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11/1/12 3:17 P

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That is really cool! emoticon on a job well done!

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i gotta admit, i let myself get totally knackered toward deadline for the ship, but it worked out great (if you wanna see it, its here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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) There are some things to correct on it later, should i keep it, but that's for later. next year, event, whatever, i'll just have to tweak a few things--and think up another method of transport (but that's a stress for later).

Otherwise, some good came from this. one, the idea for my research paper for vietnam class that i was totally struggling with ended up not being the best one. i worked it over in my head and printed out all kinds of stuff, but now it won't work so great. instead, wecame up with another idea, and one i can certainly work on and maybe get finished with in the next 30 days, and i'll have more fun doing it (never had a class where i had the chance to write about "star trek" episodes before--but only as a fraction of the paper. still...). so i feel okay now, though i have significantly less time to work on my research papers due to its marching along and whatnot. I mean, i'd feel worse working my keister off only to have to re-do it all over again because it was unworkable.

I'm trying to take the moments and look at the upside each and every time. it works gradually, especially when new, very uncertain stresses come our way (like the past few weeks in my family, the first non-school stress in some time). either way, i'm working on things (and hopefully getting less broke by accepting more subbing jobs and not spending on extraneous things).

Anyhoo, thanks for some of your help. taking a little time waiting for paint to dry (or glue, or whatever) and just breathing with some star trek flicks of firefly fanfics for a little while worked out well. i just made sure to get back out there and check on things every hour, like do a little additional stuff instead of getting impatient and messing it up. i forced myself to do that during the painting process, and wow.

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10/12/12 2:20 P

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Re "Babysteps..." This sounds exactly like what I used to do when I smoked. Work a little bit, sit down and smoke, work some more, take a break and smoke, etc., etc. I worked like heck to get to that next cigarette! When I quit smoking I couldn't find a reason to take a break! LOL (By the way, I quit smoking 32 years ago!)

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10/12/12 2:16 P

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You sound like you would be anybody's favorite aunt!
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10/12/12 12:09 P

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One of the things I do to help myself not get to the point where I've scheduled so much that I'm ready to burst is to use the phrase "Let me get back to you on that." I used to be a 'yes' woman. I automatically volunteered to help with whatever I was asked. I lost sleep over this, felt like I was out of my mind, and, of course, I would binge eat over it.

Now I realize that it's OK to say that I can't/won't help with a project, because I have to put myself first.

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10/10/12 4:29 P

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When I have a lot going on, I can get overwhelmed and then I become afraid that I will forget something or drop the ball. Then it seems I can spend half my time worrying about stuff rather than just getting it done. So I try to chunk out the coming month, week and day. That way everything has it's assigned time to be dealt with. Then at the start of the day, I look at the plan for the day and then only worry about those things that are on the list for the day.

It's amazing how much more you can accomplish when you are working at getting things done - and not spending the time and energy fretting over it.

I also really like some of the other ideas.. I will be adding some of them to my stress management routines.

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10/10/12 2:23 P

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I take an idea from FlyLady: Babysteps! Set a timer for, say, 15 minutes (30 minutes, whatever) and work as fast as you can during that time. Then put it down and set your timer for, say 15 minutes, and take a break. Repeat. You may be surprised at how much you can get done in just one little period of time!

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10/10/12 12:14 P

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My first suggestion is that you schedule some down time or time for yourself EVERYDAY. It doesn't have to be more than 30 minutes but you need a little time to catch your breath and clear your head.
I also encourage you to focus on the present. Much of my stress comes from worrying about what lies ahead. If I focus on what I'm doing right now, I'm not worrying about what might be. That's not to say you shouldn't look ahead and plan some but make time for that. A few minutes set aside to review the day ahead can help you set priorities and stop the worry.
My final suggestion is to tackle the one thing that weighs heaviest on your mind. When you handle that one, your load will be greatly reduced. I was once worried about the fact that I was late on an oil change for my car. I dread getting that work done. When I forced myself to get that oil change, I was amazed. I had tossed and turned at night, been worried about the expense of car repairs for weeks! That oil change took less than 30 minutes and less than $30. I felt foolish for all the energy I had put into not getting it done. Once it was out of the way, none of my other tasks seemed so bad.
Good luck to you in this hectic time.

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10/10/12 12:10 P

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This helps me when I'm overwhelmed: I write a list, prioritize, do one thing at a time, and remember to stop periodically to tune in to myself and my surroundings and to breathe. That said, I'm not always able to pull it off but when I do, it does rein in the insanity.

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10/10/12 11:53 A

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Wow, you sound busy!
You also sound like this would be something you'd love.

Things seem to happen all at once
(thus - when it rains it pours)
I guess we just don't remember when things are quiet and go smoothly.

Someone said put a pencil between your teeth and bite down.
(to relieve headaches and stress)
Guess it would be good for weight loss too

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10/10/12 11:33 A

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granted, at least I'm aware of my stress at the moment (and not in denial of it like some times and then i get ticked off), and have taken some steps to relieve it. trouble is, they could cause me more stress later on (like missing work and class today just so i can get some things done).

i was gonna work four days this week (hadn't had that in quite a while, subbing and whatnot), still haven't heard back from the ship as far as jobs there (which is not making me feel better), and i've gotta take dad to the doctor at some point this month (another iffy thing, at least i'll bring my homework with me to work on that day).

Everything seems to be converging at once, and for the most part i could probably blame myself. I wanted to learn and work this new subbing job (teaching/touring with kiddos off-school campuses at the Johnson Space Center), so i had to prepare for that and i'm still accumulating data and tactics, i'm taking oral histories down on saturday, i'm building the spaceship for the haunted house (and finally had to stop myself from spending more money after monday with an "only paint" dictum in case i run out), and making a table-sign/banner for the new astronomy club before our first "coming out" event in a few weeks. Its gonna be a killer month, and i haven't even factored in homework assignments or my research papers.

Most of my new stress is of me just stretching myself out a bit too thin. granted, i need the paychecks to pay my tuition, but this month is just a perfect storm of far too many things coming onto my plate. Perhaps only half the things are really absolutely necessary right now, and the others are more extracurricular.

Anyhoo, i'm curious how you either:
--stop yourselves in time to prevent from overfilling your plate, or recognizing that your plate will be full in time to stop yourself from doing something/volunteering for it
--de-stress once you recognize that you're stretching yourself too thin
--make plans to deal with the stressful stuff so that you can deal with the issues/events one at a time and lower your stress.

anything would be great. my headache's abated some just writing this out and i'm sitting down just to think for the first time in a while. I'll be working on my homework now.

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