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Stress Blog (no need to read)

Monday, August 05, 2013

I joined the SparkPeople Official Stress Busting Challenge.
Part of the challenge is to Blog about it.

Stress is bad for absolutely everyone, but with my MS, I have to be extra careful. When my stress level is bad enough, I start losing my balance and bouncing off walls. If it keeps going, I can trigger an MS relapse.

Sounds easy enough. Keep stress under wraps. Sometimes I do that so well, that I bury it and it comes out as sleep problems or nightmares.

I get so mad at myself. What exactly do I have to be stressed about, really?

I'm married to my BFF of 30 years. We have 3 great older kids. One grandson. All our parents are alive & kicking. Have a great relationship with my Baby Sis.

It sounds so simple on paper.
But I let little things get to me fairly easily. I have to stop that.

Bigger things like planning my daughter's wedding and dealing with the new in-laws will just have to be taken step by step.

(A wealthy relative that I never met dying and leaving me lots of $, would sure help things.)


But for now, My Goals:

~ Keep buying/ paying for things every payday for the wedding to stretch it out. Keep checking things off checklist. It's going to happen, whether I'm ready or not.

~ Just decorate this Christmas. No gifts. People will have to understand with the wedding just 3 days after Christmas.

~ Either figure out how to pay for going to Mississippi for the new in-law's party or figure out how to back out very nicely within the next couple of days.

~ Know that Cliff will eventually lean to fall asleep...

~ Keep working on the clutter in the house. It does help my stress levels.

~ Put the whole Kohl's debacle behind me and decide if I'm going to try for another part time job or not. Weigh the pros & cons.

~ Keep trying to get enough sleep. When I'm fatigued, just about anything stresses me out.

~ Keep in contact with people. Get out of the house.


AND NUMBER ONE, REMEMBER BABY'S SIS'S SAYING...

"Stress = Fat"

AND NUMBER TWO, ALWAYS REPEAT MY PERSONAL MOTTO TO MYSELF...

"Stress is NOT the Situation. It is how one PERCEIVES the situation."
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  • BE-THE-CHANGE
    Don't worry about Christmas - people will understand. If they don't, they are not worth a second thought anyway.

    The wedding checklist is a great idea. You will feel better as you mark things off and I know you have a lot done already. The wedding will happen - you just need to make sure you are not too stressed to actually enjoy it!
    2386 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    for some reason, writing it makes it better. I am a firm believer in it so rant any time you like, I will read it!
    2387 days ago
  • CALIDREAMER76
    Lynn,
    Great job identifying all those stressors and having plans to deal with them or accept them. Hope you know - I'm here for you and if necessary will be in the car to come see you if you need me! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2388 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Believe me my wedding was December 28, Everyone will understand about no presents and the focus on the wedding. It really is a special time of year for a wedding. Integrating Christmas and a wedding makes it such a wonderful family time!
    2388 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4569907
    You know when you say "no need to read" I rebel and read it anyways LOL

    You have a ton of things going on in your life and a ton of financial ones on top of typical everyday stress. Proud of you for writing it down, sharing with us. Please keep updating, you are a true inspiration. Thanks for being willing to share your life and experiences openly.
    2388 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    How couldn't I not read your blog? You didn't say "not comment"! emoticon

    I know that you have a lot on your shoulders right now, and it seems that you're doing just fine with your goals. emoticon

    Declutter is what works best for me too. It stops me from having negative thoughts and it calms me down.

    Love your mottos! Stress is indeed fat, and not the solution because it is never the "good" stress that we let enter in our lives.

    2388 days ago
  • RUNNINGAL425
    What a great saying to close your blog. I will have to remember that one!
    2388 days ago
  • LINDAKAY228
    Great blog and sometimes writing things out does help to deal with issues. I think you have a very good plan set up. I love the last line. You're going to make it through this.
    2388 days ago
  • LIGHTNINGRUNNER
    Lynn - I take a deep breath and count to 10 then blow out slowly. Also remember, will stressing solve the issue....I doubt it.
    2388 days ago
  • GAYEMC
    Great goals! The decluttering is really helping my stress levels.
    2388 days ago
  • TRICIALICI
    Sorry, I wanted to read a sister Phoenix's thoughts about stress, too! I can definitely see the value in putting your thoughts down in writing, and I think you've done a great job assessing your situation and setting goals! Best of luck with all you have going on, and with the wedding. With regard to weddings, and other people's requests for our time and money, I always have to remind myself and my husband that we need to analyze our resources, and then offer in time, energy, and dollars what we feel good about. It's important to be generous, but sometimes our priorities (and resources) are very different from those of the people that are asking for our help, and often they aren't aware of our resources in time, energy/health (both physical and emotional), and finances. Oops! I didn't mean to go on and on, but it's something I feel strongly about. Again - best of luck - with the wedding and with getting things figured out! You can do it!
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    2388 days ago
  • SHEENADEE
    I know you said we don't have to read this blog; but, how could I resist anything by you?

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    Wishing you the best, as always, and sending destressing hugs your way.

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    2388 days ago
  • WALLINMW
    Great blog. Stay motivated!
    2388 days ago
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