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2/3/11 9:28 A

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Now that my week 3 is done, I'm relieved. In a way, it's kind of stressful (not in a bad way) that so many things in my life, including opportunities here on SP, run on completely different weeks. This challenge began for me on Thursday -- or was it a Wednesday? emoticon -- and one BSG challenge ended Sunday. My work week is typically M-F. My student worker is here Monday and Wednesday, etc.

Reading what others are saying here, offering my suggestions and getting advice and resources in return are just a few of the things that keep me coming back. Week 4: you're mine.

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2/3/11 9:00 A

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I try to practice ACT (Acceptance, Commitment Therapy). It has helped me move forward on my journey to health, regardless of my thinking. However, ACT does not support attempting to change your thinking, like trying to change negative thoughts to positive thought. Research shows that this doesn't work, especially for those of us with low self-esteem.

Instead, I practice detaching from my thoughts. I don't try to stay calm, for instance. I become aware (mindfulness) that I am not calm, feel my anxiety, especially where it is in my body. Then I detach from it. (There are several ways to detach.) I didn't track any of this, though. I did write a few blogs about some stressful areas--like housework!

This week I have been able to follow a few more housework routines that helped to reduce my stress.

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2/2/11 9:14 A

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I will admit, I was a little stressed over the weekend...I was supposed to be at the Statehouse on Tuesday and I was supposed to testify to the air pollution control board on Wednesday. But I stayed positive, used my stress journal and stress reduction techniques, and stayed calm all weekend. Then, thanks to the giant snowstorm, they were both canceled....no more stress!!



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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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2/2/11 8:45 A

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What a GOD-incidence that I found this article since for Week Three I'm discussing goals.

Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting
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Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking--Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life!
-- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer

EXCELLENT ARTICLE!

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2/1/11 6:26 P

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THis past week was kind of stressful for me as i found i didn't have enough time to do the things that i wanted to get accomplished. THursday was particulary stressful but i wrote about it on another team that i am on and got some good encouraging feedback. When i acted on that feedback the stress level dropped and i slept through the night. Something that i had not been able to do.
For the most part i was able to keep a positive attitude but it was hard to maintain when the stress got too high. I tried reading positive affirmations, something my therapist is having me do, every day which helped some.
Glad that the week is over and i apologize for not checking in earlier in the week. Please forgive me!

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1/31/11 9:26 A

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Got to week three. Whoo emoticon Glad to be with you guys

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1/30/11 11:25 P

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Well I am checking in at the half way mark for week 3. Compared to the first two weeks, this one has been not bad except for today when a conversation about what would be happening in february became heated. This time I think I actually got through to them this time. Some constructive things actually were done and I felt much better. So we shall see how the rest of the week will go with working on the challenges.

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Week 3 is over half way finished. I feel relief as I have several big stressful jobs finished. All W2', 1099s, withholding reconciliation reports are done. Going from primary school teacher to book keeper is hard work. I have also been back in teacher mode as I had to write 2 graduate school recommendations for a former student teacher. That is also done. Now I can work on getting my house back in order and buying gifts for all the Feb. birthdays I have... Just 10 family birthdays.

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1/29/11 11:13 A

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well i have finished week 3 and i have to say that some days are better than others no certain day of the week i just think it has to do how busy of the day it is and trying to get alot done in a short amount of time is sometimes overwhelming so i have tried to shorten my days and not be so demanding to have everything done only the things that have to be done first

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1/26/11 10:39 A

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This week is going great for me (and it's half-over)!

I went of a field trip with one of my kids yesterday. This resulted in me missing half of the first day of classes with new students (a minor stress), but when compared with the joy of taking my 3-yr. old on her field trip, it was nothing! We had so much fun - and I did not think about work at all!!!

Today is a snow day, so no school for me! I am enjoying a relaxing day at home with the kids.

I think focusing on stress has helped me to realize how blessed I am with what I do have. Yes, there are things I would like to have/achieve, and many of these would make my life easier, but if they do not happen, my life is full and will remain blessed. I will NOT let stress ruin the fun that I can and should have!!

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1/26/11 8:36 A

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Yesterday was a what would normally stress me out but in stead I was able to handle it all just by putting in to action things I have learned.

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1/25/11 5:21 P

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Week three has been a calmer week - injury free, more settled schedule - which allows me to focus on more of the day - to - day stresses. So much harder, when there are special circumstances layered on top of the day to day...

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1/24/11 6:28 P

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My stress journal has pinpointed a few of the "biggies" for me, so I'm focussing on resolving those issues first--such as not getting enough sleep. I'm far more resilient after a good night's sleep, regardless of the stressor.

I carry a stressball with me almost all the time, which works wonders when I find myself getting impatient. I take time everyday to do deep breathing exercises to clear my mind and re-center.

I'm continuing to keep my stress journal & in addition, I keep a separate journal entry which lists 5 things that happened during the day that were positive. That way I'm giving the good things at least "equal time".

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1/23/11 7:06 P

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I am finding that, as I learn to manage my stress better, my journal writing is more of a reflection of my day. I have started writing about all of the good things that happened in a day rather than focusing on the bad.

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1/23/11 1:44 A

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I am not writing in my journal as much as I have done in the past. I really haven't been as stressed lately. Either that, or I am in denial emoticon

Actually I have been reading some very motivating and humorous blogs. I find the blogs very helpful when it comes to managing my stress. emoticon

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1/22/11 6:05 P

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week 3 was better......i'm learning that i can take control of situations!

If you dont like something, change it. If you cant change it, change your attitude.......Still learning.


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1/22/11 12:48 P

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there has been one or two rough mornings but otherwise, not bad.... hoping to keep in a habit of calmness and centering myself before replying even when under pressure.










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Exercise has been the best release for me - and trying to spend more time having fun with my dog - wearing him out also helps relieve my stress over him getting in trouble.

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I'm writing in my journal daily, playing a computer game when I check my e-mail, and taking the dog for a ride as time permits. He's only 8 pounds, so he's not intimidating. We roll the car window down and cruise shopping center "barking lots." When he barks at the shoppers, they'll laugh or say, "how cute," or bark back at him, which is really funny. It's good comic relief.

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1/19/11 6:44 P

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For me, week 3 seemed a lot like week 2. Exercise and deep breathing, and a soak in a bubble bath are my best ways to combat stress. The ball-squeezing suggestion reminded me of a very painful recovery from surgery, so I choose not to use it. I'd rather forget the very painful recovery and focus on today and tomorrow.

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1/19/11 11:19 A

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The thing that has helped me most is sleep. I also added 2-3 miles to the exercise each week and feel better. I can do this!!

Keep Sparkin'!

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1/17/11 12:11 A

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I have been trying to put things in perspective - do I have any control over the situation? Is there anything positive I can do to change it. Make sure I think about the action not the reactions (bad problem, especially when my children are involved). Deep breathing, and cognitive thinking, as well as the serenity prayer has been a help. Also, scheduling my food, writing in my journal and planning my exercise whether I want to mentally do it or not, really helps! emoticon

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Week 3: Taking time for me ---- to breath, to eat and to get exercise. In the last three weeks I focused on taking time at lunch to relax, read, or just go for a quick walk.

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1/8/11 11:41 A

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Week three has been good so far for stress... Even with the startup of school again... I was late my second day and I didn't freak out nearly as bad as I thought I would have....

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I've learned that at work I was confusing physical hunger with stress. Now when I recognize the stress I either take a big drink of water and several deep breaths or I go for a short walk. At home, I know that my meditation is calming. And also hot bubble baths. The deep breathing I can use anywhere I feel stress building.

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12/31/10 2:27 P

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I am feeling much better after my third week. I have really incorporated yoga and meditating daily. I find when I am having really stressful moments, taking 5 minutes to do deep breathing meditating works wonders. Keeping up with my journal is helping as well.

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12/30/10 3:25 P

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My third week went well, I found walking or getting on my stationary bike or just working up a good sweat cleaning the house works for me as a stress reducing activity. I’m usually a pretty positive person so that part is easy.
I find a daily routine stress reducing also. I like to have a game plan…it’s when that plan goes ka-fluey that I can get stressed… so for me, having a plan B is always good.
This has been a good challenge for me. I’m glad I’m doing it.
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12/30/10 12:10 P

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Thank you, Week 3! I've had a much better time dealing with stress this week. True, I've had a lot of time off this week and that makes it easier, but the holidays can usually take a toll and that's been easier this time too. And I've been much better about doing fun things and not getting all worked up when certain things go wrong so that's all to the good. Still need to remember to take a deep breathe BEFORE I need it! And I want to do an even better job about not packing my schedule so full that I burst!
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12/28/10 12:40 A

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I have found that taking time out of every day to practice Yoga and write something in my stress journal has helped immensely in reducing stress. I try to write positives and negatives in my journal. I get the negatives out so I don't have to worry about them anymore and find the positives that I can dwell on. I also have been routinely doing breathing exercises at night when I'm ready to go to sleep. It helps me calm my body down and release my anxieties.

With Christmas, I took a couple days off these stress relieving techniques and really noticed the difference. That's why I'm trying to get back into the routine without any excuses.

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12/27/10 5:23 P

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Week 3 is kind of rough. I've got a lot of stuff going on at once, so it makes it difficult in the stress area but I am working on it. I think I just need to find ways that I can use consistantly to deal with stress. Once some of the things I'm dealing with get resolved, I'm sure my stress level will improve.

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as i end week 3, i can tell that my stress level has lowered some because i am having less nightmares. i also feel less tense over making decisions than i've been in the past few months. however, i know i'm not there yet because i still have panics and i still have trouble relaxing some days.

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On going from week 2 I just have been trying to think before I speak. At the end of the day I take time to reflect what I have done and what could have been done differently so I can make an effort to change for the next day. Stress relief is a one step, one day at time effort for me.

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12/22/10 2:30 P

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I've been working on it, but I'm going to allow 2 weeks for this, since I won't be online again until Monday. I'll update this then.

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12/21/10 6:55 A

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I have found that taking time out to think about the day has helped enormously. I think about what is worrying me, then think what things I can do something about and what things I need to let go. It puts things in perspective.

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I will continue to turn my bath into a spa once a week. I relax with a hot cup of tea(Herbal Unwind) and curl up with a good book,at the end of the day. I also take a few minutes every night to write in my personal journal. I don't let the holiday stress get to me!!! I take it in stride and deal with whatever it is then go on with my day! emoticon emoticon

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Week 3 has gone amazing for me. I have definately found a way to keep my stress down to a minimum. Instead of talking about things that stress me out, I tell my family and boyfriend that the conversation is triggering me and we talk about something else. It has worked magic! My stress has routed from previously being in a verbally abusive relationship. I get flash backs and reminded of my past. Just voicing that I am having a trigger without describing what I am thinking about has really helped me.

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12/13/10 3:43 P

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Week 3 really has been a good week. I did have one major stressor, but I was able to work through that (but only after a bit of a "childish" reaction). I was able to determine my stressors and talk to my husband when I had a problem instead of stressing out.

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12/12/10 4:45 P

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ARTWORX - I have the same stressor. My MIL lives with us as well. My husband finally confirmed what I suspected for the last few weeks. She is clearly trying to sabatoge me. Thankfully my husband has been encouraging me to go and walks when I want to (usually about for an hour) and finally he asked her to stop with the stress, belittling and the baking.

I'm with you the best thing I can do is make sure I get out a little each day and regroup. We have a good relationship and it's just not worth it letting it build up.

I also really like naming items in the house to keep me in the moment. (shapes and colors) It really helps!

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12/12/10 11:32 A

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Here I am at the end of Week 3. I have been doing pretty well this week. I've been more aware of my stress levels, and I've used the stress journal as well as other techniques to reduce the stress. I'm really appreciating having this challenge to help me focus.

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I've been doing really well until today. emoticon My 38 year-old nephew had a stress test today. Tomorrow he is having Quadruple-Bypass Surgery. He didn't even get to go home for the night.

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12/5/10 8:03 A

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I think week 3 was the most helpful part of this challenge for me. I signed up to receive a daily affirmative thought and I look forward to opening that e-mail each day. It really makes me think about all I have to be thankful for. I'm learning that it takes more energy to be negative while positive actions and steps in the right direction actually give me momentum and build psychological energy to deal with the things that I have no control over.

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see my blog post.

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11/29/10 8:53 P

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This week went very well until ... today. My mother-in-law lives with us which is not usually a stress factor but today...I needed a happy place to go to and so I went shopping! I felt much better when I got home so I guess for me, getting away from what is causing stress works. I know that doesn't work with a lot of things like work or something you can't walk away from but it was my happy place and I enjoyed "my" time.

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emoticon Getting ready for Thanksgiving. Planning ahead, keeping busy cleaning. Taking short naps. Exercising & taking a moment to breath. emoticon

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I posted on the wrong week. I got started late and I am new so bare with me guys. I have had two surgerys in two weeks and the last one was a mjor surgery so I am using the same goals for both weeks.

1. Get enough sleep.

2. Find relaxtion exercises.

3. Listen to docters advice take it slow.

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Bori - Sorry you had a tough week but I am glad that you are keeping up with your journal. Sometimes we wall need a mental health day. It is good that you were able to say no to having more than one smoke. It sounds like you are making progress managing your stress and how you handle it. Yup slow and steady always wins the race. Keep uo the good work

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This week was a tough one in so many ways. From a really bad court ordered mediation session, to some trouble with my oldest lying to my mom when she was taking care of him, to being a bit overworked. But I am very proud that I have kept on writing in my journal, I have been reaching out to those I feel I can, and yesterday I took a mental health day for myself and spent it with my best friend. IT's true that I drank a bit more than I should have and I did have one cigarette, but it wasn't because I was stressed and I was able to say "no" to having more than one smoke which is huge progress. I did have some insomnia last night, but that was likely due to the drinking. So, I can feel that I am making some progress on managing my stress and more importantly how I react, prevent, and deal with stressful situations in my life. Slow and steady wins the race as they say!

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The weekend was not that stressful but getting into work this morning was due to traffic. I got in and got my morning drink and got all situated and I am squeezing my stress ball and relieving the stress that I have getting into to work.

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it took me two weeks to do week three--i was uber busy and not online and actively participating for one thing, and i also wasn't keeping my stress-reduction in mind so i couldn't cheat and say that yes i subscribed to week three

This was tough to do because the end of this week 3, part 2 was yesterday, and I got a very migraine-inducing bunch of students on friday, and to top it off, i was getting so stressed I didn't notice that their stress was part of it--i was working my way up to a full-blown cold and didn't know it. and its totally messed up my weekend--i'm so angry about that.

but I did my best to stress-reduce and take time to think on friday in the middle of that mess. there were so many little crises coming out that I had to remind myself to step back and breathe a bit, and then i reflected in my journal what i could've done better and what i could continue to do. the hard part is trying to stay positive while sick. i mean, i was supposed to volunteer to help a conference yesterday and i missed because of my illness, which really made me mad because i've had this on my to do list for over a month. I did spend that time trying to find my zen place (with gallons of hot tea and honey for my head and sore throat), educated myself when i wasn't passed out with world war 2 pacific theater documentaries, and took time plotting out a painting i'll need to work on soon. so i did get some things done, but i recognized that I did the right thing in not being a carrier monkey and i tried to let my body rest whenever i could to get better quicker.

well, i'm really thinking over the next few days just a little--i'm keeping things open and i've got to relax and find my zen place for sure. i'll be working on that today while getting rid of my swimmy-head and relaxing. i don't wanna be out of work too often. but the relaxing and finding my place has made my day better when i can do it. i need a cup of tea now, so see ya at next week.


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