Had a Bad Day?
Did Dr Sloth just "take back" your super-rare transmogrification potion? Did you
miss yet another Kadoatery feeding time? Are you tired of constantly having to
buy new keyboards/mice/throwable items? We've all been there, but fear not my
fellow Neopians, because this guide will give you the much sought after secrets
of stress relief: The Neopian Way! I'll start with giving you a handy and concise
to the dos!
1) Leave the area!
The first step that you absolutely must do is move to an area clear of all
people or pets. Perhaps a long trip to the more desolate stretches of the Lost
Desert would do the trick, but the absolute preferred place has got to be the
Tiki-Tack shop, located on Mystery Island. Now, are you free of all people?
Are your pets safely booked in the Neolodge? Good! Now you can let out a nice,
long scream/series of unprintable words without fear of attracting unwanted
attention. You should feel just a little bit better now.
2) Go on! Have a cuppa tea!
Now that members of the public are no longer in immediate danger of having
piles of dung thrown at them at random, I would advise a trip to the food shop,
where you'll be able to buy a nice hot drink, which is terrific for relieving
tension. If you miss the restock, or still feel like ripping the head off a
Von Roo Plushie, I'd go for the shop wizard instead.
OK, you are probably feeling a lot better compared to a few minutes ago, so
congratulations! But the guide is not over yet, and failure to complete all
of these steps can often result in catastrophic relapses, possibly of world-destroying
Games can be a good way to relax your mind - but only if you pick the right
games to play! You don't want to play a stress-inducing game that means you
have to repeat all of these steps again. Try the "zen" mode of Destruct-O-Match,
as because you cannot lose, it takes away the source of stress. Or play the
game that you're good at (and that preferably doesn't make you bang your head
on the keyboard). If you are the type who can become well... a bit angry when
you lose a game of Volcano Run or Feed Florg - don't worry, this group of people
includes me - it's best to stick to games with a "Zen mode".
4) Distract yourself!
Listening to music or watching a film is a fantastic thing to do while you
are stressed. It distracts you from the source of the stress, and gives you
time to cool down. So distract yourself - of course, you'll never catch me distracted...
*runs outside chasing a Meepit*
5) Retail Therapy
If shopping is something that can de-stress you, then please do buy a few things
for yourself, for the sake of Neopia! But stick to buying items for yourself;
don't buy them for putting in your shop. Doing this means that if the item does
sell out, you'll probably be a lot less stressed about it.
Neomailing is of course a good way to relieve stress! There's nothing like
a good friend to cheer you up when a greedy Kadoatie steals 5000 of your hard
earned Neopoints - especially if the same has happened to them! ;-)
Until now, I've focused mostly on the "DOS" and less on the "do nots". These
"do nots" should be followed if you are already stressed, but can also be applied
if you want to avoid stress in the first place. There are only a couple here
so it shouldn't be too hard!
It's best to stay away from the Neoboards if you are stressed - it's stressful
enough on the Neoboards, having to tell all of those n00bs that "Jelly World"
doesn't exist (How ridiculous!), without already being stressed out about other
things. If you want social contact, neomailing a friend may be a better option
as they are more likely to be able to cheer you up.
We've all been in the situation: you are in your favourite shop, and a restock
comes. You hastily scan through the cornucopia of items, and to your surprise,
you see an item that could be worth thousands, tens of thousands, millions!
You click on it, and get to the haggling screen; you type in the price, and
in your haste, you click on the wrong place in the picture. By the time you
can correct your mistake, the item is sold out, and you're left with nothing!
This alone is enough to infuriate you, so if you are already angry, you're going
to have a tough time containing yourself. This piece of advice is only applicable
for full out restocks, if it cheers you up to buy the odd item for yourself
or your pet, that's fine, but when you're stressed, try to just buy one or two
items for yourself and not for your shop. :-)
3) Think negatively
By thinking negatively, you risk getting yourself caught in a downward spiral
of frustration - and risk having another item stolen from you by the pant devil!
Of course it's difficult to think positively when Sloth sludgifies yet another
item of your inventory, but don't let yourself dwell on it! "How on Neopia do
you think positively?" I hear you ask. Well, *drum roll* it's as easy as following
the steps in this guide!
Thank you for taking the time to read my guide on Neopian stress relief! Hopefully
by now you should be feeling a lot calmer and more relaxed, and this means you'll
have a better Neopets experience - who knows, with that positive state of mind
you may just find that paint brush you've been saving for, or even get your
article accepted into the Neopian Times! ;) So take your Neopets out of the
lodge if you haven't done so already, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Acknowledgements: Thank you idyll_wilde for proofreading my work
thoroughly! Thank you to batgrl988 for helping me out with the "Retail
Therapy" section. (I'd be lost without you. :P) Thank you to selina_ann
for helping me with ideas! Thank you coco_cornucopia for helping me out
with the title! ^_^