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Stress Busting Challenge Team

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I just joined Sparkpeople's official Stress Busting Challenge.

One of the things they suggest is to blog about what stresses you. I could go on and on.

1) Work - First let me say that I won't be blogging here about work. I am a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With the internet available, it would be my luck to blog about something going on and someone, somewhere would read, recognize and report it. Therefore, I'd lose my job ( or at least get a written warning). Don't laugh, I've seen it happen. I will say that I worked NICU 20 years ago and just started back in that specialty 3 months ago. I'd forgotten how stressful it is to care for sick infants. Couple that with working in an all female environment and ....well, let's just say that it's hard to get a group of women to work together without drama. SO..... I'll be keeping a private written journal of stressful work situations and how I can address them.

2) Moving - I don't relocate as much as some people, but move more than I'd like. Our family has moved out of state 4 times in 10 years (we discovered this at the 10 year anniversary of Sept. 11th. ) All moves have been necessary to keep my husband employed, but are hard none the less. During these moves, DH and I have been separated by distance for 3-12 months. During the last 10 years, we've spent almost 2 years living apart from each other.

3) Loneliness - It was a question in the "How stressed are you" quiz. I know we all need someone, a "best friend" to confide in. It's hard to make friends when you move. But I also have one good friend on sparkpeople (Hi BKWERM, cause I know you're reading this ) emoticon I need to rely on her more and search out other people that can share in my journey.

4) House upkeep - Oh please! Who doesn't struggle with this????? I need to stop being a martyr and make my kids step up to the plate and help. They've done it before, but during and after the move (when I wasn't working) I allowed them to slack off. Got to put a stop to that.

5) Fitness journey - Let's face it. Being healthy is a life long decision. Approx 4 years ago, I weighed 116 pounds, ate healthy and swam 5 days a week. Throw in a spouse that loses a job and a move , and I dropped everything that made me healthy. It's taken a long time to decide I needed to try that lifestyle again.

So, let's see if I can de-stress my life and hopefully, that will allow other things to fall into place.
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