A few years ago, a friend of mine went through a particularly rough patch – one of those stretches in which life unraveled in continuous layers. She’d taken multiple trips through the emotional wringer. I was happy to catch up with her recently at a dinner party, where she was looking and feeling recovered, even content and happy again. Lingering at the table with a few of us, she ended up sharing some of the strategies that got her through that time – practices she explained she still uses when serious stress takes hold. “There were days,” she described, “when I would be so upset, so wound around a particular event and unable to let go that it was either continue wandering around the house slamming doors and making large, demonstrative arm movements as I played out the infuriating script running through my head – or just get outside and go for a long ‘$%#& you’ walk to let the bad energy burn itself out.” By the time she got back, she explained, she was dealing with embers instead of an all-out inferno. In other words, things felt manageable again. Over and over, as simple as it was, those walks were one of the main things that got her through – recognizing when she needed the release and letting the steps work their magic.