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4/25/11 2:45 P

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I've continued my Stress Journal and have really come to enjoy it. I like being able to VENT and get it off my chest...then I can go back and see whether my thinking was rational or not. Most of the time when I'm stressed out, I'm nothing logically, but emotively. Being able to see that really helps before I REACT.

Finding relaxation through exercise, reading and hot baths are really helping too.

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Am making some slow progress also.

I'm doing regular deep breathing and writing in my journal more.

So far, it seems good and is quick and easy.

hope everyone is doing well de-stressing!

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I'm still not really good about identifying my stress until I'm on the other side of it and looking back. I very easily get 'caught up' in the circumstance. Still - I do believe this week has been better than last week so far. I've had more stress but had fewer stress-based thoughts and reactions. I'm getting some kind of exercise in every day - walking, using the treadclimber, doing some strength training. I am more focused on my breathing too. And today in a stressful moment (my temporary crown broke and my dentist office was closed) I handled the situation well and even had the presence of mind to write about it in my journal. So I guess that's progress - and as long as I'm making positive progress, I'm happy. Un-learning bad habits is never easy, is it?


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4/22/11 12:11 P

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I decided to use hot baths, exercise, and planning something fun as my extra stress relief. It's been going well so far, granted I'm still letting myself get stressed out but it is at a much more controlled level. If someone frustrates and stresses me out at work, I rant briefly, come back down to earth and remind myself that I have no control of the fact that they are busting my chops but I do have control of being too much of an angry little fireball about it, lol. The exercise and hot baths have been amazing for quiet me time and I feel a lot better already with an outlet in which I can relax. However, I think the one that has created the greatest transformation would be my positive reinforcement. I'm letting things roll off my shoulders rather than make me lash out on character flaws. Every day I start off with positive thinking and it's just been doing wonders for my attitude and stress level.

So that's about all. I think I still have a ways to go to have a handle on my stress level, but I think I've got at least a couple fingers on there, :)

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4/22/11 12:11 P

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Walking and cycling are key to reducing my stress. I also have a couple of friends that I can turn to when times get tough. My favorite tip about reducing stress is noticing the things around me and taking a moment to name the colors or the items I see in front of me. This action calms my mind and brings me back into the moment.

You have brains in your head.
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You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go....
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Just identifying my stressors helped tremendously. I have been like the proverbial ostrich head in the sand. Pick one at home and one at work to work on. That's it, for now.

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4/19/11 12:59 P

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Learned a lot in week 2 about stress and different ways to deal. I have found that exercise does really help reduce stress. Listening to my favorite tunes while on the treadmill allows me to focus on just exercise and getting healthy. Everything else takes a back seat for that half hour and it feels great.
I also tried the stress busting technique of contacting friends and family. Sitting down to email or call a loved one that I haven't communicated with for a long time has an amazing calming effect. By doing this I am also working towards a goal of mine to get the family together for a reunion. Accomplishing steps toward my goals helps alleviate some stress, too.

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Definitely feel likes my stress levels have been better, and I have dealt with quite a few stressful situations this week. Used the stress busting method to help me out and I do think they helped. Feel more level headed. x

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My week has been pretty good. My stress level has been pretty low, thanks to my blood pressure meds, exercise and making new friends (which helps ease my anxiety). When I'm stressed I usually do one of two things...I put my headphones on, close my eyes, lay on the couch and listen to my "Enya Station" on Pandora (free music app on my phone) or I walk down my street. It's lined with a tons of trees and everyone has a front garden, so there's pretty flowers, butterflies and birds everywhere. I love it.

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Well, wekk 2 has come and gone for me! The goalsI set for myself were increased use of Google calendar to manage my time and not get overwhelmed by last minute issues, making time to read/meditate/something relaxing and working at a regular amount of sleep per night.

Overall, my stress management is improving. The calendar use has been particularly key. I've been reading a lot more often again, and that always makes me feel happy and relaxed. The sleep? meh... Going through another of my insomnia periods. It's not for lack of trying, at least!

Now, if I can just stick with these habits.... grr....

"Why you waitin' on the world for a favour? This is your life, go ahead and change it.
You're the brightest star in the sky, but no one's gonna know if you never shine."
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Stress had become such a part of me, and my management, or mismanagement of it so ingrained into my lifestyle I wasn't aware how many ways it affected me. It is true I was told since a child I needed to relax, but not understanding deep inside what that was made it difficult. I know now I am extremely high-stressed and have been working on this for years. This challenge, like many things in my life came to me at the perfect time. I suppose it took all of those years to really understand. This is why that when I took the original stress test I was surprised at my score. I suppose it is a case of having some knowledge, but not the capacity to see it soon enough.
Fluctuating moods, and a sleeping disorder are of little help.
The important thing I have learned are early warning signs, this recognition prevents further escalation. I realize this is lengthy, and should have posted a warning. I gained a great deal of insight. I already used the stress busters fairly regularly-especially exercise. My biggest aha was when I read the three minute section. It was looking into a mirror. I saw in the solutions many of the responses I have which increase or perhaps cause stress. Therefore, the solutions actually highlighted my greatest current stressors.

Having said all of that: This week I plan to focus on the following (1) Letting go, (2) Organiztion.
(3) Trying to fix others

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4/16/11 3:19 P

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I will be praying for you and your husband. Being the wife of a Marine is not easy whether they are active duty like yours or disabled like mine the stress can take its toll. You sound like a very strong person and your 3 wonderful children are a result of the love between you and your husband that can bring you joy and relief from stress. Try not to put so much pressure on yourself and enjoy the time you have with the kids. When you get time with your husband try to pretend you are on a mini vacation. I have learned to have selective hearing. Meaning I hear what my husband says but remind myself that his Sergeant mentality is not aimed at me personally. Keep your chin up. emoticon

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4/14/11 9:48 P

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This week has been like all the rest. I've tried to take things easy and do the steps but in the end I had another fight with my husband. emoticon I really think us living in 2 different states is putting a LOT os added stress on the stress of having 3 kids and normal life stresses we already have. But with his being a marine there's not much we can do about it. The house didn't sell as we had hoped, and all we can do now is hope he can get transferred back to us within the remaining year he has left there. Provided we don't kill each other on the weekends when we see each other in the mean time, that is. I'm really hoping that the next 2 weeks' steps will help out better than these last 2.... emoticon Here's to keep on trying...

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I had a lot of stress this week trying to get out for a walk but have too little time trying the tips too but still need some time to work on them

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4/14/11 10:29 A

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This week was far more stressful than most weeks for me. I managed to work through quite a bit of it by stretching every day, taking time to breath and quiet my mind every morning and night, and really recognizing when I was getting overwhelmed before I lashed out or broke down.

However, I was certainly not perfect with my stress busting this week. Several times I consciously decided to find solace in food, both the choice of food and the amount of food. Obviously I see the issue there, but I feel like the first step is recognizing it. Now I just have to stop myself and use one of my newly acquired stress busting skills to replace the stress-eating.

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4/13/11 3:45 P

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I have worked on letting things go that I cannot control. It also helps that I am not at work this week. I probably should have started this challenge after my spring break so it would be more effective in dealing stress from work as that is where the majority comes from.

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4/11/11 2:36 P

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This week has been really stressful been dealing with it ok but today I am just wore out! Mentally! I need sleep! LOL

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4/5/11 2:19 A

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For week 2, I was able to exercise consistently and use relaxation techniques on a daily basis. This helped me decrease my stress level to the point where now I have been able to stop taking one of my anxiety medications (with my doctor's approval). I have also been able to sleep better, both falling asleep and staying asleep. And I am finding that I am organizing my time better too.

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4/4/11 6:34 P

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LOIS: you stick with that commitment! Retrain them to be responsible for themselves!

I've made a commitment to never speak to my (soon to be ex) husband again. I cannot take on his irresponsibility any more. I realize though, that I trained him to be this way. I took care of everything for him... now he's angry because I'm not. And.... not my problem.

It's hard, but we can do it!!!




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Taking care of other people’s business
Example: Something is going badly for someone you care about, and you feel responsible, or pressured to fix it. Reality: People need to learn from their own problems. You aren’t doing anyone a favor by trying to fix things just to make yourself feel better.

I cannot fix my sister's issues - I cannot fix my daughter's life - I cannot change my son's lifestyle - THEY have help themselves. They want my help all the time - ask, ask, ask and I give, give, give... but they don't take the advice or act upon any of my suggestions. So I'm not stressing anymore. I am concerned for them, I love them, it is natural to be concerned, but no longer will their issues and lifestyle choices affect my life and my health. I can give advice and support, but if they don't want the advice, so be it...

Besides they all know how to fix themselves - they KNOW and yet they still ask, ask, ask. Time to say NO more often. Time to advise and then shrug off their inactions. They have choice... and I have choice too.

That's me going into week 2. Time to think of me first for a change. No apologies for that. Its about time.

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4/4/11 8:52 A

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This week, I was able to take the dog for a walk. Since I can't really exercise too strenuously (I'm recovering from an injury) the exercise itself wasn't that much of a stress reliever but being outside and breathing deeply really did seem to help. I also faced the things that I was worried about head on instead of avoiding them. Other times, instead of stress eating, I played with the dog or cleaned or did other chores. These are all things I need to do anyway so I feel like I killed two birds with one stone.

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It's never too late to be what you might have been.
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4/3/11 5:35 P

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This week I was able to use fitness as a way to break through some of my stress. Actually, the fitness itself is what was causing me the stress to begin with but that is because I was trying something that I had never done before. Usually when I am stressed out I either eat or cut and run. This week I ran my first 5k! I was so scared that I wouldn't finish and usually when that happens I give up. I would rather not try than fail. The worry of failing caused me a lot of stress this past week but I worked through it and prevailed. I finished that 5k with flying colors!

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4/2/11 6:10 P

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Day-7, Week-7
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Day-6, Week-2
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Evening Everyone... emoticon
Today started off upsetting, it seems the refuse I have found here to vent about my stress has been invaded and used to cause more stress, my brother printed off one of my blogs and took to my parents to read, so I went over for morning coffee being told how I do too much for them and they are worried about me.
I was furious! I told them they do not stress me out,
but my siblings are doing a really GOOD job.
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Makes me think about packing up and leaving, but then I would also be leaving my parents without anyone here all the time.
Then Daymon and I went to get our eyes checked and then pick-up a few things at the store.
I bought one of those large pre-made supreme pizzas that you pop in the oven.
Wasn't really good for my diet, but was something quick and easy.
I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
Bright Blessings and Hugs Tammy
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Day-6, Week-7, FBS-126
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Evening All, emoticon
Well, after an excruciating morning and early afternoon, I saw my Ortho doc today after xray and chat w/ the doc, and of course him manipulating my knee, sending me into severe pain. He informed me, it's either a total knee replacement, or nothing, if I am still refusing to have the surgery don't come back...no brace, no nothing.... emoticon
So it's living w/ the pain, taking morphine all the time, or smoking pot to relieve the pain.
And the doc wasn't very supportive of the pot, but when I ask him which is worse for me the morphine or a little weed each day? He stuttered a bit and said nothing.
So now I have to re-evaluate my work-out program. I do want to keep losing the weight and firming up, but just walking 10-15 ft brings me to tears unless I am somehow medicated for the pain.
Other than that a GREAT day.... emoticon
Bright Blessings to Everyone, Hugs Tammy emoticon

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Day-5, Week-7, PostBBS-166
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Good Morning Everyone.... emoticon
I hope this frosty morning finds everyone doing well.
I have been up since 4:45am, first the pain in my knee woke me, then I heard some pounding and woke Daymon after our large dog began to growl at the sounds. emoticon
After investigating he realized it was large wet snow clumps falling from the sky hitting our metal roof. emoticon
I was afraid my dad had fell next door and it was his cane beating on the wall to get our attention, thankfully not the case...
Another good note we have a new member of the family, my sister had a baby girl yesterday. emoticon
My knee is getting more painful everyday and harder to walk on even w/ my cane.
Just sitting is hard to find a position that is comfortable. emoticon
I see the Ortho Doc tomorrow and by the time I drive there, OOOOOOHHHHHHHHH am I gonna be in pain!
So I haven't been doing much as far as exercising, I am going to try and do some today....hopefully I will find something that I can do without increasing the pain from my knee.
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3/31/11 2:44 A

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For week 2, I want to continue my walking a mile 5 days a week, decrease my caffeine intake to 2 cups a day, continue my relaxation exercises, continue my following my SP diabetic diet.

Chantelle

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3/30/11 11:36 A

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My second week I'm focusing on taking good snacks to eat after my evening walk at work. I'm also focusing on tracking my steps I walk on my online tracker on this site.

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I chose this week to get up with the sun, light a candle and some sage and meditate. This helped me focus on the day and what was truly important in my life. So many times I would get caught up in the stresses of the day, but was able to not let myself get pulled into the drama of everyone else. Not to say that I didn't have my own stresses; I found out I have to have surgery in a couple of weeks. At first I was a little scared, but then I realized my quality of life will greatly improve and am looking forward to that.

When I came home from work, there were several times that I did NOT want to exercise. It was at those times I was thankful for my puppy. I knew that I had a responsibility to her and needed to take her for a walk. Then I realized I needed to be responsible for ME. So we ran and did interval training every night. I really was glad that I made myself get out and exercise.

At night, I light a candle. smudge and journal and journey. I'm am then relieved with whatever I carried home with me. Then when my mind is quiet, I give thanks for all I'm blessed with.

La vida es buena!

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3/30/11 7:14 A

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Last week, my goal was to "continue to work to finish and get ahead of my work ... so I'm not stressing at the last minute."
I'm still working on that, but making some progress and thinking about how I can plan my classes better so that I don't feel the stress. I need to put the pressure on my students. I'm worrying about them passing and they're pressuring me. What's wrong with that picture? Der.

I have also worked all week to focus on the task at hand. I plan my day and go through it. For example, while I'm driving to work, I don't worry about mowing the lawn. There's nothing I can do about the lawn until I get to the weekend, so there's no point worrying about it.

I've realized that just about everything in my life is managable -- it's the BIG events of last year (death, divorce, shooting at work, etc) that caused this stressed-out pattern to resurface. I've successfully smoothed out my life to the point that I don't have any big deals on the horizon... so there's no point acting differently.

The way I got through those things was to focus and do what I needed to.... which, at the time, was really too much. But now what I need to do is sleep, drink water, focus, and move on.

Please see my blog.... for a more thorough explanation... and friend me if you want some support! My chiropractor says I'm handling the stress well... that I'm more relaxed. I don't mind sharing how I'm doing it!
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3/30/11 3:16 A

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This week, I tried 3 new things: playing games, working up a sweat, and planning something fun. I think playing games helps some because it distracts me. Working out helps with my stress levels as long as I don't get too fatigued. I don't have a lot of time for fun, but enjoyed planning a get-together with a friend.

"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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@tl-rottman I am sorry to hear about what you are going threw. I am so glad you got to see an old friend. That always cheers me up.

So far this week I am starting off a little stressed nothing to bad. I have two papers to write for school and I would like to have them done by friday because I would like to go on a much needed date with my hubby. Between work and school we barely spend anytime together. The papers are due sunday night and I work a lot too. Yeah need to do some exercise myself.

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3/29/11 11:32 A

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Day-3, Week-7
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Good Morning Everyone, emoticon
I didn't check in yesterday, it's been very stressful lately, w/ my dad and his health and my knee not getting any better, seeming to get worse everyday, but today I will do some upper body exercises.
I was so stressed out this morning I just broke down and cried. emoticon
My brothers are having to take up the slack on driving my dad and mom to their doctor appts. and I realize they have small children at home to work around, but I am NOT able to drive at his time, now on friday I will have to drive myself and my mom to the doctor's on friday, so I can hopefully get a brace for my knee.
The stress is getting to be enormous, and I am just shaking at times.
Which makes my parents worry about me, which makes me feel even more guilty, I mean really w/ my dad's health issues I am the LAST thing they need to be worrying about.
I am making myself eat, I had a yogurt w/ my coffee this morning.
It's something right? emoticon
I did get some good news this morning, my old friend Jimmy, who is driving a c/c truck route now is up near me and even if I have to take a pain pill I will drive to meet up w/ him it will brighten my spirits to see him and to have my b/f, Daymon meet him.
Well, enough for now.
Wishing everyone the Brightest of Blessings, Hugs Tammy
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Just starting week two and I feel a mix of all kinds of feelings never put myself before anyone and it feels weird.. but am holding in there to the end.

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I'm coming to the end of week 2 and i'm trying to evaluate what stressers most effect me... I believe, trying to fix other family members problems, is the biggest one. Realizing that it's okay to let them fix their own problems, is a little freeing... can't say i won't want to fix things for them..but i will try very hard to allow them the freedom to fall down and get up by themselves.... emoticon


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I'm having a lot of trouble controlling my stress. My husband is across the country for a 10-month long training program, I just had a baby in January, I'm working full time with more responsibility than I had before I went on maternity leave, I'm hours away from any family who can help, all my friends are working graveyard shift, and my mother passed away last month. It just feels like things keep piling on and getting worse and I just keep getting more depressed. If it weren't for my new baby girl, I'd be in bad shape. The only things that help me keep things in persepective are a good workout and my baby's smile.

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3/25/11 3:52 A

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SO my week 2 is coming to an end and I do think I have made some progress. I have realized that some times I just need to take a breather and think about what is really going one and then go back to the situation. I think just that simple breather has helped me a lot to filter out why I am stressing and if it is really necessary.
I also found that actually talking about my stress is a lot of help.
Hope week 3 will be help me further. Have a couple exams coming up so I will need a little extra help this week!
But I can get through it, With minimal stress!!!!

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3/22/11 6:51 P

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Well, I'm really good at THINKING about the changes I need to make. I need to work harder at actually MAKING them happen. I do like the journaling because it makes me force myself to assess what I'm doing or not doing that needs to change. I've heard theories about change that say it takes a couple of weeks to get changes to stick... if I could get past a day or two I'd be happy!

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3/22/11 10:56 A

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I think I had been getting better at "letting go" this past week...Especially in regards to the little day to day things that are out of my control...I was looking forwards to a 'quiet' week this week without sooo much to do.
Then my Grandma died
So much for quiet...


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week 2 was revolutionary for me! i discovered that my mental stress necessitates a fight/flight response in order to be released- which means sweating in response to stress! getting my heart rate up turned out to be the greatest stress buster of all! and the stress journal is helping learn these things by keeping me more aware of my stress levels! emoticon

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honestly using sparkpeople has been a huge help with stress..just blogging, and posting have been helping with the stress... and the working out....tracking it... helps me do it.. and then i feel better... good job to all...and hope your week three is Amazing...

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Have found that doing about 10 minutes of yoga and then a few minutes of deep breathing exercises is really helping to reduce my stress levels. Makes my bedtime routine a little longer, but the improved sleep is worth it.



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For week two I want to focus on talking to someone about my stress more, instead of letting it build up inside me.
Also I want to keep Walking/running, it has really been helping with my stress! So with Spring days among us, I want to try to walk everyday! emoticon
Hope week 2 goes well for everyone!!

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Walking, walking has been the best stress buster for me so far.

There is a track around a park not too far from my home. Walking that path while listening to music on the iPod is almost like walking the labyrinth. emoticon

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just naming the sensations really helped me pared with making sure that I continue to do my small things just for me has really helped. I feel better.

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I'm going to continue using exercise as a stress-buster. It's time devoted entirely to myself where I cannot think about the outside world because I'm so focused on giving my workout my all.

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Week 2 is going well. I am learning to handle stress, rather than letting it handle me. Pushing the cardio helps, but creates sore joints.

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I think that making sure to have 30 minutes of cardio a day has been helpful in managing my stress, and it seems that it is best if I do it in the middle of the day.

It has been a particularly challenging week for me, and I have felt stretched thin. I wanted to just quit exercising and stuff myself instead. I would tell myself that I could do whatever I wanted after 30 minutes on the treadmill, and found that level of intervention kept me from quitting.

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Well, for me week 2 was a challenge. I was sick for most of it and had an unusually chaotic schedule. But, I tried to focus on not letting things get to me. Deep breathing was a must! I've also gotten back to my regular exercise plan. That should go a long way.

Looking forward to week 3 and not sweating the small stuff!
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My week two of this challenge was kind of cheating since I had a week off of medical school. But I took that time and really prepared my mind and body to dive back in this week. I did things for myself--got a massage and got my nails done. I spent a lot of time relaxing and pleasure reading. I kept up with exercise, including running and yoga, but I also gave my body a bit of a rest and I listened to my body when it told me it needed that rest. Most important of all I spent a lot of time with all the people that mean so much to me and support me in everything I do.

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Deep breathing, meditation and yoga are my big go-tos for relieving stress.

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