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5/23/11 8:42 P

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This challenge has made me more aware of what my stressors are and how they are impacting my snacking and life.
Goals:
1. Start every day with a smile and try to be positive.
2. When work stresses me out, walk away for a few minutes and then come back, may be a new perspective will help.
3. I need to care for my family, but I need to care for myself first by finding time for exercise and making healthy food choices.
4. Be realistic with my schedule and don't over-book or fill my weekends with too much.

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5/14/11 9:51 A

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I have enjoyed practicting the techniques i've learned from this challenge...Here are some of the things I have changed:

1. to cut down on night eating/noshing..before bedtime, I do a 5 min. thing for myself, such as brushing teeth and using teeth whitening strips to brighten up my lovely smile emoticon emoticon emoticon

2. Doing a 10 min. DVD from the Summer Camp Bootcamp challenge

3. A quick facial or hair removal session... emoticon

You get he idea..to do something to make me feel better about my appearence, since night eating/binging makes me feel awful about myself the next day.

4. Work stress: when things are coming at me too fast..stop, tell myself I am one person.., instead of reaching for the 3:00 vending machines munchies..work through it, and will be home shortly for my healhy meal.

5. Writing down food in daily journal, along with any stressufl situation I might face that day, and how I can handle it., instead of turning to food..

Have I been perfect?? No,,I took a few cookies when I saw them at work,but that's o.k, it's much better behavior than before!!



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Today I've been contemplating what I really want for an overall goal when it comes to dealing with stress.

I've learned to use some great tools - especially focusing on my breathing. I also know that for me, good nutrition is essential for maintaining not only good physical health, but also good mental health. Exercise is another key ingredient for me in dealing with stress. My journaling has flagged numerous stressors, so now I can easily identify what is likely to set me off, and hopefully, nip it in the bud.

I've concluded that what I really want is to stop being so reactionary; to stop letting circumstances control my peace. I know I can make that happen by using the tools in my stress-busting toolbox, and by knowing in advance what is likely to stress me. Also by accepting that things just aren't always going to be good. Life gets in the way. People are just people and mess up from time to time. I need to spend more time being thankful for the good in my life and spend less time being reactionary. That's my goal.

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Week 4 should have been final for me today. Ah well. Due to circumstances BMC (beyond my control), and even some circumstances WMC (within my control) I didn't give week 4 of this challenge the attention it deserves. Rather than 'forget it altogether', or worse, 'fudge' and say I did it when I really didn't give it my best, I have decided to extend for an additional week. I very much want to learn how to live well under stressful circumstances - not just go through an 'exercise' for a prize, as though it were a box of Cracker Jacks! This is too important!

I have enjoyed reading about all of your experiences and solutions during this challenge, and congratulate those of you who are now leaving the challenge - "Well done!"

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5/10/11 1:08 P

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Well my 4 weeks have come and gone. I have had a lot of things happen with family, friends and my health to keep me totally stressed. However, I have found that the stress relievers such as reading, church, crocheting, and spending time in prayer have truly helped. I am looking forward to continuing these things in my life and destressing even more.

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5/9/11 11:02 A

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Well week 4 has pretty much come and gone for me. I've learned a lot and feel like, for the most part, I have a better grip on my stress levels. I'm actually realizing that the things that stress me branch from two things: guilt and not communicating my issues to others when I have a problem bigger than myself. While exercise and the baths have been helpful, and the positive thinking has been absolutely instrumental in keeping my anger and frustration from skyrocketing, I think I need to work on knocking out guilt and voicing my opinion more in the long term. If it weren't for this challenge, though, I don't think I ever would've realized that most of my stress and anxiety stem from two things that I can control after all. Now that I feel better equipped to deal with them, I think things will get much easier for me from now on.

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I have done great the past week and a half now. I just want to make sure that I have earned this badge of honor when I am done. I noticed that exercise is key to helping me remain clam. I have taken up jogging and strength training. I am going to start doing yoga during my breaks at work. I think it will be a great way to relieve my stress while at work.

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5/3/11 8:07 A

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Well, I am a bit over the 4 weeks, I was away some so I have extended it to today. My biggest eye opener is how many opportunities I have to make things better and I just get overwhelmed.
I am in the process of getting my husband to sit with me and PLAN dinners for the week, he gets home first so has an opportunity to get things started before 4 pm instead of me at 530/6pm rushing and then we end up out for dinner.

I have begun storing away my clothing that really does not fit me right now into totes with sizes. I have Lupus and have been on steroid rollercoasters for years..going from size 8 - 16 and anywhere in between. I feel overwhelmed alot with the clothing I just cant fit into ..but maybe will and keep them around. I am labelling my totes in sizes and packing away, donating and reusing items that cannot be donated for cleaning before tossing.

I am happy to have been a part of this team and thank you all for your help and suggestions.
Have a great challenge yourself!
All my best.

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5/3/11 12:10 A

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Sounds like a win win all the way around! emoticon

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5/2/11 12:09 A

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Well, I'm still trying not to pull my hair out due to my little ones but we've taken up gardening together and it's helped a lot. They love to play in the dirt and I've found that it's great exercise for me and a great stress release too.

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5/1/11 1:14 A

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I have completed my fourth week of this challenge. I found this challenge during an extremely stressful period. Writing has always been an outlet for stress reduction. Simply making the time to journal on a regular basis, and after releasing the initial emotions or worries taking time to review the day really provided me with a more realistic approach.
My stress has definitely gone down. There will always be stress, but if I continue to practice the things I know work to prevent things from becoming overwhelming my ability to handle life's challenges will continue to grow stronger.
The first week of the challenge I misunderstood and tracked on the scale only stress. However, all of the other areas which are the components of wellness were documented all throughout my journals. Exercise has been key to my stress reduction. I will use any tool available. Some are not possible immediately. I do meditation, and will do the usual hot bath pampering, music, etc.
In the moment, however, first I have learned to breathe, and then to re-evaluate the situation.
What is really necessary.
I still am working on perfectionism, The caring of other's before doing what is important to me,
and becoming overwhelmed by not getting it "all done". However, as I maintain my focus on these and other issues and prevent them from growing the stress lessens.
My plan is to continue practicing these things. I have learned so much. The first step of my plan is to begin to verbalize what I want.
Finally, I am finding a release in taking a bit of time for myself. I read, and am beginning a spiritual journey which helps to still my mind. emoticon

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4/30/11 9:27 A

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Just completed my fourth week, even though I can't avoid stress all together, at least I have learned ways to help me cope and minimize my stress levels. Even though I am still unemployed and struffling with finances there are ways to cope with my stress. Journaling, exercising and socializing are my three favorite stress relievers and I find them the most effective for me.

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4/29/11 11:53 P

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GREEKGEEK,
Sometimes our greatest challenges become our best opportunities. Your positive outlook and practicing the techniques you have learned will help make your stressors less overwhelming. emoticon

As for me, focusing on my reactions and becoming aware of things which are bothering me before I become overwhelmed has been one of the biggest benefits of this challenge. I, too, allow others to push me in directions I am not willing to go, but that is changing as I am becoming more assured of the fact that I have the abiltiy to choose my own life. I am working on the perfectionism,
and exercise is my go to it relief. However, I do much more with reality checks, and find them extremely useful. Tomorrow is my final day, so as I review my journals I am hoping put together my journey in a little more choerent manner.

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4/28/11 3:49 P

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Week 4 was a little harder than the rest. I quit my job w/o having another job to go to, and I definately did a little eating to deal with my stress, but I managed to write some things down that were stressing me, and pull myself back up. Other than this HUGE stressor, I feel that I have handled day-to-day stress much better than I normally do. I think that some of these techniques (especially taking a few deep breaths!) have really helped me not get so annoyed by the little things. I've also come to realize that I'm putting up with some stuff that I shouldn't be-- allowing people at work to treat me poorly. So, I'm definately eliminating some major stress by leaving my job-- something that I'm seeing as good as time passes instead of bad! Thanks!!

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4/28/11 9:33 A

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Thanks for this challenge; it has helped a great deal. I have been applying techniques, that I haave learned here. Will continue to apply techiques learned here. Found that deep breathing, writing feeling down, and exercising helps to reduce stress; will continue with these. I have enjoyed this challenge.

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4/26/11 10:40 A

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I am very stressed over finances right now. Haven't found a job yet, almost 3 months without employment. Hopefully, I will hear soon regarding my interview last week.

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4/23/11 1:27 A

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I don't know what is happening. I feel sick, tired, and all out whack. It is close to the end of the week and I feel so depressed. I haven't felt like doing anything except sleep all day. I don't know what is happening and I don't understand it. Truth be told I hate my job and it's been getting unbearable to go in there. I am also getting burnt out on school work and I can barely even focus on my assignments for this week.

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4/21/11 3:12 P

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Well. This has been a journey. I have learned to recognize my stressors. Before letting myself be overwhelmed I can relax and prevent what would normally have been a stressful situation. I feel that I have just begun a journey that will help the rest of my life. I have learned to not be such a perfectionist. Life comes with unplanned moments. We are defined by how we deal with those moments. I feel better prepared to handle the "bumps" on my road of life.
My plans:
Keep exercising. That has helped with stress and overall mental health.
Get enough sleep. When I am rested, I can recognize stressors better and cope easier when they come.
Keep the journal going. By being able to reflect and look over my thoughts and actions. I am better able to prepare for the future.

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4/18/11 10:18 P

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This week starting off I am doing great so far. I am stress free right now. Going to be hitting the gym in about 2 hours and I am ready. Ready to take my angry out during that work out. I just feel so tired lately. Need to double check and make sure I am taking my vitamins.

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4/18/11 11:43 A

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I've been on week 4 for about 4 weeks straight now! I haven't felt like I was really done with this challenge.

Finally, I feel like I have learned something. Just as many here have written, noone is immune to stress. Life will always be stressfull, more or less. We need to deal with it in one way or another.

Long term goals for me:
- Regular exercise helps me deal better with stress
- Deep breathing and visualization
- Stop worrying over things I can't control (this is something I need to work on as long as I live)

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4/17/11 5:55 P

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I have also learned that my life can be stressful. I am able to lower my stress by exercising and dealing with it right when it occurs. I also notice when I don't eat healthy I get more stressed. That makes sense to me! A healthy lifestyle is good for stress reduction. I had a good drive Friday and have been enjoying myself with the kids and my niece. I will continue to deal with stress when it occurs and to exercise at least 150 minutes a week. I will also keep watching for any added stress that I might be able to avoid. Well, I am going to enjoy my family and my Sunday!! Angie


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4/17/11 7:05 A

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So far I have learned that I cannot stop the stressful situations in my life - but I can combat the physical effects. Deep breathing, eyes closed - just for a minute can slow the heart back down and relax those shoulder muscles. Exercise, having goals that are just for me, writing in my journal, fresh air... all to combat the negative effects of stress. Taking care of myself and putting myself FIRST sometimes also helps.

I am building confidence, I am practicising tough love with my oldest children, I am doing things that I want, I am exercising and I am resting. I take pleasure in simple things - and look for beauty everywhere. Letting go of guilt and regret and embracing the future.

I just want to keep building on this... I know I will come back and do this challenge again... this is the second time I have done it and it helps me a lot - this time I am stronger. Next time, I will get stronger still.

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4/15/11 4:12 P

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Day-6, Week-4, Stress Challenge' FBS-118
Greetings All.... emoticon
I saw my endocrinologist today, my vit-D is low.
So he wants me to take even more vit-D.
I also saw my infectious disease doc yesterday to see what his thoughts are on me having a possible knee replacement. He said if I can get my vit-D up and lose 30- 50 more lbs. as far as infections he gives me a 98.5 % as a go ahead and he will be on my team.
So after hearing him, Daymon and I are considering it more as a possibility.
I have been taking some time for myself lately. RELaxing...
Sorry for missing a few days of check-ins, I hope everyone has had bunches of blessings.
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As always Brightest Blessings and Hugs Tammy emoticon

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4/15/11 1:04 P

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My Long term Goals
1)Letting go of worrying about things I have no control of
2)Saying "no" when I am too busy so that I dont get overloaded
3)Consistent exercise

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4/15/11 8:51 A

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My long term goals include:

1. Regular exercise
2. Time outside. Nature always calms me down and even a walk in my neighborhood is woodsy.
3. Deep breathing when I start to feel overwhelmed.

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It's never too late to be what you might have been.
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4/15/11 2:51 A

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I have learned that exercise really does make a difference and I will continue to exercise or "work up a sweat." I am not always one to talk to a friend, but that has been pretty helpful as well. I enjoyed playing games, listening to music, or distracting myself. Most of all, I need to keep reminding myself that I only have control over me.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
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4/11/11 10:29 P

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Day-2, Week-4...Wow times flies
Stress Buster Challenge
Evening Everyone... emoticon
My day has been pretty good.
My long term goals for stress and pain is meditation and bio-feedback
Tomorrow will be a long day, I drive my dad to Pitts Va and get the results of his tests.
He has been very weak as of late and he has fallen several times in the past few days.
Today was emotional for me, thinking of him falling and no one hearing him.
I had blood work today for my diabetic doc on friday.
I also had a follow-up ultra sound on my thyroids today to see if the nodes had changed in size or shape.
I hope everyone had a pleasant monday. Bright Blessing and Hugs Tammy emoticon

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4/10/11 9:05 A

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My long range plan includes:

1. Continuing my daily meditations

2. Spending time outdoors working in the yard, taking walks, or simply relaxing

3. Making yoga and tai chi part of my lifestyle

4. Stretching throughout the day

5. Practicing deep breathing techniques

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Yeah - week four is over and I have developed great habits to help me "bust that stress"!! Now that the weather has changed a morning cup of coffee at 6 a.m. on the deck and a walk later in the day is doing it for me

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4/7/11 11:33 P

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Well, it's the end of week four and I have learned alot about myself and how i handle stress. I have found that adding exercise to my daily routine really helps my attitude and outlook, which in turn allows me deal better with stress. I plan out my day, focusing on what I need to accomplish and this has made me more productive and has prevented alot of frustration. I also take time for myself to relax and clear my mind which is also helping... I plan to continue with my exercise, and destress one change at a time. emoticon


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I just read through all the thinigs people wrote on the first page, then ran out of time to read any more.
This is the 2nd day of week 4 for me, and I've discovered a lot of things in the past 3 weeks. I thought I didn't feel a lot of stress, and taking the quiz at the beginning made me think I
was right about that. What has bothered me and created stress is not getting enough sleep.
So I've made it a point to get 8 hours and it's worked for most of the nights, and I know it's important so I'll continue to make sure this is a priority.
The other thing I've particularly gained in the past 3 weeks is getting back in touch with meditation, which I used to do regularly, but it fell by the wayside when I began, abouot 5 years ago, being full-time caregiver for my husband who has Alzheimers. So now I make just a 10 minute time for meditation and it's a lifesaver! It's especially helpful when I have had one of those nights when I didn't get enough sleep. And of couirse, there was the time when I thought I'd be through meditating in 10 minutes and woke up an hour later.!!
All in all, I've enjoyed this challenge and am very grateful to those who designed it. You did a great job. Many thanks!
And to all the others who have written here about their experiences, thanks to you, too. There's a whole lot of effort and many changes reported here, and they are all a real inspirition to me. And good luck to you in keeping on keeping on.



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4/3/11 10:26 A

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I finished this challenge weeks ago, but had been so busy I forgot to log in here and say so.
Life has been busy, hubby deployed to Iraq (some would stress, instead we planned for this, we got our finances in order, paid off debt, planned the spring break and summer trips I would take the kids on and contacted family members to engage them to help if needed). No stress to him or myself as he boarded the plane, it was lovely.
I have been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds over the last few weeks. I would normally stress and fall off the wagon and gain more. Instead after doing this challenge I sat down, took a good look at my diet and exercise journals, noted where I stumbled and made a few changes...no stress no worry, the pounds will come off eventually I will keep working on it and I will make it through.
Through this challenge I have learned that planning alleviates worry for me. assessing things keeps me focused and deep breathing and meditation helps me to stay grounded! I loved this challenge and this team!


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What a great challenge - It's been life changing.

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Great to finish this today. I have come a long way since I started the challenge! emoticon

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4/2/11 12:29 A

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Exercise really is a great way to introduce yourself to each new day. It's such a great pick me up. Do it before you go to work or whatever it is you have planned for the day.

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Everything that can be under control is under control. Not stressing the medical stuff, just having faith in Jesus, and trusting the doctors He created and gifted to help others. Stress levels at an all time low. Exercise levels at an all time high.

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these are my long term goals for dealing with stress:
1) try to workout every morning to have a great transition to the start of my day
2) take 10 deep breaths (at times of stress at work, when i wake up, before i go to bed)
3) keep blogging and using my sparkpage
4) learn to prioritize and focus on what is necessary. no more perfectionism!
5) be more of an optimist and make friends with the future

this was a tough challenge!

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I struggle with chronic pain from arthritis. So I have started walking, it actually helps. I find the stress reducing journal very valuable. I write down everything I can when I feel stressed or just know something is bothering me. I highlight things that show a "red flag" and then write, exercise, walk, blog, huddle with my teams and anything else I can think of. At bedtime, I put on a stress reducing CD that I've had for a long time but never made use of it. Oh and I also, have a book on massaging certain pain pressure points. Between the CD and the acupressure, I am able to fall asleep much better.

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Stress: Work is number one for me. And, When work has me stressed out - I don't have the needed patience to deal with my husband and kids when I get home at night. I have found that I do not yet have a solid long term plan. I have a lot of new things that I am trying (meditation, tai chi, 10 minutes of me time every day, exercise, positive thinking, etc) - but it will take some time to see what I enjoy the most and decide to stick with. I think the most important thing that I have taken away from this is that, I have the power. It is up to me to decide what I allow to get me stressed out. I can choose to prioritize my responsibilities, and remember that I can't do everything. I can lean on my family, friends, and co-workers to help me when it gets to be too much. What is important, is that I keep trying, growing, and learning to be a better person. emoticon
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3/28/11 1:56 A

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I have found that work is my biggest stressor, but that family stress leads to alot of my emotional eating. I am learning that I can control much of my stress and will continue to use my stress reduction techniques, adding more as I need them or if I find something that works better.

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3/27/11 4:36 A

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I love my exercise now and not getting it would greatly trouble me. This is a great me time in which I think, pray and burnnfat; all the ingredients for successful de-stress.

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3/26/11 9:16 A

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During this challenge, I've learned that exercise really de-stresses me. I also learned that when life gets in the way of exercise, I get even more stressed! But I make myself get at least 31 minutes of exercise each and every day, and that really helps keep my overall stress level down. This challenge has really helped me better manage my stress.

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I have found out that through this journey that work is my biggest stresser. I will be switching jobs within the next 2-3 months so hopefully that will help the change. Until then, I will continue to take time for myself by continuing to read in the evenings and getting 4-5 workouts per week in. Good luck to everyone!

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last few weeks have been a good time for me to do this challenge. What do I know?
1. sleep- gotta get the 8ish hours, consistent times
2. even 5 minutes meditation helps me de-stress
3. journaling helps too-who knew?

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The last few weeks have gone better, and I've come up with a plan.

1 - my job is my biggest trigger, and it's a problem. Rather than killing myself in this job and knowing it will never get better, I am looking for a new job!
2 - sleep is important.
3 - having fun is important.
4 - exercise is important.
5 - perfection is NOT important.

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3/17/11 9:52 A

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I found walking helps with my stress. My long term goal is to a moment to think when I get stressed and try not to back something a bigger deal than it is.

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I found out that talking my problem out is really helpful.

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C.H.A.O.S. = Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome

The chaos and clutter in my home had reduced me to a bundle nerves and anxiety.

Taking 15 minutes to declutter one area at a time has really added up. I can actually see the difference now.

I'm looking forward to the day when I can comfortably have someone over again. emoticon

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I have had a rough 2 weeks. I found negative comments from co-worker really have affected my performance at work. I worked 3 days with the same person and on the last day I was just as negative as they were. Sorry. Stress headaches abound. I am working on the positive side of things. joyce

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I have discovered that the biggest issue for me might actually be a lack of organization and excessive procrastination. I am stressed out because I can't find something because my desk is buried under piles of paper. I know that I would not be stressed out if I was better organized. I waste an awful lot of time hunting for things. This is where the procrastination comes in. Why don't I do anything about my disgusting desk? I just keep piling up the papers and I NEVER throw anything away because I might need it. Weird.I am wondering if psychologically I have a DESIRE to be under stress because I don't do anything about it.

So, in addition to practicing deep breathing and other stress-relieving techniques, I am going to spend at least 10 minutes per day decluttering my desk -- filing the things I need to keep and chucking the rest.


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