Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I am now done with Week 1 of the Stress Busting Challenge and I thought it would be a good idea to review what I've learned this week and set goals for the rest of the challenge.
This week, I have been keeping a stress journal. As I said even before I started this challenge, I have no "real" or obvious reason to be so stressed out. I think most of it comes just from not being very organized and also from procrastinating which is a problem for me. Poor time management is also an issue. So it didn't surprise me when I found myself writing down things in my journal like: "Today I've been stressing out about the fact that I haven't worked on my novel for a few days and I should have." or: "I'm stressed out because I should email my professor and ask about this course / order new books for the poetry course / I'm not sure when and where a certain lecture takes place etc."
So it's obvious I needed to find ways to become more organized, establish some routines and STOP PROCRASTINATING. And I have to say, I haven't been stressed at all this week after I started doing this!! I can't believe how little it took! I just started writing down daily (realistic) to-do lists and making a daily schedule for myself (except for the weekends when I just want to relax and not follow a schedule). Poor time management has always been my problem and I'm now finding ways and tools to deal with that. I also sorted out all my lecture notes and school stuff, wrote down a weekly schedule (what lectures to attend, where they're held and at what time). I started using the calendar my mom gave me as a Christmas present and now all the deadlines and dates to remember are no longer floating around in my head but are actually right there, in black and white. What a relief!
I'm now realizing it doesn't take a lot to get rid of "pointless stress" which is what I call this type of stress I'm mostly dealing with. It's self-inflicted and easy to fix. It's just my mind telling me I need to stop slacking and procrastinating, and start to plan my days more carefully so I have enough time to do the things I need to do in order to feel happy and content with my life (exercising, writing, reading, relaxing).
I hope that with this challenge I'll be able to recognize my stressors, eliminate them effectively by doing the things I mentioned earlier and learning new ways to deal with stress whenever it occurs. I feel really good about this challenge! :) It's helping me a lot already.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I was going through the pictures we took in Greece last summer and I started to miss summer so much! Not the scorching heat but the warm, beautiful days when it's not too hot or too chilly. We took so many pictures while we were there (about 1500 pictures to be more exact) and it's been a long process going through them. I've already shared some of my favorites with you but I wish I could share many more! Here are a few more pictures from Parga, Greece:
(I weighed about 158.5 lbs in these pictures, about 4.5 lbs more than I weigh now. I remember feeling so good, healthy and beautiful while we were there. I think it shows in the pictures as well! I used to be so camera shy but now I actually enjoyed being photographed.)
Haha, that last picture! Apparently the water was a bit too cold for me, judging by my facial expression ;)
There are so many beautiful pictures I wish I could show you. I tried uploading a few really beautiful landscape pictures but it said the file was too large to save. Oh well. These will have to do!
Pretty soon it will be summer again and by then, I will be thinner, healthier and even more confident! Until then pictures will have to do! :)
Monday, January 07, 2013
This quote rings true to me.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."
(The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr)
I've seen that quote all over the internet lately and it really hit home with me. There are things about myself that I do not necessarily like but that are beyond my control (my nose is an appearance related example that comes to mind; I've always had a bit of a nose complex but I should just let it go because there's nothing I can do about it unless I get plastic surgery which I do not plan to do). Most of us can name examples like these. When I was a teenager, I used to hate being so short and I didn't like my curvy figure. I would dream of somehow magically growing taller and becoming more model-esque. What a waste of time and energy!
And then there are things I don't like about me but that are something I can work on, like my health, my well-being or my happiness. I think we often waste too much energy worrying about the things that are beyond our control. Instead, we should be focusing on the things we can work on, little by little, and to eventually have the courage to change.
I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I really do hope so because you're all beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
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