SparkPeople Official Stress Busting Challenge Team Messageboard SparkPeople's Official Stress Busting Challenge will help you take control of stress and improve your outlook in just 4 weeks! By completing the program, you'll earn a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage, too. Join the Team anytime to start the challenge! SparkPeople Official Stress Busting Challenge Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Dec 2019 11:07:06 EST Confession is good for the soul My name is Candy and I am a stress magnet I use stress as a way to avoid life and to further push my goals from being attain until today <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Dec 2019 20:33:58 EST Week 2 Reflections -- I've boosted my exercise by doing at least 10 minutes per day. I can feel that it helps. <BR> -- Journaling is a tough one, but I feel I can do it more consistently if I have a pad/pen nearby, so that will be my focus this coming week. <BR> -- <em>26</em> the article on "De-Stree in 3 minutes". I should hang that up somewhere. Sun, 1 Dec 2019 07:13:58 EST Stupid jokes Q. Why did the chicken cross the road? <BR> 🐓🐔🐔🐔🐤🐔🐔🐔🐥🐔<BR>🐔🐔🐤🐔🐔🐔🐓 <BR> A. To show the opossum it could be done. <BR> Bok! Cluck! Cluck! Cluck! Cluck! <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:09:48 EST week one I just found this team. I am desperately trying to get back on track. I never thought stress would be a cause of my decreased attention but wow. Awareness is going to be my goal for this week- pay attention to when I want to eat and assign the emotion to that time. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:11:43 EST week 2 starting I have read the topics on week 2. I'm not really a journal kinda girl. I don't like to blog, text,etc. It's hard to put my ideas down on paper. Maybe that's the idea. Thu, 4 Apr 2019 09:39:28 EST Week 1 Discussion. Week 1 is not going so well. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:38:05 EST Week 1 experience and goals Stress test: vulnerable, but I really think I should be higher up the scale cuz living in a high stress environment <BR> <BR> My biggest stress comes from my boss; we clash personality wise and I have a lot of issues with the way he handles things. I know that I can only take responsibility for my side of the relationship. <BR> Another stress right now is a relationship I value very much but where I am not sure anymore what I can share with that person. <BR> The third stress is the current r... Sun, 13 Jan 2019 05:32:39 EST Lost that email Somehow I lost the week 1 email... now I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do in this challenge... agh! Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:36:32 EST Gill 's week 4: 6-12 October I was away for 5 days, so lost track a bit. In general I have been much, much less stressed, but it has come crashing back as my upstairs neighbour seems to have acquired a music system with heavy bass amplification. I am almost in tears to be honest. I have put classical piano music on to try to block it out. It makes me feel almost sick with the boom, boom, boom, boom. <BR> <BR> He is anti-social in that he has people round at night - they drink and get loud. The music is worse I think...... Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:56:27 EST Gill 's week 3 29-September - 5 October Where did week 2 go?!! I've been doing better at getting to bed etc. <BR> <BR> Now I find I am anxious about forthcoming events: a visit to my brother; a visit from my son; Xmas. <BR> <BR> I think I need to plan what I can, and not procrastinate! Sat, 29 Sep 2018 11:11:50 EST Gill's week 2: 22-29 September 2018 I'm surprised at how much less stressed I feel after just one week. It's been great to revisit this Challenge. Today I'm getting an early night! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:59:53 EST Gill 's week 1 15th-21st September 2018 I allowed myself to get into bed at 8pm last night. I put on relaxation music off YouTube and read for an hour. <BR> <BR> My neighbour was quiet last night and although I woke at 5.30am (and could hear the tv on quietly upstairs) I had had about 9hrs sleep. <BR> <BR> Hooray! <BR> <BR> This morning I am restarting a strength training programme on Darebee: Foundation Light. <BR> <BR> I have a nice day ahead - a Buddhist meeting this morning, and a gentle stroll along the promenade by the s... Sun, 16 Sep 2018 01:53:11 EST Week 1 goals Find the silver lining in all stressful situations. <BR> Breathe..... <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 23:00:44 EST Yoga & finding peace within. Yoga &amp; finding peace within. Going to yoga today couldn't sit still last week. Been drinking 2 much...past 2 days. Not today feel inking icky but positive Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:36:39 EST New Here Hello. Just starting this challenge. Hope it works! Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:02:15 EST Invitations How can I invite SparkFriends to this challenge? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:44:42 EST Week 1 Day 1 - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:59:48 EST Preparing for the Challenge My biggest cause of stress is not being mindful. I make mistakes and forget things because I am not paying attention to what I am doing. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:40:47 EST Stressers Wk 1 My week 1 goals are to get 8hrs of sleep a night and to do Yoga for 20-30mins for 3 days. <BR> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 01:00:59 EST week one trying to breathe, meditate before starting my day-has made work smoother <BR> getting enough sleep; for me, at least 8 which can be a challenge <BR> reward myself for stepping back from conflict and think before acting <BR> running by major decisions with husband and come to a resolution without impulsively acting out <BR> celebrate positive change by small rewards' <BR> <BR> so far this works! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:44:39 EST HELLO SPARKER'S !! FIRST OF ALL I HAVE TROUBLE SEEING OR TYPING BLOG'S SO I NEED TO USE CAP'S!! <em>39</em> I'VE BEEN WITH SPARKPEOPLE GOING ON 6 YRS. I WAS IN THE WORKING <em>432</em> FOR 54 YRS. AND I WILL BE 77 IN JULY AND DEALING W/ THE PUBLIC HAS TAKEN ITS' TOLL ON ME I AM ON MED'S BUT SPARKPEOPLE HAS HELPED TO GET RID OF SOME OF THE STRESS. SO HOPEFULLY,ALL OF YOU HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM'S. GOD BLESS YOU HAVE A BLESSED DAY OH IS THERE A CHALLENGE. PUT ME IN. <em>213</em> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:20:17 EST Latisha's Stress Goals - Week 1 Discussion This has been a ROUGH week! I am determined to get myself back on track...emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This struggle is real and I know that with consistency, I can break through all barriers and obstacles. <BR> <BR> Stress Goals <BR> 1. Breathe before responding to others <BR> 2. Meditate daily <BR> 3. No hollering; Speak calmly and show respect <BR> 4. Walk away before responding to others or having a discussion <BR> 5. Maintain my stress journal <BR> <BR> <em>... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:12:56 EST Week 1 Day 3 Day 3 has gone much better for me. Put in 400 fitness minutes but need to get to bed much, much earlier. <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> <BR> 1) Turn off computer at 9:15 p.m. and read my book instead. <BR> <BR> 2) Exercise by walking dog and lifting weights <BR> <BR> 3) Work towards strengthening my lungs. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 21:47:22 EST ??? Okay, I've realized that teams are not for me! I can't figure out how to post where I am supposed to this is too stressful! LOL! Exercise is a great stress reliever and that's the end of things! Sat, 4 Mar 2017 21:00:43 EST HELLO!! I've been with SparkPeople for a few years now. I never left the program but didn't work it for a while due to so many, many stressors the past couple of years. <BR> <BR> My husband has had many, many medical issues the last 2-3 years; most recently multiple kidney stones involving many hospitalized procedures to alleviate the two very large ones, COPD/Asthma, and 4 different bouts of pneumonia in the past 4 months. Two years before this, he had total knee replacement and acquired 3 bout... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:18:27 EST Hello! Hello there! I'm joining this challenge because I feel that stress is ruining my life. I've been in very poor health since I got into an auto accident in December. I want to learn how to effectively cope with stress so that my kids can learn from my example. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 09:12:18 EST Greetings! Hello! I had no idea there was a Stress Busting Challenge! I am looking forward to developing new methods of reducing the stress in my life. Thanks! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:52:18 EST Week 3 I have looked at the situations that caused me stress this week and there does not seem to be a pattern. There are different situations all the time. For example, when I put in my thoughts for Week 2 I forgot to enter a topic so everything disappeared and I had to do it all over again. My stress level went up. I walked it out. I will not do that again. I do not find that a daily stress-reduction routine helps. I find it more helpful to think and take a deep breath before I speak or act when ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:14:02 EST Week 2 I had written this down last week but forgot to put it in here. The stress busting secrets I have decided to use are: 1 - Walk it out, 2 - Call a friend, 3 - Work up a sweat and 4 - Take a warm shower. Something not listed but that is important to me is to PLAN AHEAD. I have been walking at least a mile each day. I have taken this time to think and reflect. I have had some interesting thoughts. When I am stressed, it helps if I stop what I am doing and breathe deeply. I have discovered that m... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:32:23 EST Introduction My name is Carole and on Spark People, I am Sparkyflower. I have been with Spark People for about 4 years on the advice of my MD. I have had a lot of stress in the last 6 months and I believe that this challenge will help me. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 05:17:16 EST Going to complete this challenge I was doing this challenge and then I was away from Spark for awhile. Now I'm back so I am starting over. I unchecked the box I had completed. Going to go back to my journal. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:30:23 EST Week 1 journal I've taken on the theme 'NICE' for November - which is about 4 weeks, ie, the length of this challenge. If anyone's interested, I've blogged about it today. <BR> <BR> I've just taken the stress test - and, like most people, I have 'vulnerability' to stress. The areas of my life that don't seem fixable are my income, my family living more than 50 miles away, and not having anyone at home to talk to, or many close friends. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of articles to read - so I'll work my way ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:49:40 EST Day 1 & hoping each day doesn't look like the last I'm not sure if we're supposed to post our journal entries. So, I think I will just post a link in case someone wants to take a look at it. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213945 Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:14:16 EST Beginning Week One Challenges Just tackling week one tasks. I'm not sure if I'm sending my brain mixed messages. I'm reading a book on beating procrastination while also challenging myself to become less stressed. We'll see how this works out. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 03:52:28 EST Week one completed Hmmmm, met most of my goals this week except for the exercising. I messed my knee up and am taking it easy for a few days. I wish I could twitch my nose and heal it up so I can get back to dancing! <BR> <BR> I am loving my meditation time and the difference is really noticeable when I don't do it. I am working on making my room even more of a sanctuary and sacred space (I live with roomates) and now when i walk in and shut my door, I feel as if the room hugs me...strange I know, but it's lik... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:08:14 EST Slow Down to Speed up! It is said that less stress will make losing weight easier. Hence why this team is here! So, I have learned something, that if you keep it in mind I think it could greatly reduce your stress. <BR> A few months ago I was in a bad car accident, someone else ran through a stop sign and right into my car at a speed near 40 mph. it was bad, and it was about seven months until I could drive again, mentally and physically. I have a job that starts right at 8am and I work about an hour from it. So I... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:22:20 EST Intro: Call me H Hi Everyone, This is the first community team I'm joining. I really need some accountability. I'm usually really good about sticking to my goals but I've been so stressed lately with my job that I can't function the same way anymore. For years I was doing a great job exercising almost every day and my eating wasn't an issue. I teach yoga as a side job, I love hiking, playing tennis, and I jog at least once a week. I've been interested in nutrition for over a decade and I've tracked my food vi... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:51:38 EST New Beginnings Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST At wits end: How to be a b***h and stick to it? Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I have to admit I've had a weird day already and super stressful week that I've done my best to purge. One issue's gone out of my hands now (and i hope it goes for the best result), but another concerns a co-worker. <BR> <BR> There's a co-worker with a crush on me that can't get the hint that I'm not dating at work and never will (I flat out said it the first time he tried to ask me out). Well, today my supervisor told me that he heard about me and this guy and hop... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:55:09 EST Week 1 Completed I just completed week 1. I took the test and read the articles. I also formulated some goals for myself: <BR> <BR> Start a journal (I have been blogging on SparkPeople) <BR> <BR> Breathe more, panic less <BR> <BR> Not feed my stress with food (healthy or unhealthy) <BR> <BR> Learn to be okay with solo parenting – my hubby’s job and the kiddos are only going to get more intensive <BR> <BR> On to week 2... <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:28:45 EST New to the team Hi everyone! My name is Taylor and I have been on SparkPeople a little over a week. Between the new member challenge and a few other teams, I am making some great changes... until my stress get out of hand! I am hoping this team will help me get that under control. I cannot not wait to work towards a less-stressed life with all of you! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:15:33 EST New to this I've decided that stress plays a large part in how I eat and when I exercise. I have started meditating and decided to use Sparkpeople to keep me focused. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:32:59 EST Review of week 3 I was continuing my therapy sessions with my 5 year old boys one who is developmentally delayed and the other one who is autistic and I realized the boys are improving but not as fast as I want the to; however, I realized that my boys are improving @ a faster rate than many kids on the autistic spectrum. Last month, the older twin was saying more phrases appropriTe to the situation and the younger twin was saying more words appropriate to the situation. My dad, my mom and I recognize that b... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 23:20:13 EST Week 3 Had my ups and downs this week. It is funny how sometimes one is influenced by other people's opinions of what is happening. My mom was discouraging me from continuing the boys' therapy and my husband was wondering if anything was truly happening yet this past week my mom saw improvements. My dad and I knew what We saw, and I wish my husband and mom would see that sometimes. My mom hesitantly admitted that maybe it is due to the program. The site manager and some other parents with autis... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 07:30:58 EST Week One Goals 1. Progressive Relaxation~ I have a dvd that has this at the end of the workout <BR> <BR> 2. Meditation~ I have dvd’s with different meditations <BR> <BR> 3. Aromatherapy~ I love wax melts and have a few wax warmers (with lighthouses on them of course) <BR> <BR> 4. Listening To Music~ I listened to music every day with my husband before he passed but haven’t since, so I need to start again <BR> <BR> 5. Laughing ~ I watch comedy shows for this, and read FB :) <BR> <BR> 6. Visualizati... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:29:58 EST End of week 2 Today was kind of stressful. Got mad at my mom and my husband for saying that the boys didn't improve that much through this alternative therapy program. I toldd him that i see changes and I am logging the into my form. This was prompted by my 5 year old sons' open house today. I felt so bad that three and 4 year olds were talking and interacting better than my sons. I feel that they are stronger and more focused. Also! The younger twin is attempting to say more just like the older twin!... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 23:16:12 EST Review of week 1 I must say that I reviewed week 1 and I definitely encounterd some major stressors. After my son wandered out I made sure my husband didn't stress me out by giving him the same advice I have always been given myself..move forward. We realized that my parents are still helpful and I could get my 9 year old daughter to help by bribing her!&#128521; oh, and guess what my husband hit the garage with our mini van when he was backing out. Apparently, he forgot to open the garage. Nice. Ate sli... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:38:41 EST Didn't receive Week 1 Challenge Email Hello, I joined this challenge on 8/22, but never got the weekly challenge email. How can I get it? I have been doing the action steps for week 1 (once I figured out that the email wasn't coming, but I really needed to get started). Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:55:18 EST My first week of stress busting I reviewed my journal and this is what I have found (warning, for some this might be too much information but I’m being honest with myself about this); <BR> <BR> My number one stress right now is when I think about childcare, which I don’t have yet despite searching desperately for someone; it leaves me feeling panicked and worried. This stress will only resolve once I find a childcare solution, handling it in the next two weeks though…maybe some deep breathing exercises when the panic comes... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:03:34 EST Major scare My younger twin son who is 5 and with autism was found by my husband sucking his thumb and minding his own business in the driveway. He was ok but this happened months ago with my older twin son who is just delayed. My mom was cooking in the kitchen and my daughters who is nine discovered the door open and locked it not knowing my son was outside. My dad usually helps my mom watch our sons when they come home from preschool and he is out healing from knee surgery until he returns to helpin... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:22:26 EST Stress Quiz Results Your Results: You have Some Vulnerability to Stress. <BR> <BR> 7 <BR> <BR> You can make yourself less vulnerable by reviewing the items on which you scored 3 or lower and trying to modify them. Notice that nearly all of them describe situations and behaviors over which you have a great deal of control. Concentrate first on those that are easiest to change- for example, eating a hot, balanced meal daily and having fun at least once a week- before tackling those that seem difficult. <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:45:21 EST My goal Tro try better to deal with small things appropriately and not get stressed over every single thing. I also want to exercise more as I do think it'll help me physically and mentally. I'm facing a lot this coming year and I need to get a handle on this stress! Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:51:17 EST Week 1 goals You know, I never created goals for myself. Whoops! Anyway, here goes! <BR> <BR> 1) If I ever find myself stressing over work, housework, boys' progress in therapy, etc. I will try to find the silver lining in it, or I will try to distract myself either through work, chores, etc. Or else, if I need it, I will talk to somebody about it. <BR> <BR> 2) I will remember to take breaks whenever I can (e.g., remember to watch something funny at night). <BR> <BR> 3) I will continue to exercis... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:09:11 EST Week 1 Goals Read up on stress and coping methods & Write in Journal daily. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:02:34 EST Week 1 I looked at my results from the stress vulnerability test and it said I have some vulnerability to stress, and to really work on those areas that you scored 3 or lower on. Definitely havetowork on wt reduction. Now in terms of friends I'm ashamed to admit it, but other than my really good friend I see during my twins' therapy sessions three days a week for 10minutes and a few people I talk to therapy session, I don' t really have a big group of friends I see on a regular basis. I mean mind ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:01:03 EST Goals for Week One This week, I have created four goals for myself in order to reduce my stress: <BR> <BR> 1. Go for a walk (NO ELECTRONICS ALLOWED) everyday <BR> 2. Get eight hours of sleep. <BR> 3. Stay organized. <BR> 4. Take an hour a day (at least) to be by myself (no electronics allowed) <BR> <BR> I'm ready. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 23:06:50 EST I'm usually never stressed. I'm usually never stressed, which is why I see this as a big problem for me.This summer, I've been having family problems, boyfriend problems and trying to prepare for my last year of college. The fact that this is my last year stressed me out! I'm in this group to help ease my stress levels. My stress has been a huge factor in recent poor eating habits and lack of motivation to exercise (something I usually really enjoy). I'm hoping to find a great support system here. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 23:03:20 EST Week 1 Took the stress test, Read some articles and learned some ways to reduce it. I have been practicing some of them and it has been helping. I was having a pretty rough day, went for a walk and it helped, Soundscapes and meditation really helps.. But it's a work in progress. Working on what is triggering it is the real hard task for me but in time I will figure everything out.. <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:33:42 EST I'm a newbie! Hey everyone! I've been a member of Spark People for a couple of years but only use it now and then. I'm attempting to lose quite a bit of weight now and came across this challenge group. I deal with PTSD and anxiety and owning a coffee shop doesn't help with the stress. I'm trying to eliminate my stressors as it has had various negative affects on me to the point where my doc wants to put me on a daily anti anxiety med. Hopefully this group can help! :) I look forward to what is to com... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:16:59 EST New Member Hello everyone! I'm Tammy! I have been on SparksPeople for awhile, never really got involved in any of the teams or team challenges, until now. This team's name caught my attention, because I need to manage the stresses in my life. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:10:52 EST New Here Hey everyone. I'm Laina. I'm 45 years old, a wife and mother (of 5) I thought this would be the best part of my life, well not so much. I'm married to my high school sweetheart (took 23 years) only have 1 child still living at home (actually in process of moving out). I'm in college with only five weeks left till graduation. You would think I would be happy, no, not even close. Not sure how part of life can be going so great while other part is falling apart. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:28:30 EST Are You Finding Balance? Something I have worked really hard at the last two weeks is allowing myself not to track or not to hit every single exercise or to not do...fill in the blank so that I could have time to read a book or listen to music or something I enjoy. It has been very liberating to take 30 minutes for myself and do absolutely nothing. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:11:38 EST my goals My stress-busting goals this week are to: <BR> <BR> walk daily with my dog <BR> clean one area of my home each day (no matter how small) <BR> organize my calendar for the next few weeks Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:27:31 EST A positive step I wrote and mailed a letter to a friend telling her that I am done with the relationship. I explained that her drama and neediness was too much.. Now if I can get her to stop calling.....I pray I can keep strong in my conviction. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 09:42:19 EST My stress reducing goals Here are my stress reducing goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Set aside time each day for me, a minimum of 15 minutes. <BR> 2. Exercise daily - going to the YMCA for water aerobics Monday - Friday and Tai Chi on Saturday, Sunday I get enough exercise at church volunteering. <BR> 3. Talk softly to others encouraging a lowering of the tone of conversations in my household. <BR> 4. Eat healthier foods. <BR> 5. Use my stress balls - I have several of them. <BR> 6. Take my medications as perscribed. <BR> Sat, 30 May 2015 18:59:20 EST Still .. feeling really stressed and not handling it well ... <BR> even with doing several of the stress busting techniques <BR> <BR> not sure what to try next that will help in handling the stress Fri, 22 May 2015 00:12:03 EST Week 1 Well, I took the stress test, and read up on the personality stuff, and I vented in my blog, no one read it. This week has been a particularly bad with stress. Yeah, some of the stress was of my own making but then again, I took the path with the lesser of two evils, hahaha. <BR> Plus there's always that unforeseen stress, had a lot of that too. <BR> I over ate yesterday, emotional eating, but not as bad as it could have been, but then I worked out four hours in the pool, have the... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:04:55 EST Start Anywhere but Start * Leave work at a reasonable hour versus working super late hoping the problem will be solved immediately. It won't. <BR> * Give myself permission for down time, and take it each day. <BR> * Do something fun and good for me each day, like ride my bicycle. Mon, 11 May 2015 19:21:28 EST stress goal To find time for me. Then find ways to clear my cluttered mind. Wed, 6 May 2015 22:13:07 EST Week 2 Well, the wheels fell completely off the bus last week. It was supposed to be my week 2, but I ended up getting bronchitis and so it meant everything got put on hold. However, when I look back at last week, I realized that me getting bronchitis, taking a couple of days off work, staying home and resting instead of spending all day at a softball tournament was exactly what I needed to combat the stress of the next two weeks. I feel 100% better and I'm well rested. My craziness at work this... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:55:33 EST minutes walking I walked for 120 minutes only stopping to sip water under shade. When I walk to where I going, I felt alert. Sat, 2 May 2015 13:40:17 EST walking up and down hills I walked-yesterday- up and down hills with my water bottle. I had no caffeine drinks. I feel alert today. I did have small amount caffeine this morning. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:06:45 EST Working on curbing nighttime munchies I will work on eating fruit when I get the munchies Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:45:31 EST Choosing things to do for week two Picking taking a walk, and journalling for my two things to incorporte this week <em>104</em> and a bit of planning something fun as well for the end of the week Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:32:56 EST Week One I had a very interesting week one. I managed to journal three days. I had a great deal of stress at work this week that won't go away until May 15th. But I was able to ask for what I need and took a day off on Friday so I could have "mental health" day. <BR> <BR> My goals for this challenge are to get through the next month without making myself crazy. I will continue to journal three times a week. I will continue to ask for what I need. I think a big part of my problem this past week ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:57:27 EST reflection week 1 and goals for week 2 I have been writing in a journal asking questions How do feel today? Why do I feel the why I do? I make a list of positive and negative thoughts. I am going to do yoga and Tai Chi with an aerobic work out. I will be looking into aerobic classes- just the class not the gym. Does any person such a class? Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:51:22 EST Worry over nothing The last two day I have being worry over small thing causing tossing and turning all night. My mind thought the worst. Most people will make a mountain out of a mole hill. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:19:56 EST My week one I've made a few false starts at beginning this challenge; this time I'm planning to complete it! <BR> <BR> I know I'm stressed <BR> I know I don't handle stress well <BR> I know that often my response to stress is eating or other unhealthy behaviours <BR> <BR> so my goals are <BR> <BR> to find ways to cope with stress in healthier ways <BR> to find ways to de-stress <BR> <BR> now to work out the HOW of this <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:32:31 EST Week 1 Argh. Stressed to go back to work then day #2 stress in work. I know I shouldn't let this bother me but it does. Probably the only thing that does at the mo. Need to find some way to cope with this better! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:09:45 EST Reflect week 2 I'm behind in the challenge which could be a source of stress but what I learned during the week was that staying in the moment physically and mentally helps a lot. It will just take me a week or two longer to complete this challenge. <BR> <BR> What I tried this week was when I couldn't escape a bitter colleague who was always complaining and just a huge source of negativity was to concentrate on my own business. I was afraid I seemed unfriendly to her but I didn't think I could get through ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:14:52 EST Hello New to group. Need help with stress reduction. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:55:36 EST Week 1 I exercised a few days this week and wrote a blog for a journal entry. I thought my blog was private but someone immediately commented. From now on I'll keep a private journal using pencil and paper or I won't do it at all. <BR> <BR> Week one goals: Keep things in perspective and not turn molehills into mountains. Take half an hour a day to do something that makes me happy like knitting, listening to my favorite music or taking a walk. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:09:09 EST My intro to the team. Hello everyone. I joined this challenge last week to learn how to deal with my stress better. When I'm stressed out I get angry and depressed. It's not good for me and it's not good for my family and friends. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:47:14 EST Week 1....yeah, I picked a GREAT time to start! My name is Amanda. I am a college senior (experimental psych, graduating in December). I started this challenge because there are numerous stressors involved with being a non-traditional student who lives off-campus and has pretty much worked two jobs the entire time I've been in school. <BR> <BR> I left one of those jobs last semester, and this semester, I work as an undergraduate research fellow. This is a very exciting opportunity but creates several stresses all on it's own. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:16:18 EST Dealing with sons being held back and future Hi. I introduced myself a year ago concerning my twin 4 y.o. boys who are in a special ed preschool. The youngest one was diagnosed with autism a year ago. Overall, they're doing fine. They are progressing in this preschool which happens to be housing the same grade level that my 8 y.o. daughter is in. I got stressed out again, because even though the older twin is making progress faster than the younger twin, the teacher doesn't think the younger twin will be saying full sentences by nex... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:03:45 EST New to the Group Hi Everyone, I have an issue dealing with stress which is one of the reasons I'm over weight. I'm an emotional eater. Looking forward to the change. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:28:14 EST week 1 I know that one of my main problems is that I have way too many goals. I do not know where the best place is to start. My goals tend to be umbrella goals that are later broken down into a million specific goals. For me baby steps can sometimes escape me as I'm trying to meet these multiple facets of a goal. <BR> <BR> By the end of the challenge I would like to be able to make peace with stress and anxiety without fish tailing into a downward spiral. I want to be able to face life. See life ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:42:37 EST Newbie Here Thanks everyone for having me. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:14:10 EST nan's week 1 w/c16/2/15 Monday 16/2 stress level high 'cos I don.t know how we are going to get properly prepared for carpet layer. <BR> Read 7 ways to stress bust. <BR> Tuesday 17/2 had a good day. Taken at leisurely pace. Just read another stress article <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:02:17 EST Reflection I've been incorporating running into my weekly routine and it has helped tremendously with my stress levels. On days that I can't run or do other exercise, however, I feel extremely stressed. Other techniques don't work as well for me. I'm thinking I need to try to manage my time better so that I can have time to exercise without it getting in the way of the other work I need to get done. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:01:42 EST I think stress is good! Read, then let me know. So far, I've been using a wide variety of stress-reducing techniques consistently. I'm sure it is helping. If not, I would really be in trouble, because I still have stress. <BR> <BR> Actually, I don't think stress is bad for a person. I think it actually is beneficial. It helps a person grow, get strong and increase endurance. This is true physically, intellectually and also emotionally. <BR> <BR> The issue isn't stress. The issue is distress. Distress is when a person perceives, whether... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:22:28 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST Discussing week 3 - My TV find So far, I am finding the techniques I've used for years are the ones recommended in this challenge. In other words, I've been doing what I should be doing all along. The advantage of the challenge has been to consciously confirm I am on the correct track and thus encouraging me to continue on. <BR> <BR> I have practiced muscle and deep breathing relaxation. I have focused on positive thoughts. I have taken hot baths. I have participated in enjoyable activities and stopped when they became st... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:11:58 EST reflecting on week 3 It was helpful to look over my stress tracker to see any patterns. I was able to make some positive changes by fixing some things that I had been putting off. There are some things I cannot do much about right now, but I was able to have more awareness of some things that need to change. That is helpful. <BR> <BR> I have been writing in my personal journal and working up a sweat for my daily routine. The journal is helping with problem solving and the workouts make me feel better and are... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:52:35 EST discussing week 2 here I haven't discussed week 2 here, so I thought I should. I've been discussing it with people in person. <BR> <BR> I've found consciously sitting or lying still, then relaxing all my muscles, as if I were floating is extremely stress-reducing. Also, I stretch. Finally, I find whistling helps relief stress. Unfortunately, I find it causes stress in others. Lol. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:02:20 EST stress busting? Hey group! Hoping this page will help me deal with stress, a bit. Between working full time and being a graduate student full time, I have a ton of stress! However, I know two of my issues to work on are: 1)saying no when i'm feeling overwhelmed, especially to people who are takers and definitely do not reciprocate 2) working on my tempter! More than anything, I need to work on communication when things are bothering me. I have a wicked habit of holding everything in until I cant hold it in a... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:00 EST week 2 reflection The two strategies I wanted to focus on were writing in a journal and working up a sweat. Both of these strategies worked for me. The journaling helps me to reframe stressful things and problem solve. The workouts take my mind off everything and let me just have fun and feel better. I wanted to dance more this week because it is my favorite workout, but I had to walk more days this week because of pain. I think I am going to pull out my book that has exercises that ease pain and do some ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:09:35 EST My Week ! I found out I can control the way I look at my situations more than I thought. I can also control my stress levels more than I thought. Regardless whether I get what I want, or not, I can choose how I will respond. Regardless whether I have stressors or relaxers influencing my life - in other words, whether it's easier or more difficult to be relaxed - I still have a choice and I still have control. I just have to use the control I have and not let go of the wheel. <BR> <BR> This week has be... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:19:56 EST Stress challenge week 1 I challenge myself to start exercising again this week. I recently have been turning to food or alcohol to calm down when I know exercise works very well for me and I enjoy it. I am setting a goal to do at least 20 minutes of exercise 3 days this week. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:16:48 EST I'm back!! I logged on back in 2006 only to not do so well. :( Well, I'm back on board and hoping to lose those stubborn pounds! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:31:12 EST Question Fitness magazine has 2 different exercises that I have been doing. I can't find them on SparkFitness tracker..."Double-Leg Stretch" &"Dead Bug". Does anyone know what they are on the SparkFitness? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:28:10 EST week 1 It is helpful journaling about what is causing stress, whether it is within my sphere of influence to change it, and what strategies could I try. Working out has been good stress relief and doing yoga was good stress relief. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the stressor is a person. <BR> <BR> I heard about a device that tracks your stress response. I think that might be useful if you could use relaxation techniques when you saw you were having a stress response. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 18:29:32 EST Returning to Spark w/my Jawbone I am Julie. I am a few months away from 50 years old. I have been a “sparker” for a long time. However in May or June of last year – I had to take a break. I had lost 30 of my 50 pounds and was spending more time on-line with spark than I was with my husband. A little over a month ago – we both committed to get healthier. We bout Jawbone Up fitness bands, and I have been faithfully using that. But the first recommendation was to use it with myfitnesspal. I have been good with using tha... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:58:27 EST letting go... I have lost both of my parents in the past 14 months, and I had been their care giver for years. One of the things I did was give my dad, and later, my mom, permission to go. This was something I needed to do, and something I need to continue to work on. <BR> <BR> Letting go is difficult, especially of a loved one, but with that ability, the stress slowly eases. I need to become aware of what I can and cannot control, and to accept the positive experiences and focus on the best of memories.... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:30:01 EST Good bye stress! :-) Greetings! <BR> <BR> I realize that there will always be stress in life, however managing it is the goal. This includes a glass-half-full attitude, as well as changing perspective. <BR> <BR> The proverbial optimist, I hope I can learn to minimize stress in the upcoming weeks. <BR> <BR> Thank you for welcoming me on board! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:22:47 EST Hi! Good morning all. My name is Mary and I am 54 years old. As 2014 comes to a close i have committed to making those life style changes that will lead me to a happier...healthier life. Stress is a killer for me and at times can become paralyzing. I am looking forward to learning new ways to deal with stress. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:58:15 EST hello i am Linda i never thought i would ever suffer from stress i am so organised i do my Christmas shopping on line, in the summer, i wrap and write my cards then too. before Christmas this year i had an appointment with my shoulder consultant for a pain killing injection i thought but he did not do it, instead he said i needed a MIR scan to find out where the pain really y coming from as i had my left one operated on but it did not cure the pain it is worse in fact. anyway my ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:53:14 EST Hello New to this chat/messaging. Not sure what I'm doing just yet. <BR> Dealing with a family member with health issues. <BR> Doesn't help that I'm an emotional matter. :( Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:28:30 EST Reducing Stress My intention going forward today is to handle "stress" and deal with issues head on! Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:58:14 EST Hi I'm dannielle. I'm 32, a single mom of 3 kids, 15, 10, & 2. I work full time 3rd shift. In addition, at 25 yrs old, I was diagnosed with MS which poses its own challenges. I hope work towards not only weight loss, but a set of tools to deal with what life deals out. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:00:51 EST Week 4 reflections Is all of my stress gone? No. Can I manage it a lot better and put it into perspective? Yes I can. By following this challenge and really doing my best to complete it, I've managed to let go a lot of what was bogging me down. Simple things like committing to get enough sleep every night, and taking a few minutes to let myself de-compress have really added up over the month.Working on positivity has helped too, and the stress journals were an invaluable tool for really laying down what was bot... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:49:20 EST Learning to let go and it is't all about me. I have learned that everyone has a past issue. Some of us keep these thoughts to ourselves, and we hurt ourself by (overeating). Some take there anger out on other's. I have learned to take these comments like a grain of salt. (I am on a low sodium diet anyway) <BR> <em>530</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:07:11 EST Week 3 wrap up I really feel like week 3 was where things really came together. I'm making a point to carve out time for myself each day, I'm breathing and putting things into perspective more, and I'm working on the goals set in week 1. I've been working on positivity and motivation exercises in my blog and in my journal. I'm excited for week 4 and beyond. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:55:41 EST Self Esteem Probably the most difficult for me is to feel valuable. After a traumatic event in life, it has been the most difficult to feel like anyone truly cares about me and really wants to be a part of my life. So, just working one day at a time to try to accomplish something good, has been a small goal that I have set. I work on all the other areas: exercise, rest, nutrition with relative ease, but the ability to feel truly loved still escapes me. I hope to do better at this by joining this grou... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:59:24 EST Week 2 reflections Well this past week was a hard, stressful one. I will say that having this group helped. I remembered to exercise, I made time for stress busters, I used the 3 minute de-stress technique, and I continued to journal. I don't think that at the end of this month my stress will be gone, but by learning new techniques I will be able to manage it better. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:39:50 EST Unresolved issues The largest part of my stress reduction program is resolving all unresolved issues with the people in my life. <BR> <BR> My Sister is a maniac. I've tried contacting her on several occassions during the past year to no avail. I've even had common friends of ours try to build a bridge between us, but she won't have any part of it. C'est la vie. I've tried, I've done my best. Now I've let her go. <BR> <BR> My Brother has his own life. We were born less than 1 year apart but have never been ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:22:31 EST Hello! :) Hi! My name is Sara and I'm 18. I'm suffering from depression due to my recent start at med school (I have had to move 3000 km from home), and that joined with the fact that I have lots of work, have to solve my problems by myself, and have had a dissapointment in love, is all messing with my game. I have trouble concentrating and sleeping at night, I wake up with anxiety which lasts every single minute of the day and have headaches. My purpose here is trying to bust stress so at least I can ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:53 EST Lower Bloodpressure One of my major stress indicators is my bloodpressure. Another is my pulse rate, but my BP is my major indicator. <BR> <BR> One reason I have a higher BP than I would like in because I internalize what little stress I have. Changing my diet, exercising more often and sleeping more soundly through the night has really helped lower my BP. <BR> <BR> Last week: 146 over 92 <BR> This week: 134 over 86 <BR> <BR> I'm also dealing with my stressors better. One thing I've changed is that I don't... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:26:05 EST Tired of being tired anyone else feel stressed because they are tired which in turn makes me more tired... Just tired of worrying about everything. <BR> <BR> My goal is to focus on the small things like drinking water and actually eating breakfast. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:52:27 EST Stuck on coming up with goals I know there are things that I should be able to do to help with reducing stress; but at the moment I can't seem to think of any ... <em>24</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:23:40 EST hello! Hello everyone! My name is Sarah. I am working my way through college as a waitress, and I am also caregiver to my nursing home bound father.The more weight I gain,the more food I eat! I'm hoping to learn some techniques sooner rather than later. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:53:58 EST starting off right my 3rd week is starting off right,i am less stressed and feeling great. i love this feeling Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:30:11 EST Challenge goal! I'd like to help identify background stress that I'm not aware of but that is taking a physical toll on me. I've had a number of stress-induced physical things come up lately (a TMJ flare-up, a back muscle spasm, etc.) and I know it's because something in the background is bothering me. <BR> <BR> So that's my goal! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:22:35 EST Week 1 Goal Determine my stress triggers and how I feel when the stress is occuring Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:00 EST Week 1 I've been monitoring my stress by taking my Blood Pressure. I think it is helping me be more aware of the little hints my body gives out that I am stressed. Not sure how I'll do journaling but I am going to give it a try. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:37:30 EST Morning Morning fellow challengers, <BR> <BR> I'm here to see if I can focus on self-care during this very stressful time in my life. I'm a nurse in a very busy hospital working with stressed out patients and other stressed out nurses and doctors... Geez! That IS a lot of stress! No wonder I have problems sleeping and find eating so comforting. I recently started to monitor my eating and movement habits to see if I could correlate it with weight gain and loss. In other words, if I don't sleep enough... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:00 EST Stress Busting Challenge Intro. Hi everyone, <BR> I'm looking to slow my life down and enjoy each day. I've so busy just doing that I've been senseless on feeling. Hoping to learn ways to de-stress life and enjoy the moment. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:47:35 EST week 1 stress challenge goas I've been around SparkPeople for a while but never really used this site. I'm looking to reduce stress and beter cope with life. My goals for this week are to keep track of my food intake, stay active with P90, and educate myself about stress awarness and de-stressing. Feel free to reach out I'm not really sure what to expect from this site. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:40:01 EST stress ive been so stressed lately and havent been able to get rid of it, but all of a sudden today i felt mellow. i dont know if thats a good thing or a bad thing. then tonight i felt more normal like i could get my positive back. i kno im trying for a baby and dont know if early pregnancy could make you feel weird, and i mean like 1 to 3 weeks. as long as this turns around ill be happy Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:49:21 EST Challenge Reboot I've completed this challenge before. I seem to have since lost my way. My bipolar has kicked into high gear, postpartum depression crept up on me, and I feel so anxious lately I find it hard to function. I'm sure it's still all the same problems and stressors I've had in the past, but I need to come at them head on again. Going to make a good attempt to start keeping my journal again. I know that helped. Also, really going to try for some meditation time. Need to get my "om" on or something.... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:44:34 EST Time to Start Over Time to start over in Sparkpeople. I am a Stress Eater, trying to deal with my stress through yoga and walking. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:02:40 EST week 1 i was able to relieve stress this week and get things done with a smile on my face and feel good about it, i still got stressed out about what other people . but i tryed to shake it off and keep my attitude positive Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:16:45 EST Blah I feel very tense and lazy. I haven't done a lot today and have gained weight. I'm feeling very discouraged and upset with today's weigh in.My body and mind have required a lot of sleep lately, more than usual. My mood has been up and down and more down than up today. <em>39</em> <BR> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:49:30 EST De-stress Today when you feel stress B-R-E-A-T-H deep and close your eyes move your arms in circles, is sounds silly but it helps anxiety and anger. Keep doing this for ten breaths. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:04:15 EST New Insights With a positive attitude, stress slides off me like water off a duck's back. All I have to do for stress relief is sit at the computer and play Free Cell. I discovered that it was a form of escapism and consumed time that should have been spent on other things, which should have increased my stress, but - just one more game, and like Scarlet O'Hara, I'll think about those problems another day. <BR> Little things still bug me, like having my tracking on the Start Page stop working - so I... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:54:39 EST Loving God and life! Today, will be a good day for those who choose to make it that way. Learning about God is a stress buster for me but prayer pushes me through my days and helps me hang on. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:29:44 EST My week 2 I think this is going well. Mostly its about being mindful of what I'm feeling, even when I'm convinced I'm thinking, not feeling. Mixing up those two in the heat of the moment seems to be the set-off point for my stress. I didn't reach for any food when stressed this week and didn't have any mommy meltdowns, so I'm quite pleased. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:27:49 EST week 2 Had lots to navigate thru, but one thing at a time, and here I Am. Thank you Sparks! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:03:55 EST Reflecting on Week 3 Week 3 started off great for me - a four-day weekend from work, getting various parts of house cleaned out and reorganized, and managed to get in <em>315</em> even though I was <em>527</em> . I was getting plenty of <em>102</em> . Once work kicked back in, my stress levels ticked up a bit, such that I am now starting Week 4 a little frazzled. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But, I keep reminding myself that I work to live, not live to work. I have been keeping myself around nine hours a d... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:02:57 EST Retaking the stres busting challenge I am not sure if anyone else has had tis problem but I had slid of my spark people eating plan regained any weight I have lost and slid back into my old stressful habits after I dislocated my shoulder in May. I still have to have surgery yet because it is not right. So I am restarting this program and redoing the stress challenge. <em>33</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:20:21 EST Week 2 Reflections Have learned so much this past week. The best part is learning I am not alone in this. So many of the articles speak to what I am feeling. Learning new techniques, and being more aware of my reactions to stress. This is a great challenge. Also loving the journal-ing and my morning walks. Best wishes to all on this journey!! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:55:57 EST My Goal for Week 1 My goals for week one are to list out my common stress triggers. Along with that is to decide whether or not they're things I can control and if not, work out an action plan for coping with them. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:34:28 EST Week 1 Goals Oddly, I hadn't noticed feeling really stressed. It wasn't until I started experiencing some "classic signs", specific to me personally, of stress that I realized it had crept in. I was losing too much hair; my skin and hair were different just wonky; I was having trouble focusing at work and at home; and other signs. My goal is to control as much as I have the ability to and roll with the rest. Stressful things happen, but I am better equipped to handle them if I am getting enough sleep, eat... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:34:09 EST Stressing in Florida Hi all! My name is Shannon and I am in Florida and the stress level stays moderately high pretty much all the time in this past year and doesn't appear that it will get any better at least in the foreseeable future. Looking for ways to help de-stress while working on improving my health. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:14:14 EST Its not selfish... its healthy. Being a mother, a wife, and a business owner, taking time for myself seemed selfish. Going to the gym seemed to be an inconvenience for others. What I have found, when they see the results of your time well spent, they will be more encouraging and excited by your results. <BR> <BR> Treat yourself good, take time to do something healthy for yourself. Walk the track during your son's football practice, stand up while talking on the phone, go to the gym, walk the mall... anything for yoursel... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:45:58 EST Taking time to journal I'm finding it difficult to journal the stress in my life. I can come up with excuses and say I'm to tired, but simply I'm not putting myself first. I'm going thru a nasty divorce. My husband has custody of our son and has threatened to take my visitation away if I don't do want he wants me to do. I've got my lawyer on it and he has backed off the threats. Just in the waiting game now. Waiting for paperwork to go thru the courts so we can have our first hearing on custody. I'm very cer... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:43:32 EST Week 1 Goals New to this challenge, where do we post our goals? I will post here for now........ <BR> <BR> Week 1 Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Leave 15 minutes for myself in the morning to journal before beginning day <BR> 2. Get up from work desk every 2 hours and stretch, walk or dance <BR> 3. Take a walk outside at least 3 days <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all !! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:28:44 EST Krys from Florida So i'm Krys and i'm here because I believe that stress has big impact on not only my weight but also my sleep. I am a worrier and here is why. I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis as well as crohns disease. I had my first hip replacement in Nov 2013 at the age of 40. I have five children the youngest of which are autistic twins- one has pervasive developmental disorder and the other has rett's syndrome. I can't work because I have medical issues, but I can't collect SSI either based on the... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:00:15 EST My Week 1 Journey My goals for this challenge were to: <BR> <BR> - get eight hours of sleep every night <BR> - meditate for 15 minutes (at least) three days a week <BR> - remember that I work to live, not the other way around <BR> - do 45 min of cardio every other day <BR> <BR> I have been getting my sleep in <em>102</em> , which has helped a lot. Our air conditioner died, so we brought a mega shop fan into the bedroom from the garage. My electric bill is probably happier as well, without the A/C ru... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:11:57 EST Stressed Right Now There are a lot of major life changes looming over my head (new job, possible move to another foreign country, etc) but right now it is my two year old daughter that is making my muscles tighten, my breathing grow shallow, and me to just feel angry. <BR> <BR> My kids are two, three, and six. I am used to them, and I love them. I just also wish I could have a single thought that didn't get interrupted, or a single private moment in my day. I can't use the bathroom without an interruption, an... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:17:20 EST Week 1 Discussion: Stress My biggest stressor is my drive to and from work. I drive an hour and half to and from work 5 days a week. There is a lot of Oilfield traffic and it can be very dangerous on this highway. About two weeks ago, a semi truck had a blow-out and nearly hit me head on at 5:45 in the morning. I swerved to get out of his way and ended up spinning around about 5 times and ended up in the field. He hit the truck behind me, then drove off. I have not figured out a way that I can reduce this stress... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:19:22 EST Making Stress My Friend Stress -- could not live without stress. Just a part of life. I can change how I react to it. When stress too high, need to stop and reflect. Think -- what can I do to change this situation? Then take action. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:05:09 EST Hi I am Brittany I am a mom of two toddlers. Chloe is 2 and Lucas is 3. My oldest has autism. He has come such a long way. I am so proud of all he has overcome. But, we are still working through things. Chloe is this smart, sassy, independent girl. My husband is in the army. He is active at home thank goodness for now. But, leaves for training and assignments every few months. I have an immune disorder and am in a constant struggle with my health. I am also a mommy blogger with a very active page and around 3... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:00:31 EST Week 4 Reflection Today, I'm going to click the box for week 4 and earn my 4-week stress buster challenge award. I deserve it. <BR> <BR> Because I signed up 7 weeks ago, completely overwhelmed and feeling broken beyond repair. <BR> Because I didn't let my evil perfectionist voice win out. <BR> Because I persevered when I thought I couldn't. <BR> Because I took one tiny step at a time, even when it felt like I was going nowhere, even when it took me days to take the next one. <BR> Because I did what I... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:32:11 EST New to the group! Hi everyone! I just joined this group. My whole life I've had a very slight problem with anxiety. It depends but under certain stressful situations, I can almost make myself sick from a combination of stress and anxiety. I hope to learn some great things from this group and keep my stress levels and anxiety in check. :) Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:25:08 EST wk 3 Feeling a little hopeless at this point. The techniques work just fine for the moment but the stress comes right back afterward. Also I'm stressing throughout the day so I'm going to have to practice several times a day. It's the environment, which I'm stuck in. Not much I can do about that part, atleast for now. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:28:27 EST Greetings all! Hi, how I handle stress is definately impacting my food choices. I'm working on my attitude and how I can control my situation. I am currently reading "a complaint free world" which is helping with my perspective. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:12:03 EST Therapy exercises also help with stress As many of you may know, I broke my arm near the shoulder 6 weeks ago. I'm out of the sling now, but I'm having therapy and do exercises at home. They are time consuming, but I know they are helping me to regain movement of my arm. Interestingly, some of them also seem to relieve stress (i.e. squeezing putty with my hands, rolling my shoulders, and isometric exercises). . <BR> <BR> I usually don't mind grocery shopping, but pushing that cart makes my arm hurt, especially reaching in and... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:46:56 EST hello Good morning everyone, <BR> I have joined this challenge to help me overcome the stresses in my life, build new supports. <BR> I am 34 years old, a mother of three and work full-time as an emerg nurse. So I tend to have some stress. I need to get my weight under control and get my life back Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:58:10 EST wk 2 Ah well, nothing has changed. The boundaries I set forth are being ignored accept by my husband. He's being mindful of what he talks about before bed, etc. If he starts slipping than I remind him. So I guess it's a start atleast. Am I less stressed? Not really but hopefully I'll get there. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:30:11 EST Wk 2 Reflections Since doing at least 1 destressing activity a day for the last 2 weeks, I am finally starting to feel some relief. I've learned a few things about what triggers me & also some techniques that help me release the stress. Most effective for me: <BR> <BR> Working with my horses - there's a reason people do "equine therapy" lol The physical aspects, the mental focus, the emotional connection with another being. Good stuff! <BR> <BR> Engaging in creative activities, like finger painting, h... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:49:32 EST My Stress Journal My biggest stressors is . . . waiting. Worse than simple impatience, I have obsessive compulsions and once I latch onto something, well, I have to have it or it will consume my thoughts. <BR> <BR> About once a month I have an anxiety attack because I want to move out of my parent's house and start my family already, but don't make nearly enough to do so. Worst of all is the not knowing when I WILL make enough. That stress often causes me to blame others, namely, my fiance, who I live with, ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:51:36 EST No time like the present! The week my fiance and I are moving in together into a new townhouse may not be the best time in the world to start a stress-reducing challenge. Or it could be the perfect time. :P <BR> <BR> Hi--I'm Liz and to say that I'm a bit over-stressed would be an understatement. Let's the last 12 months I finished my last 6 classes towards my paralegal degree, was promoted to assistant manager (under a new manager who than helpful), got engaged, bought a new car, and will be ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:35:52 EST Hello Hi. I'm a 41 y.o. mother of 3. I'm married to my husband of 9 years, and I've gone through a lot for these past 12 years. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and unfortunately, despite all my accomplishments with getting a Masters degree through a scholarship program, I couldn't really hold a steady job, because of GAD. Even though I lost weight, and passed my nursing boards the first time after getting a BS in Nursing Degree all while nursing my 1... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:18:32 EST stressors Right now, there are 11 people living in our house. We are responsible for 1/2 of everything. No one seems to want to help. It's rough right now.... but things will get better. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:20:19 EST Still feeling energized This is Day 10 on Spark and Day 10 of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. I hope I can keep up the momentum so i can get healthier and lose 30 pounds by christmas. Most importantly, I want to feel better about my health and fitness level! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:21:38 EST Searching for happy me I have not been myself in the past months because I let stress and worry control me. I am hoping this challenge will not only help me relieve stress but help me find the happy me I once was. I used to enjoy the small things in life, like sitting outside and eating lunch, and now I don't even remember the last time I paused to enjoy my scenery. I can't wait to find that balance between work and me time so I can be the optimistic and cheerful person I used to be. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:01:54 EST Paying for College Hello, I am Jasmine and I am a current college senior. I am working two jobs and taking an online class for the summer. I have been down because I feel at 20 I should be doing more activities I enjoy instead of only working. I am extremely stressed and always crunch numbers to make sure I have enough for my bills and to eat. The stress of graduating next May is also a huge issue I have and I hope this challenge will help me better cope with these stressors in my life. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:03:53 EST Week 3 results This week I didn't write on my journal as much. I have been trying a new technique this week. I stayed away from the computer as much as I could. I also used walking as a stress reliever. I listened to music and read to help in the process. I really have experienced less stress since I started the challenge. I feel great! Even my hair stopped falling out. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:18:13 EST Making Choices For Me Making choices with myself in mind has greatly helped my stress levels in a way I can't even explain. I started asking myself again, "What do I want?" instead of just giving into the needs/demands of those around me. That was my habit and I didn't like it. I still fall back into it some time but 99% of the time, I think before I agree (sometimes for some time) to do something. <BR> <BR> I've also started picking up hobbies that I had before that I wanted to get back into so badly, like wr... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:56:39 EST A different perspective! I found this on facebook and wanted to share it. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she enquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" <BR> <BR> <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how l... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:00:04 EST Week 4 I managed to really reduce my stress level. Thank you <em>252</em> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:28:49 EST Week 3 <em>41</em> I have reduced a lot of my stress. A lot of deep breathing and eating better. Exercising which helps big time. <em>521</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:19:23 EST My TOPS Club weight loss journey Just wanted to check in and share. I lost 5lbs. last night at my TOPS club meeting last night. I'm approaching my next milestone which is to be in the 380's. I've lost 45 lbs from my highest weight. I've been in my club since September '96/97. It's a long hard road but it's so worth it.I'm hoping to hit that next milestone next Wed. I'm working towards that 100lb. Pound loss called the century club. Making those baby steps to get there. No matter what happens each week just keep on keepin on... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:18:57 EST Relieving stress I am going away for a 3 day women's retreat on Forgiveness and Healing. I have also enrolled in a meditation group that will start next week. I am hopeful that both of these events will help bring my life back into perspective. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:00:08 EST New beginnings My name is Diane from Sacramento, CA. My husband and I moved here to take care of his elderly mother and by doing so, left all of my children and grandchildren in Oregon. I stay stressed all of the time because I want to go home. I dislike Sacramento mainly because of the heat, so in my dislike I eat to console my heart. Well now, doesn't that just make a lot of sense? Eating is not going to get me back home and if anything at the rate I am going I will die from heart disease which I fou... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:55:14 EST Week 2 wrap up Haven't had a chance to use walking as a stress reliever, which is sad cause I love to walk...especially along the beach. <em>211</em> This week, whenever I started to feel the usual pang of stress, I took a timeout. When I got home from work and during my lunch time, I read a book and I've noticed a big difference. So far, so good! <BR> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 02:28:54 EST week 1 doing pretty good in week 1.. Trying some more walking and deep breathing.. <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>41</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:43:26 EST week 2 reflections Doing some deep breathing and walking everyday has bin doing me a world of good. Making progress in week 2. <em>41</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:41:33 EST Week Three - Cat's Status I'm going through a divorce; which is causing much stress and fear. At times very unpleasant interactions with spouse. I'm adjusting some of my fearful thoughts into positive thoughts. Such as now I see friends more often, I can watch comedy movies, eat healthier meals, at some point find a partner that better matches my personality and goals. Its actually working quite well. I established a new goal to focus on positive traits verses negative traits. Not always easy to do, but awarenes... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:42:58 EST Loss the stress To start a journal of things I like about myself. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:41:48 EST Hello Everyone My name is Griselda but I like to be called Gris. It is 4:25am so you'll excuse me if this is short. I am a stepmother of 3 children, one preteen, one teenager and one young adult. I've been married for almost 2 years and our little life is full of adventure. My 3 main stressors come from my job, my debt and my stepchildren (I love them but it's hard being a stepmother). I look forward to learning how to handle my stress and I am going to bed now. Good luck to everyone! <em>104</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 05:28:12 EST goals for this challenge My goals are to start sleeping a full 8 hours (minimum) every night, to organize my time better, and to continue with the DBT group that I started this month. I hope that this challenge can help me with all of that! <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 22:49:18 EST less stress, please! Hi I'm Ceema. I joined the challenge last week but I'm shy about posting. I tend to over share and then get embarrassed about it. I did start tracking my stress level daily on my start page and I also have been writing in the blog-I'm aiming for twice a week for that. <BR> <BR> I'm a social worker and I've noticed that my stress levels are highest when I'm at work, or have to deal with work stuff. I also have a really busy life with 2 jobs, I'm in school part-time for a second master's degr... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:36:39 EST Long Term Goals I've noticed an increase in my mood and an even larger increase in my mental clarity once I started making sure I get my workouts in everyday. I didn't get to do one yesterday because I was ill, but I'm going to be sure to do something today so that I can ensure that I feel better. <BR> <BR> With this in mind my main long term goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day everyday! <BR> <BR> My secondary goal is to remove as much external stress that I can from my life. If I can influen... Sat, 24 May 2014 06:10:48 EST 1st day with this challage, need support/advice I've had a very eventful few years (in a bad way) but I think the most devastating thing is that my dad's cancer is back and just last week I found that he has been told that he only has 3-6 months left to live. Needless to say I don't really know haw to handle this and my already stressful life is in the extremes now. Any advice on how to handle this/any stress reducing things I should try? Thu, 22 May 2014 00:33:45 EST week 2 reflections Well, there are just things you can't change, and deep breathing, exercise and things like that are not going fix things that can't be changed. I think acceptance and just moving on is a good choice. I guess noting that this will not be forever is also a good choice. Tue, 20 May 2014 15:48:02 EST All About Stress Busting Well, this week seems to be a minimal stress kind of week. Let's see how that goes when I start moving out of my house on Saturday. LOL Tue, 20 May 2014 13:02:04 EST Week Three: My Quick Health Assessment left much to be desired. D: <BR> <BR> My self-esteem is tanked, my quality of sleep is sub par, my stress level is still relatively high (though breathing and playing with poi is helping with that more than I thought was possible!), BUT my energy levels are actually pretty decent. <BR> <BR> One thing that I've noticed lately as my stress level rose my acne problem became...well, a serious problem. I've had acne most of my life but normally during certain times of the month. Now it... Sun, 18 May 2014 06:27:52 EST Week 2 Reflection So, I thought that I had done this post before but I guess I hadn't. haha <BR> <BR> During week two, and continuing through week three, I attempted to share my feelings with my boyfriend more explicitly. I tend to worry about how people will respond to how I feel, rather than sharing what I'm actually feeling. This just leaves me feeling alienated and frustrated...oh and stressed!! <BR> <BR> Like all change it is slow going but I'm trying! Sun, 18 May 2014 06:20:30 EST Time to reboot. Hi, I'm Erin, I'm about to be 29 in two months, live in the Poconos and I'm trying to lose around 75 lbs. I use to be a competitive swimmer from the time I was 4 untill I was 18. Unfortunately, no one told me that when you stop swimming, you have to stop eating an insane amount of calories. I became a widow a year and a half ago, lost my soul mate to a heart attack the day before his 35th birthday. I too have a family history of heart disease, and dropping this extra weight can only help me b... Fri, 16 May 2014 03:26:50 EST Depressed and Over 30 Hey guys, my name is Bianca. I am 34 years old and beginning to become depressed with my weight gain. I had a total hysterectomy two years ago. Since then, I have gained a total of 30 pounds and it is beginning to depress me. I have always been a size 8 and now I am weighing 12-14. I have never been this heavy. I have health screenings each year, in which everything checks out good, except the fact that I am overweight. I think that my biggest problem is balancing my hormones. Since I d... Tue, 6 May 2014 10:57:29 EST My Long Term During this challenge I have learned that I can control my stress level. Everyday I have some sort of stress in my life and with out fail it used to get the better of me. I would raise my voice, start screaming, I would get HORRID headaches. Since this challenge I have learned that I can use breathing techniques and meditation to avoid some of the stress. I can choose what I let get to me. <BR> <BR> My long term stress reduction techniques will include, breathing, ear buds and music, jou... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:46:20 EST Week 2 - Making Progress Very stressing week, but at the end of it I'm doing much better now. My husband of 23 years moved out. Lots of drama to make it happen. After a few days alone I've settled down and starting to find a new rhythm. I've been writing in my journal, exercising, gardening & deep breathing for relaxation/reflection. Seeing a therapist & attorney for support. Finally outreached to family to communicate life status. Their love and support has really lifted me up. <BR> <BR> Pretty sure next w... Sun, 4 May 2014 21:21:52 EST Goal Start a journal and write a daily entry. Sun, 4 May 2014 10:11:02 EST Week 1 Goal: Find my stress triggers Keeping the stress diary has definitely helped me discover what I already knew really. My full-time job is the culprit of most of my stress. The calls/texts on my day off about work, my boss freaking out daily about every little thing, no one higher up seeing the work I put in just the work that doesn't get done. You know, standard work stuff that people don't want to have to deal with. <BR> <BR> My second major stress comes from my relationship...or lack there of with my boyfriend of two... Fri, 2 May 2014 23:43:59 EST Beginning week 3 I have been trying to be a lot more mindful lately. it's been helping. So has pausing and doing some deep breathing. <BR> I'm still getting overwhelemed by the sheer volume of things that need doing. :( Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:28:42 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Marquita, or Marq. I had considered myself someone who could handle stress very well but the amount of life changes I'm implementing have gotten the better of me and now I'm soo stressed when I go to my job (which I currently do not like) I get sick to my stomach and have a hard time with solid foods. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that the next four weeks will get me back to "normal" so I can spend my time doing what I love and moving towards my goals instead of sleeping the days ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:42:59 EST Saying Hello Hi, <BR> My name is Sherri and I've decided I need to get my life in my control rather than letting it control me. I have health issues that stress makes worse so I want to beat stress back. I'm a LVN working in long-term care. I'm married and have 3 fur babies. Nice to meet ya'll. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:41:35 EST week 1 - goal my goal is to make the time for 10 minutes of activity/10 minutes of meditation. I am going to try yoga. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:51 EST I am new here Hello, I am new to this site and this challenge. I know that I definately need to reduce stress. Stress kills, and I want to live. <em>249</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:56:02 EST My goals Since I am just starting week 2, and if I'm understanding this right, we're supposed to set goals at the end of week 1 (Right?) Here goes! <BR> I want to learn to keep the emotional eating under control. <BR> I want to have a better connection between my body and my emotions <BR> I want to keep the stress to a minimum, so I can learn to be more present for my son. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:15:28 EST Can't seem to finish Week 1 I really do need to work on my stress, but I have a hard time coming back to this SparkTeam to work on it. I have incorporated some stress relievers in my life, such as watching my breath and slowing it down, but others (like daily meditation and journaling) are much more difficult to motivate myself to do than even climbing hundreds of stairs or staying away from sweets. I'm not consistent with working on my stress goals and I'd like to know what others do to make sure they actually do it. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:47:18 EST Stress less This week I took the time to become aware of the tension in my face and shoulders. The minute I realized it was there., I took a deep breath. Just that awareness has helped somewhat. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:00:51 EST Introducing myself I had taken on a new position a couple of years ago and am finding the workload impossible at times. I am want to try the Stress Busters team to remind myself to relax and "to do what I can do, the rest will wait". Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:51:58 EST Stress Exhausted myself this week. Ate bad and skipped exercise. Today I slept in and took a 75 minute nature walk. Have a lot to do but will slow down the pace today. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:19:56 EST Week 1: Goals I am a full-time college student who commutes an hour to and from twice a week, and has a part time job at a local community college (that feels more like full-time, 24/7). I am getting close to finals week and I want to learn how to handle the inevitable stressors to come without succumbing to previous negative behaviors like binge eating and moping. <BR> <BR> My goal is by the end of the challenge to know how to identify my stressors, my triggers, and how to handle them properly. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:25:34 EST Use the "Seven P's" to calm the mind Also use the "Seven P's" to calm the mind when face with stress created by life's never ending changes. <BR> <BR> 1) Pause to calm your thoughts - you can't focus when your mind is divided by a multitude of thoughts, focus on a positive aspect of your life then on resolving one issue at a time. <BR> 2) Permanently record needed actions in a journal or equivalent tickler so that they can be addressed later - when under stress you often tend to forget important matters, but once you properly... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:19:51 EST The Seven P's of Success Use the "Seven P's of Success" to remove the clutter or frenzy from your mind and your life. <BR> <BR> 1) Pause to calm your thoughts - you can't focus when your mind is divided by a multitude of thoughts. <BR> 2) Permanently record your thoughts in a journal or equivalent tickler so that they can be addressed later - once you have properly recorded your thoughts, you can rest assured that you won't forget to address them in due time. <BR> 3) Put aside negative thoughts on matters for whic... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:34 EST Hi, I'm Jacque! I'm a web designer, a bookworm, a first time mommy to an awesome little boy. I've been married for almost 3 years now. I love to bike ride, do yoga, and dance. :) Right now I'm trying to focus on, clearly, destressing! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:28:51 EST Hi, I'm Catrina I've been doing SparkPeople on and off for a few years now. I've lost about 20 pounds along the way. I'm in my late 40's and really want to be in a healthy & happy place before hitting 50! <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with stress and depression mainly due to marriage issues. I'd like to stop responding to things I cannot control and focus on healthy living for myself. I'm working on no longer being co-dependent. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this challenge. Its something I need... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:38:59 EST Week 1 Goals My marriage is struggling and causing lots of stress. My job is stressing because of company financial issues. <BR> <BR> 1. I plan to focus on accepting what I cannot change. <BR> 2. Focus on diet, exercise, personal thoughts. <BR> 3. Walk daily. <BR> 4. Do one household improvement task this week. <BR> 5. Connect with a friend. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:30:13 EST Stress-reducing goals from "Raspberryland" :) So far, so good - a p[leasant and productive start to the weekend has definitely helped! <BR> <BR> If I can keep a cool head in the face of stress (whether or not things are at a "crisis" level) I feel that'll be a great start...........more ideas to come as I continue to work on this challenge and try to figure things out...... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:21:03 EST Hi. Looking foward to the challenge. I'm Starr. I'm not sure I'm stressed, but I do know that I am doing some pretty dumb things lately. (Like not going to an expensive dinner I had already paid for because I didn't "feel up to it" last night) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I will do my best and I'm looking forward to the challenge. Actually it looks more fun that anything else. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 68, almost 69, have a body that creaks and groans even when I turn over in bed. I don't like to go to sleep, but then I hate to get u... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:56:16 EST Hi I'm New Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a stressed-out emotional eater in my early 40's. Life just will throw you curve balls. I am currently trying to get my feet back under me from the last one. <BR> <BR> I have a few things in my life that I would like to change (bad habits to break and good habits to form). I also have some goals that I would like to achieve. My main problem is that I have a hard time just focusing on one, I want to tackle them all at once then wind up exhausted and discour... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:51:00 EST week 2 reflection For week 2 I've been keeping up with my journal (blog) and picked up the amount I exercise (I'm also in the 28 day boot camp challenge so that was easy :p) The increased exercise and writing how my day has been going and reflecting on things that bother me or challenge me has helped me understand what I feel and how to manage the stress a little bit better. I'm not obsessing about my upcoming wedding nearly as much (it's in a year!) and I'm stressing over the little things as much as I used t... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:23:14 EST Hi, I've been lurking off and on . . . but my stress level is spiralling out of control with a high pressure job and elder care. Joining this challenge for real is I hope a first step. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:24:18 EST Leslie's first day Hi I am Leslie and I seriously need to find a way to control my stress that doesn't involve eating. I joined this challenge because if I am going to be successful I need to get a handle on my stress eating I gained 40 lbs in 2 years OUCH! Wish me luck <em>521</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:32:02 EST Goals Stay Focused on My Blessings <em>459</em> <BR> Meditate <em>135</em> <BR> Stir and Cleanse Chakras daily <em>532</em> <BR> Be Kind To Myself and more accepting of others <em>381</em> <BR> Be more realistic with my writing goals. <em>195</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:36:33 EST dealing with frustration What is most frustrating for me, What is causing my stress is being disappointed with my husband. Can't yell at him for being who he is, I married it. I'll get over it, just not sure how without a bag of chips. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:07:59 EST Week 1 Goal Over the next week I'm going to simply wake up when the alarm goes off at 5:30am and not procrastinate for up to 45 minutes about getting up and doing some strength training and stretching. This will be the first step in breaking my procrastination cycle of life. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:44:59 EST My week 1 goals <em>39</em> I have family issues that trigger very stressful reactions in me with the mention of a name. What I need to learn is to take slow breathes and then calmly listen to what is being said first instead of just reacting to the name being mentioned. And then to discuss things when calm and not all upset and unable to respond rationally because of the high emotions involved. This just happened a short while ago and instead of losing my cool I calmly settled myself then was able t... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:28:16 EST My goals: During times of great stress I will remember to take good long breaths. <BR> Look for the positive in all things <BR> Have some fun and learn to relax Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:40:11 EST week 1 goals Start doing yoga 5 times a week. When I start feeling stress, ask myself if it's really worth the negative energy. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:37:25 EST week three discussion Well I realize how I was letting little things like traffic on the commute stress me and I am stopping that pattern. I also realize just how stressful my job is and I am considering transferring to a different school where the students aren't so stressful. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:12:49 EST forgetting to write in journal Finding it difficult to remember at end of day to write in journal. This is the hardest part of my new health plan, the stress. Difficult to remember when the stress trigger starts to try one of the de-stress techniques. <em>24</em> Need support. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:55:41 EST reflecting on week 2 writing in the journal is really helping, it is making me notice when I get stressed and start my thinking to change. I have been trying to use the envisioning the quiet serene place when stressed and that seems to really help. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:48:56 EST Week 1 Goals 1. Take 30 minutes a day to get lost in a book. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercises at least three times this week for at least 30 minutes. (Saturday - Friday) <BR> <BR> 3. Track food daily. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:57:33 EST Hi I am new here I live in England. I was really pleased to fine this group. I need it! I will y to participate buy please give me time to get involved. my stress is social phobia to name one. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:23:11 EST Week 1 Getting back on track this week. Goals are to exercise 3X this week. Eat more protein and less carbs. Stop eating after 7 pm. <em>41</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:29:31 EST Share my challenge goals I am going to write in my stress journal at least 3 times a week to try and identify my stressors and I am trying to learn to meditate by starting with 3 minute increments. it is very hard for me to clear my mind and relax. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:25:52 EST Hi I'm Lisa I have been having a lot of Tension Migraines brought on by stress. I want to learn how to reduce my stress levels so it will help reduce my Tension Migraines. I live with my brother Steven, sister-in-law Lisa, her mom Barb, 3 cats, 2 dogs & a Quaker Parrot. There are days when there is a lot of tension & stress in the house. I love to write stories, read, color Mandalas, knit with both needles & knitting board looms, crochet embroider & other crafts. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:21:26 EST Week 1 - Goals and Challenges There are stresses that are going to exist (without a large realignment in career, etc that I'm not willing/able to change at the moment), and my goals are more to deal constructively with stress than to eliminate it. <BR> <BR> 1: Enjoy my commute; listen to audio books, observe nature, or simply reflect on the day. I too often dislike my commute, and need to look at the positive aspects. <BR> <BR> 2: De-stress in a more constructive manner. It's been my habit to eat when stressed/angry/etc... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:35:47 EST Reflections on Week Two I had four days off from work this week and no step-kids this weekend while I was off so it was just my little guy and I! Needless to say, stress-free describes it perfectly. <BR> While I do and can occasionally get a little wound up from my little guy and his frustrations and new found temper tantrums, I found having the time off to enjoy him really helped! <BR> I also got some exercise in and some reading and took some time for myself as well as my little booger! <BR> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:01:14 EST Week One Goals My goal is to have a consistent schedule so that I know what I have time for. My plan is to work out at least three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (to start). This will happen after work, as I work right down the street from my gym. I plan to wake up at 5 a.m. every morning to work on homework for two hours during the week. Saturday will be a "finish homework day" and Sunday will be a relaxing day. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:47:53 EST week # 1--check Goal Day: I have thought about this a lot. <BR> <BR> 1. I am going to start 'taking off' one day per week. I will do no 'stuff' that day. I will cook the day before and we will have leftovers. No laundry. I will take care of my doggie. <BR> <BR> The reason for this is that I go....go...go....go..until I collapse. My OCD-ness, caused by my caregiver schedule x2 that I had for years makes me do this. I continue to PUSH myself until I do all I can do. So I thought about it and prayed about i... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:57:28 EST Reflection for week two I started the week with more worries than I would generally like, but, after doing my fitness routine, yoga, reading, meditating on nature and journalizing that in my second blog, I ended up finding more peace than I expected to finish out strong. Now, if I can stay on this roll ... I believe I may have something good here. Phew ... Good bye two and come on in week three! <em>521</em> or, at least, I think I got this! Thank you SP for this outlet. Good luck all Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:51:06 EST Newbie Hi my name is Katie! I am in the process of renewing myself body, mind and soul. My biggest setback by far is my habit of over analyzing and worrying. We all know stress is a slippery slope...I'm hoping this team will help me to better manage stress in a healthy way! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:21:12 EST Week Two Done I am just wrapping up a mini vacation with my family. They are usually very stressful for me. But this one was extraordinarily different. Just using some very simple strategies, I had a fantastic weekend. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:57:54 EST Week One Goals Stress is just causing my fibromyalgia to flare up. My goals are therefore to work on breathing techniques and counting to ten before reacting. I also need to remember that it is not what is said but how I react to it. I need to be accountable for my own stress, not blame the causes on others. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:19:00 EST My Wed. TOPS Night. We after having 3 weeks of good losses, I gained 5 lbs. tonight. I do know what I did. Gotta watch my salt. I just want to stay under at my milestone. It's a new day. <BR> These are our mottos we use in our club: <BR> I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN <BR> IF IT IS TO BE IT'S UP TO ME <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:39:43 EST Week One Done So after review my stress an where it comes from these are my goals going into week 2. <BR> 1. Continue to eat well <BR> 2. Enjoy the kids <BR> 3. DO Yoga before bed <BR> 4. Complete stress journal daily <BR> 5. Complete Grateful Journal Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:32:16 EST this week goal My goal this week is to start a regular workout routine Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:18:08 EST Checking In. My TOPS weight loss journey Just wanted to share I lost 4 lbs and tied for loser of the Week with one of our newest members and a good friend of mine. Working towards my 350 lb. Milestone next. Tonight was 3 weeks no gain. Have a wonderful rest of the Week y'all! <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN <BR> IF IT IS TO BE IT'S UP TO ME Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:25:10 EST First week done! Having just finished week one (now starting week two) I did a couple new things that so far seem to actually be having positive effects! <BR> <BR> For one, I actually took my calendar and wrote in a 15 minute block at a specific time EVERY DAY that I will go in my room and lie down while doing deep breathing. <BR> <BR> The second is I started a very simple basic yoga workout, one specifically for stress reduction that comes off of a CD. (My therapist made it and gives it to her anxiety ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:25:14 EST My first week goal. I am trying to organize my home this week. I have bronchitis so it will be a challenge but I know I have to start somewhere. I did my 10 minute workout this morning (shocked to feel the burn in just 10 minutes I know now it has been too long) and after that it actually did help my stress level. I painted a sign for my wall to help me relax. I will clean out the fridge before I start dinner since that was my email today. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:48:48 EST New to the team Hello everyone! My friends call me Simmy. I live in NE Ohio and am 40 years old. I had been diagnosed with severe anxiety/panic disorder 10 years ago this past December. I have been in bi-weekly therapy this whole time. Stress is a constant overwhelming thing for me. Despite therapy, occasionally writing in my journal, low dose meds, and occasionally practicing relaxation techniques I cannot seem to deal with things well. Over these last 10 years I managed to gain over 150 pounds. :( ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:02:02 EST Hi everyone! I'm Teresa- I've been with SparkPeople a little over 2 months now, and am glad to find this challenge!! Life has been seriously stressful lately- the usual of course-dealing with financial woes, teenagers and tweenagers, job stress, etc... Hoping to learn new ways to cope, exercise has helped a lot, but not quite enough. Best wishes to all my new teammates~! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:41:28 EST Joni Hello, I'm Joni. I have been struggling with anxiety for about a year. I started being medically treated about 4 months ago. The anxiety attacks have gotten much much better. However, it has cause me to gain about 20 pounds. And this causes me stress as I have always struggled with my weight and I pride myself on maintaining it and get very upset when I can't. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:59:36 EST Starting Week 3 I already read the requirements for this week, and I think I am making headway. <BR> <BR> I picked up where I left off in 2013, and I want to steamroll into 2014 with more positivity than before. No matter what comes my way, I still have a family that loves me and friends that support me, and that makes life worth living! <BR> <BR> Now that Monday is out of the way, full steam ahead! <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:15:35 EST Week 2 Looks Good WOW! <BR> <BR> The reading materials, although I read them the first time in the end of September of last year, all hit a note with the stressors that I am dealing with now as well! <BR> <BR> I have a journal, a game plan, and the energy to reboot this challenge! <BR> <BR> Just looking for online friends to help make it happen!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:10:55 EST Stress goals So my goals for this challenge: <BR> 1. Stop thinking about what other people are thinking. You will never know what they are thinking. <BR> 2. Confine stressful things to small time slots. Turn off the computer - step away from the computer - and go get something done. <BR> 3. Lists are good. They help you remember what needs to be done and it's fun to cross things off when they are done. They help to prevent those "forehead-smacking" moments when you stress out because you forgot s... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:03:12 EST My Wed. TOPS Weigh In Well, just wanted to check in. I lost 2 1/2 lbs. At at TOPS Meeting tonight. I'm sooo happy I am under at my milestone. My next milestone I am shooting for is 350. My overall weight loss goal is to lose 50 lbs. This year! Just making those small goals to get up to ny overall goal. <BR> <BR> Also wanted to share My name was drawn for our 50/50 Let it ride game and with over a,half of the deck of cards left I picked the joker and,won $75 and some change. Just wanted to share! Have a great ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:46:27 EST Positive thinking I want to get a positive mind set that i can achieve my goals and stick with them until i accomplish the weight lost i need to get heathy Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:18:04 EST Why I joined I joined the Stress Busting Challenge because I am trying to conceive via fertility treatments and decreasing my stress should improve my chances. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:33:10 EST Weekly goals My goals for this week are to: <BR> 1. Meditate for 10 minutes each day <BR> 2. Reach out to at least one friend I haven't talked to in a while <BR> 3. Put some things into perspective / decrease perfectionism Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:26:03 EST My personality tends toward stress I just read the article about personalities and stress, and I exhibit at least 5 of the 10 (I think their were 10) characteristics that create stress from the inside. I think many of these "habits" are leftovers from when I was a mom with 4 kids at home and never had enough time for everything, let alone for myself. Now life should be different, but I seem to be stuck in that mode, of always doing two things at one time, never relaxing, never taking time for myself, etc, even though life sh... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:58:24 EST Ah to be less stressed.... Hi there. I am a mother of 5 kids. One just off to college and 4 at home. Married to a great man who (unfortunately works out of state 3 weeks a month) - so, almost a single mom whose kids are very active and busy. One child is schooled at home. Another was born with a birth defect (which has ongoing issues, but nothing really overwhelming). I have one OVER over-achiever and one who does not care what goes on around him. I also have a business that I am running from home. Wrestling, volleybal... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:21:36 EST Relearning to destress Hi, Im Laura. I have recently found out I do not have to have a second back surgery. However the gentleman that lives with me does. Dealing with months of pain and financial concerns have me extremely stressed and holding it in. I have practiced yoga and meditation for 35 years . Now I cant seem to meditate because my mind is going a hundred miles an hour. Im hoping if I set goals for myself it will put me back on the right track and focus me in the present. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:54:47 EST week 1 goals my goals for this week is: <BR> track nutrition <BR> walk the dog every day, <BR> exercise 3 times a week <BR> take time for me. <BR> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:36:31 EST Week one to a better me My goal for less stress in my life this week is to write down everything that I stress out about for the 7 days. Having this list I think will help with understanding my priorities as I always worry about the future. Which is something that I cant control. Finances and my health also stress me out but I believe focusing on my goals of starting to exercise 3-4 times a week and mediate daily for 30 minutes will help too Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:00:51 EST My goals My goal is to not stress out any more. It affects my family and makes me feel horrible when it does affect them. Work and finances are my biggest stresses and when I get stressed I make the wrong choices when it comes to food. I really want to get this under control, so I can get healthier and to not have work or money affect my family. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:18:02 EST Hi my names Crystal My name is Crystal..36, I live in Loudoun County VA, <BR> My family all suffer from various Mental & Physical Health Illnesses.... a lot I feel could have been prevented living an Active Lifestyle and Eating Clean. Ive always had a different view on food then my family growing up. <BR> <BR> That still gets in the way,.and good marketing .and my good habits go to Bad Eating and Lack of Motivation to workout. <BR> .. <BR> My Excuses...time, money, stress, family,,work......... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:56:02 EST Maintaining an even keel I have read that it is a good thing to avoid both emotional highs and lows since what goes up must come down, so to speak. Putting this into practice (not always easy) has been resulting in a feeling of inner calm for me these days. Thanks to Spark People's direction, and the power of prayer. When I do get stressed I find that a good workout on my exercise bike really helps to work off excess adrenaline, and prayer while I'm biking helps calm my spirit. I really feel better when I'm done. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:20:55 EST My goal My challenge goal is to use NLP to stop "awfulizing" when I don't have information about an incident or what someone else is thinking. I will be myself and remember what Dr Seuss said - those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:20:24 EST Stressed Hi Everyone My name is Nancy.I joined this team because I am stressed out and looking for ways to learn to deal with it. <BR> I am staying sick all the time.Mostly stomach problems.I know it is caused from stress.I tend to eat my way through stressful times.Mainly sweets.The sugar seems to lift me up but only shortly then I come crashing down.I seek the sugar high. <BR> I know all this is bad for me.I am looking for positive ways to deal with this. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:28:08 EST My Wed. TOPS Weigh in. Checking In Just checking in and wanted to share that I lost 3 lbs. At me TOPS Meeting tonight!! It was our last weigh in for the year! I'm 4 lbs. under at my milestone!!! I'm just beyond excited!! We won't have a meeting for two to three weeks. I've lost 25lbs. For this year! Looking forward to 2014 in my weight loss journey! IF IT IS TO BE IT'S UP TO ME/I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN! <BR> I hope each of you here have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:24:10 EST Week 1 Goals I'm on vacation from work this week so that's helping to eliminate some of my stress. Dealing with my grown son who lives with me and is not responsible causes me great stress and yesterday was a bad day... <BR> <BR> My goal this week is to focus on the things I can change, deep breathing when stressed, exercise, and healthy eating. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:44:07 EST My goals I just joined the challenge, and I really need to learn how to deal with stressors without internalizing them. I'm going to check out some of the articles here on SP, but I also want to set some goals for this challenge. <BR> <BR> I need to learn how to talk about what is stressing me without worrying about the conflict it might cause. <BR> <BR> I want to get off my anti-anxiety meds. <BR> <BR> I want to be able to learn to relax and take time for myself. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:06:54 EST Hi There! With the holidays quickly approaching and my husand's temporary job quickly coming to an end, I decided to go ahead and join this challenge. I need to learn how to juggle my health problems and my husband's employment challenges, all while dealing with living with an elderly parent and a high stress job. <BR> <BR> Hoping this challenge will help me learn to talk about things more freely, and to find alternatives to the anxiety medicine I'm currently on. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:03:52 EST Week one I think too much about my mother when she was ill. I think about what could have done better for her when she was alive. And I get upset, and I eat and then I get stressed because I'll get fat.I am starting to learn that if I go to the gym I feel less stressed, maybe because I feel guilty if I don't workout? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:10:35 EST What I have learned from this challenge... This challenge has been very helpful for me. It has let me see how much I already did to alleviate the stress I live with and given me some very useful tools that I hadn't thought about before. My long term goal for stress management is to keep using these techniques and to periodically review the tips in the calendar in the resources section. I also want to continue to find ways to take events that I perceive as stressful and transform those events into stress relieving episodes instead. ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:45:29 EST Working off the stress I've been working towards stopping neativity cycles before they can go round and round in my mind and keep me from sleeping. It's tough to stop stressing at night, but it's getting easier with practice. I've also been heading to the gym when I start feeling overwhelmed and it helps quite a bit. Here's to a healthier body AND a healthier mind! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:21:36 EST De-stress AHHHHHH So my biggest thing is I take the stress home with me. I am a preschool teacher and I have a hard time letting things go at the end of the day. One of my goals on the goal board is to enjoy life. That is something that I forget to do. I think I could overcome my stress issues if I would just relax and enjoy the simple things of life. Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:07:36 EST Week 3 (caution, abuse trigger alert) My greatest stressor is my mindset of professional victimhood. <BR> <BR> A little background - my childhood started off pretty rough. I was left out to burn in the sun at 6 weeks. A 18 months I lost everything I owned in a flood. My dad's pet names for me were stupid, useless and worthless and he told me constantly that what I really needed was to be smacked between the eyes with a 2x4 to knock some sense into me. He found wild baby animals for me to play with and then kill them in front... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:01:12 EST Starting Over Hi all! <BR> I am on my second go-round with SparkPeople. I lost over 30 lbs in 2011, but "fell of the wagon" and have gained it all back, plus some bonus pounds! I turned 30 this year and I really feel like this is the time to take it off and keep it off through a lifestyle change that includes healthy eating and a more active lifestyle. I am a mother, wife, grad student, and full-time employee, so sometimes my health/exercise priorities get shoved aside. I am working to make a change so tha... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:03:34 EST Week 2 I took a bubble bath this week and talked to my family about issues. I also tried to minimize my daily commute by listening to music or audio books... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:09:40 EST Week 2 This week has been a challenge, between both jobs, lack of sleep, and sinus hasn't been the best week. I lost it a couple of times and let people get the best of me. But on an up side...finally got the much needed sleep my body was begging for..still have sinus issues but managed to get caught up on house cleaning and some Christmas shopping...time for more cold meds and another long night of sleep hopefully. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:10:35 EST Week 2 This week has seen some up and downs. It started out great. I was almost stress free for the first half of the week. And then something hit a trigger. I shut down and I didn't reach out for help. I don't even know what the trigger was. That was the day that I stopped keeping up with my stress journal. I fell into a dark place. I'm still not out of it, and everything is starting to seem to pile on top of another. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:52:12 EST Some Changes to Nutrition Tracker This is from Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> Sorry that I didn't post this sooner. You can copy and paste this message in your teams to better inform them if you are seeing questions. <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2)... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:27:59 EST I'm Jumping In This is my first team challenge and first posting; I started laughing when I realized that this was stressful. Laughing is one my best tools to reduce stress. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:02:41 EST My TOPS Wed. weigh in night. Just wanted to share tonight at my weight in night I lost 4 lbs. and was loser of the Week. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 24.3 lbs. Since the beginning of the year! Working on my 100 lb century club. Making those small goals first! Working on my next milestone. We won't be have a meeting for the next two weeks. Next week's Thanksgiving and then the Week after that is our Christmas party. Just wanted to share! <BR> <BR> I CAN YOU CAN TOGETHER WE CAN <BR> IF IT IS TO BE IT'... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:25:36 EST hi i like me time I don't go out much. work than home. so i do the exercises by my self town is 30 mint away. am doing ok Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:41:43 EST my week one... Taking on this challenge actually made me more aware of what goes on around me. I let small things bother me, things I have no control over bother me, and other peoples actions bother me...I need to focus on me and my own attitude/behavior and make my own changes to benefit my life. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:40:29 EST Week 2 This week, my stress reduction techniques included taking hot bubble baths with Eucalyptus Spearmint bubble bath to relax and calling a friend to chat to get me out of my stressed, high anxiety mood. <BR> <BR> I felt more relaxed this week, although I need to get more sleep. I believe if I got more sleep, I would feel better and not feel so stressed out. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:24:16 EST My Reflection, More Like a Mirror I've been blaming my stress on my abusive childhood and my autistic child but really I think I'm the cause of 99% of my stress. Two things I've concentrated on this past week: <BR> <BR> 1. Stop complaining. I've been trying to go 24 hours without complaining. It hasn't happened yet. I'll keep working on it. <BR> <BR> 2. Be kind to myself. It's #1 turned inwards, the amount of negative self abuse I put on myself is amazing. I would get away from anyone who treated me the way I treat ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:26:37 EST Goals After looking at my stress journal and reflecting on my week I realize that much of my stress comes from myself and "toxic thoughts". I make excuses. My goals include: <BR> <BR> learn new techniques to handle stress- the ones I have are obviously not working. <BR> Take a more positive outlook <BR> Stop getting hooked up on little things <BR> Learn how to accept <BR> Meet new people and form at least one new friendship Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:10:11 EST Hello. Hi. My name is Tara. I'm on a mission to recover from depression. Stress has been one of the forces behind it, and I want to be able to live in spite of my stress. I hope to find the motivation and support behind this challenge. <BR> <BR> Have a good day! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:27:04 EST My TOPS Wed. Roll Call/ Wanted to to share! My TOPS Wed. Roll Call - for 11/6/13 - I lost 2 lbs. tonight and made my milestone tonight! I would like to share my weight with ya'll since I am at my first milestone! <BR> Tonight I was 398 lbs. I also tied for loser of the month with 3 1/2 lbs. Was so excited to share my milestone with ya'll! Monday <BR> <BR> *Monday the 11th is my 39th birthday and we are having a family celebration and I am going to my favorite Mexican food place, Gringos! Birthday are only once a year! I have a pla... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 00:07:45 EST Stress busting goals I need to look at the things I can change instead of the things I cannot change. I need to recognize what I have and how blessed I am. I need to be more positive. I also need to take a deep breath and learn to relax. <BR> <BR> I need to learn to control my emotions instead of becoming overwelmed so easily. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:12:36 EST My Goal I want to stop always worrying about what is going to happen next. How am I going to pay this bill, what am I going to do after work, what will next Wednesday hold?? i really need to stop freaking out about the future and just deal with what is happening NOW. <BR> <BR> I also need to stop letting OTHER PEOPLE'S bad attitude upset me. I need to stop getting worked up over other people Wed, 6 Nov 2013 12:54:29 EST Good Morning :) Hello everybody!! I am Alena and I am new to the stress busting challenge. It has been over a year since I have been on Spark, but I really need the motivation to get me going to where I would like to be. I know that I am capable of accomplishing my goals, I just need to break past the anxiety of what other people may view me as while I do it. I know that it is all just mental stress. I have to be confident! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:04:37 EST Finished Week 2 I finished Week Two and I was able to take a walk every day for stress relief, as well as reduce caffeine intake, regular journaling/blogging and have been using nicotine patches and electronic cigarettes to aid in my quest to quit smoking. But, I still want to implement zen meditation back into my routine (20 minutes in the morning and in the evening) as I've found that to be the best stress reducing technique I've found. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:07:25 EST Good Morning My name is Kathie and I am very new to this. I will say that I do feel a lot of stress. I am hoping this Challenge will help me over come some of my stress that I feel. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 06:45:26 EST How do you resist outside stress? Kind of a crisis My best friend/boyfriend (not sure what he is) and I have had a bad year, starting last summer. First my boss, who was like a family member, died unexpectedly. So I lost my job. Then I ended up in the hospital half dead needing emergency surgery. Then our really close friend was killed by a drunk driver - we knew the driver very well, and he's in prison now. Then my aunt died. Then I got a very aggressive and scary form of cancer. (This all happened in less than six months.) Then I lost my ho... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:46:16 EST Less Stress My goals for less stress: <BR> <BR> 1) Don't hold onto stress. Let things go. Do not dwell on stressful events. <em>253</em> <BR> 2) Always make time to exercise, at least 30 minutes a day for 3 days a week. <em>362</em> <BR> 3) Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. <em>102</em> <BR> 4) Eat healthy, but reward myself at the end of the week for doing so. <em>551</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:24:03 EST My Wed. TOPS WEIGH IN NIGHT Just wanted to check in with y'all with my weight loss journey. I didn't make my milestone tonight. I gained 1 1/2 lbs. Tonight. I still have a good loss going for the year. Just making those small goals. Just wanted to share what we did for our Program tonight. On a long table. There was an array of different kinds of fruits, veggies, chips. Another member was helping and what they did is one of the ladies picked her serving of what she would really like and then the,other member showed... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:09:14 EST Working overnight shift. I am new to this spark team thing so I my not be doing this right. My biggest stress right now is working overnight. I need some guidance in how to eat. I work 12 hour shifts. So I go in at 6 PM. What happens most of the time is I try to get some sleep before I go in to work but I rarely can sleep more than an hour or two. Then I work until 6 AM. When I get home I sleep for 6 to 8 hours get up Eat a light Breakfast type meal and start the 6 PM shift again. At the end of the second shift I try... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:50:03 EST