One of my absolute favorite stress reducers is taking my current bubble-gum novel (you know, the ones you can chew on and then spit out at any time), sitting in a quiet spot in a restaurant, and then reading my book. A quiet meal with a good story is an excellent way to relax and escape for a short time.
I have to admit that once I leave the school, I do like to escape the heavy classroom reading and do enjoy a bit of escapism for a short spell.
With my wife sleeping on the couch all day–about as sick as I’ve ever seen her–I have gone to town and had a large burrito yesterday and pizza tonight. Can’t beat it: comfort food and an adventure tale.