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REDBIRDFLY
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3/18/13 11:20 A

You made me laugh!! Thanks! emoticon



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/18/13 6:44 A

I deal with it by rationalizing the situation then tell myself that things could be worse. I also practice relaxation techniques. I then plan a way to improve whatever is causing the problem. If it doesn't improve, then I tend to accept it as that was meant to be.

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RACHEL_LM
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3/17/13 11:15 P

Can you log on to Spark at work? If so, before you hit the vending machine, hit up the WOO HOO section, vent for a sec about your stress, and share with all of us that you are successfully avoiding the binge, despite how you are feeling. We'll support your motivation and commitment to healthy living, and hopefully that alone will make you feel better!

Also, keep in mind that eating like a pig doesn't reduce your stress, it just adds a different stressor later on when you track your food. Who needs that stress?





185LYNN
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3/16/13 3:05 P

Exercise usually but then a little competition with exercise is headed my way with spring around the corner...growing herbs and planting flowers. Be nice if I could really get dirty and grow my own veggies.



ZORBS13
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3/15/13 10:35 P

wine and running. But not at the same time.



LILLIPUTIANNA
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3/15/13 9:38 P

My method is angry exercise. I take all the frustration and negative energy that comes from my stress, and channel into my exercise. This works really well, but often leads to me looking like a crazy person, because while I'm riding my exercise bike furiously, I will yell out things like, "Stupid payroll clerk! Gah! Grrrrr!" It gets particularly interesting if I blurt out things on my walks. I'm fairly sure my neighbors all think I'm insane.

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LOVEMOUSE82
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3/15/13 9:31 P

It depends on what I'm stressed about. If its because I'm tired and overwhelmed with busy stuff on that day, it is easiest to just take some time to get some extra sleep. That does so much more than eating or other activity when you are that stressed.

But if it is the different kind of stress like emotional stress (been dealing with a lot lately) I like to get out of the house and go shopping. If I don't have much money to spend I like to go to the bookstore and just look. Or the library. For me, being inside of a bookstore just does something. It's calming, soothing, I can look at books for hours. Even if I don't buy anything.



185LYNN
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3/15/13 6:58 P

When I get stressed I go outside the house and walk around if weather permits or turn off all electronics. If you are an emotional eater I would leave the house all together get away from, meet up with a friend, drive around, or walk around a park.

Decide on a new hobby, write out a list of "fun" goals you set, making sure they are realistic goals, this will make it easier to achieve or keep a journal or write poems. Sometimes writing things down will help with stress. My unrealistic goal is if I lose a certain amount of weight I will treat myself to a cheap cruise...just not the cruise line that's been in the news lately. emoticon or I would like to take up kickboxing.





CILER11
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3/15/13 3:51 P

I try to exercise. I really like boxing when I'm stressed and mad at someone. Helps motivate me to take it out on the bag. lol I also try a good book and a hot bath. Takes me away and gives me some me time.



ARCHIMEDESII
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3/15/13 3:38 P

Whenever I'm stressed out, I like taking a walk.

Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. If you're at work, try taking a short walk around the neighborhood. Even five minutes away from the desk can help.

It takes time, but you'll learn there are better ways to manage stress that don't involve food. You could take a walk. You could have a cup of tea. You could take a bubblebath when you get home. You could turn on your favorite music. You could read a book. You could play a musical instrument. If you've never learned how to play an instrument, consider learning. make your own music. it's very relaxing.




JAIMESIZED
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3/15/13 3:25 P

So today I had a very stressful day. And what did I do? I handled it in the worst possible way... I ate like a pig. Usually I handle my stress by exercising, but I have to work from 8-5 and happened to be stressed out AT work. So what's YOUR way of dealing with stress when the gym is not an option?

Edited by: JAIMESIZED at: 3/15/2013 (15:30)


 
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