Amaela5 - I agree you need to take it one step at a time. I'm trying that and it does work. It is hard, I get stressed at work and find if I get up and take a short walk even just to get water, or take something to someone it helps. Exercise helps as well. You'll do it, just have faith in your self and take everything day by day. Set small goals and you'll be fine.
Amaela5, If you go to my spark page you'll see my blogs about vitamins. I have to put this disclaimer on everything - I'm not suggesting anyone take anything - just to talk to a doctor or someone to see what will work best for you!
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Thanks for your advice on best way to approach stress. I will try and step by step. About my stress triggers,recently I was made redundant and I just couldn't go out anymore,loss confidence, self-esteem, fear increasing, and getting more panick attacks. ...I am now getting CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), which helps. I have a supportive husband who sometimes finds it very hard to handle the situation. I just have to find an occupation, get out there and face my fears. How are you doing? well done on all your achievements, weight loss etc..
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thanks you for your advice about the 'SANS', i will look into it online. You are right about finding alternative treatments such as meditation, prayer and journal writing. what kind of vitamin therapy you are referring to? I don't use a journal but will give it a go. I have counselling (Cognitive Behaviour therapy) on a weekly basis to handle other ailments that cause the stress, depression and panick attacks. it seems to work. I am glad you too have a supportive husband. best wishes.
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to the team, both of you. I hope you find whatever help you need, and you'll find loads of support too.
Amaela5 - there are different ways to approach the stress problem. One is to identify your stress triggers, then develop ways to deal with them. Another is to identify some goals which you believe will reduce your stress levels in the long term - then break those goals down to medium term, then to short term. A third method would be to try out various "anti-stress" measures, and practice some of these until your stress is reduced enough for you to then identify the measure causes and create your own way to deal with it/them. Whichever way you decide to go, whether it's one of these or something else entirely - make sure to keep reporting in, either to yourself (in a journal, here or a real-life one) or to this site, or in a blog .
And remember, too - you don't need to do this challenge in 4 weeks - you can take the time you need. So you don't have to push yourself from week 1 onto week 2 until you feel ready for the next steps. Baby steps in everything - it may take longer to start off with, but you're more likely to stick with it and get results.
AmandaDHah - you are so fortunate to have a good husband who will listen and be there for you. But please also remember that you have friends here on SP and in the Stress Busting team, and not get stressed that your unloading on DH all the time
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I am new too. Of course chronic stress and weight go hand-in-hand. Your body is being flooded with cortisol which causes fat to sit around your waist (there's a science behind it - do an online search of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system).
As far as advice goes, I am working on it myself. Currently I am attempting to balance stress management on a spiritual level (prayer, journal writing, meditation) with vitamin therapy.
Just the other day I felt very depressed. I had no idea why. After having a long conversation with my husband and writing in my journal I came to the realization that finally I was not consumed by stress! It was a great feeling. I think I'm going to blog about it soon.
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I have just join in. I am 44, French, leaving in London but speak fluently 'stress' and 'panick' languages. Joke apart, it is taking a tole on my daily activity/life, as I make very little progress. Any tips are welcomed. i am overweight too, and its a vicious circle.
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