Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
2/2/13 8:45 P

I used to multi-task when i was taking courses by typing out my notes before an exam and then reading them for hours on an elliptical training at the gym. I can't read on a machine, but i can memorize something that i wrote myself. I also would watch lectures from online classes while folding laundry and doing other household chores.

I'm not sure if your question is regarding stress relaxation when you are ill and incapable of working (bubble bath time!) or juggling healthy living and schooling.

MOMOF2RJ Posts: 8
2/2/13 8:32 P

I am a stay home mom of a 17 year old but I do go to school two days a week and I have 2 online classes also. I seem to stay stressed out if I forget to track my calories or exercise. I have been sick for the past few days and haven't been able to really do anything so I don't feel like I am loosing any weight. I need advice on how to release some stress and get focused.

2/2/13 8:27 P

I work from home, so staying motivated and productive without any supervision at all is a main goal. What i have learnt over the past four years is this... routines and habits eventually render themselves obsolete. For weeks, calorie-counting will be what i need to do to eat right and then, suddenly, it doesn't help. Likewise, sometimes i use a site like mytomato or another productivity tracker to get me through the week and other times, it just doesn't work.
I think it is probably best to have a lot of motivational "tricks" up your sleeve and cycle through them - but not just because you can. Be open to needing to change it up, but let the routine do the work for you as long as possible. Jot other people's suggestions you receive when your own system is working down for later - and just because one suggestion hasn't worked before, doesn't mean that it won't be JUST THE THING you need to get over the hump next time.
On this topic, i highly recommend Dr. Neil Fiore's book The Now Habit which although about procrastination broadly, certainly addresses the procrastination we engage in with regards to being healthy and active.

Edited by: HFEATHERINA at: 2/2/2013 (20:27)
NANCYPAT1 Posts: 57,637
2/2/13 7:15 P

I think those of us who stress about things (lots of things) do experience stress about this process too. The trick is to recognize that PERFECTION is not only NOT possible, it is not even desirable. Those who are PERFECT often become obsessed, stressed, and end up deciding to STOP even trying. PROGRESS and a LIVEABLE LIFE tthat is full, healthy, and rewarding is the REAL goal that we need to work towards. I hope you find a way to discover PEACE on your journey.

BLUETIGERCLAWS1 SparkPoints: (6,604)
Fitness Minutes: (7,718)
Posts: 163
2/2/13 12:09 A

Ive only been working hard for two weeks and I already feel stressed. I have a bad habit of wanting to see results fast. I just try hard to remember it will take time and any results are better than nothing

2/1/13 1:20 P

I stress a LOT about it, but I stress about everything. The best tool for me is tracking progress. Then when I get up tight about it, I can go see the progress I have made. SP is great for seeing progress in weight and other measurements. It lacks in viewing fitness progress.

I use another website for tracking fitness. Then if I have a "bad" workout -- translation, a workout that I'm unhappy with how well I did -- I can view some history. Typically, my "bad" workout was better than workouts I was happy with a few months ago.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/1/13 9:04 A

Of course, I do. But i also keep my BIG WHY in mind and it does help me over the hard spots. I can say don't let it get to you and that everything will work out, but that doesn't always help.
Maybe when you get discouraged and stressed out, focus on one element. There are a lot of elements to being healthy. Weight loss is just one of them. maybe focus on taking a walk. The endorphins you get from that plus being out in the sun can go a long way to making your mood better.
maybe take a long soak in the tub or take an extra long shower. Clear your mind of your worries and picture yourself in a beautiful spot. I picture our family summer home in Wisconsin. it is surrounded by trees and cannot be seen from the main road. Chirping squirrels (yes they chirp), tweeting birds, and the soft rustle of the wind through the trees.
Just take yourself away for a while

I also find journalling helps. maybe you want to blog. But write down your feelings. sometimes once they are down on paper and your re-read them, they are not so bad. it also helps me in stressful situations. it doesn't have to be long. It can easily be a sentence or two.

Reach out to a friend or family member.
Go to an animal shelter and volunteer some time. Holding a kitten or playing with a puppy are mood lifters too. The furry babies may make you smile.

But at the end of the day, i know that being healthy and staying healthy are the greatest gift i can give myself and my family. Head up now.

CAILEYMARIE8 SparkPoints: (1,195)
Fitness Minutes: (70)
Posts: 2
1/31/13 9:04 P

I have been getting a little stressed about eating right, tracking, and exercising, but i also have anxiety disorder. Does anybody else get stressed about being and staying healthy? Do you, also, get discouraged from it?

Page: 1 of (1)  

Other Staying Motivated Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
At The Beginning.... 9/25/2015 9:13:30 PM
Spark Motivational Board 9/3/2015 1:30:37 PM
At what point could you tell a difference? 8/25/2016 2:10:50 AM
Learn to Write Backward 9/18/2016 11:47:04 AM
Staying on Track on the Weekends 1/14/2017 8:34:51 PM