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I have added a stress tracker and energy tracker to my tracking homepage, so I think that will help me connect stress triggers with these stress and energy levels. I'm hoping this will help me to better deal with the stress.
I also like the positive thinking article, it reminded me that even when I speak positively about things, which I tend to do, it doesn't always reflect what I'm thinking!

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Forgot to come back and check in. Just added the food tracker app to my 4S - hope it works! And minding my biz more at work and it seems to help. And since all our time is tracked, my scores have gone up!

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9/29/14 12:52 P

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Focusing on getting enough sleep and eating healthy has really helped with the destressing

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jefferson


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9/9/14 3:23 P

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take care ..

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9/8/14 8:57 P

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thank you for the kind words! it's been a rough weekend, but the bank is helping out... as always, i will get through this!

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9/8/14 8:17 A

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oh no DEE , so sorry - hope there is some recourse ..

feeling so much better today - relaxed and recouped , funds to pay all extra bills this month done ..



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That's enough to stress anyone out. You don't need to start over, just be mindful of your limits and take a time out to destress before you reach your breaking point.

I Hope the situation is resolved quickly. It took us about a month, but the bank gave us a temporary reimbursement in about a weeks time.

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having a hard time destressing... just had someone hack into my checking out and cleared me out... i think i need to start over!


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9/7/14 8:39 A

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YARDSALE WAS FABULOUS !! SO HELPED RELIEVE A LOT OF ANXIETY ..
CANCELED THE "GOFUNDME " UPSETTING AS THEY KEPT SENDING EMAILS TO FRIENDS !!! 1 X WOULD HAVE BEEN OK....... GUESS I DID NOT READ IT OR UNDERSTAND IT .. FRIENDS SAY THEY ARE JUST SENDING SOME FUNDS TO ME - THEY ARE GREAT - FEEL HORRIBLE TO HAVE TO ASK - THOSE LABS COULD MAKE THE DENTURES THEY JUST DID NOT WANT TO BOTHER - MAKING MONEY WITHOUT ME TAKING A LITTLE EXTRA TIME ..



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9/6/14 10:00 P

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All my stress this week was HAPPY stress! I finally got down on my hands and knees and gave the kitchen and downstairs bathroom floors a good thorough scrubbing. And I got the living room rug vacuumed. Then I made breakfast for my visitors. I made five different kinds of eggs!! (Even I chose something different from all the others.) But making bacon ahead of time and keeping it, and pre-toasted and buttered English muffins in a warm oven, made everything come out on time. It was only the second time I had seen my great grandson who is now 11 months old and walking (and crawling a lot too, which was the big push for me to get those floors spotless.) It's been a good week.

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Things are okay, so long as I let them be okay. I spend a lot of time consciously stepping away from the small irritants my mil does. She doesn't know (can't hear) she does them I don't have the heart to be a bitch about it. I have done a lot of deep breathing. Found a free book on Kindle for aromatherapy and may see what I can try to help relax in that. Other than that, the best way I can relieve stress is exercise.

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9/5/14 12:44 P

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feeling better today .. all loaded - now to go and unload for show



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9/4/14 7:05 P

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I'm doing okay. Had an issue with the kids, had a snarky friends make some unappreciated comments about the labeling and handling of my children's DX. Instead of blowing my gasket I just cut her off. Sooner or later I might have to deal with it but for now things are peaceful. I'm not avoiding the problem i'm just handling the situation the way I think is best and not giving her comments any credibility.

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get exhausted easily - so down time today - trying to let it roll off, but really do need to be loading for the show .. its 100 outside and do not breath well in it -



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9/4/14 8:52 A

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I can not believe another week has gone by. I have ben able to relieve my stress with the techniques I have learned. Particularly journalising witch sort of surprises me. I still hope to be able to regain a normal sleep pattern again.

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9/3/14 6:20 P

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I'm stressed about work, but it's mostly just frustration with my supervisor. It's one of those situations where I am told what I should have done after the fact rather than what I should do before the fact. Taking a walk definitely helps in these situations. Even if it's just around the office building. That and my morning boot camp workouts keep my stress meter on the low end!

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9/1/14 1:50 P

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Have a Happy and stressless sept all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping for one emoticon



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8/31/14 6:44 P

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yes - on disability so money is a big issue here .......... had gotten a few lotto tickets , got to them yesterday - and won over 50 !!! emoticon



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I think I'm doing pretty well. Still stressed about money. The increase I was hoping would be in this most recent pay wasn't there, so I will have to wait another two weeks. Then I can get my new roof. I still need to work on my meditation and mindfulness. Having a four-day weekend has certainly helped - hubs and I tackled a few problem areas in the house and already my kitchen and laundry/pantry area feels more calm and less cluttered!

Looking forward to Week 3!

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8/30/14 9:39 P

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Week 3 has been okay with using more of the strategies. I went to the ER for a racing heart and was admitted. I'm fine and home now, but while there I kept to reading and music and again I tried the meditation but yes, needed the music. I did choose the healthiest meals available and journal-ed about more steps that I need to take and wrote things I was grateful for. It was a peaceful feelings. I also have contacted friends this week.

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hot out ( no air in van ) , so went to farmers market early .. got nice peaches and tomatoes .. yummo .. feel a lot better back on synthroid ..
Hope all have a nice weekend



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8/30/14 10:40 A

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At first, I was skeptical about this Stress-busting challenge. I mean, really, could reading a few articles and writing some journal entries really make a dent in my stress-level?

I was wrong.

By just being made aware of little things I could proactively do to make healthy choices regarding stress-inducing situations has really made a difference. Here it is, 3 days before my kiddos go back to school. I've not purchased a single back-to-school item yet, plus my calendar for September looks like somebody bled ink all over it. It's going to be a crazy fall. But this morning I am calm, relaxed and enjoying these last two days of summer. And celebrating a 50 pound weight loss as of this morning.

So, yes, these articles, techniques, journals--they are all helping. Thank you!

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on to wk 3 .... bp down emoticon , trying not to let the major broken things bother me , as there is nothing I can do about it



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8/29/14 11:43 A

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Starting week 3 today. I will build on what I learned in weeks 1 & 2. I Have been able to implement quit a lot from these two weeks. Introspection is not new for me but I need a structured format such as this to be effective. Thanks to all who share their experiences.

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Week 3 is a rough one. Only because we are broke for the month, I am being harassed and threatened. But I think I am doing okay say the least.

God bless and have a great day.


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8/6/14 9:57 P

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Week three has been better than the weeks before. I have been trying to spend at least 30 minutes each day doing something fun - painting, riding my horse, looking at silly cat pictures, exercising daily, meditating for 10 minutes and practicing de-stressing breathing techniques. I feel like my mind is clearer than it's been in weeks, but my body hasn't caught up yet. Still having chest pains & shortness of breath. I've been tracking these those & the physical symptoms have been improving.

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7/22/14 10:17 P

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I did some more scrapbooking today, but was more stressed because of technology issues. Getting involved in a hobby I like helps with stress. It doesn't just help you forget your problems, but doing something you like and just because it's for you definitely helps. emoticon

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I did better today too. In fact, I did some scrapbooking today. Plan to do some tomorrow too. emoticon

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Overall, I'm doing better, but I still find that the busier I am with work and family responsibilities, the harder it is to squeeze in time for the stress reduction... which makes me then more stressed... which makes me frustrated with myself for not breathing deeply, going for a walk, etc....

So them I squeeze the little stress ball I use and try to refocus.

Consistency in everything is the challenge, it seems.

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Meditation really helps me bust stress. Also, making a to-do-list of work tasks, then checking them off when finished has improved my mood. This challenge is really helping me.

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I have found that diving into some around the house cleaning projects have taken my mind off stress. I also had a serious long hike by myself on Saturday where I could have done nothing but think about my stress but as soon as it started creeping in I really concentrated on my surroundings and mother nature and that helped.

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6/13/14 4:27 A

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emoticon keep up the good work. Relaxation techniques are always helpful.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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Week 3 has been going pretty good. I have been busy all week but with good eating habbits and deep breathing at night, emoticon emoticon

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There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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Thanks for the encouragement MBPP50 emoticon

I know the Serenity prayer...I actually have it hanging on my wall...I have to remember to look at it and read it every day and night emoticon

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Three things really helped me over the last couple of weeks:

1) My lunch-time workout. Yoga here on campus or a run down at the park. On the days I know I have a lot on my plate, it really helps to know that break is coming!

2) Busting out of my routine. I ended up going back to my hometown for a visit. Just a day trip, at the last minute, for a graduation party. I hadn't been there for a real visit in over a decade, and it was exactly what I needed. Not only to take a break from work, but to get out of town, across the state, and see people I hadn't talked to in ages. It was refreshing and boosted my mood like nobody's business!

3) A goal: over the course of two weekends I found myself on trails that were new to me in our local park system. I decided to make it a weekly goal to try a new trail! I've lived here 11 years, and I've never explored my town in this fashion.

As I told a friend who joins me MAYBE once a week for a walk and wonders why no changes are happening for her, it's about choosing to be active. Given the choice between two activities, ALWAYS pick the one that gets you up and moving. Find excuses to be active, like my new-trail-a-week goal.

I'm not perfect, and I sit on the couch and watch movies when the mood strikes. But knowing I have that workout break every day has definitely evened out my mood.

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There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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6/9/14 9:58 A

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My week 3 was much better. I think exercise helps as much as anything for me.

Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."


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Sounds good. A night with a granddaughter is always great for busting up some stress!

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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My stress level is improving. I've given the issue with my daughter to God. Its in His hands now. Prayer has been a big help. My exercise is a priority. At least an hour 4 days per week. Knitting has been a soother. Had a girl's night with my granddaughter. Such fun!

Life is a journey and we succeed when we reach out and help one another along the way.


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Hi Skimbro, do you know the Serenity Prayer? When I get stressed over something I can't control, I say it over and over in my head and that usually calms me down. Just in case you don't know it, here it is "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage the change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." When my alcoholic husband is making me crazy, pushing all my buttons, this is my go to. emoticon Mary Beth

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I reviewed my stress tracker emoticon . I pretty much know where my stress is coming from...life emoticon ...but I have already begun to try to de-stress emoticon in some areas because I am becoming a very angry person emoticon ...out of control emoticon .

So, the things that I can not do anything about...I am finding ways of de-stressing so I will not carry them around with me emoticon .

For the things that I have some control over, I am placing them on a time-line and/or to do list so I will know when those things will be falling off my stress meter emoticon .

Those things that I can control, I have made a list and am working on a plan/strategy that will help me put those things into perspective so that I can better manage them emoticon

Future events and the unknown emoticon emoticon ...I am just praying about them..."worry about nothing" says the Bible... emoticon I am still working and praying for that in my life...so I will emoticon

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Good for you. emoticon But carve out that all important ME time!

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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Sounds like week three has been rough for everyone people. Now that week three is over for me, I can say that it was not too bad. Work was okay and I find that when things are okay at work, I am usually okay too. Am still having trouble getting enough sleep though. I have a billion things that must be done today and I am determined to get some ME time in as well as go for a jog but I am going to try to stay on track so that I don't get overwhelmed.

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"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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Week three has been a challenge for me. I was in a lot of pain and had to go to the dentist and have a tooth extracted. My husband has been pushing every button he can this week. I was cleaning up the yard after a storm, the day after having my tooth extracted. He was up and dressed (which was unlike him) and asked what I was doing. I asked him to help me. He "helped" by watching me. I finished in the from and went to the back. He came back there and said he had offered to ask the next door neighbor help her mow her lawn and she declined. Then he said he was going to SAMs to help a friend get something and did I want to go. I said no, I was tired and in pain. He asked me what I wanted him to do. I just stared at him and then told him I wanted him to help me. He asked what I wanted him to do. I couldn't believe that he offered to help someone else while I was working and in pain and then was going to help someone else. I was angry for about five minutes and then I just kept saying the serenity prayer over and over in my head. I fixed my breakfast and was watching a movie and he asked me "are you staying?" I asked him "as opposed to?" Well, going to SAMs with him. I said I would stay. I have been feeling pretty rotten all week but I just keep praying and staying calm. Stress makes me feel worse physically and I am determined to not let my alcoholic husband steal my serenity.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa


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emoticon Sounds like you have some great stress busting ideas and are putting them into practice! emoticon

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Well, week 3 was a bit challenging on a couple days. The weekend started out great - then I helped clean my parents house with my siblings, two of my children and their families. I didn't know how much I don't like being around chaos and argumentive people who each had their own ideas of what and how things were going to be done. I kept myself in a quiet room away from the craziness and cleaned that room top to bottom. It was also a good workout. The holiday weekend ended on a high note with getting my flowers and bushes planted. It is nice to see bright colors outside instead of barren and gloom from the long winter we had.
Keeping to my workout routine this week and finally joining a gym helped with keeping the stress level low. At work, I have learned over the last year, listen to upbeat music (which makes me bounce in my seat from time to time) really helps with keeping stress low or none at all. If you have ever heard the song from the movie "Frozen" called "Let It Go". The words in that song (that has played a lot on the station I can get at my desk) helps with things seem to escalate the stress level. I start singing to myself --Let it go.....Let it go.... Finding other ways to help keep stress at a low or nonexistence level has helped a great deal. Even my husband has notice that I am not "biting off his head" so much anymore. That makes me feel great!

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My goals were to relax more and practice more self care. I think I did a pretty good job of it. I stopped pushing myself to get everything done RIGHT NOW and I am enjoying what alone time I get. I am more able to identify my stressors and walk away from them. My husband tried to start some crap with me while he was drunk and I just kept saying I agree and he stopped and went back to bed. I even smiled while I was saying it! I didn't even stress out yesterday when I had to have a tooth pulled. I called my husband to let him know where I was and told him I was fine, that I would see him when I got home. Then I called him while waiting for the novacaine to kick in to ask him to pick me up some bananas. He was in the waiting room at the dentist! He came back and I told him I don't need him but he waited for the dentist to tell him the same. Funny how he rarely helps me with anything but he shows up when I don't need him. I can tell my stress level is lower because I can laugh at it instead of getting angry. So week three has gone well. Hugs, Mary Beth

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I've had great luck freezing foods and thawing them! I even do omelets. For the steel cut oats, I just make up a big batch and then freeze them in whatever serving sizes I need - make sure to use a good freezer container. The night before I want to eat it, I take it out of the freezer. I would probably take a larger portion out a little sooner in order to ensure it thaws in a timely manner. Then when I want to eat, I just pop it into the microwave for a couple of minutes - voila, breakfast is served! I often cook large batches of different foods and then freeze it for later - saves me a lot of time and stress when planning meals because I work a lot and often when I get home I am too tired and don't want to spend any time cooking!

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Do the steel cut oats thaw well? I just cooked a batch of brown rice and froze it. If I could do it with oatmeal too, that'd be great.

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I had such a great day! I wish that it could be like this all of the time, low key, not stressful. Got some things organized, made a big batch of steel cut oats to freeze for future breakfasts, organized my athletic socks, got in some pool time and got a jog in! I got things done but had time to relax and enjoy. I feel ready for the work week ahead!

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Goldenrodfarm I know what its like to have a mom with dementia. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

I am re-doing week three.I did not do it. I guess there goes my trophy. Oh well. It's better for us to learn to manage our stress than to receive a trophy. Hang in there

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Week three, mmm, still doing meditation, trying the happy outlook thing, got 2 stress balls and take one to work with me, I am sure wanting to throw it at someone is not what I am supposed to do with it but......sometimes that is what is needed. Working at smiling at people, sort of freaks them out sometimes, a lot of people are not sure why you are smiling at them. My mother was back in the hospital (the same one I work at) this week. She was complaining of chest pain, they are thinking gall bladder but her Troponin is still high but has been at the same level for 4 weeks. I am not sure how Dad is coping with all this, he is 88 now and my mother is 86, she has rapidly increasing dementia and panics when he is not right there with her. So all that is an increased stress factor along with work and not enough time for all the farm stuff.

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I'm trying really hard to maintain a positive outlook. I just found out I bounced a check and am having a hard time trying not to continue to cry.It's so upsetting because my bills are getting more and more. More debt due to no money to buy some necessities and my health bills are increasing. The solution is a better part-time job but, the reality is I'm not sure I can physically and emotionally be able to do it. I get home late again tonight but the goal is to get cardio in and take a nice long bath.

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I'm so exhausted and sore I can't even remember what week 3 is. Tomorrow I'll look it over again. I'll check back then

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I have discovered that stopping at some point in the middle of the day and doing some stress-relieving exercises or meditation helps me feel better about the rest of the day. I think I am making progress, although slowly!

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My week started out really awful and went down hill from there. Am working to recuperate from it. Stress busting techniques learned in weeks 1 and 2 are helping. Planning for time to meditate is becoming invaluable in coping when unexpected situations arise or things don't go as planned. Spent Friday doing something really fun and now feeling much better about the week in general.

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I haven't looked at this challenge for a while, but I did implement the strategies that I learned here at the beginning of the school year (I'm an elementary school teacher). Although this year has been stressful, it has been SO much better than last year. If nothing else, I make sure I get a good 20 minutes of peace and down time at lunch. I used to eat in the faculty room, but determined last summer that doing so was adding to my stress. So now, I eat by myself in my very quiet room. If, for some reason, I don't want to be in my classroom (had a stressful morning in there or something like that), I find a friend and hang out with her for lunch - still quiet and non-stressful. That, in addition to my stress journal and a few other modifications have had a huge impact on my stress level. I wouldn't have survived the year in good form without the stuff this challenge has taught me.

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Week THREE really helped me. I fell back a little yesterday. I had some stress and I thought to myself......."is this really going to last forever?" No it won't...I had to answer.

I have not been doing as well with exercising so I am going to evaluate that. I was making a checklist and crossing off what I did, but then I tried the 28 day workout dvd with coach nicole and with baseball and tball practice late in the evening, I have been missing my 4:30am workout and starting at 5 or 5:30am. With the checklist, I knew I had to get up...but I know it will be okay! Not going to make it a bigger problem than what it is.

With this week, I feel more in control. If I mess up, it is my mistake. It is not anyone else's. So the stress-busting challenge makes me less whiny, less of a victim. It makes me in control and human. Life happens and I make choices to deal with it. No more drama of missing a workout or going over my calorie range. Just stay calm and carry on. Stressing about it will not make it any better. LEARNING from it will make it better. Part of LEARNING is taking it one day at a time. I have to personalize things. I was a case worker with the county board of developmental disabilities before I had kids. I hated when things were canned. No two people are alike. I lost weight before and I felt like I owned that plan. I had to do it that way. No one else can lose the weight for me. I have to do it. Having support helps because it is super hard. I am not going to ignore my setback or play the blame game (how stressful is THAT?) ... I am going own it!

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Week three was a tough one for me. I was graduating, had finals to take, and plan a camping trip. The whole time my kid's dad was fighting with the kids and making things harder than what they needed to be. It was very stressful trying to remain calm and focused, but I did it!!

I am a little disappointed with myself because I am so out of shape and it made my hiking experience tough. Only last year I would have been able to do it with no problem. I guess that would be causing me some stress too.

I did stay calm through everything, but I am worried that I am holding too much inside and not living authentically. Maybe that is why things are expressing themselves in my physical health. The only problem is I don't know how to get an outlet for what I am dealing with. Meditation and positive thinking are not enough in this situation. The things that I am holding inside isn't going away and I don't know what to do.

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Week 3 Action Plan
Review your stress tracker. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I was stressed b/c I was trying so hard to work out 2 hours before my kids were up at 7am... I am relaxing a little. I am focusing more on how many calories I am burning, NOT how many minutes. It was totally stressing me out and I know I'll plateau if I just focus on minutes.

* Planning meals weekly with my husband has really helped the stress of what we are eating and how healthy it is....planning helps my stress.

Maintain a positive outlook.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My husband and I really want to move. The area we live has went downhill in the past five years and the school taxes have doubled. Staying positive in that we are fixing up our house and if the area gets better, then we get to stay...if not, we will be able to sell a little easier;-)

Start a daily stress-reduction routine.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am making my workouts more calorie burning.. Working harder releases more stress for me. Just walking on the treadmill is nice, but really burning those calories is so nice;-)


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I am starting to get a little anxious about a trip we are making for several days. I enjoy visiting with my grandkids, but it gets a little overwhelming with so many people around. They are six and DIL's family are 7, plus several family friends that tag along with them....just too many people, I am glad we are bringing our motor home.


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Thank you very much.

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So sorry for your loss.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

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My plan is to continue practicing guided meditation each day for relaxation. It is to address triggers in the moment and not let things build.
I have been progressing greatly on the work front but have had a major family tragedy. My cousin's 4 month old daughter passed away from unknown reasons. She went gently in her sleep last Wed afternoon. Tests are still being done to try to determine the cause. The Dr.s best guess at this point is some undetected virus. Needless to say this is not something that any tool will help with. Time alone can begin the healing.
I work on the other areas and share the love of my family to cope with this.

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I did so well last week, I went into this week thinking it would continue. But I did a very unwise thing. I ended up leaving a lot of work until the last minute. I planned to work on it earlier, because I realized that pacing myself and starting project early reduces my stress and anxiety. But I didn't, and yesterday ended up being very stressful. However, I did learn some things about myself from the experience, and I realized that most things that cause stress in my life can be controlled. I just need to plan in advance, don't put myself down if things don't go exactly how I planned them, and give myself some breathing room.

Oh, also when I was at my most stressed point yesterday and the idea of working was making me feel even more stressed even though I knew I would remain stressed out until I finished it, I came here on SP and checked the simple ways I could relieve stress. I tried some quick exercise and motivated myself a little bit, and my stress level went down and I found I was able to work again.

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starting the week 3, am making progress, but my eating habits and exercise habits are all disrupted due to the fact that we moved over weekend, and now the unpacking, not getting a lot of traditional exercise in because I am exhausted from the moving and packing, unpacking, organizing, decorating.

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Work week started out crumby - everyone was edgy. Sometimes wonder if career is worth it. Felt drained coming home and sat in front of computer game to keep mind off work. Took a sleep aid to guarantee a good nights sleep and, at least I slept well. Started next day(today) off with a raspberry and banana smoothie - the sun was out and work went really well. Guess you gotta take the good with the bad. Three more days and I am on 2 weeks holidays. Set up a Spa day for next Tuesday as a reward.

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My stress level is so much better now. I ended a very stressful relationship, joined a walking team challenge at work, and finally took that long overdue bubble bath. It was relaxing.

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Journaling and exercise are working wonders for me so far!

Hope everyone is finding great tools to manage stress!

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I'm going to have to go back and review some from weeks 1 and 2. A lot of time has elapsed since I completed that part of the challenge. So, I hope to get back to week 3, and I'm aiming to have looked over my notes from previous notes by next week-end. Will check in again then.

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I am continuing my warm yoga class and taking more time for me this week,
My shifts seem to add stress in my life just because I tend to not get as much rest on the early shift and being tired makes me feel a little more stressed. So I have taken a little more time out for me and in the evening to help me relax and be ready for bed earlier than usual

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I am hoping that now that the wedding is over, I won't be at my sister's beck and call and I can relax. Also, a few days away from home isn't always relaxing for me. I am a homebody who loves to garden so being home is where I want to be most times.



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One of my common stress busters, as silly as it may sound, is listening to music while I sing and dance along no matter where I am, or who may be around me. It gets the typical daily worries out of my head as it brings me into someone elses head for a little while as I empathize with them and convince myself that they too can relate with me. I have not done that in a few months now so it felt great to get back in that place last night. This challenge has led me to remember to make it a point to do whatever it is I know will work for me at least 3 times a week. My other reliever was taking time to notice nature and third would be to be sure to get in my beloved reading time. I will work harder on these things each week. Thank you for that push in what may very well be my stress elimination process emoticon

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This has not been a good week for me so far. Monday through Wednesday, I, unfortunately, let work get the better of me. In hind-sighting, I'm not certain I could have prevented the things that happened, but I definitely could have taken a slightly different approach dealing with it. I need to not let things get to me. I need to learn to let frustration roll off. I cannot continue to let work-stress keep me up at night or allow it to occupy my brain during my personal time.

On the up side, the week isn't over. Today is a new day with no mistakes or stress in it, yet.

Yesterday, after working way too late, I started to get back on track by doing some journaling. I am also going to start today with morning yoga after warming up with a nice cup of hot tea.

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My favorite stress buster has become actually taking some time for myself. I find that if I actually take the time to do something I want to do then I feel better than I do if I don't. Listening to music helps quite a bit as well as keeping active.

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I had a hiccup in finishing this (known as "finals week" :-) and am finally getting back to finishing this up. Stressors: working on my finances. I started a new job this week in particular, and it's not much, but ever bit helps. I also recently took a class on Conflict Management, and in knowing how to deal with the "antagonistic" folks I run into is changing me for the better. (I will, however, confess to being a bit burned out after 2 weeks of class reenactments of confrontational scenarios. BUT - I know how to handle myself better. It was totally worth it - best class I have ever taken.)

Onward to finishing week 4!

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Finished with week three. I so want to me a optimistic person :) So easier said they done but there's hope and I plan to continue working on "self love"

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For destressing i love coming on spark or exercise...dancing is so much fun and i can get out alot of my stress.

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Starting week 3 and reading the resources several times a week helps to keep me focused on taking deep breathes and stay present:) & exercising is giving me a much calmer outlook on things.

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