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I've been better at leaving work on time! and not picking up all the extra shifts at work - it's feeling very empowering!

I've also booked myself a fun event for Saturday - a craft workshop - which I'm looking forward to. I've used coloured stars to indicate in my diary where I've got a fun activity for myself.

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I am re-reading Teach Yourself Stress Management - a book that I've found helpful in the past. Reading about the biological mechanisms behind the stress response has strengthened my resolve to cut my caffeine consumption right down!


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3/13/15 1:29 P

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I was able to see the patterns. Most is stuff I really can't do anything about. Taking 15 minutes after class to have an extra walk is helping. I also notice a big difference when I take 20 minutes to go pull weeds in the garden.

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3/13/15 8:28 A

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I finally get it! Stress is something that comes when there is something in my life that I can't do anything about!

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2/27/15 9:42 A

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I find that what helps me keep a level head are a combination of healthy eating, exercise, yoga or meditation, spending time with people I love, finding time for myself, keeping my workload in check at the house and on the job, and expressing myself through writing or typing. It sounds like a lot, and I didn't really think it was that much to be honest, until I started typing it out. But there it is. All the steps that keep me from going insane.

The only other issue I'm facing now is needing to get productive work at the office, but I'm still new to the job and I know eventually I'll be sticking my foot in my mouth on this topic. Enjoy the lazy days while I can, right?

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Way to start off the week - I woke up early to workout (treadmill, jumping jacks, squats, wall pushups & Spark video) - I feel energized and prepared to tackle all that come my way - Prepared my healthy meals & snacks yesterday - Looking forward to a productive week staying STRESS FREE!!!

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My week three was revealing... I noticed a few stress patterns try to take hold the three days I work. I was aware of them, thanks to the challenge, and made a note of how to resolve the issues when they occur.
It's the usual issues with DH that tried to add stress to my days at home. I tried to keep a positive outlook and to re-frame irritations so they became gifts instead of stress. I chose to "see" from a different perspective DH's behaviors. They aren't necessarily going to ever change, so it is up to ME to adjust my attitude and response.
Riding my bike at least 15 minutes each day truly helps! But I found if I over do it, my plantar faciatis tries to show up. So I need to see what works, and how often I can ride and how long to ride to maximize the benefits but stop the pain.
I'm looking forward to week 4!
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Week THREE is for MEEEE! Getting to the gym in the evenings and praying on my way to work are the things that I think made the biggest difference. I've also tried just leaving work on my desk knowing that it will be there the next day. Best of luck to all of you with week 4!

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1/25/15 12:55 P

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Week three was better than the previous weeks by far. I believe that tracking , keeping a diary and adding yoga to my daily routine has made a big difference. I have also discovered that by combining beautiful music with yoga makes it more relaxing than yoga on its own for me.
My stress levels are down and my sleep and my decision making has improved.
All in all a good week.

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1/17/15 12:07 P

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It has been stressful and I thinking Ive probably eaten more than I should due to that... BUT I have walked about .5 miles a day during my break and today I brought a nice mixed raw veggie dish and roasted pepper hummus to enjoy for lunch. Healthy start today.

My fiance lost his job but found a new one. Im thinking about pursuing my Masters. So change is in the air. I need to learn on not letting the past and/or others effect me negitively. work to be done...



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1/15/15 7:52 P

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emoticon you guys! Hope next week goes well, too!

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1/15/15 7:38 P

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The positive thinking strategies that I would like to try are focusing on abundance and remembering that we are unstoppable. My daily stress management routine is writing in my journal and working up a sweat.

At work the stress was from changes that others make at the last minute that affect agreements that I have made with others. There was one person rude to me at work but that is rare.

There are some environmental changes that would help improve day to day tasks, but it will take a long time to fix that.

There was flat tire stress that was a rare occurrence.

There was stress from focusing on the past instead of the present.

I corrected some things I had been putting off and that alleviated stress.

It would be very helpful for me to reduce contact with negative people in my personal life.

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1/14/15 10:03 P

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This week has been really stressful. Pipes busted at my house, roof leaking, water backing up in house however, I was able too stay within my calorie intake through it all. Monday I almost blew it. Tuesday, I did blow it. I broke down and ate pizza and a coke. Stayed within my calorie allowance.

I didn't give up and I wil keep on keeping on.

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My three main stressors are money, time management, and family issues. One thing that has helped is making sure that I keep track of my budget on a regular basis. Even though my money is tight, it helps me to keep my stress under control if I know exactly how tight it is! My time management has gotten better, and I've been able to include more time for relaxation, which helps too! My family issues are still the biggest source of stress, but I am working on reaching out to others more often. It has been difficult to get into a good stress reduction routine, but I think I have seen an improvement with the way I manage my stress.

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My stress reduction technique is continuing to learn/practice new patterns of behavior: maintaining boundaries, not owning others' responsibilities, taking me-time. Considering the active illnesses in our home during this time frame, i think I've done remarkably well.

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My chosen strategy is mindfulness meditation every day - at least 10 minutes, and also when I feel the stress coming on.


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Forgot to post this yesterday - walked 19 minutes (0.87 mi.) outside.

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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Gym today - elliptical trainer 30 minutes. Also did 10 minutes of yoga and some strength training & stretching. It helped.

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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11/11/14 1:32 P

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Your horse is beautiful! I have one too. She has been such a comfort to me. When I need to, I go out and nuzzle with her, and we share carrots. :)

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Yesterday was a rough day - a colleague's client sucked everything out of me. After work, heading home, got off my bus earlier than usual and walked 20 minutes (0.91 mi.) home. Also made sure to pay attention to my breathing. It helped a bit.

Today - gym (which usually helps).

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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11/8/14 3:57 P

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Week 3, what a challenge for me. I have pneumonia and all this entails, all my get up and go went out the door. I'm still trying to stick to all the techniques I've picked up in the previous two weeks and find I'm actually not that stressed at all despite feeling like poop. My biggest issue still is trying to up my self esteem.

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My chosen stress reducers are to walk each evening (or when necessary if possible) and to declutter one area of my home/office every day.
I have realized that all of the physical JUNK is making me edgy and unhappy, which makes me stressed. Also, I have come to realize that I need to "air out" my feelings with my loved ones in order to "declutter" my emotions. THAT is going to be harder than the physical, but it needs to be done. My plan for that is sit down once a week to discuss the week, the events, or anything else with my loved ones, instead of letting it simmer and stew.
So far - that walking has been GREAT. Sometimes when I get back I even have a guilty little grin because I know it's just for me.

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11/4/14 7:27 P

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My goal this week to pre-de-stress is to CLEAN my apartment....slowly...one segment at a time, but REALLY deep clean it. I know that I tend to feel better when I'm not in a cluttered space. Also will continue to run at least 3-4 times this week and hopefully continue to lose some body fat. Very happy to have found that I lost a pound and that has motivated me to make smarter eating choices this week. Also feeling happier now that I've SLEPT! After 3 weeks of insomnia, it sure is nice to have a full night's sleep.

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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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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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take care ..

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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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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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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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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.

"Good things come to those who believe. Better things come to those who wait. And the BEST things come to those who don't give up." - anonymous NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!

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



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



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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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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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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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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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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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In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. - Albert Careb


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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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7/21/14 10:31 P

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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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7/6/14 4:28 P

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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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7/1/14 1:47 P

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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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6/23/14 10:52 P

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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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6/12/14 9:09 P

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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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6/9/14 12:43 P

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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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