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101 STRESS RELIEF TIPS

Thursday, February 18, 2010

STRESS RELIEF TIPS FROM SPARKPEOPLE
1. Keep a daily journal.
2. Write down your dreams and nightmares.
3. Meditate and/or pray.
4. Take naps.
5. Give yourself rest breaks.
6. Draw (or do another visual art).
7. Dance by yourself.
8. Sing in the shower or car.
9. Buy yourself flowers.
10. Spend time in nature.
11. Volunteer.
12. Learn to say no with a smile.
13. Speak your truth gently and clearly from your heart.
14. Ask questions; request an explanation.
15. Tell yourself and others what makes you happy.
16. Ask for what you need.
17. Be willing to negotiate.
18. Offer to help someone else.
19. Join a support group.
20. Ask someone to mentor you.
21. Say something kind to a stranger.
22. Clean a closet and give something away.
23. Take bubble baths by candlelight.
24. Play your favorite music.
25. Get a massage or exchange one.
26. Do stretching exercises or learn yoga.
27. Close your eyes and take deep breaths to center yourself.
28. Schedule artist dates alone. (See Julia Cameron's books.)
29. Listen to or compose your favorite music.
30. Bake bread, or multi-grain low-fat muffins, or anything you want.
31. Create a sacred space or altar with your spiritual treasures.
32. Design personal rituals and ceremonies.
33. Give yourself rewards (they can be cost-free).
34. Recycle and reuse; leave only footprints.
35. Learn basic science.
36. Practice critical thinking.
37. Keep your agreements.
38. Keep your word.
39. Dispute your negative thoughts to combat depression.
40. Do creative writing simply for your own pleasure.
41. Write poetry.
42. Make a list of things you're good at (100 minimum).
43. Take long walks--in nature, if possible.
44. Keep a (lovely) notebook of your ideas; decorate it yourself.
45. Learn to say, "Oh, well," when things don't go as you planned.
46. Remember: Worry works only when it leads to effective action.
47. Eat by candlelight-- even when you're alone.
48. Play with children's toys and crafts: clay, finger-paint, crayons.
49. Set realistic goals.
50. Complete projects.
51. Accomplish something you'll be proud of.
52. Defy your limiting beliefs: I can do that!
53. Compliment yourself; pat yourself on the back.
54. Thank yourself.
55. Ask for help when you need it.
56. Cook a good meal for yourself alone.
57. Grow fresh herbs—start with one potted plant.
58. Renew the pleasure of an old craft or former hobby.
59. Face a fear by doing something that's a little hard for you.
60. Allow yourself to be imperfect and only human.
61. Bake cookies and give them away.
62. Praise yourself.
63. Do a good deed.
64. Ask someone you admire to coach you.
65. Study an interesting topic for a year and become an expert.
66. Learn a new skill.
67. Make a donation.
68. Do more of what makes you feel good about yourself.
69. Offer to teach another person something you do well.
70. Write down your creative ideas.
71. Listen to the wind in the trees.
72. Carry an idea notebook.
73. Buy yourself some art supplies.
74. Create your own retreat.
75. Take a walk in the rain.
76. Introduce yourself to strangers you want to meet.
77. Have a pet and cuddle it—a sure source of unconditional love.
78. Read something inspirational or motivational every day.
79. Practice selfloving (See Betty Dodson's book).
80. Celebrate sensuality.
81. Make soup.
82. Rent a movie you love.
83. Become an expert on something.
84. Daydream and watch your creativity bloom.
85. Create your own tea ceremony.
86. Get up before dawn and watch the sun rise.
87. Post a quote that inspires you on your computer or mirror, where you'll see it every day.
88. Do a crummy chore that's haunted you and feel proud you got it done.
89. Call someone you know is lonely.
90. Send a love letter to a good friend.
91. Write notes to yourself for encouragement and place them in pockets of clothing you'll wear next season.
92. Write letters.
93. Read, read, read.
94. Curb your dogma.
95. Mail yourself the letter from your future self that you wrote at the end of Chapter 1 of Dream Back Your Life.
96. Buy yourself a down pillow.
97. Plant flowers.
98. Write a letter to your newspaper and make your opinion heard.
99. Give yourself permission to do something imperfectly.
100. Make a wish.
101. Reread a book you loved as a child.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/9/2012 11:22PM

    This hits the spot today. LOL.

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BCHERRY36344 2/20/2010 3:00PM

    Thanks for posting this in a blog. I needed this information.

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2010 5:17PM

    Oooh great tips! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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AQUAGIRL08 2/18/2010 1:08PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Inspirational Words

Monday, June 22, 2009

Today I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey. I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
And to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend,
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race And to be a WINNER!
-TOPS.org

I am not a member of TOPS but these were the exact words I needed to hear today after another setback. Hope they help someone else keep going on our health journeys no matter what.
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PERSISTENTTIM 6/23/2009 6:27PM

    Great blog! TOPS is such a great place and the people are very supportive. I am glad that their words have helped.

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ROBLAINE1 6/22/2009 4:01PM

  Very good post. I like that. Thanks for sharing it.
Have a sparkin' good day.

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MONAMOM 6/22/2009 12:12PM

    That is great!! Thank you for sharing. Have a GREAT day!!

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One Year Anniversary on Spark!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hi all-I am not a regular blogger but I did want to post that April 2009 is my One Year Spark Anniversary! With a lot of ups and downs, I am still thankful to have lost 30 pounds in my first year on SP. I have a long way to go, but I feel much better after improving my health so far. I could not have done it without the support of my Spark teams and friends so thank you to everyone so much! You have all touched my life with your encouragement and friendship more than you will ever know. Thank you Spark! Bee emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CJBAGGINS 4/25/2009 12:25AM

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Happy one-year sparkaversary!!

cj

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SWIMGIRL 4/24/2009 10:50PM

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and feeling healthier!

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CLAIREPLUS5 4/22/2009 7:01AM

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Keep on climbing that mountain! You are doing this!!!! emoticon

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GLOW8211 4/21/2009 4:19PM

    BEEHAPPY2 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! THE BEST IS YET TO BE!! emoticon emoticon

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CHOMPUTER 4/21/2009 1:43PM

  Way to go!!

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IMAJICAT 4/21/2009 1:36PM

  a whole year!

that's inspiring. I'm happy to see your blog not only because you are doing so well but because it gives me hope that I may hang in that long, too.

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