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Stress Busting Challenge Update

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JULESJET 1/9/2013 11:43PM

Yay for realizations and fixable, doable goals!

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IUHRYTR 1/9/2013 10:45PM

    Sounds like it was an insightful and productive week stress-wise. Keep going strong. -- Lou

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OMMAMA7 1/9/2013 5:32PM

    That is awesome! So glad you are seeing such positive results. It's pretty empowering when we take the step to make some changes in our lives and we can see how they better ourselves and our lives. WOOHOO!

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JACKIE542 1/9/2013 4:06PM

    Vary happy you have found answers and that the challenge is helping you. emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 1/9/2013 4:01PM

    I couldn't keep my sanity without my calendar... Especially in my university with all the essays, it's impossible to remember everything...
I procrastinate and postpone things, too... It's my only reason for stress but I keep doing it... I make to-do lists but I never follow them, especially if they include studying...
But I still hope that I'll overcome this at some point of my life...

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IGSBETH 1/9/2013 3:26PM

    Great insights!

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LYNSEY723 1/9/2013 3:12PM

    Awesome changes! It's so great that you are already seeing results!!


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