Stress Journal Entry #1

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have started the Stress Busting Challenge and hope to learn some great techniques to get rid of the stress in my life. I feel like I have gotten less stressed in the past year. I remember always being super uptight about being on my parents' good side and doing everything perfect. It didn't help that I had a bit of OCD as well. After moving to Cincinnati 3 years ago, the stress came with me. I had to be perfect and get everything done as efficiently as possible. No re-dos or mistakes or I would beat myself up for days. After I graduated from UC, I went into a bit of depression. Not terrible, but enough to bring out my anxiety about my life. My social life diminished and I was searching for a job, living on the small amount I earned as a temp for an insurance agency. At the end of August last year, I had anxiety so intense that I had to go to the doctor. The medication she put me on helped immensely, but what helped the most was I finally told my friends what was going on with me. The support I received was phenomenal! Everyone was asking to do things with me and was checking up on me. My girlfriends even got me to start an online profile on a dating website to meet some guys. That was the best thing that could have happened because I met my boyfriend of 10 months there. He has completely changed me around! He is carefree and relaxed about everything, which is rubbing off on me. I'm finding I have more confidence in myself because of him. I no longer try to make everyone happy, just me. With Bryan's and my friends' help, I am getting rid of the stress in my life and enjoying every day that much more!
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