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HEIDY52
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A lot of my stress was due to me putting things off, so I've been trying to do things at a reasonable rate and making a list of things I'd like to do by the end of the day. I'm glad to say that it's been working and my stress level is lower.


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Reading and relaxing is helping with my stress


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Reading has really helped with stress. My biggest help with stress is to sit down and offer up a prayer that He will help me handle the situation. He is always faithful.

i am not going to get old until i am 110 and then i'm going to think about it!!!!

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I was getting in a real funk, today, so I decided to use the stress busting advice of getting busy. I sorted thru some stuff & managed to get rid of a box full. I'm forever going thru everything around here.....all with the "downsizing" motto hanging over my head. emoticon

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Hi Kneemaker. Sorry to hear about your stress. If you would like to talk about it, I invite you to send me a private message and I will be all ears. Either way, I hope it gets better. Happy Tuesday!

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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2/18/14 8:35 P

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I'm still stressing very badly

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"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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Thanks Dawn! I appreciate your response. You're right, Mom does know best! My wife is the same way with our son.
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Mother knows best emoticon Yet ... As a fellow back and neck pain sufferer, I would highly recommend yoga to you as well. As soothing as the music can be, I must say that the stretching routine of yoga helps loosen up those muscles favorably too. Practice makes progress. All the best to you Lest6449

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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I wanted to reflect on a real recent (today) stress buster. While doing exercises for my lower back, I turned on some music that is suited for Yoga.
What a wonderful way to relax. When I stopped exercising, I started listening to Spotify. My brother called to tell me something and while I was talking to him he said, "What's wrong?" I said "nothing." I had become so relaxed that he thought I had just awakened.
I began listening to the music because I was stressing over going out into the snow to visit my mom at the nursing home.
My physical therapist said that I was going to need yoga style exercises to straighten out my back. The whole length of my back, not only the lower part. It seems I've gotten some slight scoliosis from bad posture. That's right! BAD POSTURE! In the upper part of my back. Between the shoulder blades. I should've listened to my mother growing up. She kept telling me to stop slouching when I walked. To put my shoulders back. Well, I guess I didn't listen! What a great experience! Can't wait to try it again.
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Worries ... Worries ... Gosh aren't they just the worst! Lets try it right now then ... As I write it and you may read it .. Clear your head of thoughts ... Right now ... Inhale through the nose ... 1,2,3 ... Exhale through the mouth phewwwwww ... 1,2,3 ... Inhale ... Exhale ... Inhale ... Exhale. There !! Feel better ? Have a great day! emoticon

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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As I move into week two, i realize I am my own worst enemy. I tend to worry about things I can't change, and seriously sweat the small stuff. I need to learn to just breathe, but it's hard for me. Sometimes I think I was born to worry



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Clearly, each and every one of us has our share of stress to deal with. And, although the circumstance may be different, the options available to all of us are the same. None of us can be certain as to which option will be the right one to choose, unless we try it. With that said, Congratulations to all who have shared their experinces here. Please accept my high five to for making an effort to at least TRY to eliminate stress and turn it around to be something valuable. Bravo and may I just say ... Keep up the good work!
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"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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On the other hand, maybe this is the perfect time. Good luck! And congratulations to your sister.

I hope you don't mind me saying this. I am caring for my 87 year old mother who is in a nursing home. Most of my stress comes from trying to be there everyday for her.
The nurses take care of everything else. Food is brought to her from the dining room. Her medications are taken care of for her. In that respect, I have no stress from that part of her care.
She has made me her Power of Attorney. That is where my stress comes from. The other day I had to make a decision to sign a form that says "do not resuscitate." It's like putting her to death. Even though that is how she wants it. No tubes, hoses, life support...etc.
Now today I read in one of our articles that caregivers need to make themselves their priority.
I have done that, I have asked a cousin of mine to fill in for me. I need some time for myself.
But, even though this is hard for me to do .....I did it anyway. But I feel so guilty!
So, getting back to my statement, I'm trying to practice what I preach. This may be the most appropriate time to do this. At least for me anyway.




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The articles and posts so far are reminding me how important it is to chillax on the worries, breathe and let the stressors roll down my back. My goal is to check in every day at least once to bring those much needed reminders to the front of tbe table.

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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Not sure I picked a good week to be doing stress busting with my sister's wedding on Saturday, dealing with all sorts of extended family and tons of activities, but I am going to try



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2/8/14 2:24 P

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The articles and stress busting tips were really helpful, easy, and effective. I really started to feel a change in my reaction to stress this week!



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I am also making the choice to worry only about what I can control. articles and exercise help, but it am a born worrier, so it's hard for me not to.



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2/7/14 7:03 P

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I liked the articles recommended for week two. Almost all the things that cause me to stress out are out of my control, So I am concentrating my efforts on what I can control, and incorporating a few of the tips into my daily routine.


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Finishing week 2, I feel I've done a good job. I chose to do yoga as my exercise and every night this week I used the bathtub instead of a shower (it WAS very relaxing with or without bubbles!). Journaling has also been very helpful. Writing down the things that stress me out or times I feel anxiety has been a great eye opener for me. Just jotting down a few words, seems to help me "let go", especially of those things I have no control over. I am really enjoying this challenge, taking the steps to specifically reduce or cope with my stress.

On to week 3!




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2/3/14 10:34 A

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Week 2 hasn't started out so great. Today was my weigh in and I actually gained a pound. The 2 weeks prior, I had lost 2 a week - which was a great feeling. So now I'm trying to look at what I can change to make this week a better one. It's not an easy journey, but it is a necessary one. I'm just working on staying positive and staying on track.

"In the midst of winter, I finally learned...
That there was in me an INVINCIBLE summer"
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1/28/14 2:32 P

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I had a pretty rough start this morning- exercising really helped me to unwind. Planning on taking a walk- it is cold, but oh, so beautiful out today!


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1/26/14 10:58 A

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This week I really pin pointed my stressers and took action. Even with the snowy weather, I went for a short walk to clear my head. I also laid down and listened to my favorite songs. Just relaxed and listened to the music. The times I started to feel stressed I wrote everything down. Where I was and what I was doing. Everything about my surroundings including the people I was with. This helped me figure out what I was stressing about and realize it was largely unnecessary. This week I have really grown and look forward to the next 2 weeks.


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1/24/14 7:44 P

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7 simple stress busters, bad mood busting exercise, de-stress in 3 minutes or less--all the articles had good information
I especially like the tips to take a hot bath and to play a board game. I ordered some aromatherapy bath salts today to use in the shower and if I can find the time, in a hot bath.
I like the ideas to tailor your exercise to your mood. Sounds like a good way to mix it up and keep workouts fun and meaningful.

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1/24/14 2:23 P

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Hello,

The articles reminded me of some simple things I can do at the spur of the moment. I can think of a few others too. I just have to remember them at the time they are needed most then do it. I think I will take a hot bath at home tonight for starters.


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1/19/14 8:24 P

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I definitely think the articles in week 2 helped me to think about things in a different way. The article "De-stress in 3 Minutes or Less" really struck a chord with me. Under reality check, I tend to do all those things: "all or nothing thinking, reading your own thoughts into someone else’s words, either-Or thinking, and taking care of other people’s business". I have a tendency to want to try and help everyone and it gets overwhelming sometimes.

After reading the article and "putting it into perspective", this seemed to really hit home, "How big a deal is this, anyway? If I knew I was going to die in a week, would this be something I would want to spend this minute of my remaining time on?"







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I really like these articles with the "quick" tips. Sometimes you just need something you can do "right now" to relieve your stress, and you can't reach your girlfriend for a chat or exercise or whatever. Also, I think the suggestions about the different ways to address different moods with exercise was great. I am going to bookmark that article so it is handy. I need to work more on identifying my mood, then I can do the appropriate thing about it. Eating a whole bag of cookies never fixes anything!

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away...and, remember "slow and steady wins the race".


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You are right tammy. The advice does help. I am still struggling with the kid stress. I can only control me and not tham but i did better today. I tried taking a deep breath before talking

try not ...do or do not there is no try ....Yoda

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These articles are really helpful. I have been exercising more and I am starting to feel better.


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The articles are very informative and helpful. I shall overcome being overly stressed !


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I've decided that I will try making time or planning for a walk as a form of stress release. There will be times, when school is back in session that I won't be able to just walk out. But , at those times, I will plan where and when I will be able to complete my stress release walk.

The other thing I will try is planning for fun. One of my long range goals is finishing my garden. Of course that is long range because this is winter in Ohio. I will take time to read and research what I will use to finish my planting. Starting my garden by cutting down overgrown, ugly bushes was the start of my health and wellness journey with SparkPeople, so I feel like it will be a positive step in my journey.

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You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream.
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I have been starting my day off with 30 min of exercise (while reading Spark articles). I find it helps me keep stress levels low throughout the day. I also talk out my worries so I can let them go. I am still learning how to let conflict or bad things pass thru me.

I have known for awhile that my job/boss causes me stress that I can't control/manage. I have finally decided to get a new job/boss. I went on a preinterview and submitted my application last night.


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I have been using the stress journal and exercise to help me combat stress. It amazes me that just writing a few lines about the stresses and positives about my day is such a stress reliever.
I am also going to work to use the 3 minute stress control idea and see if it helps me at work when the stress amps up.
Although I have fibromyalgia and suffer from fatigue, I have been noticing that I have a little bit more energy.

Thanks to everyone's comments I have been able to think of new ways to incorporate the suggestions. I appreciate every one sharing their thoughts.


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I find wished week 2 just before leaving on vacation. My colleague quit the day before I left so I spent half of my vacation dealing with it. This challenge helped me weather that storm and I still enjoyed my time off.


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Great information in the articles. I'm incorporating exercising and eliminating the stresses I can. Yoga is helping.

Live each moment to its fullest!


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After reading and thinking about what I just read, I put myself into check. The three minute stress article...yes, I listen to what you are saying, but take it out of context or make it personal. So, I am really focusing on those three minutes, I am, virtually, putting duc tape on my mouth, then going through the steps, count to 10 with deep breaths, remind me where I am, then putting it all into perspective. So far, two times, it stopped an argument! WooHoo!! That is a major stress issue here.

Going to send Stress packing!

Kat, Co-Leader of the "Living with Hepatitis C Team"

My Journey with HepC
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I have read the articles and I'm choosing to complete a yoga tape I have at home 3 days this week. I'm also going to be consistent in my blogging on here for my stress journal.

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I've read the articles and jotted down what I think I can use. No time for hot baths, though. Am definitely trying to look around and be aware of my surroundings when I'm feeling overwhelmed. Trying to prioritize so I don't spend too much energy on "the small stuff."



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Week 2 not going so well, I've been hitting with a nasty head cold, not sleeping good either, and feel like I'm running on auto pilot....letting things get the best of me...looking forward to Friday afternoon...going to crawl in bed and not come out until Monday morning..


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I haven't been working out for about three weeks. I have been sick but i'm feeling better today so I will start a new program Shaun T rocking bodies. I'm hoping this will knock the rest of this cold out of my body. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Stress is a constant in my life and the challenge for me is to deal with it in a healthy way. We have been trying to sell our house on and off for over 4 years without success... just not much going on in our real estate market. One of these days I keep telling myself. It is hard to keep positive sometimes but exercise is really a great help. You can't help but feel uplifted after a hard run listening to upbeat tunes.

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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It has been a stressful couple of weeks, so this challenge could not have come at a better time. Meditation has helped lots and exercise especially


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I just completed week 2 and WOW! It has changed my whole outlook on everything. I'm very serious when I say that after 30 yrs of marriage I came into this challenge thinking I wanted a divorce. Because i know that he is my major stressor, no doubt. But reading the articles, taking hot baths, journaling every night, boxing on my wii has helped me deal with the reality of the situation. He was in an accident and became disabled 8 yrs ago and before his, I was diagnosed with RA 15 yrs ago, then fibro, COPD, and other diseases. So, we both live everyday in pain, which can consume you, make you angry at the world and you forget about the other person being in the same situation. Its very easy to take it out on each other, you become a target and its not long before you start firing back. I realize he's not my problem but instead he's also a victim. I really needed this.

I am my first love, my best friend, and my best supporter.
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I have really needed the articles lately. There's a lot that's been stressing me out, but the friendly reminders to stop and breathe - and for me, use the principles I learned from my Alexander Technique lessons - have been very helpful.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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Work is super stressful right now with some major projects with tight deadlines.

I just got out of a 3 hour meeting and felt like I wanted to scream, cry or run away.

In my email inbox I found the week two Official Stress Busting Challenge goals and clicked on #3 which was titled "instant relief when you need it most". It was exactly what I needed to read!

After a few calming breaths, and a quick reality check, I was able to reframe my perspective, identify my feelings and decide what the next step should be. Scream, cry and run away didn't even make the list!

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Dear Thinbrandy;
So sorry to hear your in such distress, please just take time for yourself, stop take time to take some deep breaths, just get in touch with your calm self within, just let all the other things in your life go away if just for 3minutes that won't kill anyone in your life unless they need cpr. Just calm yourself, feel your own heart beat, know it will all be ok, just take it one step at a time, don't get overwhelmed, do only what you can do, find and allow others to help you in a stressful moment. You don't have to be Hercules just do what you can do and let go of all the rest.
I used to be a perfectionist thinking I had to do everything just right, so I didn't let anyone else down in the end I learned the only person I let down was me, as I was always putting myself & my needs last on the list so that when I got to it, there was nothing left in my personal bank account of energy, time, love, money, goodness. etc. I learned if I didn't put myself first I would never get anything out of my life, duh it took me so many years of yearning, wanting needing love & compassion in my life to understand this and put myself first, at first I thought I'm being so selfish, as I was always taught to think of others first, well I made the change and I can help others now but I know if I don't do & get what I need then neither are others cuz there won't be any thing left to give to others.

I wish you well, take care & be well I hope you find your own success to find & achieve your goals whatever they may be, you deserve the best YOU have to offer. Love yourself first so then you can love others.!!!!! Amen
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While working this week the stress level went through the roof. Last night was the apex of the stress mountain. I really had to focus on staying calm and focused. I did everything I could to avoid people with bad attitudes and surround myself with calming influences. All in all I achieved my goals, but I am really tired.

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I was given some prayer beads this week and plan to use them as I do walking medications...not sure if I can handle this...I hope they will not cause me to be unfocused as I walk...



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Doing better this week. Increased to doing at least 10 exercise a day, and watching what I eat.


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This week, I've been the least stressed that I have been in a while. Most of my stress last week was caused by work, but this week is much calmer. I have learned that I need to look at the big picture when I get stressed out, make a plan, and battle it with strategies that I continue to learn through this website every week. I have been working out a lot more and noticed my mood is better, higher, and more positive. The better my mood, the better I deal with stress. I think that this challenge is really making me see the bigger picture and realize that I can handle stress myself with minimal actions. I really love doing Pilates, and have incorporated these workouts into my exercise routine. I think this really helps because of the breathing methods and concentration. I will continue to realize when I am stressed and work on techniques to soothe.

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Week two of the stress busting challenge has found me of two minds. I continue to do the walking meditation each day and am finding it to be a wonderful, relaxing time. In addition I began to do a sun salutation upon rising each day. THAT helps me to begin every morning focused and much more relaxed...sun salutation instead of getting up and immediately being 'on." These seemingly minor changes are slowly becoming an important part of my daily routine so that's good. I was given a book that discusses ways to fit meditation into your daily routines and look forward to reading some of the chapters. The significant concerns/problems are still with me (money, the death of a dog...) but some of my responses and focus are much better.



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My week 2 reflection is about the changes I've made over the past few weeks - changes to my diet to make it healthier so I am better able to cope mentally and physically with stress, changes to my fitness program increasing my workouts and including strength training so again, I am better able to cope - rarely are there highs and lows anymore because of these two major changes. I also don't eat sugar and rarely eat processed foods anymore. I've also recognised (or perhaps just been honest with myself) that I used alcohol and coffee as coping mechanisms sometimes when I got stressed. I have since stopped drinking both alcohol and coffee in the last few weeks which now forces me to look at other more healthy ways to deal with my stress. And with those two toxins now removed from my body I find I am actually less stressed! I'm spending more time in the garden and more time being grateful than ever before. I believe getting ones health in check and removing the bad habits and behaviours that people do when they feel stressed goes a long way to a quick reduction in overall stress. There are so many external stressors that the least we can do is reduce the internal stressors - that has been my key learnings so far......takle and fix those things which are within your control and the rest will take care of itself. emoticon


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Week two of the challenge down...and the question is how are these new techniques fitting into my life and impacting on my stress. Well I have to be honest and say there is a certain element of stress in trying to put another activity into my life...i bit of a chicken or the egg issue i guess!! But in general I think that its not so difficult to build in some of the stress busting techniques, and I think overall I am feeling better for the changes. How much its actually contributed to reducing my stress however is doubtful. I think the biggest benifit from these changes is that Ive made the time to think about why I am stressed and addressing the root causes rather than just haphazardly riding the rollercoasster and putting out spot fires left right and centre in the hope that eventally it will all calm down!


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hi im new here and this is my week 2
i had pretty stressful few weeks learning im diabetic and need to eat low carb meals and i feel im doing ok with it

my week 2 for stress busting is to keep journaling and keep keep being positive
listen to my co-workers and relearn the right way of things not others way of things
this is where it gets hard because how do you know its the right way or not if your being toldits the right way based on the job or they was taught wrong too is how do you honestly know then we get lectured on it other day about it our place to lean it right but our boss dont have the time to train usd the correct way well she wont even stay over and help if we have a call in or whatever happens she leaves us by ourself all the time says call management but she should stay if she expects us too thats why now i just leave why should we get in trouble for having over time we not allowed to have just becsuse we cant leave im tired of being stuck by myself for an hour or 2 at a time it crazy stupid to expect one person to be able to slice meat and cheese and do the cooking and the hot and cold cases too by yourself i decided what end im at is the e3nd that be getting the attention like if it at the end of meat cheese slicers cooking has to wait till im done with all orders and then i might go down there and get the cooking started if no one at either end to where i can get my cooking done and finished

thats stressfull in itself i try to get my breaks they never on time and now i got to eat every 2 hours candy something i eat those cinnamon disc at work every so often

I do the best I can from now on my life is mine I want to be a healthy nana I can only control that I'm back And I'm doing the done girl and I am going to be a turbo fire hottie with the blazing blue team i am a positive thoghtful person who cares about others And my family sherry wilson


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have been trying to read more, an activity which I love, but seldom allow myself time for, knitting and crocheting also help me relax. love to sew and have some quilts in mind to make--again have to find time for them.. kind of boils down to allowing myself the time for these things.



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So during week 2, I managed to go on a VERY relaxing camping/fishing trip with my hubby.
I had very little stress, until an interaction with my mom got my brain to spiraling. Thank goodness I had read the de-stress in 3 minutes article, so I could stop end examine the reality of the situation instead of leaving my brain to go along it's frantic, treacherous path.

In general, my walks/swimming/dancing are helping with stress. I am trying to learn how to ask for more help when I need it. I am writing a lot and exploring my "feelings", and I'm being pretty fair to myself about making mistakes. Oh, and I'm reading a LOT lately, which I love and don't always make time for.

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9/15/13 12:58 P

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Hi Moomshine; emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm here to help any time you need a pep talk or a good sounding board. that's part of being a good team mate. Just keep doing what your learning works for you, let it be easy so it becomes an easy part of life. Eliminate un-necessary things in your life, do a give away, clean out the old, make room for new energetic energy it will give your whole life a lift, plus you'll be helping someone else in the process and that always feels good for both parties involved.

Take care & be well, don't worry; be happy Now, why wait?

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Good way to break it up, 11Terry; for me, the big picture can be overwhelming.
Thanks, Debbie - that's the best pep talk I've received in a long time, and do I need it!
Today I did a lot of meditating, and I'm feeling hopeful.
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Hi Everyone!

This challenge is really helping me. I kept to my week 1 goals and have been seeing stress levels decrease. It seems if I make them process rather than outcome goals I get more relief. What I mean is to set a goal to exercise for ten minutes a day does me more good than trying to lose a pound every week. I have more control over actions than outcomes.

Meditating is really helping me too. 10 minutes a day and tracking stress with a little check sheet where I rate it from 1 - 5.

Thanks all!

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Hi Moomshine; emoticon emoticon emoticon
Way to go on losing lbs. You can do this and lose stress at the same time, make a choice to do the very best at making choices for yourself. It's sometimes as easy as don't shoot the movie screen, change the movie. What I'm saying is You have the choice in each moment of your life to choose what is best for you; even when you have those nervous pangs that tell you to eat when your really not hungry. It's a matter of choice, You choose.

You can do this, let go of the stress, breathe deep whew let it go, then choose to not be stressed over "whatever" it takes time, baby steps that's how we each learn to walk then finally run. You can do this try your best for YOU.

Take care & Be well, may you find the best inside yourself each step of each day.

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Losing the pounds seems to help me to de-stress , but I still need to practice the techniques.

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This week I will work on:
1. minding my own business,
2. do 30 mins of yoga, walk 60 min and isometrics 10 min
3. do three 15 min meditations

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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Today has been longer than expected...

... I was helping dd#1 clean up her apartment after the movers, and MY GOD were they ever SLOW. I have never seen slower moving movers ... I am sure our whole house (3br + basement AND playroom!) move was half the time of their two 1br apartments!

After we got to the new place, I started unpacking the kitchen (finding coffee pot: of vital importance!) and I was finished before the movers had emptied the truck.

Now my feet are dead tired and I'm procrastinating showering 'cause dh has heated up a frozen pizza...

Good thing we have NO plans until Monday!

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WOW.

I feel so much better when I get three of my daily goals accomplished (ate well, exercised, & journaled.) I bet I'd feel awesome if I consistently did all four (the above three plus pray/meditate.)

I need to cut out other things in my day so that I can accomplish my goals.

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Looking at my goals, I only completed one of them today. I lack a plan for WHEN to do them each day.

Here's a plan:
1. Exercise in the morning before work (get up 5:50 A.M.)
2. Pray & meditate in morning before work.
3. Eat healthily all day (plan meals on Saturdays).
4. Journal at lunch time.

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Doing the three minute de stress has really made a difference. I didn't realize how my so called stress relief routine was really stressing me more. I started by weighing my self daily, then eating breakfast ( which I convinced myself was always healthy), did some exercise but never stuck with anyone. I now realize I stressed more because of it.

I hope the kids learn as much from me as I do them.


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Finishing up week two, I have learned to just change up old "stress-relieving" habits with new ones snd it has made all the difference. I've journal'd for years and have found it has become self-defeating for me. The three minute "de-stress" has become my new reality check.

~ The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect & beginning the work of becoming YOURSELF - Anna Quindlen

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A.M. walking made me feel pro-active in detouring stress, and so did getting lost in playtime games and puzzles by simply zoning out for awhile. I am pushing the calories by over stepping range. And struggling with what seems to be another summer cold which is always inconvenient - so what else can I do? oh yeah journal a tiny bit each day and nap

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Week 2 held plenty of sleep every night while doing plenty of special fun activities. Waking up during the night and a few daily times of stress continue to happen though. I often find myself feeling the pressure of work and cannot remove it from my mind enough to eliminate these feelings. I am still unclear of how I can eliminate these feelings of panic even though I have read and tried lots of things.

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Good on you, Char! *hugs* Those are big accomplishments! I know what you mean about de-cluttering as I recently lightened my load by eliminating a lot of useless paperwork I no longer need. Sure felt good & it's great seeing more floor space, too! Keep it up! BB~ emoticon emoticon

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Been doing some meditation and Just general de-cluttering/deep cleaning in the house. I think the de-cluttering has helped the most. All I know is I made it through my son's wedding without any crazy breakdowns!

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Reflecting on week two: My fitness trainer has made me see that I need to track my food regularly if I'm serious about losing weight. This is something I hate to do, so this is a serious challenge. The positive I can see is that I seem to have my portion size under control. Now I just need to look at what I'm eating!

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Week two conveniently fell during a week I took a 4 day weekend. It was exactly what I needed. I worked on my inside sanctuary while working on my outside as well. My whole outlook changed and I handled the stress at work with flying colors! I'm still working on meditating, exercising, and journaling.

Onward and upward!

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Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. (Marianne Williamson)

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I try to spend about half of our waking hours outside the house. Some days lately are harder than others with the pregnancy aches and pains. If I can manage the exertion of going for a walk later in the evening I do, but we live in a hilly area that doesn't agree well with round ligament pain.

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Week 2 - went great - not sure whether or not it was new techniques or getting rid of my biggest stress (although it will be another stressor).



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Week #2's reflection revealed the importance of getting 8 hours of sleep, which I actually did 3 of 7 nights. Sleep deprivation in conjunction with chronic stress has been my Achilles' heel this past decade and it's taken a hefty toll.

The good news is that I've increased my exercise by hitting the pool for water aerobics, which I thoroughly enjoy, and just having fun playing in it.

As my food choices continue to improve, eliminating the few refined, low quality carbs from my diet has made a positive difference.

Thankfully, I am in the habit of spending some time in The Good Book each day, and my faith sustains me by keeping it all in perspective. emoticon BB~


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week 2 Review
1. Keeping things in perspective helped
2. Working up a sweat constructively used the adrenalin allowing better sleep (started doing 20 min. dumbbell workout 3X/week) and doing other activities when stress happens
3. Brushing the dog put my thoughts on something else and spoiled the dog (he now thinks I'll brush him anytime my lap is empty)
4. Mindless computer games help too.
5. Hot bath just gave me idle time to think of the "what ifs" and raised my stress level

Edited by: SPARROW714 at: 8/12/2013 (11:49)
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to urbanaudreye and marmaert-i can relate to both your situations. my parents house sounds the same. to the point just walking in the door stresses me out. I thank God everyday that I no longer live there. I do wonder what it will be like if they move in here which has been discussed as a possibility.
and I also work with people like you've been describing. except the forgetful one is my husband ever since he has been on chemo. it can be so frustrating to constantly be repeating myself. although I've been noticing that everytime he has seen me take a deep breath and raise my eyebrows he tries to remember. this is an improvement on its own. he is finally learning to try to remember. Yay!
now if I could get my 20 year old to remember her own life, appts, and get herself organized. that would be so amazing.
their dependence on me to do everything they can't which is everything, on top of everything they can't do, which again is everything, is probably the most stressful aspects of my life.
especially when they complain about something I forgot to remind them about or something I didn't get done...
between my daughter's e.r. visit, my dog's labour and watching out for her and her pups, my daughter's hurting her rotator cuff and her second job not taking it seriously and making her lift things against doctors orders and a family BBQ (with my husbands estranged son being there)...aside from being overly tired ( I am on shift with my dog) I can honestly say that I haven't lost it. I have been extremely calm compared to my pre-challenge days. my only regret is that exercising has been put on hold for the moment. my home exercise room is now my dog's puppy room. and going to the gym is not always that convenient right now. at least for another week and a half. I am still trying to find a way around this and our shift rotations....

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Urbanaudreye - how can you stand it? your situation sounds very stressful. is there any way to get out of there each day and maybe take your daughter for a walk or play outside? I hope you can help yourself, because none of your relatives will.
I am doing this challenge because the stress will get fierce after August 25 when I am in charge of a meeting that involves schedule planning and attempting to organize: 1 boss who is very forgetful and has to be reminded many times of what the plans are and then still forgets, 1 co-worker who has too much on her plate and loses track of what needs to be done, 1 co-worker who wants to be in charge and resents me, 3 co-workers who are afraid of the previous one, and 2 new people who have no idea what they are doing! After that meeting, the stress begins because I have to be in charge and get them to work together until next June. I'm hoping that the techniques I learn from each week will become a habit that I can rely on once the stress begins.

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ALIUSIA - I hear you on the ones that you're closest with being the cause of the stress. We live with my 91 year old grandfather in a double block that we also share with my aunt and her (alcoholic chain-smoking) boyfriend due to being in a severely crummy financial situation. I actually just wish they'd finish the foreclosure on our home just so I can stop worrying about that property and the liens that we have against it for not paying the sewer maintenance fees (They keep threatening to shut the water off to the property, which of course is a joke because all the utilities have been off over a year now.) Anyway, at least if that would go through it starts the 7 year countdown to it being off our credit report. But living with my family is insanely stressful. I can't cook what I want to cook because my grandfather doesn't approve of anything that he didn't grow up on, my aunt hassles me for "being too picky" about what I'll eat (I'm sorry if I don't want to eat potato pancakes, pierogis, and fried ring balogna on a daily basis, would you?) and the refrigerator (which I'm not allowed to replace) isn't large enough for me to stock my own food choices with what my grandfather keeps. And the condition he keeps the kitchen in (there is absolutely no space to move around, no free table space to even sit down and eat a meal except for his place setting, much less do prep work, and no counter space either because he piles all his junk on it... and the sanitary conditions in the kitchen are appalling between him keeping rotting food around aka"compost" but half the things he composts aren't actually compostable, and the spoiled food in the fridge that I can't throw out because "he's going to eat it for lunch tomorrow", and the fact that he clips his finger and toenails as well as shaves at the kitchen table). And everyone in the household undermines mine and my husbands parenting ("No, Xena. You can't have/do that" "Oh, stop being mean" or "you can't send her to her room. That's child abuse!" "Really? What should I do?" "Well, spank her, of course" WTH!!!) Oh, and my daughter will no longer sleep in her room because my grandfather has gone into her room too many times while she was sleeping and disturbed her, so now she will only sleep in my bed and I have to go to sleep with her or she won't. And then I get yelled at for not getting any cleaning done in the house... because it's so easy when all your waking hours are occupied by an overactive toddler.

Sorry... that became a rant.

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Perhaps the solution to my often overwhelming stress problem was joining this team. Seriously, I have had relatively little stress since signing-up and this is before doing any of the exercises. I don't know what has been going on with me. All I can think is all this actual exercise I've been doing, releasing all those little endorphins making me giddy.

It is hard to imagine a life of bliss. I should enjoy it while I can. SEE, there I go. I'd better shut-up now before I curse myself.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Stress has been a part of my life for so long that I don't know if I'll ever be able to fully escape it. I've been trying different techniques and I keep having the same meltdowns because its the people closest to me that cause allot of stress. I've been trying to say "no" to unesesarary obligations, and I get huge guilt trips imposed on me about how friends are supposed to "be there". I tried to get up early at 7 to work out and have "me time" before everyone got up but now my teenage kids want to share this time and workout too. So, ya not too much progress. I have been using the vid clip on Qi Gong, it helps me relax after my workout.

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Wow! One more day of week 2/4. Feels like it is going fast! Have a good one!

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I keep overdoing with my exercise - recovering from surgery and I still have to go slow. I was in the store pushing an almost empty cart and realized I was walking really fast. It felt good and I kept it up for a few minutes, then stood around waiting for the DH to catch up. My stomach hurt like crazy for hours after I got home. Didn't like that so now I have to force myself to go at it in baby steps (hate that) and get there a lot slower than I feel like.

Other than that, doing well on the stress busting. Hmmm. I guess doing this recovery things is a stress to me, too. Going to have to look at it under a different light in order to de-stress myself over it.

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emoticon Well I think I'm doing good on the stress level. Every morning I wake up and look at myself in the mirror emoticon and say "Today will be a great day." Then I realize I have to do something with my hair in 15 minutes. Guess I should wake up earlier. On the other hand I haven't deter from the exercising which is the first for me emoticon . I didn't realize how hard it is to exercise until now. Anyway I'm trying to do some yoga emoticon to help with my "zen" whatever that is. I just don't see myself bending my body in ways that can seriously hurt me emoticon i mean look at this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Yep even thinking about the moves make my head hurt. emoticon Which makes me think that yoga is for flexible people and athletic gymnast, but I will try it if it helps with my moods. If worse come to worse I can scratch another goal by taking a long, longggggg hot bath. emoticon


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Feeling much better today and feeling like I am nearly stress free but wondering if that is possible. Still in a positive light - my stress is going down and I feel good about it.

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I get hives and eczema when I'm stressed, too. The last round took a month to finally clear up. Good luck!

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Week two is going great in terms of working out, and I'm really starting to get the hang of being retired. It has given more time for workouts without always feeling rushed. I never thought I'd say I like working out!
My problem will be not being tempted to over eat on all of these vacations my husband is planning. All of those "little bites" add up quickly.

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I'm on week 2 and things are going much better. Like I said last week the biggest stress was dealing with my disability monies. I decided whatever happens is meant to be. This is how I'm dealing with it. So far my hands are clearing. I don't have all the dry skin that I get when I'm stressed. That in itself is a good sign.


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Today finds me with a head full of steel wool (feels like it) and a body that feels more like a flu issue than not. I know I don't have the flu, but the idea of going to the pool for exercise is not appealing - but I'm going for my 10 minutes of workout. Having had a gall bladder removed and all the complications that went with it, I'm not back to 100% yet and the best I can do is 10 minutes of water walking.

I know to some that may not sound like a big deal - it doesn't to me either - but with a resistance of 7 times air, walking in the pool is very good for me, I just have to limit it to 10 minutes for awhile, until i can add a few more minutes. The stomach muscles have to finish healing before I can run and jump with the rest of them.

Still doing my stress journal - this is one day that will make it there. I know I am building some stress over this and I can't say why I am doing that, but I will figure it out and change it as quick as I can.

Have a great day, all - Never give up because you are worth all your hard work and efforts to get t your goals. Onward!

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I have to admit that the journal and the exercise is really making it's mark on my life. I feel so much better about things but there is one thing that has consistently got my blood pressure up in the last two weeks and it's my son's autistic habit of repeating things. I think that it's his way of clarifying the conversation; my son really only started speaking effectively at age 9 or 10. Before that he had a word or two but it wasn't reliable; at times he would say yes and mean no or he would say eat and mean he's full. So now that his vocabulary and understanding has increased he is talking small sentences yet he will fixate on the key point of the sentence and repeat it over and over. He also wants me to repeat it back (confirmation for him I think). An example is when we got out of the pool yesterday he started by saying "I want to go to the house" which is AWESOME. But then he says "house" and waits for me to confirm "yes we are going in the house" then he says "house" and waits for me and if I don't repeat again he say's "house". He ended up saying "house" 15 times in the short time it takes us to walk through our yard and had a meltdown because I quit repeating it back to him. Have you ever had anyone repeat your words back to you in school just to make you crazy? This is about the same thing - it's like fingernails on chalkboards - so irritating. We've tried a lot of different tactics but today my goal is to create visual reminders for him to stop repeating. Signs and posters, collages and stories about how repeating things can make others sad. And when he gets out of summer school I am going to have him help me so that we can have a bonding/craft session. I think that just having a set plan has already made me feel better about it and less stressed and I will now consider this my journal entry about the issue! Thanks Spark community for listening!!

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I'm working on week two and learning the 7 stress buster points. I like all of them. Anyway, I feel like a bunch of stress is gone already just by going through my stressors and figuring out what they are, what the trigger is, and either attempting to use one of the 7 stress busters on it, or handling it from a different angle. At any rate, it is starting to work and I think I can lower my stress level on the tracker.

WooHoo! Onward! Thank you.

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Good Day Team Mates; emoticon

Well here it is week 2 already, my how time flies when your having fun learning something new. I've been counting blessings so far in my stress buster journal. Paying strict attention to my words I use still keeping my attention focused on "Change your words, Change your Life" from the book I've been reading.

So far doing real good on getting back to tracking my food each day, still having a bit of trouble writing down woes, as paying attention to woes only increases them for what you pay attention too, you give energy towards and I don't really want more woes than blessings.

I've already found 2 items on the challenge this week I won't be able to do, that being take a hot bath & call a friend. My home doesn't have a bathtub, & I haven't a friend to call. Although in week one I made a new friend Tammy we have so many things in common. I've been praying for a friend for so long I just hope I don't lose another person in my life.

I'm still considering the topic for my next blog, I was awake so much last night because it's still so hot here in AZ during the day that even in the evenings it doesn't cool off much. I have been having soy protein shakes & soy milk to help cut down on the hot flashes I feel like I'm burning up a lot of the time, right now cool showers are very welcomed.

Well I have lots more reading of posts to read, take care & be well good luck on your stress busting journey. Take care & be well take time to breathe & sip some green tea.

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I run my own business and it can be very stressful. I have been dealing with an issue with the State of Michigan unemployment since Jan. that has cost me a lot of money and the error is on their part. I ended up having to get the Governor's office involved so hopefully we will get it settled. In the meantime I was reading the articles for week two and one comment really hit me. If you were going to die in one week would the problem really matter anymore? No it wouldn't so I am letting it go. I will not lose sleep over it any more. I also have been dealing with grief from my mother passing on July 5th and it makes mundane things of life more difficult to deal with, but everyone who has been through a loss, says it will get better and each day it does, so I am grateful for that.
This stress busting challenge is just what I needed to learn coping skills to deal with stress, so week 2 went well.



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Week 2 went fairly well for me. I discovered that a majority of the things causing me stress are things that really shouldn't. Let's just blame it on my mental defects. After having my daughter, I ended up with postpartum depression and I took on a lot of the OCD qualities that go along with that. Now, I'm not what one would call a "tidy" person, in fact I'm nearly content to live in squalor... okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration... but somethings I am absolutely anal about. Specifically the cleanliness of dishes and that they are properly put away in their places. We live with my 91 year old grandfather and that simply does not happen. He doesn't let me get the chance to do the dishes, it's really difficult when you're 7 months pregnant and have a toddler that requires constant supervision, and he "doesn't know" where the dishes go, despite the fact that he's lived in this house 60 years, and I really didn't alter that much when we moved in. The other thing that gets me stressed the most is my daughter. She's a handful, she gets into everything, she destroys everything, and I really don't know how to handle her right now. I might be okay if I weren't pregnant, but it makes things very difficult when I'm constantly exhausted and having more than my fair share of aches and pains. My husband isn't a particularly big help to me. He works too many hours for what really isn't enough pay... well, it would be if it weren't for all of our debts. Finances are something I'm completely helpless on with my job history and current condition. While I'm content to be a SAHM, I'm not really pleased that there is nothing I can do to pay down my debt. Back track a bit here... because of the hours hubby works in attempt to pay the bills, he's usually quite tried and grumpy. If I ask him for something, he gives me attitude (even now despite the fact that I am close to going into pre-term labor and really should wait till I get clearance from my doctor before exerting myself).

It's understandable that these things would give me at least a little bit of stress, but it really shouldn't be causing enough to give me the severe anxiety that has it's grips on me.

Journaling is helping though. It's better to get it out on paper... certainly better than it was my blowing up on everybody. I can look at it on paper and attempt to come up with solutions. If I need, I can take it to my counseling sessions. I am beginning to gain the confidence that I can work through all of this. Slowly, but surely, things are coming into more order. I know it's not going to happen overnight, and I'm getting better at accepting that now.

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After reading the articles this week and combining the info there with things I've already figured out, I've finally come up with a quick, simple 3-step go-to plan to de-stress quickly, when those really stressful moments hit. I'm a school teacher and things tend to change and schedules get upset at a moment's notice every day. Tat is stressful for me. I like things to go according to plan. Anyway, here's my quick solution:

1. Breathe - like being grounded, I have to remember to breathe normally and fully
2. Gather it up & let it go - learned this in a great visualization. I quickly imagine all the stress leaving my body and gathering in my cupped hands. Then I just set it down and walk away from it. Sounds weird, but it works.
3. Smile - a simple little thing that I don't do enough.

I'm going to put sticky notes with these 3 steps on my iPad, on my computer at school, and maybe even on my teaching cart... The places I'll see them when I most often get hit by stress. I ally think it will help.


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Week 2 went well. I am learning to keep busy when I am feeling stressed, not to turn to food.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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