Meet the Geek


Have a seat. Have a Jelly Baby. Have a cup of tea — Earl Grey, hot.

Jelly Babies and Tea

When two geek worlds collide.

Let me tell you about why I built this site. It wasn’t to make sci-fi pop culture references.

Well…not just to make sci-fi pop culture references. There’s also the Lord of the Rings to think about.

Hm. I’ll start again:

My name is Angie and I am, as you may have guessed, a confirmed geek.

I’ve also suffered for years from depression and anxiety — which, those of you who also suffer from these two diseases know, tend to feed off each other. Add some stress into the mix, and you’ve got a world-class mess in the making.

A few years ago, I lost my job…along with the decent health insurance it provided. That meant no more meds for me. It also meant I needed to find a way to keep my stress levels low, or that mess I mentioned in the previous paragraph was going to grow into Something Serious.

So I started looking into stress relief. I found out a few things along the way:

  1. I despise Yoga. I know, I know…it’s supposed to be soothing, and good for the body, and yadda yadda. I’d rather watch paint dry. Or, worse, the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Back to back.
  2. Many stress relief tips out there are common sense. Just as many are…well, not so much.
  3. The most important thing you can do to lower your stress level is to find something you love, something that makes you all excited when you think about it…something that you can geek out about. And then, make time to enjoy it.

For me, that something turned into a couple of somethings. First was rediscovering my love of music (for more of that story, check out my other blog, Adventures of a Grown-Up Band Geek). Second was rekindling my love of geeky entertainment.

Star Wars. Star Trek. Doctor Who. Monty Python (which, I understand, is not necessarily geeky…until you understand that I have autobiographies and I’m not afraid to quote them).

One more thing I discovered: Geeks of all stripes tend to be really, really enthusiastic about their geeky endeavors. And if you’re really, really enthusiastic about something, it’s difficult to stay stressed out while you’re doing that something.

And that’s why I started TranquiliGeek. This is a place where we can all geek out together, get really, really enthusiastic about things we love…and lower our risk for stress-related illness in the process.

So have another Jelly Baby. Pour another cup of Earl Grey (or, all right, fine, the beverage of your choice).

Then build your own stress relief kit. Eat a stress-busting snack. And, pretty please, leave a comment and tell me what you love so much that it makes you geek out and forget your worries for awhile.


Meet the Geek — 10 Comments

  1. I can’t help it, I love musicals. I can recite Oklahoma and shake it to any dance number in Singing In the Rain. If loving Donald O’Connor is wrong, baby, I don’t want to be right.

    • Ooh, right there with you! I’m learning the theme from ‘Oklahoma’ on the ocarina right now. πŸ˜‰

    • Hey, thanks for visiting, Willi! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, most days I’m okay…and then WHAM! I’ll have a day when it just feels like I’m falling apart. I’ve got some depression- and anxiety-specific posts coming up in the next few weeks to talk about it.

  2. My personal fave is Doctor Who. I’m a 9th Doctor girl (3 has my undying love as well… those smoking jackets!), and it’s so easy to whip out the device and fire up one of the serials. πŸ™‚ It’s not just that I love the Doc and I get all enthused; it’s that I get lost in it. For me, that’s the key ingredient to my stress relief. For that 25 minutes or so, I forget what’s going on with me while I worry instead about saving the world from Cybermen and Daleks. πŸ™‚

    Oh, and chocolate. Who can feel stressed when there’s chocolate?
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    • Hi, G! Thanks so much for visiting/commenting! πŸ˜€

      I have a soft spot for 9, just because he helped re-launch the series and get the Doctor going on new adventures again. And 10 was just plain dreamy (I’m a sucker for tall, lanky, and slightly goofy).

      But I think I’d have to say 4 was my favorite. Gotta love that crazy scarf! πŸ˜‰

      Also, did someone say CHOCOLATE?? πŸ˜€

  3. I like to watch comedies for temporary stress relief and reading fiction is very calming and meditative to me, particularly because most of my work tends to be very left brain analytical. Listening to music helps too. Lavender essential oil in the bath is also very relaxing for me.

  4. Avoid carrot juice. And have a jammy dodger to dunk in your tea!
    And, for a great insta-relax, find a perfume that smells soothing. Lavender, vanilla and jasmine are all good for relaxing, vanilla is always comforting, while aquatic scents feel like a breath of fresh air, so they are uplifting. Once you find one that works for you, you’ll find that each time you use it, it just enforces the mood boosting power.

    • Hi, Lynzi – thanks for commenting! I’m with you on the scents. I have a Scentsy warmer in every room, and I love vanilla and floral scents. πŸ™‚

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