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The importance of positive habits...

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Moral of the story: Daily, positive habits are essential to stay strong in the face of adversity.

Yesterday was one of the most stressful days I have had in a long, long time. It involved a family member and because of unusual circumstances the situation led to a vitriolic confrontation. We were both partially to blame and wound up apologizing to each other at the end of the day, but it took its toll on me emotionally.

My first reaction after our verbal spat that afternoon was to eat. I wanted to soothe my raw emotions with all my favorites -- sushi, guacamole and tortilla chips, cheese, chocolate, etc. These, of course, are not foods I stock in my kitchen and in fact didn't have much in my fridge or pantry because I was low on groceries. Thus, I would have to go to the supermarket and buy the aforementioned items. Who would have thought there would have been a silver lining to my recent acne flare up? I couldn't be bothered to put on makeup to cover up the acne, and I wouldn't want to be seen in public with a spotty face sans I would have to make do with what I already had for my evening meal.

I made myself a serving of sauteed liver, broccoli with vingear and garlic dressing, and green tea with almond milk. I did, however, use an old stand by to calm me down -- watching several episodes of a favorite TV series. Yes, it would probably have been better to have gone for a walk then give in to one of my vices -- TV/internet addiction -- but I was happy enough that I didn't wind up gorging myself on food. I did multi-task while watching TV -- put my hair in multiple braids, rubbed in a ton of conditioner, and wrapped it in a scarf so I wouldn't twirl/pull on my hair, and then did my hour-long teeth whitening treatment before putting in my orthodontic retainer. By the time I went to bed, I already felt heaps better.

I will end this entry with a wonderful quote by John Quincy Adams, "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

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    Great job on handling a stressful situation! Watching some tv is always better than stuffing your face.

    1839 days ago
    Well done navigating a tough day! Hugs to you my friend.

    1840 days ago
    During the 4 years I've been sparking, I've had so much personal stress from all directions. However, due to having been
    taking care of myself, I've been better able
    to buoy myself to deal more effectively with stress. So,
    yes, your blog reminds me of how impor-
    tant it is to not give in to situations that
    drive us crazy. Have a good day.
    1840 days ago
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