10/28/10--Stress Busters Week 4
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Well, I am finishing up my stress-busting challenge. I do think it has helped a lot, although it has not eliminated all of my stress! I am sure I will always stress out, but now I have tools to use to overcome it and experience it less. Looking back over my stress journal, it seems I am most stressed when I have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. I stress most when I am working, because that takes up the majority of my day. I also stress about finding time to get my homework done. I am a very busy person, and I feel that one day when I am finished with school finally, I will be a happier, less-stressed individual. This week I am on vacation from work, and you would think it would be relaxing, but unfortunately I have had to use this week to catch up on all of my homework that I have gotten behind in because of work. I have been so busy with that, planning and getting ready for our Halloween party tomorrow night, and trying to have a little fun too, that my vacation itself has been stressful! I can't win! But I can say that it has definitely been wayyyyy less stressful that it would have been had doing all this AND working too. I am very glad to have a week off.
Being so busy make it difficult to stay on track with my nutrition and exercise habits. I spent an hour on the treadmill yesterday, which was awesome. Besides that I haven't really exercised much recently, and being off work, I haven't been getting the exercise there that I usually get. I have also gone out to eat and eaten a lot of sweets in the past week or two, resulting in a weight gain of about 3 pounds. :( I plan on using the treadmill as much as I can before I go back to work, because when I start working again, I know that I won't have much time for exercise again. I am really unhappy with my body, and I really want to work hard to change it. Unfortunately, as a student, my schoolwork is important to me, so I put it first. This means I usually have to sacrifice exercise time for homework time. I can't wait for Christmas break when I won't have schoolwork and can focus on ME!
I am going to set reachable long-term goals for myself to keep the stress at bay. I would like to make loftier goals, because these seem too easy, but I know setting more challenging goals is just not realistic right now with my schedule.
1. Do cardio at least twice a week, followed by a short session of resistance training and stretching. (Will increase the number of days when I do not have school!)
2. Take at least a half an hour to myself each day to relax and do something fun for myself, like reading, playing a game, etc.
3. Do something to relax each night before bed (usually reading) so I can get a better sleep.
4. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep a night. (This is challenging for me when I work because I need to squeeze all the hours out of the day that I can.)
5. Say no to additional obligations when I feel overwhelmed already.
These are some of the main things I will work on to help reduce my stress. I think if I work on both my physical and emotional health, it will lead to a less-stressed me.
I will continue to use the stress-busting techniques I have learned, including relaxation techniques, exercising, deep breathing, and planning time for myself. I will remain a member of the Stress Busting Challenge group so I can have access to support and give support to others who struggle with stress as well.