I like to ride rollercoasters as a form of stress relief. There’s something beautiful about that spike of fear and joy that you get in a good coaster. I live fairly close to the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki and that fact was a major player in our choice of apartment. Of course, I have a season ticket.

I’ve always had a fondness for amusement parks, but this thing started last year when I was getting ready to head to California. While there I was planning to go to Worldcon and a novel workshop with friends before that. And, because I am nothing if not an overcommitter, I was in full-on panic mode, trying to get everything done before I left. At the point where I started doing low-grade screaming my partner decided that I needed a break. We went to Linnanmäki to ride the historic wooden rollercoaster. Twice.

There was no going back from that. I was completely hooked. And I felt better, more relaxed. Ever since then, whenever I feel annoyed or on the verge of wanting to shout, I go take a ride on a rollercoaster. And I’m good for another day, no matter how frustrating the day so far has been. And it’s on my way home from work as well.

Do you have a go-to method for stress relief?