Conquering Stress One Day at a Time
Friday, January 28, 2011
When I started my 100 day challenge I decided that I wasn’t going to obsess about the weight. While I have not stepped on the scale one time I have been forced to look at other aspects of my life to determine how things are going. I decided to focus on different aspects of my life and different goals I want to achieve. In addition to working on the physical aspects of this journey this is also going to help me put myself out there more and not be so afraid of how people might react. This week I decided to focus on how I deal with stress.
There is no arguing that weight loss adds to already stressful lives. In addition to the everyday stress we have to deal with there is always the constant questioning of whether you are doing things right or what you could do better. I chose to focus on stress this week because I knew going into the week that I had a lot to do and that would create more stress on me.
Stress is tricky because it can sneak up on you without notice and the question then becomes, how do you deal with it? I hate to admit that my usual reaction to stress is to shut down and give up. Give up on exercise, eating right, and sadly at times on hope. I have been working on changing that. I have been taking my frustrations out during my workouts, thereby allowing myself to push harder. Then after the workouts I have been focusing on ways to relax and separate myself from what is causing my stress. When work gets me down, I come home take a nice bubble bath, give myself a manicure, or read a book and push all those problems away until I have to deal with them. There is no reason to obsess over things I cannot change.
I have also forced myself to acknowledge when I find myself falling back into old habits. If I find myself looking for chocolate I ask myself why. Do I really want the chocolate or is there something else. Right now the time it takes me to ask myself these questions has allowed me to stop myself before I do something I might later regret.
I am making small strides. I know I will slip and fall backwards but I also know that giving up the all or nothing attitude when it comes to mistakes will help me not only deal with the stress but also keep moving forward. I have a long way to go but I am not giving up. I am taking this journey one day at a time.