This challenge was very valuable. I was reacquainted with things I knew I should have been doing all along. It's great to have that accountability which forces me to remember to do the things I should to take care of my mental health.
I made a point of journaling about my known stressors -- same thing every time (horrible administration at work, stress at the beginning and end of each semester, 20-year old son making choices I don't agree with, husband out of work.)
I KNOW these things stress me out, but I wasn't dealing with them in positive and stress-reducing ways. Duh.
The best tool I found was the "De-stress in 3 minutes" article. WOW, did I need that.
**** Now I THINK about the stressful thing in the moment instead of blocking it out or distracting myself with something tasty.
**** I consider whether I have to do anything about it at all, or whether it will work itself out.
**** I know that I can't control what others do, just my own reaction to it.
**** I'm actively working on my breathing. I didn't realize how much and how often I held my breath when stressful things happened.
**** Finally, I stretch out on the floor (or stand at my desk) and begin the flexing and relaxing exercises from the tip of my toes to my head and back down.
I couldn't be more thankful for finding the Spark People website!
I'M WORKING WITH PURPOSE TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL!!!
DAILY AFFIRMATION: "I love to move my body! I feel fat burning off of me with the heat of a supernova! I eat the right amount of calories, and I am healthy, happy, and stress free!"
| current weight: 211.0