Kitty: no need to yell at yourself. Even if you make the small step of doing something for yourself for ten minutes a day, such as reading a couple of articles in a magazine or looking through a cookbook for good ideas, it will give you time to unwind. Taking a walk will always help, and like you said, you have a built-in Tai Chi teacher!! How cool is that?
Highest weight ever: 247# 12/26/11 ~ joined Sparkpeople 08/06/12 ~ lost 10% of body weight 08/20/12 ~ joined my first Biggest Loser challenge
I should be in week two by now but I'm really having problems setting specific goals. I've looked over my stress journal (I've been doing it in a Word File). The "spikes" in my stress levels all seem to be in my reactions to others. I do admit it is my REACTION that causes the stress. People will be and do what they will. I cannot control that but I have to control my reaction.
How do I goal that?
I know I need a stress reliever so I'm going to start Tai Chi with hubby. He's actually a Tai Chi master, teaches it for a living. I always make excuses as to why I can't learn it from him. No more excuses.
I have to take some more me time. I've realized I might take 20 minutes a WEEK, and that's if I count brushing the dogs as me time. I am always going, always doing something. I haven't even read a book just for fun in years. I listen to books in the car driving to work. So I'm going to commit to 10 to 15 minutes at least 3 days a week just to stop and relax.
I'm going to learn that saying "no" doesn't make me a bad/mean person. Not certain how to do this one - will take advice.
So, does that count? It is just so pathetic, I can help others but I never seem able to help myself. If my friends did this to themselves I'd probably yell at them. Maybe that's what I need?!?
Warm Wags from Kitty, the Creepy Freak! Central Time USA
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