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2/8/11 9:35 P

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Hello everyone!

I decided to take this challange bc of all the stress I have with work and school and just other everyday issues.

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2/8/11 12:30 P

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Hello,

I decided I needed this challenge after another 2 sleepless nights thinking about the issues that are going on with family and work. I usually think I'm handling it just fine until the slightest thing sends me over the edge. I'm looking forward to the 4 weeks.


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2/8/11 5:53 A

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Hi everyone, I just joined this challenge and hope that it will help! I have been stressed lately because of job pressures and demand...and the fact that the holidays and work stress lead me back to bad food choices! My brother frequently tells me that I need to start meditating and I know he is right. I am looking forward to working through these 4 weeks! emoticon

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2/7/11 8:04 A

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Sometimes I joke that "stress" is my middle name. My husband passed away in April 2002. Overnight I became a single parent. My daughter was at that time only 3 years old. I have no family support and very few friends. My stress level has been steadily increasing with the growing of my DD. She has special needs (autism spectrum disorder). I do a lot of driving with her (doctors, therapies, sports, and occasionally support groups).
One month after my husband died I was rear-ended, and it took me very long time to become comfortable again behind the wheel. Also, as my daughter was getting older, more challenges came along, such as finding an appropriate educational environment for her. Well, that did not stop, because I am looking once again for a new school for her.
I am trying to remind myself to take only "one day at a time." However, that is easier said than done. I feel the constant stress/anxiety/worries through my body. It made me gain weight that it so hard to loose. I worry too much, especially about the future. I am hoping to learn how to handle stress/worries better.

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"Stress isn't something that just happens to us. It's created by our own thinking."


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2/7/11 12:19 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Neely and I'm a 30 year old who lives in Columbia, South Carolina. I've been debating whether or not I should join this challenge because my life is GENERALLY low stress. I say generally because I'm one of those people who compares my plight to others and says, "Oh, I can't complain. I have no right." Well, you know what? If ANYTHING is stressing you out, no matter how minor, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO BE UPSET ABOUT IT. Sure, I'm not a starving African with malaria in the midst of a civil war, but that doesn't make my problems any less significant to ME.

Here's what I want to destress about. I wrecked my beloved Jeep (thanks, deer!) on Easter of last year. I had liability only and since I swerved to miss the deer, the insurance company wouldn't pay for it. I've been carless for 10 months now. This is VERY difficult, as I live in suburbia. Also, I'm obviously overweight. Working on that, but it's NOT easy and I want it to go FASTER FASTER FASTER!!! I have a myriad of health problems. I have no job and I'm not in school. I live at home with my parents. Yes, at age 30. I'm not even casually dating anyone even though I'm smart and cute. I think it's all because I'm not independent. Hell, I wouldn't want me. My sleeping patterns are HORRIBLE. I can never seem to sleep for more than four hours at a time. I'm always exhausted. Since losing my car, I found out that most of my friends were fairweather and I have lost them. For a social butterfly like me, this is devastating. I leave the house, if I'm lucky, once a week. IF I'M LUCKY. My sister is my best friend. Love her to death but nobody else will hang out with me. I'm an incredibly sweet and giving person so I know it all has to do with nobody wanting to give me rides. And all that I just described is the tip of the iceberg. So, yes, I would LOVE to learn how to destress! I hope this challenge helps!

Sorry for being so longwinded. Thanks for any and all support!



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2/6/11 5:08 P

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I'm a stay at home mom of 2 girls and between housework, earns, cooking meals and chasing after a 2 year old all day it can get a little frustrating. Hoping by balancing out my stress level maybe I can have some peace of mind.

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2/5/11 10:14 P

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I am here to find ways to balance the worries in my life with a little peace. Especially trying to take care of of work, kids and still have the time for me without getting angry or frustrated.

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2/5/11 7:56 P

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Hi all! I'm starting this challenge because I'm having a hard time balancing work, home, and exercise these days in a healthy way. I'm hoping to find help with that here. emoticon




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2/5/11 5:06 P

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Hi,
I was going thru challenges and groups and realized that I kind of do this in my written journal but, had no clue it could make a difference in my life and diet if I do it on a normal routine....so, I figured if I did a challenge it may get me in the mood and routine to do it daily.

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2/5/11 2:06 P

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Like many of you, I thought this Challenge would be a great way to re-energize my journey to a healthier me, because mental health definitely effects our physical health!!

My name's Krista and I'm 23 and from New York. I have a diagnosed Anxiety Disorder as well as Panic attacks, so stress is something that I'm constantly combating.

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2/3/11 12:48 A

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hi, my name is Karrie and I too have issues with stress. I have a really demanding work that gets in the way of my wellness. I often work very long days (12-16 hours) so it is hard to get to the Gym and I often am forced to skip lunch.

I am looking forward to this challenge to provide me with the tools to take care of myself and my stress.

Karrie (Pacific time zone)

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2/2/11 10:27 P

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Hello! I'm Theresa. :) I'm a 30-year old, middle school chorus teacher at a performing arts middle school. Stress is my middle name. I've seriously acquired more white hairs on my head between just this year and last. But it's great to make music with the students...even if they can be a it crazy!

I have a siamese cat named Gabbie, and a wonderful fiance of just over 1 month named David. We're getting married in Novemer!


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2/2/11 7:51 P

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hi all,
my name is danielle and i'm 32. i have a lot of life stresses that get in the way on a regular basis. i'm hoping this challenge will help me learn how to properly deal with life's stresses.

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2/2/11 6:17 P

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Hello, just joining to see if I can really bring my stress level down a notch or two successfully.
I'm a single mother to my 3 y/o son, trying to get my BA, and just dealing with alot of tension and stress within my personal life.
Oh, insomnia, anxiety attacks, and panic attacks to boot.
So let's see how this goes...

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2/2/11 3:32 P

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Hello...I am joining this challenge with hope for serious change in the way I deal with stress. Currently, it is killing me slowing...and I am determinded to STOP.....I just realized that due to my chaotic life since birth that I have been conditioned in a constant negative abusive environment which has now left me with with alot of resentment and anger that is built up in my subconsious mind. I have been angry at the world for a while now and I didn't even realize it...My consious mind has accomplishment alot of positive things that I set goals to do and I know that I am capable, however my subconsious mind was sending out negative belief and images that has unconsiously cause a lot of negative feedback. I have been dealing with an autoimmune blood disorder (ITP) for sixteen years....because the drs have ruled out all primary reasons for me to have this, it could very well be due to all the stress I have been carrying for years...the last three years the disorder has went crazy and progressed it has me living in constant fear..I have to take high does of predisone to suppress the disorder and that leaves me soooooo stressed. My body feels like it constantly shaking internally....I take anxiety medicine, however does not take it all away and I really hate taking pills....arrgg..the medicine has caused me to gain 75 pounds in the last two years and now I am sad because I am overweight...and feeel ugly.....which keeps me stress everytime I look in the mirror...however my most recent accomplishment is I have quit smoking and I am currently 1 year and six months smoke free...ya me...I know that is a biggie, but damn if I can do that I have got to figure out a way to lose weight and relax...sounds easy,but so far not been the case.......I have lost four jobs in four years due to economic or health reasons (I hold a bachelors degree), and now currently unemployed again..and NO HEALTH UNSURANCE....which leaves me EXTREMELY stressed....my ex has brainwashed my kids and is taking me the bank for expenses which in leaving me stressed....i miss my children badly ( I see them about once a month and talk to them once a wee though) I am extremely in debt (medical bills, bad credit) and all of these economic downfalls are causing me to move backward instead of forward, which is leaving me stressed.....the worst blow lately is that I have now been diagnois with hypertension and have to take high blood pressure medicine and I am a 37 year old mother of three. uggg....

Today, I am ready to release the tension, frustration and anger that is built up inside, and forgive in order obtain the PEACE I DESIRE so badly...I must find a way to relax and interalize my own happiness from within....I am now working on this everyday....I am going to reprogram my negativity to being a more postive openminded outgoing gal.....I am too young to be experiencing this issues and now more than ever I realize that most of it is being caused by my negative thought process....This is the beginning of my new adventure to become what my mantra has been which is PEACE, LOVE, HARMONY, AND HAPPINESS!! I welcome any all support in the new adventure...thanks for listening! :) emoticon emoticon

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I may not be richÖ but I am valuable!

I donít pretend to be someone Iím not, because Iím good at being me!

I might not be proud of some of the things Iíve done in the past, but I am proud of who I am today!

I may not be perfect, but I donít need to be!

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2/1/11 6:06 P

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Hi my name is Rose,

I am going on 22 and a full time unemployed student. I'm hoping to change the unemployed part. My family support is null and void, and rather occurs the other way around. The doctors would like to put me on some medications to handle the stress and anxiety but I want to try a bit more with out them.



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2/1/11 1:05 P

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Hello! My name is Kelly. I am a 33 year old, divorced single parent of an amazing 7 year old boy. I am going on living with my Mother for 5 years and the stress it is causing me has derailed my eating in all the negative ways. I had lost 110 pounds but gained 10 back over stress. So, I would like to learn how to combat that stress to get me on the right track again.
Good luck everyone!

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2/1/11 10:41 A

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Hey am Njeri, i just took the quiz and i realised that i need to destress!!! Badly!! I hope i get lots of pointers to manage my life better and lead a stress-free existence.

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1/31/11 8:25 P

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Hello, I'm Trig, I joined-because of the Challenge, and I need to relax myself..I don't ever really relax, at lease I don't think so myself...Shoulders and neck- they tell me this...Muscles tight....I am hoping to learn the ways to relax w/ life...reading and doing the challenges.... emoticon

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1/31/11 11:41 A

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Hello, I am David. I am 46 years of age with an awesome wife and three great kids. I teach Band and Bible at a Christian School in North Central Georgia.

I just want to manage the stress in my life so that I may be more productive and healthier.

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1/31/11 10:22 A

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Hi My name is Emily... I am 31, married for 13 yrs and have a 6 year old son. I have really bad anxiety and stress probs... I am on meds for the anxiety but hopefully if I learn to cope with stress better I wont do that bad when they take me off the meds... Its one of those medicines once you are in control they take you off... and it has withdrawl effects... go figure something else to be stressed about.

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1/30/11 10:18 P

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Hello! My name is Myra, and I'm from MD. I have been with Spark since 2007, but have really started to get involved again recently after not going on much. I love spark so much and am so happy to have found this team and challenge. I firmly believe that stress affects your weight, and certainly your well-being. I am hoping to finish this challenge succesfully, learn a lot, and get a trophy! :)

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1/30/11 7:33 P

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I have to say that I was very scared to start this journey towards weight loss. I am always stressed, depressed, and have very bad anxiety. I love the responses of support that I have had on Sparkpeople. I am open to anything that will help me.



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Hello, my name is Jen. I hoping to find better ways to control my stress. I am in the process of getting three different certifications for my job plus trying to apply to different schools to be able to get a new job.

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1/30/11 10:56 A

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Hi,

Glad to see this team on SP. I have a lot of stress with my job and finances. These are the biggies and I need to learn to de-stress in the midst of issues I have no control over.

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1/30/11 8:48 A

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Hello, my name is Heather. I am a new ARMY wife, a teacher, and a MEd student. My life is crazy to say the least...especially since right now we're living in KOREA! I joined this group to learn to better pace my life and not be so stressed all the time since my husband has been having to tell me to "stop stressing" more often than usual this past month or so since grad school started up again. emoticon

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ROBINRC1 Posts: 151
1/29/11 11:36 P

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Hi my name is Robin. I started this challenge to combat anxiety & ocd issues. I have a hard time being patient. I am learning its ok not be in control all the time. emoticon

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1/29/11 7:14 P

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Hi! I joined the challenge today to build my coping skills; in addition to a busy life I am challenged by an anxiety disorder. My goal is to learn/re-awaken skills to take more control over my negative/stressful thought patterns and enjoy this journey called life!
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1/29/11 2:17 P

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Hi All - I joined this team 3 weeks ago, but then let the stresses of my life overwhelm my decision to improve, and I did nothing to combat this! So, today I left and rejoined the team!

I am hoping to find a way to better manage life. I am a 54-year old wife and mother of 2 grown daughters. I am also a 5th grade teacher. I have always been passionate about my teaching, and I strive always for excellence. But, this year, with 30 rather needy 5th graders, I find myself drowning in paperwork, phone calls, meetings, and so on. Consequently, I have put myself on a path of constant working...or thinking about work...to the exclusion of all else. I have GOT to find a better way! Hoping to start today!


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1/29/11 1:22 P

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Hi! I just joined the challenge today, although this is the beginning of my second month on Sparkpeople. I have a stressful job and tend to take my work home with me - physically and mentally. I'm joining this challenge because I have a feeling that I won't be able to change my lifestyle until I learn to manage my stress. My first month on Sparkpeople has delivered amazing results, so I'm optimistic that this challenge will help me on my journey.

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -- William Shedd


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1/29/11 11:03 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Lisa and just joined the challenge. I'm hoping this will help me in coping with situations better. I've been a spark member for a few months and am still learning my way around the site. I hope to get to know some of you!

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1/27/11 12:43 P

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Been here a few weeks, figuring things out. Definitely, STRESS is the 'iceberg' in my life; there's a part that everyone can see (friends, co-workers, some family) and then there is the huge rest of it that is pretty much drowning me. I'm working hard (both on and off line) to address the physical and psychological issues that contribute but it's a constant balancing act. I do believe that I cannot completely heal physically until I break a few more chunks off the iceberg and lighten things up a bit!!! So, anyone out there with a few extra life perservers, floaties, or ice-picks...you're welcome to come help!

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1/27/11 12:33 P

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Hi there everyone. My name is Myra and I am a stressor. Is it wrong that just joining this challenge is causing me stress? Guess that is why I am here. If it can be stressed over, I stress over it. My life is busy but not totally unmanageable. I am trying to learn to say "no" when I need to. My job is challenging and I am hoping that God is going to bring something new my way soon. He is telling me to be patient, that there is a plan. It's just tough to wait. In July of this past year I was down sized to 1/2 time which means 1/2 salary. We are managing to make ends meet, but there are no extras and we have two teenagers at home. One of which will graduate from HS this May and be going on to college. I am expecting to be layed off soon. Needless to say, I worry and stress over finances. The job market is very tight here.

I stress over aging parents, the path my children are taking, what I will make for dinner ... so I guess I am in the right place.
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1/26/11 8:34 P

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Im a 56 yr old grandmother that has her daughter and grandchildren living with her. I work full time as a nurse with developmental disability students. My stress level is high , and sometimes iam not the nicest person at the end of the day. I am an emotional eater. I need some help from someone who can understand me.

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1/26/11 1:32 P

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Hi, folks. I joined this challenge/team despite finally learning to manage my stress levels again. I guess I'm naturally high strung when some outside event upsets my normal way of life, and I'm slow to adapt. After getting married a year and a half ago, the adjustments to living with another person when I was used to having unlimited space and alone-time when I needed it took me almost the whole first year to adjust to. Evolving financial situations, miscarriage, and other uncertainties added to this, but I managed to get ahead of all that stress. Now I want to keep ahead of it and not get swallowed up by it again. So that's what I'm looking forward to for the next four weeks.

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Hello all!

My name is Ryan, and I joined because I am a constant worry wart. It causes me a lot of stress and stress for people around me. I hope to learn a lot abouyt reducing my stress!

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Hi, I am new and a little behind starting but I want to explain my biggest stressors. Bills and hanging on to my job. Alot of changes at work right now, but trying to keep up with the younger ones. Have 5 natural grown kids, had 3 step sons and do have only 1 at home in neaby college. Straight A student, (I am a proud mom) I need to learn how to destress and loose a few lbs since changes at job have come my way. I try to exercise, overnighter (bad shift), and feel myself getting older as the days go on really quickly. Well hope this explains some of me. Starting to feel cloudy which is not a good thing. emoticon

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1/24/11 2:57 P

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Hi. The kids are grown and gone. Life should be easy now, right? But no...job stress is UNREAL. So I thought I would join this group and see if it helps! It for sure can't hurt!

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1/24/11 2:40 P

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Hi! I'm Em. I'm currently unemployed and waiting to hear back on my application to grad school... I might not be doing anything... but sitting around is pretty stressful in it's own right...

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1/23/11 9:41 P

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Hello, my name is Michelle. I have recently started a new job. The stress is very high do to new training in a different field. I need to learn how to control my stress levels at work and at home.

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1/23/11 6:57 P

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Hi everyone. I joined this challenge because I'm looking for a positive way to fight stress. I know a lot of my stress comes from family. I have sister fighting cancer. And I also dislike my job greatly. I'm looking for another but have to deal with stress this one provides in the meantime. Thanks for any help or encouragement.

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1/23/11 2:41 P

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Hi all. I joined this challenge because stress is part of the reason why I can't lose weight. I am a severe stress eater going to extremes in both directions which I know is unhealthy. I hope that through participating this challenge, I can learn to control my stress levels a little better so I can be successful in losing weight.

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1/22/11 8:33 P

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Hi everyone! I'm nearly 34, I'm getting married in 1.5 years, I work as a Special Care Aid (or Nurse's Aid), I have a 13 year old daughter, and two soon-to-be stepsons, 8 and 4. I've always had problems dealing with stress, and have been on anti-anxiety meds for about 3 or 4 years now. I deal with a lot of muscle tension, especially in my back, neck and shoulders. I'm hoping this challenge will help me deal with the tension, and find other ways of dealing with stress so I can get off my anti-anxiety meds someday soon.

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1/21/11 5:10 P

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Hey all!! I'm a college student and that in itself is pretty stressful. Hoping to find some techniques I can use!

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I get stressed out really easily. I let all the "little things" bother me at times. This month hasn't been bad, because it is J-Term at my college. However, I know that I will get stressed out come second semester when I'm a lot busier, so I want to find a way to prevent that. Good luck to everyone taking this challenge!

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1/19/11 10:15 P

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I just joined this team tonight, and I'm really hoping that I can find some help here. I've been extremely financially stressed during the last three years, but right now everything seems to be piling up. Last year, I lost 30 pounds and hit my lowest weight in February. Once things started getting worse with our money, I started binge eating again on junk the way I used to, and I have gained back all of the weight I lost. I've been so down on myself about this. I need to find my motivation again and learn to deal with the stress in my life. Looking forward to getting to know people here.

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1/19/11 2:24 P

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Hey. New to this challenge. I have always struggled with stress. Hopeful that this will help.

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Hi - this challenge is great - I have been so much more relaxed with breathing, sleeping better and loving daily yoga...it's all wonderful!

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1/18/11 4:14 P

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Hello, My name is Becky and I'm really hoping this challenge can help me get on track. Being a full time college student and working I barely have any "me" time.. I tend to get stressed out easily and would love to change that.

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