I just found the best de-stressor for myself. I'm knitting a hat! It is the beginning project for my knitting class, and I am actually doing my homework for Saturday. This is the perfect thing to help balance my writing-overloaded life.
I have been so unbalanced for so long that I am afraid I will go to the other extreme and just do all silly stuff instead of finishing my diss. because I realize how much of life I have been missing throughout this process. I will have to rein it in and still try to enjoy these moments where I can.