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Stress busters


Monday, November 12, 2012

This evening I was looking over my calendar for the next few months - it is quite full!! Between my personal life commitments and my professional life travel and/or after-hours events there are exactly 4 days with nothing written in between now and January 6! Here are my "free" days: tomorrow, Nov. 20, Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.

Some of the things that are planned will be very enjoyable, but at the end of this long day, I am rather discouraged by how much is still on the agenda...

I am in some serious need of stress-busting strategies!

At work we have been working on budgeting. Today we met through lunch, so a meal was provided - hamburgers, onion rings and a cup of fruit salad... I know interesting combo! The meal started fine. I ate the hamburger plain - skipped on the mayo and cheese and divided the onion rings on my plate so that 4 of them were separated from the pile and I intended to eat the 4 and leave the rest on the plate. I pushed the plate away when I had finished the fruit salad, about 2/3 of the hamburger and the 4 onion rings. emoticon , right? Victory you might say... but it didn't stay that way! emoticon Unfortunately the meeting got rather heated. In an effort to keep my mouth shut, emoticon I started grabbing onion rings... by the end of the meeting there were only 4 left on the plate - there were probably about 20 to start with so I was kind of disgusted with myself when I realized what I had done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
That definitely wouldn't qualify as a good response to stress, and it definitely broke my streak for the month of only eating when hungry! Grrr.... At least the rest of my food today was nutritious and well portioned, so I will count that as a victory! I didn't let one bad meal blow the day!

After meetings like the one we had today, I like to take walks to calm myself down but today the weather was not cooperating. I compensated for my disappointment by pacing around my office while reading some materials to prepare for meetings later this week. I even got some squats and lunges in while I was at it. Not an intense workout but much better than sitting at my desk!! emoticon

And writing this blog was a stress relief, too - I am definitely feeling more peaceful now than I was when I started! emoticon

Now for some ST emoticon emoticon and then bed!! emoticon

Any stress-busting suggestions you have would be be greatly appreciated!! emoticon
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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/5/2012 5:42PM

    when finished eating have the server take the restg away...or package it up for home and for later?

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TEALHAWK 11/16/2012 8:24PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/15/2012 6:47PM

    writing is a great stress reducer and walking is great too. Hope things get easier for you soon.

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DEBPRE16 11/14/2012 1:42PM

    Walking helps me - really any kind of exercise esp. when you get busy and don't feel like you have the time - it's the time when you need it most.

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LUVLYLORELEI 11/12/2012 10:38PM

    I try to slip in some meditation and journaling. I sometimes just slip the meditation in before bed and just when I get up. It helps me relieve the stress at the end of the day and avoid some right from the start. When I am really stressed, I try to think about the things that are bothering me, why, what I can do to make the better, what positives there are about the situation and sometimes I just sit quietly after that or something. I do the same kind of thing when I journal, but I get a lot more detailed and cover a lot more stuff, not just stuff from the day. The nice thing about these blogs though, is in a way, they are a journal and it does feel good to write them and that is definitely a start! emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 11/12/2012 9:53PM

    1. Massage. Today's health article was on the stress busting AND weight loss benefits of massage. Know anyone who could help you out?

2. You need to bounce on my rebounder. It's great for everything that ails you.

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