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Stress! How can I manage it?!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Friday everyone!!! Thank you for the awesome support as usual =) I lost another pound! 161.8!! The scale actually said 159.6 this morning - but I am not going to count it until I get that low at least two more weigh-ins. I hope I don't drink too much alcohol this weekend at the parties. I will do fine with the food. The alcohol is the only thing I am stressing about a bit.

I randomly get stressed. Basically I can get stressed about anything!

My work Christmas party is tonight - I am excited!! But I am also nervous & a bit stressed about it. The past couple days have been tough because of the stress! I have a nice outfit, but I will feel a little self conscious wearing it. I don't wear skirts very often, so I have been stressing about how I will feel in it. When I get inside in my head, my body feels it too! I have been trying to breathe and relax the best I can. The party is tonight & now in my mind I am going ahhhhhhh! I am smiling, but I am also feeling anxious!!

There are many other thing I am stressing about - I have a few more Christmas gifts I need to get & wrap. I know it isn't the end of the world, but I wish I had it all done. I won't stop worrying about this until it is 100% done! But then I will worry I didn't get enough presents haha. I know it is the thought that counts, but I like doing a lot for people when I can! My funds aren't too great, but I still made the hot chocolate mix to give to everyone coming for Christmas dinner - I think there will be 22 of us then!

When tax season starts, I will be learning a new job. I also will be working late nights. I am worried I won't have the time or energy to exerise! There are two Challenge teams I am on, and I hope I have enough time to keep up with them! Being healthy is the most important part for me - but the challenges really do help me focus!!

What can I do to help with these stressful issues?
I need more ME time I think! I do count wrapping gifts & writing out Christmas cards as KIM time though! While I am working - I multi-task! I catch up with shows or listen to music while I work. I have a hard time sitting still. My mind works too fast sometimes.

I am going to try and schedule a movie night or game night to try and relax at. The planning of this gets a little stressful, but I have been much better at managing it. I only ask people once or twice instead of 10 times! If they don't get back to me - oh well!

A few weeks ago I bought an online deal for Laser Tag - I think doing this will actually relieve some stress! It will be a lot of fun. It has been years since I played that!

ROUTINES! I really need to create a bunch of routines for my eating & exercise once the stressful tax season starts. Even if I plan & eat the same food most days, I will feel better than worrying about what to have each meal. I need to schedule my exercise and then actually do it! The treadmill is in the room where my computer is - so I have no excuse now!!! I need to use it!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful Friday & Rest of the weekend! I will try to get some pictures posted of me in my fancy work outfit once I get dressed after work!!

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    Hey Sweetie! I hope the Christmas party went well on Friday night. I'm sure you had a great time and looked BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! Stay strong....I know this is a hard time of the year for high levels of emotion and stress. As someone else said here, take it one day/challenge at a time.

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    3106 days ago
    emoticon Take it one task at a time..
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    Hi Kim!! You'll have a blast at the party...once you're there you can relax and have fun!!! I used to be a " professional partier " back in college! Just remember...regarding what you're wearing: just like the christmas presents you've been wrapping..its not so much about the "wrapping paper " as it is about whats inside that counts!!! And you should have tons of confidence because you've worked SO HARD lately. I'm sure all that hard work will show and you'll have a GREAT TIME!! Just remember Have Fun and make sure you have a designated driver.... Peace and Christmas Joy, Scott. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I'm sure the skirt will look great! After a lost my first fifty pounds someone talked me into wearing a pencil skirt, and I ended up feeling cute and sexy in a way I never have before! To get over my anxiety about showing my knees and legs, I paired it with knee-high boots and tights and it came out great! I'm sure you'll look fantastic and feel fantastic too (not to mention get a ton of compliments!).

    Allowing yourself some relaxing me-time is very important! I get up in the morning and allow myself to sit and watch one or two episodes of the show I'm currently watching, all bundled up in my bathrobe with a mug of my favorite tea. While watching I allow myself to sit, write, browse the web, whatever I want - and I refuse to feel guilty about it or think that I should be doing chores or something instead. It really helps for me! It sounds like you have some great ideas set aside already, though! I would also recommend a relaxing bubble bath! Haha those always seem to do the trick.

    I hope the Christmas party was great!
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    Just Breathe - stress holds onto that weight ! You know this ! You know when I was in college I had this huge project to complete and at the time - life was just life very busy- so I was telling a professor that I was not sure how I would get all this accomplished - his answer - One at a Time - I hate to admit he was right ! LOL Congrats on your weight loss - Oh - Megs - High Protein - Low Sugar Berry Muffins - Mmmm - check them out Hugs K emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3107 days ago
    Pick the stressors you listed above one at a time and deal with each individually rather than altogether. Them they won't be so overwhelming. So, for example, fitting exercise in when your work hours change - the solution could be to write when you are going to do it and what you are going to do on a calendar and checking it off each day when you are done.
    3108 days ago
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    3108 days ago
    Basically, one of good way to destress is get a Me-Time, whether spend time in a quiet, peaceful area or do something you love to do :D Or don't overthink about the issues - I usually smile/laugh to ease back the stress which makes it easier to find solutions!

    Laser tag makes me think of laser pointer people use in presentation, last time in our office we got from our vendors (usb drive with the pointer) and we played them, tease others in our breaks from work LOL
    3108 days ago
    Yes, you need some you time. And I need some me time too. lol)) I can definitely relate to you about stress of everyday life being so busy and mind is going to haywire.Lol)) my recommendation to you is some tranquilly time for just you and about some meditation with relaxation music?? Or nice lavender babble bath with a piece of dark chocolate and wine?? Hope you are having a wonderful party. Looking forward for your pics.

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    My husband eats the same thing for breakfast and lunch during the week. He calls it mindless eating and it does help. emoticon Have fun at your party and enjoy.
    3108 days ago
    Looking forward to the pics! Just keep telling yourself the positive are doing look feel happy...this is fun! You can do it! Hope you have a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    3108 days ago
    You can do it Kimpy! Take a deep breath! I know you wil look very pretty in your new skirt! Rember you just lost more weight too! You are doing wonderful GF! Put a smile on your face and go to the party. You have choices with what you eat more bites of the legal, less bites of the not so good for you! Tis the season you know! Wish I could go to a party! emoticon

    luv ya
    3108 days ago
    Recognizing the causes of your stress is the first step to conquering it! Im a lot like you that I let it get to me .... try to hold on! This is a generally a stressful time of year .... but you seem to have a good idea of how to deal with the stresses

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    emoticon Holiday Stress - you have a lot of company there! emoticon
    3108 days ago
    It's easy to let things stress us out. Try focusing on a positive aspect of each thing/event that stresses you out (i.e. having to get more Christmas presents...think of how happy the recipient will be and how much you're looking forward to giving them a gift). Routines help me a ton - I know when I'm going to exercise for the most part each day and it's just part of my overall plan and schedule, that way I'm not sweating it throughout the day. Try to prioritize your stuff and if there are things that really aren't essential don't beat yourself up if you have to put them off. Cut yourself some slack and try to get rid of some of the built up stress. I love yoga for destressing but I know it's not for everyone. Happy holidays!
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  • -VIXEN-
    Stress is so bad for us. Hope you get a chance to look at all the blogs being posted with stress busting tips and put them into action. The holidays shouldn't be about worry. :)
    3108 days ago
    Yikes! You are a stress-ball! I think the routines will help a lot! The less you have to think about all the day-to-day the less you will stress over it. (hopefully!!)

    Good Luck!
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