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As week 4 draws to an end, I am amazed at my progress, I am following my goals, and the day after the doctor's I was totally fine, and was able to accept every thing, with no problems, I know I will have low days, and I will continue to blog on my progress, but finally I am on the right road, and when life throughs me those wrenches, I am going to collect them in my tool case (my Journal), so that on occassions, when life seems too hard, I can take a moment too step back and look at the last wrench in my tool box. Thank you to sparks people and denise and be the change, you are a very encouraging group.
Thanks again
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Got myself journaling everyday now, and easing into my days with a soothing morning routine of music and coffee for two hours before I start my hectic day. Definitely feeling better this week :)

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The journal is a great idea!

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I bought a small journal to continue my log entries each night. It has helped keep things in perspective. A future goal of mine is to find an activity that I can do for a few minutes to reduce stress. I'm trying to find something I can easily pick up and do for a little while. Maybe drawing or coloring even. Something simple that can allow my brain to relax a little. :)

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ok week 4, here goes week 3 was a hard week but amazed how easy i got through it even wrote my 3rd blog, read if you please, we are here to support and encourage, well my goals are:-
1) To take everything to God in prayer no matter how big or small it is,
2) To stay focused and know that God knows the bigger plan in my life
3) To relax and do the things I can do, and not worry about the things I can't
4) To keep on breathing and taking lifes challenges as a learning curve and not as a huge major problem.

So as I wrote in my blog unwards and upwards into wk4, I know I can do it, fell apart last night after my visit to the doctor, normally it would take me days to climb back up, and I would be withdrawn and miserable, well today, I am sitting here focused and ready for the day, planning to do my wii exercise and have a shower and go from there!! Have a lot of extra pain today as I have a boken middle finger, but on the grace of God I can do this, will update you all tomorrow
Anjay

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Week 4

I can't believe how much calmer I've felt. Even in week 2, having the support, supporting others and lifting them up, using the strategies. It's amazing! Crazy that I don't even realize it until the weekly check in comes and I think "stress?" Huh! I like it!

So I now have a pile of journals, and I do not stress if I can't get to the computer! I take pen to paper. That has helped a lot, because I can grab one in the moment and get it all out, then start over.

I am so excited about how it has made me see how fear was keeping me limited in my fitness. I am strong and brave!! I can do anything I put my mind to.

As was mentioned..the Serenity Prayer. I cannot control others. But I can take control of myself and be happier!

Long Term Goal: Keep every moment centered in happiness and what will bring me joy. Find my own independence so that I am no longer in fear. I have discovered a lot my stress is fear based. I am tired of living in fear, sometimes of my OWN shadow.

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Limited Grace: Your comments struck a cord with me. Sometimes I take on too much thinking I must do it when in fact, friends and family are more than willing to pitch in. I want to try to ask for help more often to relieve some stress from my life. That will be one of my stress reducing techniques I hope to stick with! :)

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Week 4:

It has been THE craziest work week ever and yet I've been doing pretty well! The biggest stress busters have been:

Consistent exercise
Remembering my prayer journal and using it
Letting myself have some fun

LOL, the dishes got piled up and so did the laundry, but no one chastised me for it. In fact, there was more pitching in to help out!

My long-term goal is to overall keep things in perspective. I am healthy, I have wonderful relationships, I have a roof over my head and food to eat. It is NOT my responsibility to take care of EVERYTHING. The world will not stop turning if I'm not perfect.

God made me and He doesn't make junk.


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Long term goals
1) to journal every day to purge myself of stress causing feelings that I would normally keep bottled up
2)Take time for myself. My needs often get pushed to the wayside. I have realized that I can't give 100% to others if I'm run down and stressed out.
3)Learn to say no when I need to. I have a hard time saying no and often end up stressed because I've either agreed to do something I really don't want to do or have taken on too much. I have to accept that it is okay to say no.
4)Continue to use meditation and yoga to reduce stress
5) Not stress over things that I cannot change
6)Not carry another person's stress. If something is going wrong in someone I care about's life I tend to stress for them. This doesn't help me or solve their problems. It is okay to sympathize and try to help if possible, but if not I need to let it go.

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Now that I've had some more time to think about stress management goals, for the long term I will:
--continue to exercise on a regular basis
--take time to smell the flowers, listen to the birds, squirrels, night time bugs, etc.
--remember to take a deep breath in and out before I even think of reacting
--remember the serenity prayer; I can't change other people, I can only change myself.

This has been a great challenge!

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
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I can't believe that it has been four weeks for me in this challenge. It has been extremely helpful and I'm glad I took this challenge. I found that walking helps me reduce stress a lot. I want to make sure I keep up my stress reducing methods. I've learned that it's okay to take a step back, gather myself, and go back to a situation. I've learned that having soothing music on my phone helps during tough time. I will continue to work on my stress reducing techniques.


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What a great idea! I also love sitting in the back porch in the morning and listening to nature. The birds and squirrels are a hoot to watch. I love watching my cats roll in the sun too. It truly is a wonderful way to relax!

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I have found that no matter what life throws at you, you have to take it as it is and take it one day at a time and that is what I have done, taking it day by day is the best way for me to control by stress levels, I have under gone a lot of stress in my life and now I can finally say that I am stress free and I plan to keep it that way. I dont let anything bother me anymore which is good. I don't even get stressed over going to the gym anymore. If I make it I make it and if I don't go I don't go thats the way it has to be. My life has always been stressful with raising 2 kids and taking care of a house to doing everything for my family and putting myself last so now I put myself first and that makes me very happy. emoticon

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Very helpful and I can handle it much better now.

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I'm at the end of week 4. It's been a good thing to do the challenge and test myself to see when I need to be calm and handle my stress. I'ts been really helpful to hear and read about the challenges and solutions from others on the team.

Thanks and good luck.
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I think one of the best things that helps me to handle stress is making sure that I truly allow myself time to relax and rest without feeling the pressure to accomplish something. In addition to that, I would say getting regular exercise is a biggie. I feel so much better after being active...even if just for a quick walk. The journaling helps too. I am learning more each day, and I believe staying open to that learning process will benefit me big time.

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One thing that I've started back doing (I don't care how hot it is outside), is sitting out on the front porch in the swing and eat either breakfast or lunch. It's so nice to be able to sit there and watch the birds and squirrels, look at the foliage and flowers, hear the natural noises, and just be. I've also started back doing tapping (EFT) on things that annoy or irritate the heck out of me and dang if it doesn't work! Still working on identifying the triggers and goals....

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
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7/18/11 11:30 P

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This has been a great challenge, and I have been able to implement many different stress-busting tools into my life. Going forward, I know that exercise, positive self-talk, and healthy leisure like reading and listening to music are going to be key to managing my stress in a healthy way.

"Words, words, words... Just stop talking and do it!"-Bob Harper

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Having your blood pressure drop as a result of the challenge--wow, youare really handling your stress well. Congratulations.

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I am so thrilled with the stress busting challenge!
My bp has dropped to a consistent 125/75.
I breathe as my stress buster. When I am concentrating or having fun or stressed out, I foget to breathe! Now I am aware of my breathing and how it helps me to calm down and look at the situation objectively. I have also taken opportunities to get cardio in--parking further from the door, taking the stairs--little things.
It has done me a world of good!

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Well Today is the end of week 4 for me.
I would for sure recommend this challenge to anyone and everyone.
We all have stress it will never go away but learning to TAKE TIME to destress is a bug win for me.
I make sure I take at least 10 to 15 minutes every day sometimes even twice aday depending.
To destress. I have a wonderful nature type CD that I put on to my laptop and loaded onto my ipod so I can listen to it where ever I am and it really calms my mind.
I use deep breathing techniques I have learned to relax my body I have gotten myself into a routine that every evening is when I need to destress the most so I give myself that time
I still continue with the hot jet bathes and the candles before bed.
I have found something that works so I am going to keep it up


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Hello,

I realize now how much I was just knee jerk reacting to some situations. Now with some of the destressing techniques I've seen here in the group and in the articles, I am really handling a lot of the situations better.

I still have a bit more practice in order to get better with things but this group has given me the start I needed.

Thank you kindly!

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Beginning week 4 today. I think the best change for me is being able to slow down and recognize the things that trigger my reactions to stress. The stressors will always be there and I am clearly able to identify them better and control my reaction easier now.

I did get a little stressed with the plumber today because he lied to me. It didn't change anything in the end. But I had a talk with myself later about how i could have handled it differently so that I didn't get mad--what's the point, really?

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Week 4 is going really well
I am feeling much better
Headaches have dissipated quite a bit
and I have been getting a good full nights sleep AMEN
I will continue to use the techniques I have learned
Deep Breathing
Focusing on Positive thoughts
Exercising more
Writing in My journal
and of course the hot jet bath in candle light to relax me before bed
I am so thankful for this challenge and for all the support I have had over these last 4 weeks
Spark is a wonderful place with wonderful people emoticon

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So glad for this challenge! I feel that I may actually be able to respond to stress in a healthy way! I like to breathe as a stress reliever--sometimes I forget to breathe when under stress! I am now seeing a counselor/life coach. I think if it weren't for this challenge, I would have gone the rest of my life with stress I didn't know how to handle.

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my 3 stress busting techniques I will continue to use:

deep breathing
meditation
guided imagery



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7/10/11 5:39 P

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I am starting week 4 today.
I feel much better than 3 weeks ago
Have learned that I can have control over my stressors
I will continue the routines I have developed over the last 3 weeks
I will continue to recognize the things I cannot control in life and let it go.

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As I finish week 4, I found out that hard running really depletes my stress level. I am certainly much more calmer. Too tired to be stressed. I ran 6.68 miles today in the heat.


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I have found that reading and reflecting on many of the Reflections that I recieve by email are so helpful. They slow me down and calm me down. I've saved many of them in my journal. If you haven't subscribed to the email that sends them to you, do it. It really is helpful.
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Heading into week 4 of the challenge, I can notice a difference. Thanks to the journaling, I have identified several stress triggers that I would not have expected to be problems for me. I have also learned to set aside time for me to do the things that help me feel calm, confident, and happy. I've learned that things I used to stress over are not that important. I focus more on what is important - family, health, myself. I have learned a lot in the last few weeks and I plan to continue this journey. I feel much better and I hope that it will continue to improve.

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I am just learning to identify what I can control or change and what I cant. Then I make an action plan from there. Seems to be working for me!

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As I have Lupus, I have also discovered that when I get a flareup, I become extremely stressed because I fear that the flareup will last forever and I will not be able to run again. I also become teary, my heart pounds. I am learning to calm myself through these periods.

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I was able to make a big batch of pancakes and omelets for the family and I was so satisfied with my yougurt, fruit and special K. Didn't bother me a bit. I loved the smell of the pancakes but I was happy, stress free and content with my breakfast. I chose not to participate in their breakfast. This is not to say that tomorrow I won't have a couple of pancakes. But for today, I made the right choice for myself.

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Into Week 4 now. I have accomplished quite a bit. I have been able to target those areas that are triggers for my increased stress. That is a big one for me.

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6/24/11 7:33 A

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Nearing the end of week 4 and want to start jotting down my goals for the future. I'm getting a better handle on the stress in my life. Balance is the key.

1. Planning, but flexibility and having a tentative plan B and C are good ideas. This includes meals at home, menu selection before arriving at the restaurant, exercise, who has/needs the car and car pooling options, ....

2. Write in my journal at least 4 days this week - ranting in the evening, planning/dreaming in the morning - it's all good.

3. Continue the R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N - 100 Day Challenge challenge. (Day 26) The two are complementary, the virtual connections supportive, and will assist in keeping reduction techniques forefront in my mind.

4. Take a 3 minute breathing space as early into the situation as possible -- continue to attempt to move earlier in the situation.

5. Exercise regularly - a good fast walk really can reduce the stress to manageable proportions.

6. Get a good nights sleep. It is not only critical for weight loss, but also essential for me to be at my highest level of patience and clear thinking to make it through the day.

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Found a new stress buster, not reducer but buster and so simple.
Today's Healthy Reflection was basically concentrate on what you want to do the most. I hate to journal but you should see the entry I made. It made me feel great to see in writing that 5 of the top things I want to do the most all worked together. I love meeting new people, seeing new things, travel, camping and photography - see the fit. On top of that I paint, so I take the pictures I took and paint pictures of the scenes that inspired me the most. That is now #6.
This also takes the what can I do and turns it into when and how am I going to do it.
Also hit on two others - financial and physical. If I take short trips, I can afford them and I don't have worry about my health as I would be home quickly. Even if it is only once a month or so, it is still more than I do now, so it also increases sociability.
How is that for a great stress buster. Wow
I know I would not have made all these connections before coming to this challenge, so thanks for the help again. SP sure helps me get my head on straight.

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6/21/11 6:58 P

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I am just coming off my 4th week and I have to say that I've truly learned alot. I've decided that having those extra 'ME' times is definitely something that I am keeping in my daily routine and I love how I feel when I do breathing excercises. I have to say I am surprised how this team has helped and how this challenge in particular has helped me see more and more how much stress I was putting on myself! emoticon emoticon

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Today is the first day of the fourth week of this challenge. I kept on going back and reviewing and was pretty smug as I felt that I had handled most of my stress, practised stress reducers and even journaled which I hate. I have admitted that some stress I just have to walk away from because my being there is what is causing it. In other words, I had accomplished most of my goals, I thought.
When you have illnesses, there are various stressors. Managing pain, treatment, limitations of life and goals, are the ones I had taken care of. What I realized today is I have not looked at the stress of living with pain everyday and the aftereffects of certain attacks that I have. Today, I am sore all over, unenergized and generally feeling blugh. I don't really want to get out of bed - ever. On bad days, I don't even want to have to wake up or move. I do it but I don't want to. I know that it will not go away and will get worse. The things I am doing will postpone this but not forever. Usually on these days I just hide in my room until the feelings go away. This is not dealing with the problem.
So for week four, I am adding a new goal, and hopefully someone out there will have some suggestions for me. How to relieve the stress of living with chronic debilitating deseases. Even though I have been dealing with these for decades, managing them, moving on, making new goals, I have not dealt with the stress of just living with it and the knowledge of what tomorrow can bring. I hope I have explained what I mean. Can anyone help, any ideas?

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The saddest thing of all my friend, what might have been.

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6/20/11 8:38 A

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Today I'm starting week 4. Like others I have gone back and reviews the previous week goals and insights --- fine tuning for the future.
1. Write in my journal at least 4 days this week - ranting in the evening, planning/dreaming in the morning - it's all good.
2. Continue the R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N - 100 Day Challenge challenge. The two are complementary and the virtual connections supportive.
3. Take a 3 minute breathing space as early into the situation as possible -- continue to attempt to move earlier in the situation.


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today is my first day of week four and I went back to my goals I posted on week one,, and all I can say is wow amazing what has happened to me in just four weeks!!

I knew I had stress in my life , I didnt realize that so much of my weight problems is due to stress and I just didnt know how to handle stress constructivley , and I have learned alot about handling stress and educated myself these past four weeks .

first goal was to rid myself of all weight loss products and supplments and quit them,, Im still temptetd once in awhile to purchase the latest new diet , weight management product, but I have learned the money I do not spend on that , i can use for real food! I will continue to do that , I know that no product , or latest fad is going to be the answer to my problems, this is a lifestyle change .

I will continue using excercise as an outlet , and rely on it alot more than I have been ,
Journaling is wonderful and I enjoyed blogging I write out my thoughts wheather they make sense or not.

I used the three min breathing technique and that really helps so will continue to do that...

The biggest thing though , is that my last day of my job that was the main point of my stress is now gone and I m moving on to better things and a better job , a job that will appreciate me

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6/15/11 9:24 A

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This month I've learned that regular journals, deep breathing, and time in nature really help with my stress levels. I will continue those techniques.

I watched a PBS documentary on stress and they talked about the effects of stress on even a cellular level. It also talked about how there's an enzyme your body creates to repair the cells and DNA and that is created during social time.

Because of this documentary, I'm also going to look into joining some kind of group, whether it be a play group or something that involves a common interest. Right now I'm teaching Financial Peace University. Afterwards, I'm going to have to find something else.

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I am working on meditating and journaling more. Also deep breathing :)

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6/10/11 2:32 A

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I Will continue to use the stress busting techniques I learned here... everyday It helps me to keep my eyes on the goals I have set for my self.

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Just completed week 3. A special thanx to ALL who have taken a moment out of their busy day to share a tip or two....Looking forward to the next step. Keeping up with my journaling (of which my photo's have become a treasured part), exercise and focusing on nutritional balance. I start each morning with a mindful meditation and end each day with an expression of gratitude.

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Thank you stress busting challenge! You have really really learnt lot!! Thanks again!

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6/4/11 10:37 P

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Well I must say that I have finished this week with my eyes wide open. I can own the fact that I will never be stress free and that some stress is a part of life. Its all about how I manage my stress and knowing what can be the triggers. Sometime it becuse of things that are beyond my control. So its ok as long as I don't keep it all in or even blow up as well. I need to stick with my tecniques and keep working on myself daily.

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This week has been a real challenge and even though I knew I needed to stop and meditate or do something to bust the stress I found it hard to do. I was confused on my financial aid package from school and stress but had hit the top of the stress thermometer

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This challenge has opened my eyes and forced me to look at how I handle my stress. Prior, I've internalized. Now I can sit down and focus on my breathing more and let out the negative through my exhale. I'm also able to look at what I cannot control and just smile more at what I'm able to do in a positive way.

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Over the past four weeks I have learned how to reduce my stress. I have learned to bounce my thoughts off of a loved on when I feel overly stressed and it always reduces it. I exercise regularly and sometimes longer if my stress level is just a tad bit higher than normal. I keep a journal everyday and there I can complain about the stresses in my life then try to let them go. I have been getting better sleep which is helpful as well. My long term goal is to use these tools and keep up trying to get through those stressful situations in a proactive way then I use to. No more letting it build up until I explode.

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5/25/11 7:07 A

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I have a few more days before the end of my four weeks on the Official Stress Busting Challenge. I joined just before two big events: helping manage a regional line dancing event and our daughter's wedding. My long term goals are activities that I have used during these four weeks and they work for me:
LONG TERM GOALS TO REDUCE STRESS: emoticon
o reach out to others through Blogging, mail, in person
o exercise/sweat
o try to get a good sleep
o focus on one thing at a time
o deep breaths
o be in the moment

Using these techniques, I was able to enjoy the regional line dancing party and I played an active part in organizing and carrying off our daughter's wedding while she was overseas a lot (not home in D.C.) and I was in Texas. Managing stress allowed me to be in the moment and enjoy family and friends and fun during a major event in our lives! Thank you Spark People! emoticon

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