Stress Buster: Week Three

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

May 2, 2012 Journal Entry:
Well, this is the start of Week 3 of the Stress Busting Challenge. My biggest challenge so far is tending to dwell on the things that upset me, causing me to feel stressed, angry, far I have found prayer and exercise as my best 2 stress relievers. I need to focus on doing these things as soon as I am feeling stressed out. Lack of sleep is also another stress at times, making me more irritable, and cranky with my loved ones. My goal is to be more positive, even on those days that I do not get enough sleep. So, bring on Week 3!!!

May 3, 2012 Journal Entry: Not feeling stressed at all today. I did start a weekly Bible Study that I will be attending for the next 3 weeks. Hopefully getting out with other women will be a Positive for me. I had a great time with a friend from church yesterday, walking to the pool and swimming with our children. It is so great to have someone to talk to about life, kids, stress...whatever. Looking forward to the weekend!!

May 4, 2012 Journal Entry: Busy night at work last night, but did not find myself getting stressed over it; just moved from one thing to the next. No time to walk, though. I think I achieved my walk by answering call lights though!! The only stress I foresee right now for the weekend is cleaning the house!!! Teamwork!!! Monday will be a busy day of Bible Study in the morning, and trying to complete my Chemo Certification Renewal in the afternoon; but busy does not have to mean stressed! Oh well, ready to relax and enjoy the weekend, spending time with my boys!!!!

May 5, 2012 Journal Entry: Feeling slightly more stressed today with all of the house work that needs to be done. The kids are testing my patience. Working hard to remain calm. Deep breathing, prayer, exercise. If things get real chaotic, will probably take a walk by myself to get some peace.

May 6,2012 Journal Entry:
Yesterday ended up being slightly stressful with lots of complaining going on around me. But handled it fairly well with time to myself, exercise. Ended up being a pretty good day. Busy day today, hopefully stress free!

May 7, 2012 Journal Entry:
Not too much stress yesterday, a little issues with the boys at bedtime...I just had my husband jump in and take over. Need to work on my patience a little more. Otherwise it was a pretty uneventful day. Lots of card playing and fun with family!

May 8,2012 Journal Entry:
Well, my brother is back to causing me stress...big surprise! I don't know what to do, I think staying away from him, because he can just bring me down or make me angry...but I really feel he needs somebody, which makes it very difficult!! He has a way of bringing out the worst in people, I swear. I try so hard to be patient with him, but he'll continue to push and push and push, until you just break! How do you keep from letting someone like that from getting under your skin? I am praying for the Lord to help me to be patient with him, and how best to respond to him and to guide him. I don't know what else to do...except trust in the Lord and his plan. Where would I be without Jesus!!!

May 9, 2012 Journal Entry:
Well, this is the end of Week 3. I feel that I am getting better at managing me stress. I think the hardest thing for me is to not let others affect me. Their stress, their problems, their moods. Getting away for a walk, workout or prayer has been a great tool for long as I remember in the moment to do it. That will be my goal going into week 4, more consistency!
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