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TRISHWITCH
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3/24/14 10:48 A

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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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3/18/14 6:17 P

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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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3/10/14 9:02 P

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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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3/4/14 9:31 P

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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 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 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

"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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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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2/11/14 11:29 P

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Working on owning my own problems and not making other peoples problems my own.

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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!

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

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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.

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


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1/23/14 2:43 P

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My favorite personal stress buster is genealogy. I can get lost for hours in the research & totally forget about whatever was stressing me out.

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FITTP50
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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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THEMEEPER
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12/22/13 10:17 A

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One of my major stressors is work. I find that exercising each morning for 10-30 minutes keeps my stress levels low for the rest of the day. It also helps me avoid food cravings; when I give into those, then my stress increases ("What have I done??").

I've started walking during my lunch break to get some Vitamin D and burn off stress.


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12/9/13 6:13 P

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Reading is one of my favorite waya to destress, just get lost in something else. Also breathing. Ilike the the 7.4.8. Count. And Yoga!!

Adversity is just opportunity!!

Stop saying "I wish".
Start saying "I will!!!"

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. - Elenore Roosevelt


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12/3/13 8:29 A

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Week 3 completed. Life is getting less stressful by tackling little projects daily instead of waiting for the weekend & letting go of things I have no control of with prayer.

Live each moment to its fullest!


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TIFALVA
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Today is the start of my Week 3. So far I'm doing well, something clicked in me a couple days ago and I've been a woman on a mission since :-)

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11/27/13 7:28 P

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Well the start of the 3rd week was disastrous....let a child (5th grade) get the best of me on my bus...probably said a few things that I shouldn't have...not cussing but told her exactly why the other kids her age are all sitting up front where as she is at the back of the bus by herself...she is a drama queen, hateful, and self-centered and no one wants to sit around her....sadly it is the truth and even her parents knows how mean she is to her younger sister who is not allowed to sit with her either...she argues with everyone even my K4-K5 kids, talks ugly to all the other kids...trying to create a paper trail but sadly she does everything off radar so my hands are tied...7 months until she will no longer be on my bus or I get fired 1st....either way will be a blessing at this point..any ways...got a 5 day break from her and looking forward to my 1st Thanksgiving at home with no drama.


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Week 3 is done. Stress levels managed well. Unfortunately I got sick and had to take some time to get better. Did not focus on food or exercise, just getting healthy. Spent some time last night and today planning for the holiday weekend so the food temptations can be managed. Happy Thanksgiving to all and hope the holiday is stress-free!


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Totally stressed out by my mother today! She is the most negative person I know! Sorry to say when I stopped to pick up a birthday cake for her, I got a brownie for myself emoticon When I got home, took some much needed deep breathes and am now sparking away my stress. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! emoticon

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the the tears, and light for the way. Debb


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A situation that has been a big stressor for me was finally resolved this week (after 4 years!) That is a biggie. Despite your best efforts, there are some things that you just can't control. One more major issue is still on the plate, but looking at a possible plan B to help ease some tension in the mean-time. Sending out healthy, happy and peaceful vibes to Spark Land this Thanksgiving week.

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So last week was week 3 for me and I really didn't do so well, It was a super stressful week at work and I caved and got way off track with my food. Boo! Good news is that I did take time out everyday to go to the gym and I did write in my stress journal. The very best news is that the major project I was working on was completed by the deadline and I am back on track with planning and committing my food again.

That's it for my check in I am happily moving alongto week 4 now!

Rebecca, Michigan

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11/16/13 6:22 P

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Okay. I am DETERMINED to get through week 3 this week.

My plan is to do my prayer/meditation/journaling every day in the morning. First I'll get dressed to go to the gym, and then I'll sit and do my prayer and meditation and journaling. I just hope I don't fall back to sleep sitting up!!!!!!!!

Getting fit is hard.
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11/5/13 11:38 A

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I have been doing a good job at lowering my stress. I am usually a worry-wart, but lately I have been learning to just stop and take a few breaths. It's been helping a LOT! It helps for me to breathe and just come back down to earth and know that whatever is going on, it's not the end of the world. This challenge has been really keeping me on track and I enjoy this very much! I hope I can learn some more stress-less techniques and by the end of week 4 I'll be a pro! emoticon

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Week Three is a challenge to me because, like CLEARNIGHTSKY, I find myself questioning if prayer/meditation will work despite the fact that, for me, it HAS in the past! Making it a routine part of my life is proving to be very hard...I haven't "proven it" to myself at this time. I just made myself an index card reminder to keep close by during each day. I am hoping this physical 'crib sheet' will help me to make these changes more of a habit. Plus, I am thinking of finding someplace where I can get some prayer beads. I would use them as a physical reminder, too. Has anybody ever used them? Did they help? Thanks!



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10/10/13 2:50 P

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Week three has been challenging for me--it's a commitment to change!! My goals to bust stress are to pray, meditate, & journal every day AND to eat healthily and exercise frequently. I've got the eating and exercise down, but I'm just not committed to the prayer/meditation/journaling part. It's like I don't believe it'll work for me. But how do I know if it'll work for me if I've never even tried it for a month straight?

emoticon This is me without prayer, meditation, and journaling (it's a "nutty" me.)

emoticon This is probably what I would be like with prayer, meditation, and journaling (a more peaceful, happy me.)

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My two biggest stressors are the fact that I am not working, and therefore have an extreme lack of funds, and my grandmother. Grandma is so negative and she is driving me crazy!

Things that are helping are to spend more time at the barn with my horse (big time stress relief there!) and to spend more time actually getting off my butt and working out. I'm finding that going for a long walk with one of the dogs gives me a nice break from a) being at home, b) sitting on my bum doing nothing, and c) my grandmother. I love her to bits, but there are days where I just cannot be around her negativity.

The dogs also make me laugh, almost as much as my horse.


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I have been aware that I was prone to stress since my childhood. I remind myself of one of those television children that are afraid of everything, and anytime something goes wrong they either break out in hives or need their inhaler, which is used as humor in TV world. I think that is why I love working with special needs kids so much. They don't even notice that I am stressed. The don't notice all of the dumb things I say, my inverted words and numbers, and all of the other weird things that I do when I worry. That is not to say that the adults around me don't notice those things because I am certain they do, which makes me worry all the much more. However, since I started teaching my students how to deal with their anxiety and stress, I have had to start focusing on my own. I wasn't doing very well and that is why my weight went back up. This summer losing weight was a breeze. I had no worries, no frustrations, and no fears. I didn't have to get up each day and go to work, worry about getting the house clean during the work week, or taking care of a home and a job. Since I went back to work my stress level went up drastically. This challenge has helped me find solutions for my own personal stress for the first time in my life. I can't say that everything I have tried is working, but I can say that I no longer feel like stress is going to dictate my life anymore, and I feel like the new tools I gained can be used with my students and colleagues. I am very happy that I am participating in this challenge.

Just Believe!


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So here's what I've learned:
I get stressed at work when my boss micromanages me. This frustration builds up over time and I become more reactive to it. I have worked for him for very long, and have become very reactive.
I feel stressed when I am trying in vain to please either one of my parents. I feel responsible for other people's feelings (which, consciously I know is dumb).
I feel stressed when I procrastinate doing something that must or should be done. I, in fact, CREATE the stress myself by not taking care of business.

So here's the plan...
I'm going to keep writing- it helps me vent and get perspective.
I going to keep walking- it keeps me calm.
I'm going to check my reactions to stressful situations, and make sure they are based in reality.
I'm going to stop trying to be responsible for stuff that's not my responsibility.
Some times you just say "Not my circus. Not my monkeys"
And when I start to worry about doing something in time, I will just do it and get on with my day. (First thing in the a.m. most likely- I often wake up worried.)

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Hi all,
Just got the week three assignment. This challenge has been tremendously helpful. In the past I have focused on how stressed I have been rather than on how to remedy the situation.

One of my major stressors is how I react to my DH. Goal: I am going to keep my stress journal going and work on habitual reactions by identifying other ways to respond.

Thanks so much everyone!
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9/21/13 12:26 A

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This week went very well for me. I found myself getting worked up less and focusing on just doing my job. Overall a very productive week.

Eliminate negative energy from your life.


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Week 3 has been pretty good. I have had a few stress causing days, but seemed to handle them very well. Kept looking on the bright side of things and talked myself out of the stress.


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I am (mostly) a naturally optimistic, cheerful person, and I stress easily, so that's not my ticket to a stress-free life, but it must mean I'm already half-way there. When I'm finished with this challenge, I expect to be calm, cool, and collected just like my stress-free sisters. 8-)

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So sorry for your loss. Glad you are trying to get back on track. Meditation is a great relaxer!


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i had to take a 2 week absents due to a death in the family, and i know this is one of the greatest stressor anyone can deal with but i am ready to be back on track and move forward.

i am meditating more, and finding confort in helping my father-in-law in his time of loss. this eases me so much.

If you can, help others; if you can not do that, at least do not harm them. ~ his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.



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Thinking of all those employed at schools and colleges. I retired as an assistant registrar at a community college after 25 years in 2011. I sleep better now and my BP is lower. It is a very stressful time. I remember having a few days with tears and eating lots of chocolate. Hang in there and use your stress busting tools. I wish I could have handled my stress better back then! emoticon


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I've come to learn that I'm a pessimist, and it's time I become an optimist emoticon

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Reflection: I am enjoying this stress busting challenge and just received the Week 3 email. What strikes me about the steps in it is that I pretty much already use the techniques listed, so I realize that actually I really do have the ability to be a peaceful and stress free (sort of stress free) individual. I just sometimes forget to use the wisdom I already possess.

Yesterday was a pivotal day in my life and I was thinking all day how stressed I was over it all, habitual insomnia crept in and I got up to let the dog outside for a few minutes, ended up walking around the house with my Fitbit and doing yoga, just logged on here for a bit, realized I am quite peaceful.



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To all of you teachers and school support staff members, I feel your pain. I just retired June 28th after 17 years as an elementary school secretary, and this is definitely a stressful time for school employees! From the head of school to the maintenance and custodial staffs, everyone feels the pressure. I hope you all find a stress reliever, no matter how brief the relief. This is the first August in 17 years that I have been sleeping well; hang in there - I will be thinking of you all.

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This week has been nuts! Prepping for back to school next week. New admin & all the ballyhoo that goes along with it. My stress was off the charts today. Broke down twice & just had a good cry. Gotta admit, crying is a great stress reliever, too. emoticon

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Stress is still consuming me as I took a class this week and next week I go back to school to teach. Thus, too much to do yet and too little time. I continue to wake at night with anxiety and find myself thinking bad thoughts throughout the day. I can change these feelings after they occur with some breathing and the 3 minute stress exercises, but they still occur and my anxiety continues to soar. My sleep patterns are really affected. I will continue to try to move to week 4 with no real solid changes or improvements.

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emoticon granted I am living in a visually boxed (moving boxes) world, but I still make the bed, do the dishes, keep up with neatness where I can.... stress is visually induced too so I reduce the cluttered sight of moving boxes too.

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Not being in a rush during the last week definitely brought down my stress level in general. It seems like a small thing, but the little pluses are adding up in the right direction.

These are my words to live by: The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
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Happy Monday, Everyone! Make it a great, stress free week for yourselves.

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Thank you for the encouragement, BB

I understand your feelings, Nita-Berry, re your computer. Mine has been running very slowly and I am trying to accept it calmly when I cannot do what I want before I need to go out.



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I've been plodding along on this challenge wIth one of my main stressors meeting my computer taking "forever" to load. And with very little free time with kids off school and hubby on vacation for three weeks, I was being to hard on myself over things beyond my control.

I have learned over these weeks that I am very hard on myself, and too much a perfectionist. This of course pointing out quite clearly my foundation for most stress. Finding this out has really been an eye opener and has helped me deal directly with the issue of stress because I usually can see I am being unrealistic. Thus I am learning to be "at ease" and worry less about outcomes because, really, nothing is that bign an issue when I've stepped back and done my "new" three minute de-stress habit.

~ 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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my biggest stressors are :
waiting for doctors/at hospitals/call backs/etc. so I now bring a book to read. this destresses me and allows me to use this time more beneficially in a way I want.
clutter/mess. so I am trying to keep on top of this. I have a to do list that will distress me.
being felt like i'm being pushed into things. I have gotten those things done. I have learned to say no. also delegating the easy things to my daughter and husband this is helping
nagging : both my husband and daughter are not letting me get to this point before they take care of their things.
not exercising : will be starting again in sept at a different gym.
I have signed up for a support for caregivers to help me vent to others who understand what I am going through and can offer some real support and prove that I am not the only one who has felt this way.

these are helping me to fall asleep again at a more reasonable time. I am feeling more relaxed.

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Char, you may want to look into Chinese herbs as they've helped me immensely with the change of life. In fact, it was Chinese herbs that saved my uterus after a lucrative Ob/Gyn wanted to slice me up. If I'd not lived the experience, I'd not have believed it. *hugs* BB~

Paolina, I find that daily prayer and mediation really help me stay centered and in the moment. When I think of how much time I've spent NOT living in the present~ well, it's time lost. We CAN do it~ one moment at a time. *hugs* BB~

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emoticon Ame, your post made me cry for you~ I'm going to SP friend you & send a message. God bless you, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~

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As I am perimenopausal, mu biggest stress right now is hormonal! Doing my best to do some daily mediation.

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One of my main stressors is worrying about the past and future, as well as the present. I need to learn to be in the here and now.


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
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My biggest external stressors are some of the very loud, very rude people I work with in the call center. I don't care if they are socializing, I just want them to keep quieter. My immediate supervisor refuses to do anything about it and I don't understand. I deal with physician offices and patients all day and it is a horrible representation of our company to others. I wear my head phones to try and focus on my job. At times it gets so noisy, that I can't even have my music on.

Once all the noisemakers leave, my body physically relaxes, not having realized how tense I was. I almost want to cry with the advent of the silence.

Anyway, aside from this, I am doing really well! Music is my way of changing my attitude and my mood. I am calm at home and so much learned to seek my happiness within. I have finally learned to not care what others think of me and work hard to meet my own approval. I Love this!

I'm not perfectly stress free, however it gets better each day!



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Thanks, Paolina, for your words of encouragement. *hugs*

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I used to drive me nuts when ppl would say " you gotta learn to let go and not worry about it" and I always thought well somebody has to be responsible, it's not just going to take care of itself. And that's what I became, the responsible one. My family likes to call me the "elephant" not because of my size, because I remember everything. Well I got thrown off this week because my daughter started a new job and didn't feel she needed to write her schedule on the calendar even though I'm driving her. I needed to coordinate her schedule with mine because I was helping a friend and covering a few of her shifts. Normally I don't work because I'm disabled. Well as you can imagine her not wanting to disclose her schedule conflicted with mine and there was a lot of confusion and phone calls and I had to find her a ride. I had a hard day at work, the stress set my heart off and I ended up staying up 'till 4am taking Nitro until my heart spasms stopped. I spent half the day Friday on bed rest. This is why I'm trying to get it under control. I'm fine today and its been a really good morning. I gave my daughter a kiss on the forehead and told her to write her schedule down on her lunch break. It's her first job =)

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Stress relief showed up in my yard this morning, a doe with her fawn. A few minutes later another doe and a 7 point buck. As we were finishing breakfast the buck and fawn wondered over to the yard right outside the window by the table and were playing. What a wonderful gift from God. Stress level dropped.

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1. I can't do anything about my main stressor, DH health
A-Z. God is in control. Pray. Read the scriptures posted.
2. Keep the mail organized.
3. Keep busy
4. Scooby always wants brushed!

As long as I don't have time to sit and play the "what if " game I can keep my stress under control. Having scriptures poste to read as needed helps calm me. Keeping busy releases the adrenaline in a positive manner and helps me sleep better. No reading after midnight so I get my 8 hours. Jigsaw puzzles on the computer are relaxing to me. Scooby is spoiled.

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hang in there and congratulations for not trying to console yourself with food.


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This week has been less than stellar in reducing my stress as there's anxiety about school starting and the fact that what was offered when I took the job is not being honored. ACK! This definitely has impacted my quality and quantity of sleep. I find myself wanting to bury myself in busy activities to keep my mind from thinking about it, but it's always there. Thank God I'm not eating over it.

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Feeling pretty good about myself today and hoping to carry it through the weekend. Have a great one, everybody!

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BARBANNA - Might sound silly, but of you can, try to find some harder to chew foods when you're stressed, at least some of the time. It might help you relieve some of your frustrations.

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Still working on it and getting somewhere. That's the goal!

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God bless all the others who replied to this message. Your issues made me feel guilty as they are all little in comparsion. emoticon I have learned several things by taking this challenge:
1. I tend to be in denial about my stress. emoticon Before I began this challenge and kept a journal I would tell myself all was good, when it was not as good as what I was telling myself. I repress a lot of my emotions and I am sure that is a big part of my eating and over exercising. I tend to gravitate toward one or the other. By keeping a journal it's out in the open. I stear myself toward exercise even though its often too much and then I am stressed over my fatigue the next day.
2. I rarely come up with objective means of dealing with my stress. When I am in denial I am tucking everything into a hidden compartment and not really looking at how to fix it.
3. My body has a multitude of ways I manifest my stress. I often get upsety stomach, get dizzy, my muscles tense up, I get very irritable and I hibernate. emoticon
4. I have go to foods that I eat when I am stressed more than the ones I would eat when I am not. I tend to eat soft foods that are quick to consume.
5. My sleep is disrupted but I never associate that with stress.
6. I move away from my support systems instead of moving to them for support.

I have developed a system to Bust my stress as part of my journaling that forces me to take a look at the issues, develop a plan to resolve them. put it into place and keep them or let them go. My Spark buddies can verify that when I aware of my stressers I tend to obsess about them until I find a solution or a way to let them go. emoticon



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Audrey, thanks for your thoughts. Walking away is good advice that I used to give my kids. The circumstances might be different - the shoe is on the other foot now - but it's still great advice for me.

Sue

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STLW27 - I know what you mean, lol! I'm fine with getting my thoughts on paper to hold myself accountable, but putting it into intelligible words to keep as an online accountability, forget it. It drives me nuts! I finally got my week 3 stuff posted, but my week 4 is still in the works of being typed, and I'm halfway into week 5. I've decided this though, if it's stressing me out, I just walk away from it, and don't worry about it. I'll eventually get there, but it just isn't *that* important.

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