best way to chill out?
Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+.
Like you, I am trying to get better at dealing with stress and anxiety. I am aware that I suck at it, and that the methods I have used to try to deal with it—along with not being created or recommended by any mental-health professional—also suck. But I thought I would get a professional opinion on how those methods suck, and even maybe how much they suck, so I asked my friend and psychologist Trevor Davis for his professional opinion. He rated each strategy from one to five stars (one being bad and five being good) and wrote some notes in response to each one.