10/14/10 Stress Busters: Week 3
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I will count this as a blog for week three, even though my weeks are taking longer than a week..haha. I started tracking my stress level daily on the weigh-in page so I could track it. I am also continuing my stress journal in this blog, but I thought tracking my stress level would make it easier to determine what is causing me the most stress. I have found that I am much more stressed on days tht I work, especially those days I close or work the middle-of-the-day shift. This is most likely because I have very little time to get other things, like homework, done on those days. I am also very exhausted when I get home from work, so it makes it even harder to accomplish anything.
I have been really trying to be more optimistic rather than dwelling on negative things that happen. At work or in other aspects of my life, when something bad happens or someone criticizes me, I have been working on not letting it personally affect me so much. It is getting easier to shake things off the more I consciously practice. I try to look for the positive in situations, or look at them as learning experiences. Of course, I do not succeed in doing this every time something negative occurs, but I am definitely getting better at it! When I get down about how stressful and busy my life is right now, I think about where I will be in the future and it helps make me realize that this is only temporary and it is helping me get to a happier place in the future.
I have started a daily stress-busitng routine that also coincides with one of my goals from week one. At work, I use my lunch break to eat a healthy lunch and read a book that I enjoy. This really helps me escape the craziness of my work day for awhile, and I come back from lunch feeling more relaxed in the middle of my shift. I also make it a point to try to relax before bed every night, although I am not successful at this every night.
I finally got the treadmill set up in the basement, so today will be my first day using it. It will be so nice to have the option to walk at home whenever I want. This will make it much easier to achieve my goal of walking at least 15 minutes every day, which hasn't been going well until now. I feel less guilty about taking time away from doing my homework to walk with a treadmill because I can read a textbook while walking.