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I am "actively" starting week 3 today. I plan on incorporating some of the stress relief techniques into my daily routine and tracking my stress level in general as well as including a note about the types of stressors I am dealing with.

Stress is such a huge part of my life that it's difficult to address it, but I am going to tackle it piece by piece this week and see what happens.

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I am starting week 3 and I hope it is a good week.

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Starting Week 3:

I have read many books about changing negative thinking into positive thinking. It is a slow process that takes time, patience, determination and diligence. I just ordered another book today. Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff.

Yesterday I went and bought chicken breast, fresh fruits and veggies. I ate a very healthy, protein packed lunch today. Yummy!

I went to bed early last night...though I woke up 30 minutes before my alarm went off then. I got up and had more time in the morning, instead of rushing around and leaving late. That started off my day better. I'll make more of an effort to get to bed early.

I am exercising regularly, 3 to 4 times a week. I won't be able to exercise today. After work we are going to a fundraising dinner for a families young son that drown in a neighbors pool this summer. Very sad.

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11/1/10 7:13 P

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This week went pretty good for me also. I did have a little stress late in the week but that, I think, was due to the procedure I had done on Friday. I was able to handle it and not let ti get the best of me.

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10/25/10 7:05 A

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This week went pretty well. I did good staying positive for the most part. A big de-stressor for me is when I am ready to go to bed I lay on my back and take 5 huge deep breaths letting the day go. It helps me relax and get to sleep. I can see my positive attitude rubbing off on my husband some to. We have been getting along very well. We even got away from it all(Dogs, New House, Friends) on Saturday and enjoyed some just the 2 of us time.

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I didn't do so well with my blogging last week but I was able to keep it all under control. I did not run to the frig during high times of stress, that I am glad for. I am also doing better with not buying that favorite ice cream of mine that is my down fall. I walk by it in the freezer isle, look at it, consider it then walk away!!

Im doing better dealing with stress, now if the stressors would just get resolved!! LOL!!

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I just love to blog and get it off my chest or I take out my journal and write. Plus now I stop and take deep breaths and focus in. It really works.

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the stress i've been experiencing lately comes in two varieties. one's a good stress, one where my brain's wired into coming up with a lot of creative stuff and i'm brainstorming heavily. i get impatient and frustrated when i can't get things out right and find what i'm looking for off the bat, but then i close my eyes and breathe a bit, and enjoy the fact that i'm coming up with new ideas each day, and it works out well.

The bad stress comes from a lack of sleep. i have barely gotten back on the exercise wagon (14 hours a day outside the house for several days at a time drained me too much to go exercise--or sleep), and because of my lack of exercise--steady exercise--i've had a lousy time sleeping. i keep waking up, wide awake, in the middle of the night thinking its time to get up and start with my day, only for it to be about 2 am and i've got 3 hours left--i HATE that. I walk around all day with an on-and-off tension headache thanks to it

but my schedule's evening out this week and i'm keeping my options open and working in time to go to the gym or do yoga or speedwalking the hallways during conference periods at school. i just need to remember that my brain needs to refuel and maybe that'll help knock me out (might be doing that already--getting quite tired now)

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Sorry about your accident, Peggy. I hope you are feeling better and emoticon on staying focused! You went right to your yoga. I love it that here in SP we are learning new ways of coping, no matter what happens in our lifes.

My stresses aren't gone but I am doing better in handling some of them. I am writing more and more in the stress journal and that's helping me.

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I fell behind a week due to being rear-ended in the car. Spent 6 hours in the ER, trying desperately not to freak out. My blood pressure on discharge was 188/105 and that was way lower than when I arrived. Since the accident I have been trying every relaxation technique I can find. Yoga has been the best.

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I love taking the time to write things down when I'm feeling stressed it actually helps me focus on something else and actually take an outsiders point of view. I'm able to look at it and go ok you know what it's not the end of the world here so breathe and relax

We have to know that sometimes people will let us down. Caring about others and loving others takes risk and probably more than we have in us most of the time. But I think the more we put out there, we'll have something returned greater than we could have imagined.


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10/13/10 10:10 A

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I have managed to learn new techniques on ways to handle my stress. There is so much to learn and Spark People makes it easy. I am thankful for all the resources here and the help it gives me.

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10/11/10 12:23 P

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I love the articles that they have the more you delve into sparkpeople the more you learn and enjoy the articles. the more interesting it gets,wk.3 has been my easiest and one more wk.of stress an i'm done with this challenge.

Well i've been keeping to my stress free life goal. all thanxs to sparkpeople for haveing that stress buster challenge. luv ya'll


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I really enjoyed some of the articles ! I liked the one about being optimistic the best and I think I fall somewhere in the middle of the 2 lol. This challenge has not changed me. That is my job. It has given me some helpful things to do when I come in contact with stress.
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10/10/10 6:51 A

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I've done so many thing right this week:
- had a relaxation session every day with a self-hypnosis recording.
- sat down with my wife almost every day to share about the good and the bad things that happened at work.
- paid attention to good sleep habits and took a power nap every day.

Still, it was stressful and kind of difficult at times.

It has been good focusing on "stress busting" this month, but so far I don't feel like I've made any breakthroughs from where I was before.

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10/9/10 11:29 P

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I don't think I handled it as smoothly as I might but I did put my foot down about not taking on yet another project for someone else this week. I am determined to find time for some of my priorities each week and not let other peoples priorities overwhelm me.

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Meditation has been helping. I generally keep a positive outlook, but it has been a trial this week. My boss doesn't seem happy unless I'm ticked off. Exercise is helping too as is talking with family and friends.

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With a busy job and 5 kids stress seems to be every where. Making my self take timeout of the day for exercise has really helped.

I have also been listening to meditation cd's for a few minutes every night just before going to sleep.

It's all GOOD!


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10/9/10 10:20 A

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I used walking 20-30 minutes and engaging friends/colleagues in conversation about non-work topics. It keeps my mind from getting too tied to the tasks I need to get done and obsessing over them. My perspective is broader, these tasks are important and need my attention, but they must not "rule" my life, I must master them. I need to be able to take each task and focus on getting it done, then move to the next without the stress of worrying about all of them at once. By broadening my perspective by exercise (thinking how beautiful the day is) or by conversation (laugh a lot) I keep the work in perspective and do a better job...what a concept!!

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Meditation and a positive outlook have helped alot. I realized one of my jobs was a big part of my stress but I only have one week left there since I got a better job in a very relaxing environment. Looking forward to the reduced stress! emoticon

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Week 3, Has been easy I've been using meditation to the fullest,walking, journaling, maintaining a positive outlook.My energy level has been good,stress level is down a lot,my daily routine t

hat i have started is working also.God Bless

Well i've been keeping to my stress free life goal. all thanxs to sparkpeople for haveing that stress buster challenge. luv ya'll


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It's been a bit difficult staying positive, but I did discover a few things that work and don't work for me.
1. Chamomile tea while calming is a bad idea in the morning if one wants to stay awake.
2. Meditation is very helpful for me especially walking meditation first thing in the morning with the puppy.
Here's to moving on to the next week! Woo hoo!

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10/8/10 8:34 A

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At the end of week three for me I have learned to do the deep breathing when stressed and exercising daily both have really helped me.

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10/7/10 9:26 P

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Week #3 already! I have been walking every day-usually in the am, which sets me up for a good day/

I'm also listening to music each day-very relaxing.
The journal is cool, too.

All in all I'm feeling much more in control & less stressed.

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I am in week 3 and have been walking with my dog everyday. I love these walks especially in the morning because it is so quiet. I also started to give myself time to just sit in a quiet room for 5-10 minutes. I found that to be very relaxing too.

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Been working on Week 3 and realized that I hadn't posted about it yet!

So far my daily stress busting ritual is to do walking meditation while I walk my puppy Lucy along with using aromatherapy lotions, body washes, and pillow sprays. I'm also still lighting a candle during the day and listening to relaxing music.

The biggest thing I've done though is identified what causes the biggest amount of stress in my life: procrastination. It absolutely kills me when I procrastinate with school work, so now I'm going to do my best to not procrastinate anymore and see how much that drops my stress level.

My second biggest identifier for stress: overeating. I read BuddhaBelly's dailySpark entry about impulses and I think that's something that I will watch out for too. Good luck to everyone!

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There are many things I like to do to cope with stress. Hot showers, walks, reading something encouraging, gratitude lists...... but the one that works the best is to try something new - make a new recipe, explore a new place, check out a new craft.... it pulls me out of the funk I am in and gives me somehting to smile about.

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I come home from work and walk my dog -- the change of scenery and fresh air really helps me change gears. I miss it when I don't have time for the walk. I also made a poster of the optimistic traits and put it on the wall beside my computer. When I get frustrated I read through the list and try to work on a positive attitude.

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Starting week three! I found that deep breathing and taking a break from a stressful situation helps me a lot. The key for me is to realize when the stress is building so that I can take steps to release it before it becomes too much.

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Hi everyone. I'm in week 3. Week 2 was a great learning week, because it was highly stressful and I dropped several stress-busting techniques in the process, while picking up on some that really don't help (e.g. wine or a rum drink every night--I am very susceptible to alcohol, so it's an easy fix if I can't sleep--the downside is I'm so susceptible!). The positive was, I recognized my own signs of stress, eventually, and started thinking about where I was heading. This website really helped with that. Over the weekend, I got myself back on track, tracking my nutrition and goals. For those trying to think more optimistically, I highly recommend a book/DVD called "Learned Optimism." I loved it because it teaches you to be optimistic without pretending that everything's great. This week, I'm going to consciously challenge my negative thoughts, track my energy and stress level daily, and get back into warm baths and jigsaw puzzles.

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10/3/10 3:41 P

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I am still have a lot of migraines, but am consciously taking deep breaths and try to purposefully respond to situations rather than react.
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MCATHY57- You are so right. I did that with a job going on 3 years now and I feel much better. It wasn't worth the stress.

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I have had two of the most restful nights of sleep in a long time. I have separated from my husband of 20 years and the tension from not being in that stressful environment is such a relief.

So I think sometimes you have to move the stressors out or away from you to find some peace. emoticon

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Hi All,
Just beginning week 3. I have discovered through this to make things that are negative or stressful into positive things. Sometimes, I think it is my own hard headedness that causes me issues. So, that is the next thing I am working on.

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i havent did this challange in the right order but i have to say that within the last few week i have looked at things and made changes and i feel a whole lot more positive about a lot of things i dont feel so stress a fee things make me mad but i am learning to do what i can change what i can and put my foot down about what i can i cant expect things to change around me if i dont make the changes i need to make and i cant let those around me problems be my problems i can only make suggestions to them and let them make thier own decisions while i make my decisions each day

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My Week Three Is Almost Done. I'm Very At Ease. With
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I'm not totally sure how to speak about what's occurring based on looking at stress. I simply know I've been experiencing a whole lot less of it. The main areas that bother me are when I have a lot of time deadline oriented items to handle and other people's predictability or unpredictability. How silly but I'm starting to see that I am often the cause of my own stressed out world.

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With 3 teenagers in the house my stress levels have threatened to go off the charts this past week. But I have persevered in giving myself court time in tennis even tho I felt like going home and curling up in the fetal position. haha I was determined not to let myself stop taking care of me when problems at home arose and I feel better for it. Also, DH and I planned a fun date night out which was good for both of us.

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I have found that by focusing on three simple things that I should have been focusing on all along have been key to reducing my stress. Eating right, exercising regularly and getting a full 8 hours of sleep.

The sleep has been a challenge for me just like it seems to be for so many others, but I'm beginning to believe that it is the key. On days following a solid night of 8 hours sleep, I am much calmer, happier, and far less stressed.

My family and co-workers are noticing that I seem less stressed, so I guess that's a good thing, right? Just a bit embarassing that they must have been noticing before how very stressed out I was.

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I am still not getting all 8 hours and I am sure that a fair part of that is because of my schoolwork needing to be done.

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Stress is mounting, glad I am learning ways to control it. My son coming home soon. I do want him here with me. but he not the easies to get along with though. Love is not stress free. We will get adjusted and should not freet over the moving day.

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I'm now nearing the end of my unusually hectic spell - heading forwards to a different kind of stress.
Husband has damaged his bad leg, and will probably be off work for a number of weeks as from this coming Wednesday. Doc hasn't signed him off yet as hubby is going to the leg clinic at hospital on Tuesday afternoon. So the doc will make his decision on Wednesday, based on the hospital advice.
Hubby has already reconciled himself to being off, and has warned his boss that it's not a matter of "if" but rather of "how long" he'll be off.

Anyway, today was showing likely to be a bit of stress for me. But I pre-empted it.
I told hubby I didn't know what time I'd be back from picking up our sons and transporting them and their stuff.
I took sausages out of the freezer for him - he loves them, I can't stand even the smell of them cooking, so it's a dinner he has to make for himself, and he really enjoys.
I took a puzzle book and an extra bottle of water with me, in case of delays before I could get my boys and their luggage into the car and get away.

Just as well I did all this - I had to hang around for over an hour and a half!
But some of it I sat in the car doing my puzzle book, and some I stood outside in the sun and sea breeze, watching the people go by, and the dogs and the seagulls in the water.

And so, I'm now in my 4th week here.
I've learned some good techniques that have been helping me.
My Week 4 aims are -
1. To cope with hubby at home fairly long-term.
2. To use this as a practice for his early retirement - if he gets it, he'll be finished next summer.
3. To use his being at home to get me up and doing, in the short-ish term.
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4. to make use of friends and support to make sure I stay calm.
















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9/5/10 1:27 P

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Okay so my week 3 ended with a major test to my stress levels. Hurricane Earl. It came, it blew it knocked stuff off my bookshelves. I thought my kids and I would be found in a tipped over mini home. The power went at 10am Saturday morning, and was just restored at 1:30pm Sunday. All in all, not as bad as the five days I went without with Juan.
However, not being able to open the fridge (the temp was warm and not opening the fridge at all was going to save us money in the long run, from ruined food) caused my spark eating to suffer. We ate out of boxes and bags.
Chips and granola bars and cookies and coke zero.
Insert epiphany here:

I didn't stress over it. It happened. I can't stop a hurricane. So, I dealt. No activity and not very healthy eating for two days will ruin me.

I am starting today. Right now. Back on track. Healthy eating, more water. (not a lot of drinking, when my power goes we can't flush the toilet-electric well)

Here's to making it through the rough patch..and coming out on the other side a less stressful person!

Whether you think can or cannot do something- you're right.

If it is to be it is up to me!!!
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8/29/10 3:54 P

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I'm part way through my Week 3, and also part way through an unexpectedly hectic few weeks.

I've been trying to be out in the fresh air every day possible (even some showery days), and the items making my time so hectic are actually helping me with this!

I haven't been able to keep much of a journal, if at all - doesn't really work for me so I've let it go.

I was reading somewhere recently about various techniques, and one I really liked the sound of - I am now adapting and trying to work with.
When I am feeling particularly stressed or when negative feelings worm their way in, I am trying to acknowledge the feeling, let it have its say, and then I get to invite it to leave, or to try to help it to leave.
It may sound daft or hocus-pocus, but in some ways it seems to be working.

Has anyone else come across anything like this?

Edited by: CMFARRELL36 at: 8/29/2010 (15:55)
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8/29/10 3:42 P

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Hey, EVERYDAYEXPERT - remember the saying: Things often get worse before they get better! It could just be that you are seeing and understanding more of what is stressing you. And once you know some of your stress factors (which you have identified a couple of) you can start dealing with them.
And maybe it's good to be working on just a few things at a time.

Edited by: CMFARRELL36 at: 8/29/2010 (15:43)
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8/19/10 3:47 P

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This week has had many stressful issues. Started out at a conference and one of our staff members in NYC passed away so they were looking for me because I am the Admin. Then I got word my brother in law just got laid off from his six figure job at a major paper. IT makes one nervous waiting for the next shoe to drop. Meditate meditate.

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8/19/10 10:23 A

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Hopefully I will get through this week. I'm almost there. Anybody have any ideas for any stress reduction techniques?

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8/17/10 11:58 P

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This week was more challenging for me.
I'm continuing to use relaxation tapes as I fall asleep. I also turn them back on when I wake up during the night. This seems to help me fall back asleep and prevent my mind from wandering to worrisome thoughts.
The deep breathing exercises come in handy anytime of the day.
I'm tracking my stress, energy and quality of sleep levels also.



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8/16/10 9:17 P

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I'm continuing with my journaling. Each day, I write down 5 things that I was thankful for that day. Some days are harder than others, but I can always find 5. It makes a bad day seem not so bad.

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8/16/10 4:50 A

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Going to conintue with my visualisation exercises, get as much fresh air and nature as possible and take things at a steady pace - not racing to complete everything!


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