Does stress ever get to you
Is your life just constant stress, to the point that stress is your normal
Part of my Spark Coach program today was talking about stress and how it affects our weight loss. Plus, in reviewing the Spark People Blog today I found an article about how we deal with stress and some ideas to destress (now, why does that make me think DESSERT?) ... here's that article: www.sparkpeople.com/blog
(ya think someone's trying to tell me somethin'???) LOL
In my life stress is my normal. My therapist says I need to work on accepting low-stress days as normal more often. My body seems to stay in a "fight or flight" mode 24/7/365. That's partly the PTSD, partly situations in my life, partly people in my life that I can't just walk away from, and partly my health issues which make it harder to deal with stress. So what can I do about it?
Some of the things I **TRY** to do are:
Taking a Nap!
Playing a game on my computer
Reading - magazines, books
Some of the newer things I've been attempting to do:
Jumping on my Gazelle for a few minutes
Working on a "ME" project (sewing, writing)
Am I successful? Sometimes. I wish I could say one of these works every time, but it really doesn't for me. Probably that is connected to the very simple fact that I always seem to be short on time so I feel like I don't have the time to do one of these things to the extent that I should. This is something I'm working on; both to help me not be so stressed AND to help me realize better that it is OK to do things for me ~ to do things that serve no other purpose than to make me feel good.
Do you find it hard to be good to yourself?
This is the suggestion made from Spark Coach:
Today's action plan is to think about the top two stressors in your life right now that are within your control. Ask yourself if there's anything you can do to make your life easier. Is it looking for a different job? Getting up 20 minutes earlier so that you can miss the rush hour commute? Delegating some household chores to your children or significant other? We so often suffer from stress without ever thinking about the problem long enough to find a solution.
Next, commit to a daily stress-reduction activity. It should not be a major commitment unless you have plenty of time to devote to it (otherwise, it'll just stress you out more). Make a list of three activities that make you feel better and more like yourself, and schedule 5-10 minutes each day to do that activity. Here are some ideas:
Getting a massage
Taking a nap
Reading a magazine
Taking a bath
Playing a game
Affection with a loved one or pet
Doing this will not only make you a happier, more balanced person; it will also help you to eat healthy and keep your energy levels high for those workouts. Follow these great tips for a much calmer journey to weight loss!
Well, at least I can see I'm doing some of the right kinds of things to reduce stress!
Right now it's really hard to narrow down my stressors to just TWO! So I think about what's really within my control. Another tough one! UGH!
My stressors within my control. My brain just goes 'round and 'round.
A big stress is money, or rather the lack of enough of it. Can I control that? Being disabled and relying on disability checks shout out NO! But then my logical side says I can build my Melaleuca business and eventually make more money than the disability check pays me. In my case, I can get into a program, once my business shows a profit, that will reduce my disability pay in relation to my business earnings. So then this is somewhat in my control.
Another big stress is dealing with all the dysfunctional family members and the various problems that come up like wildfires needing to be put out right away! Is that in my control? Well, I can't control what other people do. But I can control how I react to those actions. And that is a work-in-progress already. I'm a long way from being in control of that one!
More stress comes from all my food allergies and how they affect what I eat and sometimes when. Again, not really in control of that but can to some extent control how I deal with it.
Health issues bring a lot of stress too - mine as well as those of other family members. Some of it can be controlled to some degree BUT a lot of it can't. You have to deal with the health crises as they arise and most of the time they do not give advance warning.
Hmmm... guess this is one I'm not going to resolve today. I'll just keep doing my best to keep moving forward, mostly, as much as possible, given the moment's circumstances.
At least I haven't broken my Rise'n'Shine streak yet!