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Week 2 was full of ups and downs. Due to the stress I had/have, my stomach was bothering me yesterday and part of Friday. Also, I ate something Friday that I think upset my stomach. I'm feeling a lot better today. I've had challenges yesterday and today with my program. Still, I'm doing well and feeling good about some things.

Ready for Week 3!

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Due to my arm injury, I had to cancel some long-anticipated plans for my summer. What a bummer! Plus, I'm not getting much support about it either. emoticon Add to that, due to my injury, I'm limited in what I can do to help forget about it. I can't drive, so I can't go too many places. I can't go up to my bedroom and lie down, except on my back. I can't even sleep in my bed at night. I need my arm supported. It is getting better, for which I'm grateful. It doesn't look like surgery is in the immediate picture. In spite of it, I'm staying on track and expecting a good weigh-in tomorrow morning. I'm trying to remind myself that there's a reason for all this, but it's just a bit hard to take right now. emoticon I'm exercising faithfully too. At least my injury is not standing in the way of that, or I'd be in real trouble. emoticon

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My job is dragging me down, very stressful at work lately and I am a stress eater. Yesterday was bad for my diet, but today will be better.

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Boredom has been an issue today. I got into reading a book, and that helped. Still, it was a long day.

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I just read some of the tactics to counteract stress. They make a lot of sense, but also a lot of practice. Some of them, like the certain exercises pertaining to type of emotions, aren't practical for me right now due to my recent injury which is a cause of quite a bit of my stress right now. I wouldn't even call it all stress. Some of it's boredom and frustration from having limited activities and having to cancel some plans I had for this Summer. So, I'm also dealing with disappointment. emoticon

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Closing in on Week 2 for me. Wrote down goals, journal entries, and used positive reinforcement to offset stress and desire to eat when I was finished for the day. This is still a work in progress for me, but will keep working at it.

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I am almost at the end of week two. Writing down a list of goals to accomplish each week is really helping me. This challenge is helping me get things done and reducing my stress. Love it!

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Hope things are getting better for you and that your goals are still in sight! emoticon

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I was surprised to find that I already employ some of these and I have found that it is indeed relaxing to walk when you feel thngs are heaping up.

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emoticon emoticon time. Enjoy your week off!

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Just about done week two - a bit of a stressful end to the work week - it truly was a Friday the 13th for me at work - but I came out of it successful and feeling good that things worked out - I just concentrated on breathing on the way home. Now today I am puttering around the house and making it mine (even though I still have some of the Ex's stuff in the basement). I am off this week and looking forward to a stress free time of doing what I want to do as opposed to what I am supposed to do.

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Week 2: When I walk, I sing in my head in time to my steps. I repeat the same lyrics over and over, like a mantra, and feel my breathing, thoughts, and footsteps all come together. It is very peaceful and healing.

The article about using exercise to react to mood instead of food was great for inspiration, too--but instead of using it in reactive mode, I'm going proactive. If I want to feel strong, I kick box, for example.

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emoticon I take a walk every morning when it is still dark out. It is cool and no one is around. I like starting my day that way. I also carry a worry rock which I can grab and just rub on when I need to. emoticon emoticon

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Well week 2 - I am taking morning walks when its quiet in the neighbourhood to clear my head of stress, I am writing in my journal, this week I am also going to take a squeeze ball to work to use when things get hectic.

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emoticon Keep working on it and take good care of you! That helps reduce stress levels also.

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Haven't had a chance to use walking as a stress reliever, which is sad cause I love to walk...especially along the beach. emoticon This week, whenever I started to feel the usual pang of stress, I took a timeout. When I got home from work and during my lunch time, I read a book and I've noticed a big difference. So far, so good!

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Week2 check in. I like the idea of walking meditation so will give that a try and "kill 2 birds"
- not so sure about board games but I'm sure I can find an app to do the same job.-
Keeping a journal keeps me focused

Have a stress-free week

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emoticon That shows you are making progress!

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Week #2 not as good as week #1. I did employ some of the techniques I learned and it helped some. This was just a stressful week. Glad I had what I learned to fall back on.

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Week 2 Check-in: My 2 stress busting activities that I will focus on is continue to post my blog/journal emoticon and stay focused on my exercise emoticon

I will also add back in puzzles, reading and playing games when those activities are not working or when I need more stress busting at any given time emoticon

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This week was pretty good. I was determined not to let my alcoholic husband get to me with his antics and I succeeded for the most part. One day he was accusing me of all sorts of things but I remained calm. In the morning, he didn't even remember so I am glad that I stayed calm, responded to him rather than reacting (yelling, arguing.) I am also determined to do more self care and I have succeeded. I have established a routine of exercise, nutrition and plenty of rest that. Has me feeling better than I have in a while. I will never be cured of my illness but I can certainly make my life easier and less physically painful. I am glad I joined this group. Thanks for having me.

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This past week was pretty low key and not as stressful as usual! I did have some issues with not getting enough sleep and I really need to work on that. But I made some time for ME and I got some things done around the house and that made me feel good. Work was not too bad and I am hoping for another good work week - so grateful to have an extra day off!

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I have faith you'll figure it out. I'm that way too just snapping at people.Keep on with the stress relief. I have to stay on week three because I haven't done any of it. Have a great weekend

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I practiced my stress "exercises" this week and my stress level has seemed good; however, Every once in a while nothing or no one can do anything right. I am not sure what is causing this, but my husband said this morning he wasn't going anywhere with me any more, I was so cranky. These only last a few minutes, but they are bad when they do. Maybe, I am not eating enough, but whatever it is, I need to find it and fix it! Once they are over I feel great and not stressed at all, but I don't think that is one of the ways I should relieve my stress. LOL People don't like me.

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This week started off great. My mood/stress was under control and positive. Because the weekend was full of energy and lots of positive great things, lots of walking, dancing, trying a new activity - which was invigorating, and taking a day off from work, that when I went back to work I found myself getting more tired as the days went on (figuring the extremely busy weekend just caught up to me). By Thursday evening, I was slammed and found myself a little stressed. I'm realizing today as I reflect back on the week that being tired is connected to my stress level.

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I set aside some time tonight for myself. I am making some greeting cards for Father's Day. I need to try to do something like this for myself at least once a week. I find it relaxing and fun.

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I know what you mean. I've said recently if I could afford the surgery I would do it tomorrow. I don't have the funds to pay my bills for the time I would have to be off. I'm not sure my boss would hold my job for me. It'll happen when it's suppose to. Right now I'm doing what you are doing...whatever it takes for relief. At least we are still fighting the good fight. For many years it was my excuse to not exercise. One day it was like the Lord said get up! Do it anyway. I accepted the fact that I was going to hurt no matter what everyday. It makes you feel better knowing you are being active in your health.

Hope your stress is better

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Yes, you are right-- it is a 'tens unit' and yes it is only superficial...... but, it is some kind of relief.... I guess.... I am in the same boat.... I have torn knees and the only long term relief I will get is surgery! But, for now I am using anything to get by. Creams-shots-Tens-exercise-pool-etc!

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I looked it up. It's another term for a tens unit. It has different settings for temporary pain relief. Tens units are superficial, They generally only work while the unit is on. I get some continued relief after I take the electrodes off. Thanks for the help

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What is an electronic massager? I work at a Chiropractor office and only know about e stim that you get here and at pt and a tens unit. Keep me posted Thanks,Sherry

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Hi Ladysherry, have you tried the 'electronic pulse massager' ???? My daughter just gave me one for Mother's Day and I love it!!! Check with your doctor, but I don't see where they would have any objection to you using one! It give great comfort to my knees! It is a smaller version to the one they use in physical therapy, and you have to use the directions carefully, but it really is wonderful and helps a lot. Pool therapy is also very good therapy too!

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Read over the 7 steps. I went to dinner tonight with friends. It was nice . I have been crying some today because it's just too much. I took a walk and that was more stress ful than it helped. It made both my legs hurt. I'm on my recumbent bike and so far so good with the pain. My legs just feel so heavy and exhausted. I'm taking a nice bath after this!

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just finished week one.

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Once again, I have been sick this week; I may redo Step 2. I have read all the material, but I have had a couple of setbacks. emoticon

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Week 2 Reflection:
1. Dealing with mindless eating while performing tasks:
While writing in my journal this week I discovered that my way of multi-tasking to get everything I need to do done actually meant that I was eating with everything (absolutely everything) I was doing! So now I have signs everywhere I do activities (TV room, on laptop, desk, etc.) reminding me NOT to eat in that spot. I also removed all food from everywhere I had it stored except the kitchen. This includes those places where I kept my "secret stashes." Now in order to meet that "need to put something in my mouth" when I start an activity, I grab water, coffee or tea. And I have a new rule: No eating in the car. Only water, coffee or tea is allowed. Now, I have no problem getting all my water in during the day and I still can "multi-task," but without calorie consumption! For me, this is a healthier way to cope with the stress I associate with performing a variety of tasks and it is working so far. In addition, I have established a place to eat (kitchen or dining room) with specific times to eat, and a way to focus on my eating so I am doing better with managing mindless eating.

2. Finding time to exercise: I have discovered that the treadmill is a great way to ease stress and improve my mood! And I can actually watch TV or read a book at the same time I exercise.

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Sounds like you(Shelter-Pets) have a good action plan! I too home-schooled and was very nervous to start out with, but when the grades started to prove me otherwise and my children's SAT scores were better than average--- I felt confident that we were doing the right thing for our children!!! Please don't stress over 'Home-Schooling'. Nothing proves you love your children more than showing them that you are in control of their education and that your care about what influences their precious little minds! Bravo for taking that brave step toward student teaching! You can do it, and the resources are endless-- all of my home-schooled children are bright, successful college graduates leading productive lives! Don't stress about it! Take a deep breath! Send me private mail if you want to talk further.

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Week 2 Action Plan
Learn the 7 stress-busting secrets. ~ Working out and board games;-) I homeschool two elementary age children and they love board games. So do I! I am just at kid at heart;-)

The importance of exercise.~ I totally agree. I have never finished a workout and wished I had never done it. I always feel better.

Instant relief when you need it most. ~ I like the article: Grounded, Reality, Perspective. Things that I stress over, like getting all the kids' lessons done, are the kids really learning?, will dinner turn out okay?, etc. They are problems. And I know how to problem solve. I can do it;-) Staying grounded, doing a reality check, and putting things in perspective helps relieve stress.

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Starting to stress over a procedure coming up this week, but, using some of the techniques I have learned, writing down my feelings, deep breathing when necessary, preparing for the day, praying-- a lot, and using Sparks is really helping me through!!! Thanks people!

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I'm getting a lot out of reading the articles and seeing that other people stress out, too. Just observing the sheer number of responses on this thread give me hope because I know we can all support each other in managing stress! I'm not alone!

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Check your team settings and make sure you have Team Sparkmail checked. You can also find each weeks' email in the Challenge Details section on the team homepage.

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I am halfway thur the challenge and I have not gotten an email. Am I not doing something

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I had a little anxiety today, but worked it through and enjoyed the lunch. DH and I went down to the jetty for a stroll, it was lovely, perfect time of day.

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I'm in the middle of week two. Having trouble remembering to use the de-stress techniques. I am noticing where I store my tension-- just need to take time to release it.

looking for friends to connect with, get to know, and encourage each other along this journey. :-)


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Yes, to focus on one-self, I don't think is considered selfish, not if it is to better oneself for health reasons! Def not! Actually, I believe it is because some of us have worried too much about other people and other things that got us overweight to begin with..... LOL.

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My motto is self preservation. Sometimes we have to be willing to be selfish; it really is okay to make yourself the priority. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461's Photo SHERYLP461 Posts: 11,538
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that is a biggie, controlling just yourself. If this sinks in, we all would stress less.

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"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to
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It makes me happy to hear some of these stress-less stories! Keep Sparking friends!

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NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1


I am going to kick this fat!!!


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For the first time in the 10 days or so that I joined this team, have I noticed that my stress level is dropping. Biggest lesson has been that I can only control me, and acceptance of things as they are.

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Well, coming into week 2 I am already feeling a lot less stress. Having spoken to a supervisor about the person at work causing the majority of my stress issues has made a huge difference. My back and shoulders are no longer tense and painful. I have started sleeping better and my stress eating is fading. I plan to continue to work with them to improve the work problems.
I also have purchased stress relieving guided meditation to try. I am optimistic for the first time in a long time.

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