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6/9 Anxiety

Monday, June 09, 2014

The closer we get to the end of my fiance's deployment, the more anxious I'm getting. I had so many things I wanted to get done while he was gone, that aren't done yet, and I'm running out of time. The problem is, when I get anxious and feel overwhelmed, I shut down. Instead of jumping in and getting as much as I can done, I freeze. I go into 'well I can't get it all done, so why bother?' mode, and the anxiety just keeps building.
My goal today is to make myself a list of everything I want to get done, and then break that list down into bite-sized pieces that are less imposing. If I can check off a few small things on my list, I can get past this frozen state and actually accomplish at least some of my goals. If I don't get everything done, oh well.
I need to focus on getting the things done that matter for the family as a whole, and not undoing my health accomplishments in the mean time. I have 3 weeks. I need to stop wasting time stuck in indecisiveness, all that does is make the anxiety worse! Just like that first jump into the lake in the summer, I need to take a deep breath & dive in!

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Today's Fitness Goals:
Squats: 100
Planks: 3 minutes
Inclined Push-ups: 90
Crunches: 120
Leg Lifts: 20
Cardio Minutes: 60 minutes (walk)

Today's Organizational Goals: I'm going to try picking 3 things off of my list each day to get done, we'll see if that helps with the anxiety levels!
1- Fold & put away all of my clean laundry
2- Declutter the bureau and dresser tops in my bedroom
3- Do a load of towels & linens (folded and put away too)

Today's Anti-Anxiety Goals:
1- Make a comprehensive list of everything I want to accomplish in the next 3 weeks.
2- Prioritize said list.
3- Take a walk and get some fresh air, take lots of deep breaths along the way!
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CHEEKYGEEK 6/15/2014 10:27PM

    Ohmigosh! I thought I was the only one who "shut down." I know I'm shutting down when I do it (I hide in books and "escape" through the stories), but I can't seem to stop it. The more I think about it, the more panicked I get. Then, when I get down to the wire, I have to rush and stress about getting it done...but the stress propels me. Weird and not fun. I like the list idea and then breaking the list itself down into smaller parts. Thanks!

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POXYFAIRYPLUME 6/9/2014 12:24PM

    I do the same thing! I love your lists to get yourself organized. You can do it!

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DRPEPPIE121 6/9/2014 10:00AM

    Sounds like an EXCELLENT plan! It makes me smile to see that you've pointed out the issue and are taking steps to prevent the issue. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

Just do YOUR BEST for where you are at each day...and hour. It is impossible to do EVERYTHING, and I struggle with that...

WE CAN DO IT!!! Just take it easy, girl!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/9/2014 9:48AM

    I can totally relate to that! but dont let it overwhelm you! make a list of all the things you wanted to get done, and break them into daily lists. that usually helps me! this way you dont forget all the things, but you arent looking at that whole list every day! emoticon

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