Think about how exciting it is to be editing the largest free knowledge website. Edit a less controversial page.
Click the "random page" button once or twice. Find an entire new territory free from wikistress.
Stop looking at your watchlist. It does contain pages that you are emotionally involved with. Ignore it. Find new pages that you don't care so much about. It probably also contains stressful pages like problem users which should be avoided. Angela 02:03, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Of course, not having any pages in your watchlist is a good start :) Christopher Mahan 02:05, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Read this whole page (especially #133 or #175). There are some real stress relievers in the page itself, that don't have to be taken literally Vandalism destroyer 22:58, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Take a long vacation. Treat yourself to relaxation, favorite TV shows (unless they cause you wikistress), spend time with friends, family, and pets, and maybe try something new. If you must log on to Wikipedia, don't edit anything unless it's about Elmo or a favorite Teddy Bear of yours.
Better yet, remove articles from your watchlist that are causing stress. Anthère
Wipe your watchlist completely clean - this really wipes the slate of stress away. Then consider adding a few back again some time later. --Alfakim 10:55, 20 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go home to bed and don't be editing at 2AM Archivist 02:15, Nov 14, 2003 (UTC)
Take a break from the articles bringing you stress. Realize there are over 100 other people here who can deal with the problems. Then in a week or two you can always come back to those articles with a fresh mind, fresh ideas. Kingturtle 02:27, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
If you are too dedicated to stressful things to do something else, go to Meatball wiki and read up on defining and dealing with conflict—it's a good diversion and I always learn something over there — BCorr ¤ Брайен 02:46, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
If you are just reverting and deleting and not enjoying yourself then STOP. Someone else will have to deal with it. Do something else. Secretlondon 22:54, Nov 14, 2003 (UTC)
It is only Wikipedia. It is not *that* important in the run of things. (Actually it is) Secretlondon 22:54, Nov 14, 2003 (UTC)
Just switch to another Wikipedia or Wikimedia project. Working at a language you hardly manage is highly beneficial, since you do not understand anything of what is going on. Anthère 23:00, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
If you cannot just switch off your computer, then read and enjoy some articles from Featured articles. Absolutely refrain from editing any of them. Choose subjects you do not know a lot about and become an ordinary, traditional encyclopaedia user, at least while you are reading the article(s) you have decided on. Alternatively, go through “Random pages” until you come across an article worth nominating for Featured articles candidates. —KF 23:20, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
If you cannot refrain from editing, then request an indefblock until you have calmed down. Ups and Downs (↕) Check my status before pinging or posting to my talk page! 02:09, 26 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I believe some sort of radical change in editing process is the ultimate and only solution to this problem. — Taku 23:43, Nov 14, 2003 (UTC)
Take a day off from Wikipedia once in a while. Angela 08:35, 19 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Take a wikivacation: Every so often, turn your need to edit into a need to explore the world around you. Don't forget to take notes and photos and come back to Wikipedia and write articles about what you learned and illustrate those articles with the photos you took. I do this often and it keeps me fresh and excited about Wikipedia! —Maveric149 20:55, 19 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Anything dull and uncontroversial helps. Go remove all the links to some disambiguation page. Then do the same for another. And another. And another. Repeat till calm. Note all the great encyclopedia articles you see in the process.
Unsubscribe from the mailing lists and escape the pointless repetitive arguments, the endless recriminations and the general desire to create more heat than light. Angela 18:46, 26 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Alternatively, re-read the mailing lists from previous months and years. Reminisce about past scandals and laugh at how the same issues repeat themselves year on year.
Remember that you're not compelled to work on Wikipedia, unlike schoolwork or your daytime job!
If you're annoyed, or angry, or depressed by Wikipedia, take a week off and chill. Exposure to real life will cure you. Finlay McWalter
If you're getting into frequent pointless edit and flame wars in controversial subjects like abortion and zionism, spend some time instead editing something else you care about: your home town, your favourite band, the last excellent book you read. If you only want to edit controversial topics like abortion and zionism then, well, you're the architect of your own hypertension. Finlay McWalter
Randomize yourself for a while. Try to find stubs and put them a mark, or if you find a medical page, put the “No medical advice” notice. Or put silliness into VfD, or... All of this while you listen to your favourite music. This is Pfortuny from the en.wikipedia. 17:11, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Redirect your user page to Burnout and forget about Wikipedia for awhile. Angela 18:16, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Take a break and read Unusual articles. It will give you a new appreciation for the beauty that is sometimes created out of chaos. — BCorr ¤ Брайен 04:33, 17 Dec 2003 (UTC)
When editing gets too stressful, go and do some maintenance instead. Angela 17:46, 3 Jan 2004 (UTC)
Rediscover sleep. Try not to dream about Wikipedia though. Fabiform 04:29, 7 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Calm yourself with some nostalgia. Create a new article about a favourite children's television show you remember from your youth, or a singer you had a crush on, etc. Fabiform 04:29, 7 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Go on strike. If you have a to-do list, enclose it in <strike> tags for a week or two.Benc 07:31, 19 Aug 2004 (UTC)
DO NOT edit articles listed in Special:Recentchanges. The probability is extremely high that someone is still working on that article. If you edit it, they will respond immediately, and possibly negatively. Or there may be the dreaded “edit conflict”. Sewing 20:48, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Do not try to keep up with multiple projects at the same time. Choose one! \Mike 21:54, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Or make dozens of accounts on isolated wikis and indulge in creating interlang links between articles you can't ever read ...... —Aphaia 01:37, 15 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Never use NPOV arguments against your wife. —Ezeu - I object! This statement is not gender-neutral. - 188.8.131.52 09:51, 27 January 2006 (UTC) Is anything???? 184.108.40.206 17:11, 20 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hang out on #en.wikipedia.vandalism and RC patrol. By reverting vandals you will blow off steam in a productive way. -- Catchi? 18:23, 23 September 2005 (UTC)
Go to your local library and pick up a book about a subject you like. Resist the urge to fumble around the cover for an edit button when you find a typo or a POV section. Repeat until cured. Jacqui★ 06:22, 10 November 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Eat three big bowls of plain shredded wheat with absolutely no sugar. Repeat every 12 hours. 220.127.116.11 02:52, 8 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Read a factual book by a great author on a subject you don't know. 18.104.22.168 19:31, 6 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go for a walk. A long walk if necessary. Walk somewhere you've never been before, somewhere in your neighbourhood that you've never had a need to visit. Stop to stroke cats and dogs if you come across them. Don't think about where you're going, just walk. Don't force yourself to forget about Wikipedia, just let your thoughts wander, and if they dwell on Wikipedia, just remember how fantastic the whole project is. Eventually, you'll know when to return home. Cnwb 04:49, 29 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Smell a flower. Make sure there are no bees inside. Do not eat the flower. Memorize the ingredients on a ketchup bottle. Tomato concentrate.....Ground onion powder.....I'm drooling already....--22.214.171.124 00:27, 20 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'd recommend a nap or working on some other project. Maybe reserve Wikistressed time for hobbies. 126.96.36.199 03:49, 7 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Get a real job
If you're religious, take some time meditating to clear your head. Even if you're not, giving yourself a few minutes of quiet time, focusing on your breathing, could do wonders.
Break in Area 51 at night, steal a high-tech laser bazooka from the aliens the government is tied in with, shoot any robotic guards that run after you (humans are government employees, start at 9, quit at 5), then plug the USB into your computer, and shoot any user that is a troll or a vandal or even a Wikistress causer with a virtual laser bazooka blast. They will probably not annoy you anymore. Or you can do what most people, not me, do. Go to other Wikimedia projects and get your contributions higher on those projects. Don't fill your life with excitement. (Side effects of my solution maybe Federal Prison, death, and being cut open by aliens.).
Smile and plot revenge at the people with the stick up their ass.
Go to the fuse box and flip off every breaker except the kitchen. Leave them off for a full week.188.8.131.52 15:20, 10 August 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ooh, Shmorky. Stick it in my mouth. Stick it in my mouth.
Play some kind of online game, any which requires as much of your attention as possible (like board games, real time strategy games, first person shooters, etc. ... ). These can help you get your mind off whatever is causing you wikistress. In the worst case scenario your stress will be shifted towards bad/obnoxious players in those games, leaving you fresh for more time on Wikipedia!
Of course you could decide to pick up your towel and find out what is known about the great "unknown" and leave all this stress to the computer. Seeings as how it brought it into your life it's only fair that you politely decline and inform the computer that any editing should be left directly up to it instead of trying to get humanoid to touch its "buttons" with such and enticing offer as making other people read your views on computer politics. -RevRogue-
If you are Christian, leave your computer switched off on Sundays. Wiki can do one day a week without you, and you can do one day a week without Wikipedia. TeunSpaans 20:24, 14 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Breathe deeply and remember that Wikipedia is far, far bigger than anything else known to Humankind, or indeed, ever invented by us, since we first developed a conscious mind (and a conscience?). But don't let it get you down and just keep up the good work! 184.108.40.206 15:56, 11 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go look up your topics of interest in a normal encyclopedia and if you find something you disagree with it, there's not much you can do about it. Be glad you (and others, including those you disagree with) can edit in Wikipedia with a single click. Thestick 00:47, 12 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Try watching your favorite TV show. Also, try making a challenge of the month for fun. What I'm trying to say is, just have fun with something. --220.127.116.11 03:59, 21 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Do keep in mind that you're just getting sucked into a scheme to line Jimbo's pockets. Nothing to get worked up about. 18.104.22.168 02:40, 27 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Stop being such a Wikinazi, just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean they are wrong.
Take a week off. Trust me, it really helps. no it dont
Check your email. Become disappointed after realizing there's nothing interesting to read. Give up and go play some repetitive and simple online game or read a webcomic. Quirozom 07:32, 25 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go do something useful in the real world, such as cleaning your room or washing dirty dishes. Quirozom 07:32, 25 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ask yourself when was the last time you (a)spent a full day outside or (b)spent a day without thinking of Wikipedia. Make the appropriate changes to improve your mood and your habits. You DO need some sunlight, you know? Quirozom 07:32, 25 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Get on up! Get on up, and dance, dance, dance! Bearly541 10:09, 4 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Think about something other than Wikipedia that is baffling and stretches your brain. E.g Pete Burns, God, Algebra etc.
Learn to focus on what you're doing right now and to leave stress for things you're not doing (e.g. work, Wikipedia) aside when you're not doing them. Autarch 18:51, 25 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pick one day (or more than one, if you like) of the week and never touch Wikipedia on that day. Which day is up to you: select it based on work schedules, religion, or whatever else you want. If you can't decide on one, just pick one at random.Fyre2387 06:22, 4 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Limit your time on Wikipedia. There's much else to do in the world.
If you don't enjoy it, it's a waste of time. Wiki shouldn't be a chore or a commitment. If it's becoming one then stop!.
Try taking a break from editing for a day and just read articles that entertain you (or get on with your life for a day ;)).
Repeat number 55.
Repeat numbers 104 and 102
Find smaller wikis around the internet to edit. Texcarson 00:36, 21 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go to YouTube and watch entertaining videos. Texcarson 00:36, 21 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Install some videogame and play online with your friends/brothers/sisters. Texcarson 00:36, 21 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you're an administrator who carries out repetitive boring tasks, stop for a while and concentrate your energies in the article space, doing some serious editing. Texcarson 00:36, 21 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Have yourself lobotomized. Wikipedia needs more mindless vegetables to preform random edits and vandal patrols. --ZacBowling 05:51, 26 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Repeat what you have said exactly 30 minutes ago.
Take a nice, hot, relaxing shower and wipe away all the stress.
Use Wikipedia as a stress reliever for your daily life, reversing the wikistress process! Take a break from your job or household chores and edit Wikipedia for a little while. If your boss objects, edit something related to your job. 22.214.171.124 20:44, 14 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Look around for vandalism, and then enjoy warning/blocking the vandal that thinks they're invincible. ~ w:user:Ryan
As a Wikipedia editor, I urge you, just get out of the house away from the computer! Take a walk, go out with friends (or make some up), just do something not inside that is not editing Wikipedia. Just take a Saturday and relax. It honestly helps me. "Relax and float downstream. It is not dying." 126.96.36.199 03:20, 6 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ignore drama and other annoying stuff which regularly gets posted on some pages (for instance see the Administrator's noticeboard on the english wikipedia) and avoid arguments of any sort for a while. - Texcarson 23:54, 9 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you know more than one language it could be interesting to explore a wikipedia which isn't written in your native language for a while. - Texcarson 23:54, 9 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you feel the need to take a break for a while and are tempted to come out with an "explosion" on some page, remember that your "rant" will probably cause more "drama" and thus increase the amount of general annoyance. Therefore, just disappear and take the necessary time to calm down. - Texcarson 00:01, 10 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wikipedia is a text-based MMORPG: take it as such! Texcarson 23:13, 18 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Stay away from Israel/Palestine. Take a vacation to Dahab and Sharm al-Shaykh.188.8.131.52 08:21, 23 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you are involved in a talk page discussion, ask the other editors to take a break from the subject by refraining from any edits or talk page postings.--184.108.40.206 00:26, 26 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Jump to a different project. Under the WMF umbrella, there are several projects to choose from: Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Wikipedia, Wiktionary... there isn't a single project that isn't in need of knowledgeable contributors, and working with a brand new group of people can be very beneficial to a stressed editor in the long run. EVula// talk // ☯ // 01:24, 3 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
DO A BARREL ROLL!
Type in something random in Google, and see what shows up.
Listen to that singer your friend is obsessed with and you promised that you'd listen to them one day but secretly never planned on doing so.
Stop reading this page. Srsly.
Phone a "friend with benefits".
Blank THIS page once in a while, not the President's page on WIkipedia.
Be sure to proofread everything you edit.
Go back to 1.
Add another number to this list, and then make a loop-link in Uncyclopedia. Netpassport89 07:01, 14 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Get a massage, to ease all that muscle tension caused by wikistress. (It's probably a good idea anyway, after hunching over your computer for such a long time) Peltirasia 20:28, 20 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ponder the reasons that manhole covers are circular and add some to the Manhole Cover page. 220.127.116.11 12:02, 3 December 2009 (UTC) Or, better yet, defend the page on the Wikipedian Game in the name of justice and freedom.Reply[reply]
Figure out why you're getting so stressed out over the internet in the first place. 11milo11 01:22, 12 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you feel strongly affected by this accident of birth called "nationality", then work on articles that have no connection with your country. MakeSense64 08:04, 2 January 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Remember that Wikipedia is just a website that you have full control when it comes to visiting and leaving the site. Take a break. Have fresh air and say, "Wikipedia isn't dope when there is too much stress! I need to call my girlfriend and spend more time with her!" JCRules 00:40, 11 January 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go as long as you can without Wikipedia, then slowly start WikiGnoming, then after a few months, you can go back to full editing. Repeat as needed. Also, try listening to classical music. Nazek42 (talk) 23:31, 12 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Keep going and practice assuming good faith no matter how bad you feel - and when you screw up, just fight on through that. Wikipedia doesn't need you, but you'll learn some new things for yourself. -Rushyo (talk) 00:18, 23 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Remember that it's just Wikipedia. You're contributions are valued, but the encyclopedia can do without you for a few days or weeks. Also, don't give a fuck. Just log off and go to the beach or go to that party you were invited to...don't waste it for Wikipedia. Don't let your life be dictated by Wikipedia. If real life is occupying you, then ignore Wiki for a little. Enjoy and happy life guys :) WorldTraveller101 (talk • contribs) 15:14, 8 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Do not edit while drunk. If drunk, log off and do the anthill thing. See above. Irondome (talk) 00:59, 16 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Go out for a walk, or if feeling lazy, hop on a bus and go see the sights. (I always ride a route from terminus to terminus before writing about it.)--Launchballer (talk) 20:44, 28 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
if that annoying periodic header from Jimmy Wales pops up, once again begging for money, you are in luck! DONATE! - $5, even $10 will help your stress! It will magically be diminished, inversely with respect to the amount of your donation. And it's an EXPONENTIAL scale! Try it the next time his plea pops up! ... Aqking (talk) 17:08, 10 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Try to defy and win reality so that it works however you want it to be. For example, let's say that I want to go back to the year 1776, but cannot let go of the Wikipedia addiction. So I keep editing though I travel back in time, and HanSangYoon (talk) 99:99, 4 July 1776 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Retire, come back after 5 years, edit for a month, then make editing an annual thing. --Siddhartha Ghai (talk) 16:28, 31 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Try editing a page that gets a lot of views, and you'll still be able to appear in the history page as a partial author of the page. 18.104.22.168 14:32, 4 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Explore the "For you" page of TikTok and the "Home" page of YouTube. Ups and Downs (↕) 01:15, 17 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Don't look at the recent changes page a lot. And sometimes, take a WikiBreak. And look for a less controversial article. TuorEladar (talk) 15:40, 22 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Try to get some LSD. After ingesting approx. 150µg, take a walk. If you pass by some trees, ask the trees if they know some guy they call Lorax. If they answer, have a long conversation with them. If they remain silent, get angry because someone sold you bulk acid. Thallosaurus (talk) 13:51, 14 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Watch YouTube videos to take your mind off the stress (see also 210). Sahaib3005 (talk) 22:07, 21 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Don't be too stressful with Wikipedia. It's meant for relaxation, not an intense job.
Focus more on reading rather than editing. Then try reading some actual reliable source instead of a Wikipedia article. Wikipedia is about knowledge after all. Nxavar (talk) 07:32, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]