Although eating in front of the television while “zoning out” seems to be one of my “bad” ways to handle stress, I do have some more healthy suggestions.
Eating and zoning to the television are also my bad ways of releiving stress!
I will sometimes do some sort of physical activity so that I can get my mind on the motion of my body vs the thoughts in my head. If that doesn't work, I also will talk it out or write it out if it's stress because of drama or emotions. I have those "stress reliever balls" that you are supposed to spin around in your hand, those are nice cause they make noise while I do the motion which is two things for me to notice besides what is weighing me down. Else I meditate and just tell myself it will work out; don't worry and calm down. :-)
Another thing I do to de-stress is something that DH taught me: I put in a computer game like "Diablo II" and kill monsters, pretending they are whomever or whatever has stressed me out. I've found that I have to be in an active situation to de-stress, so reading or watching a movie doesn't help, because those activities don't focus my mind enough. It can drift too easily when I read or watch a movie.
Funny that computer games release stress
While I am a Pagan, I'm not a Wiccan. I used to be one for a long time. I changed my path and I'm now what is known as a Celtic Reconstructionist, which means that I follow the Celtic deities and try to honor them in as close as my ancestors did as possible (minus the headhunting, warfare and human and animal sacrifice). I'm also studying Druidry, which a lot of times goes hand in hand with CR.