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7/7/19 10:51 A

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It seems for the last week I've been in the stress - overeating loop. At my age, one would think that a little artificial sweetener wouldn't hurt. WRONG! Don't have a clue as to what happened, but no matter how hard I've tried, my appetite has not been satisfied once! I'm eating correctly at my meal and snack time, but I'm staying hungry. The only thing I can come up with is the artificial sweetener. Now mind you, I've used this in the past and had no problem at all. Matter of fact, when I went off sugar 15 years ago I lost 10% of my body weight in 2 months. Now artificial sweetener is messing with me. Mind you, it's not the least bit fun. They say we learn the most from our hardest lessons. I can attest to that.

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7/5/19 9:51 P

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You're not alone. We're all in the same boat. Focus on small changes! You can do this!

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7/5/19 10:07 A

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NARNIAROSE2003,
you are right about exercise!

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7/4/19 5:19 P

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Everyone has already given you such good ideas! The only thing I might add is exercise - I have been off any type of depression or anxiety meds solely because I started exercising daily. It has truly been a stress reducer for me. Hang in there! Sending good thoughts.

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7/4/19 6:35 A

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I am so sorry you are going through these things. What an echo from the past for me. Your description fits exactly where I was many years ago. I wish I had something specific to offer. I am glad you are going through counseling and wish you the best success. Have you thought about yoga? Even now when some of the old feelings creep back for me, yoga is very helpful in calming me and slowing me down. It allows me to feel back in control.

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I feel for you and am really glad that you are getting counseling. You don't have to answer if you don't want to, but is OCD a bit of the issue? I ask this because I saw a little of my late husband in your post, and he had OCD for which he received intensive Therapy from a Psychiatrist.

Has your Counselor taught you some really good relaxing techniques .,,,, ones that you can use when you are out, and some more intensive ones you can do at home?

I would also suggest talking with your Dr. It may be that if you are on medications for this, a review might be in order, or if you aren't on meds, then perhaps he/she may look to try you on something to help with the anxiety.

Apart from that, just being able to share, particularly with those who understand, and some of those who may have experienced what you are going through, can be very helpful.

Keep in touch, and know that you CAN get through this!!!!

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Kris xxx

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I too know how traumatizing loosing employment can be.

I moved cities, with my family, great new job. Within 2 years the company went into bankruptcy. I went into work on a Tuesday morning, an just before lunch they were rounding us up in small groups in the board room and handing us notifications, with our names written in by hand.

I was part of a group that was laid off first. They continued paying my medical benefits, so according to the legislation they didn't need to give me any severance pay, or notification. Three weeks later the whole company went under, and I had just bought a house a few months earlier. So I do understand about stress.

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7/1/19 1:04 P



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CATHYMARIE2014,

I've been laid off twice in the past 5-6 years. I know how traumatizing the experience can be.

What did I do ? The first time I was pretty shocked. Some people will turn to food for comfort. I had the opposite reaction. I couldn't eat. I had to force myself to eat in order to keep up my strength. Long story short, I knew I couldn't sit and wallow in self pity. I HAD to find work. Each day, I set aside time to tweak my resume, send out cover letters, apply to jobs, scan job boards, etc. Finding a job became my job during that time.

The rest of the day ? I went out and took a walk or hit the gym. I needed to get out of the house because there really are so many hours you can tweak a resume. for my own sanity, I took a walk each and every day.

I don't know how long your hubby has been laid off, but there are government resources he can use like job training, career advice, etc. These are all free services many states offer to employees who've been laid off.

And yes, it really does suck. pardon my language.

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6/30/19 9:15 P

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Hi CATHYMARIE!

I am sorry you have those issues going on in your life. It is good you are in counseling and making your health a priority--that is so important! Has your counselor suggested coping techniques that can help you at these times? One thing that helps me with stress and anxiety is to practice mindfulness. If you are not familiar with that concept, check out this article:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=2463


There is a free app that I use (it's also mentioned in that article) called the Insight Timer insighttimer.com/ . This app has lots of options of sounds and coaches to help you with your mindfulness. You can choose an option as short as one minute up to over an hour.

Best wishes! I hope your day improved.

~ Merle

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Stress is supposed to help you in a "flight or fight" situation, short term. But long term it isn't helping get you a resolution to a problem.

So basically it only helps to stress over short term things, over which you have some control of. I don't know if that helps. But here are some other thoughts:

- Determine what you can control.
- Focus on your influence.
- Identify your fears.
- Differentiate between worrying and problem-solving

Probably easier said than done. But I can tell you that at times there have been things that I was worrying about, and I asked myself, do I have control over it, or some part of it? If I had no control, and recognized it, rather than feeling helpless I suddenly felt free to think about other things, or free to think about the aspects of it that I did have control of.

My son in law was unemployed this year, until about the end of spring. Rather than worry about what might happen to their family, I actively started looking on the internet for jobs for him. In the end I didn't find anything, but he did. So at least my mental efforts had a chance of going into something that might help.


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6/30/19 11:20 A

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I am having extreme anxiety attacks and stress because of an unemployed husband, I will start stressing about things that I really do not need to stress about. I will think something is wrong and have to go back and check a situation many times but still think something is wrong , when there isnt any issues. My eating choices have hot been the best and I am one who feels like she is floundering in deep waters here. I am in counseling and my health is my first priority but feeling very overwhelmed right now.



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