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One small change is all I need

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I have written many blogs to myself about taking time to take care of myself, but yet I push on doing more and more for others. I wear the stress on my sleeve which isn't the way I ever thought I would be living. Now it is time to make just some little changes like spark guy has preached so often.

I teach special needs and so often come up with just the slightest changes to try for two weeks so we can see if we impacted the behavior at all. I have gone to conference after conference where they talk about making just small changes and I think I am doing that. Now I understand that I just kept adding to my stress and what I need to do is start finding ways to diminish it.

Step 1 - Am I really helping if I am stressed out. No, so I need to make things easier!!
Step 2 - Say NO!! I often let others talk me into doing things I really don't have time to do.
Step 3 - Breathe!!! Yes, my asthma is awful to the point of being hospitalized this year! Breathing sounds easy for anyone who doesn't asthma. I know the stress affects my breathing.
Step 4 - Love and love with my whole heart!
Step 5 - Relax = Take time to just sit and be still and enjoy breathing!!!
Step 6 - Remember I am only one person and I need to ask for help sometimes!!!

2013 I am going to change my behavior so that life becomes the blessing it truly is!!!
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    1859 days ago
    Teaching Special Ed is VERY STRESSFUL! You for sure need to take time to take care of you!
    1937 days ago
    What can I do to support you? I hate to see that you have allowed yourself to become so overwhelmed it's affecting your health. You are such a sweet, kind, loving lady, you deserve to enjoy life cause we both know it's too short to not take the time now.
    Merry Christmas my dear friend and PLEASE - let me know how I can support you make these small changes - texts, emails, whatever - LMK!!!
    1947 days ago
    Small changes. That is a good thought. This past year I have reverted back to bad habits and have gained 20 pounds back. Thanks for posting this.

    1947 days ago
    Just making up your plan is a fabulous beginning for a new year and a new you. We can all give as much support as we can. May this be a much better year for you overall. Keep in touch!

    1947 days ago
    Thank you to you two beautiful ladies for responding to my Blog on Christmas! Spark is a wonderful website and I feel we all share in some of the stresses in life. Thank you for caring and responding!!! Hope you both have a wonderful 2013!!!

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    1947 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/25/2012 5:41:25 PM
    As mothers and caretakers it is tough. I have removed myself from every Board, chosen to stop teaching ESL and tutoring ( both volunteer positions), backed off on the exercise ( It was stressful trying to get to the gym on time, find parking, exercise to high energy pulse pounding music), worked on clearing out all of the clutter in my house and getting rid of things which don't bring me joy ( including some of the plants which I decided were more of an added responsibility than a joy), etc. So far so good. I am creating breathing space. All the best to you.
    1947 days ago
    How wonderful that you are able to see that it's only by making small changes that we truly CHANGE. And I love your steps! We can all learn a lot just by following those simple steps. Wishing you peace through the holidays and in the New Year, and I wish your resolution to truly become part of your everyday life. Thanks for sharing it.
    1947 days ago
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