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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stress ... what an ugly word!

I realized over the weekend that my stress level was way to high again. I decided to start working on it, to start managing it instead of letting it manage me. I joined Spark's "Official Stress Busting Challenge".

One of my tasks to do this first week is to write my goals for the challenge. I sat down to do that on Sunday. My mind was such a whirl that I couldn't make heads nor tails of the process. I wrote an entry in my journal and closed the book on it for the day.

Monday, I walked in the front door with the thought that I was going to sit down, relax, and work on those goals. I sniffed and smelled something horrid. One dog had had an accident in her crate. A load of laundry and a bath for that dog later, I wasn't writing goals for my challenge, I was cleaning up where the other dog had dropped his blood sugar and thrown up.

There are days when I really do think that stress is spelled L-I-F-E! emoticon Once the washer was going, the carpets, the bathroom, the sun room and the dog were all cleaned, I sat down with my laptop. I began to journal. Now, when I journal, I don't write anything that you'd want to read! It may not even make sense to me to go back to it later on, but that's not the purpose. My aim is to get the feelings out of me because when left in me, they eat at me and eventually I eat to stop the feelings. I really don't want THAT to happen! So, out poured the words on my heart.

And then, came the goals. At least what I think my challenge goals are. I'll re-read them each day for a couple of days and see if they are really my goals or if I need to tweak them a bit. But at the end of my writing, I felt so much better. My heart was lighter, one pup was cleaner, the other more settled. Life was on the mend! I could feel the stress meter emoticon decreasing! Woohoo!!! Life goes on!
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    You are a good doggie-momma! So glad you are finding tools to deal.
    1322 days ago
    My sweet I am so glad you are getting to grips with how you feel. I so love the idea of a journal, hmmm something I may look at, I hate losing control and feeling everything is running away from me and then that leads to a complete breakdown of everything lol.
    You are a wise lady and I think I am going to take a leaf out of your book
    Good luck sweet friend, you are worth it and you will do it.
    Massive hugs Dee
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    1324 days ago
    Sorry to hear of your stress and a lot of days, it just is life that causes stress, but managing
    it and making a change with it is all you can do.

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    1324 days ago
    Well, I think you've nailed the reason for how you felt when you wrote, "Tough"! :) I really loved your turn of phrase, "get the feelings out of me because when left in me, they eat at me and eventually I eat to stop the feelings." I absolutely relate. Regardless of the way we try to get there, ultimately I think the "lighter heart" you talked about is what we're all seeking. Maybe that should be a goal for each of us...

    Hope the pups are done giving you other things to do - mine's just terminally muddy this week....guess that means Spring is just around the corner!

    Have a sweet day, my friend. emoticon

    :) Gail
    1324 days ago
  • GINA180847
    So sorry that the dogs are such a stressor. Because we are able to leave the dogs out on the patio if we go out it is not so bad but the dirt area usually gets dug up and deposited on the stone area so sweeping required. Then when they all come into the house they bring in lots of dirt for the stone tile floors and we end up with lots of cleaning. But that is normal and both of us do the cleaning. Their walks do give me lots of stress relief and that is worthwhile.
    1324 days ago
    Wow! What a day!! Glad things are better now. emoticon
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    1324 days ago
    I've heard pets emoticon emoticon are good for stress. I always thought that meant they were good for relieving stress. Someone must have forgotten to tell your dogs the rules! emoticon
    1324 days ago
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