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6/6/14 9:22 A

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Week four has really shown me that my goals that I set for myself in week one has paid off. I had an appointment with a trainer who came across as a used car salesman. He tried telling me everything I was doing was not working. Which I tried to disagree and explain the differences I was actually seeing. I quickly realized that he had his memorized talk that he "needed" to give. So I let him do what he needed to do and told him I would think about my choices and get back to him. In the middle of the whole process, I just kept smiling and taking deep breathes. As I drove home, I laughed and said to myself, "that gym was not worth it"--not only was I not heard or listened to but the employees were no longer friendly because I had "joined" their gym. (My health insurance offers a program where I can join several gyms for one monthly fee).

Also at work this week has been slightly stressful due to the retirement of a coworker. My lunchtime activity continued (even more so) long power walk and finding joy at a nearby park watching the little children playing in the water and running in the grass, breathing the fresh air and rejuvenate myself to get through the end of the day. In the office, I made sure I had my radio on and listened to some upbeat music (which got me "rocking" in my chair). I actually found myself "coaching" another coworker who has been stressed out over the last few months. Telling the coworker to get outside (even if it is for 15 minutes) to get away from the office environment to get fresh air, take a walk around the block and come back into the office rejuvenated to continue with the rest of the day. (This week alone he actually did it twice).

Everyday, I make sure through stressful moments, no matter how big or small, to always smile and stay positive. I've noticed a difference in my attitude and thinking over the past four weeks. Even my husband has noticed a change.

Thank you for offering this challenge. I have learned a lot about myself, how to deal with stress and work through the more stressful times.

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6/3/14 10:18 P

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Week four for me, and it started out pretty rough. I was like a madwoman trying to get everything ready for the work week on Sunday, so much to do and so little time. And typically I love Mondays but yesterday at work was rough. I was there a little late and then had a million things to do last night at home. Today was better, still a lot going on but not quite as stressful. Oh, and yesterday I wasn't able to exercise and that just compounded my stress levels. One thing that I have discovered that I absolutely must work on is getting enough sleep. I am often running on fumes and I know that is not helping.

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5/26/14 5:31 P

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Well week 4 already, don't feel ready to graduate lol. I noticed recently that when stressed I sort of hunch my shoulders, which causes neck and shoulder pain, I am trying to recognize when I am doing that and relax my neck and shoulders with some breathing mediation, it works when I actually pay attention and realize what I am doing. A lot of my stress comes from having way to much to do with working 12 hour night shifts, trying to keep up the farm that takes a lot of time and effort in the spring, and dealing with my aging parents. My mother was hospitalized again this week and her dementia is getting more severe, she panics when my father is out of sight. I just try to support them, and be there when they need help like cooking lots of freezer meals for them or taking them to appointments that involve long drives, but any decisions of their life must be their own not mine, they are the ones living it not me. Having said that it is hard to watch my Dad try to deal with this on his own, he is at 88 two years older then my mother and doing everything around the house including dressing and taking care of my mother.
I started several weeks ago taking time, when it is not busy at work, to walk around the halls or around the parking lot (where there are lights at night and with a friend) instead of sitting and reading or doing some sedentary project. The increased exercise is beneficial in both stress reduction and weight loss, too bad they won't let us use the exercise equipment at night.

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5/12/14 7:00 A

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I have asthma, I bet it would be great for that too! Wish we had one close by-- I live in the mountains, very secluded from anywhere-- closest steam room would be about 45 minutes from here..... and prob expensive to use.... sounds wonderful.... but good for stress relief!

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5/11/14 7:49 P

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It's fabulous! My yoga studio has one, and after class I just bliss out in it for 10-30 minutes, breathing in the steam and letting my mind float wherever it wants to go.

"If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation." -Robert H. Butler


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Wow! A steam room sounds like a great way to release stress!

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5/11/14 3:07 P

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I'm really grateful that I did this Challenge. I'm journaling more, calling my family more, and spending more time with friends and other members of my community. I've dropped the ball on meditating the past couple of days, but I'll get back into it this week. Doing yoga, doing the elliptical, and doing strength training for my arms are really helping me release stress. Also steaming in the steam room!

"If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation." -Robert H. Butler


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5/11/14 5:14 A

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I think I'm going to go for another 4 wk challenge. It really helped and I like the structure of it. Blessings! emoticon

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5/5/14 6:47 P

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How bizarre! You are so right about picking your battles.

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New development of sorts my neighbor came over and brought me my mail and acted as if nothing had ever happened as if things were the way they were before I had told him about Jennifer last week. I guess we are just pretending that I never told him the news at all and things go back to the status quo - I can live with that I guess you have to choose your battles in life and I have too many other battles to j=keep dwelling on this one.

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5/5/14 9:18 A

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I attempted to go over and talk to then yesterday and they went inside the house and pretended not to be at home. So they are unwilling to talk for whatever their reason they have chosen.

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5/5/14 8:00 A

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Beth, sorry to hear about your daughter and the baby. Your neighbors are acting very strangely - do you feel comfortable asking them about it?

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5/5/14 1:49 A

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My biggest stressor here is again I guess family related - this past week we went to the doctor to see the ultrasound of my daughter's first child and found out that she had miscarried. I am an emotional wreck. To top it off when I told my neighbors who have been very friendly throughout the years that she lost the baby (we had not told anyone she was pregnant yet) - they have not spoken to me since. They totally ignore me now and before this we spoke daily. I thought at first it was my imagination but Saturday I was out in the yard doing yard work and their dog came over and attacked me knocking me down I kept yelling for help and finally the yelled for the dog to come home, they never came to see if I was ok or called to ask. I don't understand what I did wrong. So big stress all the way around.

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CD14387431 Posts: 5,359
5/4/14 4:28 P

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Prayer, meditation, music, laughter, don't sweat the small stuff, turn the page, don't look back, learn from mistakes, take a deep breath, breathe, relax, just relax, journal, and 'give it to God'.

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4/30/14 1:28 P

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With this challenge, I learned a few things I could do to manage my stress. I also realized that almost everything that causes stress in my life is in my control. Although I haven't full mastered managing my stress, I feel that it's not in my life as much and I now know a couple tricks I can do to get past it.

My long term goal is to learn some better time management skills. They've gotten better since I started this challenge, but I can't live a low stress life until I learn to manage my time.

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4/21/14 6:49 P

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I go into my bedroom and take a few minutes to myself. Take deep breats and spend some alone time reading.

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4/10/14 5:25 P

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I read the bible, stretch, and find something to laugh about with my teens to relieve stress

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3/27/14 6:40 P

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I found a few things to help me with stress which I would like keep
-Soaking in a bubble bath
-Walking to the nearby store instead of driving
-Stretching
-Reading something spiritual everyday.
This won't work for everyone, but making a daily list of things to do to keep me on track

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"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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3/19/14 12:13 P

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so glad to have participated in this challenge. i'm really seeing the benefit in stress-reduction/sleep improvement from consistent exercise and loving having an "excuse" to journal. feeling very centered most days now so definitely planning to keep it up.

hope everyone is having a stellar day!

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3/6/14 1:33 A

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"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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3/5/14 7:35 P

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My stress level really declined once I got home!! I got to see my baby girl and my fiancée. I'm really trying to stop sweating the small stuff. As my daughter says, "Can you fix it in the next five minutes?". Stress is not my friend anymore.

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2/23/14 10:54 P

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Practicing yoga regularly is a terrific way to learn how to be more aware of what the body is telling you and also works well for me too. I hope you learn to stick with your routine Chickapedia7 ... It will bring great benefit if you let it. Good luck! I am closing out of this 4 week challenge now because I happily made it to the finish line. Thanks for the "push" I at least needed in the right direction.

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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2/23/14 9:10 A

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This has been a wonderful journey and opportunity to learn more about myself while experimenting with new and different stress relief techniques. I'm finishing week 4 more aware of my stressors and their impact on my life, but I also realize this challenge is just a stepping stone to my lifelong need to reduce stress while improving my stress management.

One of the best stress-busting techniques has been re-introducing yoga into my life. I have been starting each morning with 10-15 minutes of relaxation, yoga stretching, and meditation.

My future goals are to continue incorporating yoga into my daily routine, to focus on seeing the beauty in life, to let stress roll off, and to continue to take time for myself.

Best of luck on your stress-busting journeys!

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Hellooo week 4. The destressify methods suggested in this challenge have proven to be of great value for me. Thank you for this outlet to share with others. I have managed to stay on track.

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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2/17/14 9:43 P

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Last day of week 4-- I feel like I learned a lot from this challenge-- I plan on continuing to use these resources daily. The deep breathing, jouralling, and exercising to unwind especially!! emoticon

God is good- no matter what!


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2/10/14 1:07 P

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It has taken me awhile to post this final note, but I am using prayer and spiritual study (daily Catholic Scripture readings) mostly, not so much as stress relief--but stress relief is a wonderful added benefit. I am exercising also--stretches, balancing, some strengthening.
I think my stress is about the same as it was at the beginning of the challenge. What I've gained from the challenge is confirmation that I do know how to handle stress--not that I always do what I should. I'm not perfect and that's okay.



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2/2/14 2:02 P

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Long term goals I learned between the checkins:

1. Time for music-making and listening is key for me, especially a good vocal warm up (including breathwork)
2. Time for stretching, yoga, Pilates and a good walk are needed.
3. Time to do my Alexander Technique exercises is vital. (so vital I'm separating it from the rest of the exercises!)
4. Eating foods as close to the source as possible are imperative. I'm feeling better the closer to vegan I am (shooting for 80 on target/20 wiggle room with menu ideas from the Daniel Fast and Eat to Live)
5. Use Artist's Way as a template for creative recovery and self-differentiation work.


Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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12/22/13 10:21 A

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Here are my long-term stress-busting goals:
- continue to exercise 10-30 minutes each morning
- continue to talk out stressors with others so I don't "take it with me"
- seek out positive resolutions to stressors (don't react--take it in a positive direction)
- schedule 15 minutes of "me" time each day (read, walk, play, etc.)

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12/18/13 2:16 P

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the one thing that I have found that helps me anywhere is finding something to laugh about. I put little cartoons on my phone that I can look at when I am out and about, which is when I get stressed the most.

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12/8/13 12:09 P

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We got this!

Live each moment to its fullest!


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12/3/13 8:41 A

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I found working out is my best stress buster. Also, creating a clutter free space!

Live each moment to its fullest!


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12/2/13 12:52 A

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I am still fighting with letting something go...it sticks in my head and runs around and around and festers and I can't seem to unload in a healthy way. But, am working on that this 3rd week.

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11/27/13 2:47 P

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I found that exercise is my best stress busting friend. Regular exercise has helped me sleep better as well. A good night of sleep and the issues that hit during the day dont seem so bad.

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11/20/13 7:49 P

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Tal about some serious stress. This week at work we had people come in to receive all the product we get. It has been a nightmare. On top of that we went from 40 hrs. 5 days a week to .........56 hrs. 7 days a week until further notice. Meanwhile every day when I get home I am trying to get things made for a local artist/craft show in a week in a half. Well I have to do a lot of deep breathing and serious meditation. I have been on edge a few times and I seriously have had to stop and go chill. But I am really doing better.

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11/15/13 2:12 P

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Meditative reflection has really helped me to manage my anxiety during stressful moments. I have noticed that in the past few weeks, devoting more time to stress reducing techniques like meditation and taking 3-mile walks has greatly reduced my levels of stress as well as my response to them.

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11/12/13 4:21 P

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I can tell in the past few weeks, that I have better handled stress. I don't lash out and get so angry when I'm stressed; I've learned to be quiet and walk away, think about it and then come up with a sensible solution. I have also learned that the more I worry and drag about an issue, the more stressed I become, leading to anger/sadness. I have done a better job learning how to handle stress and to not let it run my life - better yet, I run it!! YEAH!!

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10/4/13 6:22 P

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Looking back through my stress journal, it's become apparent that I have to stop feeling responsible for other people's moods. It's been paralyzing me to think I would "mess up" or do the "wrong thing", and you can bet I wasn't trying to do anything for myself.

My long term plan to manage my stress...
10 minutes of exercise every day
journal/blog several times a week
read good books
take cat naps
walking meditations by the garden

Thank you, everybody in spark land for sharing your spark!
love and light,
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Thanks Floridaghost!

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Great attitude - helping others through your own experiences. It is really helpful to ourselves, too. Keep it up.



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This stress challenge has taught me how to handle stress better and my response to it. I retired from a stressful job and now love what I do. I am taking time for me daily by exercising, reading, cleaning, playing with the dog. It has become much easier for me to see what is important and also, how to help others get through their stress. emoticon

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although i had to take some time off due to an emergency out of town I did learn a lot. just writing out what is stressing me and making me face it has been the biggest help to me. I also realize that some things you can not control and others you just have to let go of. As someone once told me. stop and think, is it going to matter in 1 year?

If you can, help others; if you can not do that, at least do not harm them. ~ his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.



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Hi, all. I have enjoyed this challenge and it has helped me through a difficult time in my life.

Have no real answers or insight to managing my own stress other than just focusing on the fact that I am alive and life is good.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thank you everyone for sharing your journeys. What a help it has been to know I'm not alone. While I'm luckier than many of you, because I got to retire and walk away from most of my stress, this has been a wonderful way for me to start my retirement. I needed an attitude readjustment! I still have a long way to go in the weight loss department, but I'm well on my way in the stress reduction department. emoticon

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend, Sparkers!

These are my words to live by: The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
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I completely understand you Betty. It's like you wrote from reading my mind! My number one stressor is worded to reflect DH shiftwork managerial job, and I no longer have my dog for stress-relief. It's pretty cool to know the way I'm coping is similar to someone else... it does make the journey seem less lonely. Thx for sharing.
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~ My life may not always be what I want, but my attitude will make all the difference

~ The Best kind of Friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never say a word, & walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had


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8/31/13 8:20 P

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Dear Char; emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hi Team Mate, we can do this, if you've given Yoga a try, keep going. I don't know what it is about Yoga but it changes you from the inside out, I know that because I've lived it, it brought me back from the death sentence. It does something for the body & emotions, I don't know how I only know it does work, continue with Yoga and you'll find your inner thinner self you've been looking for I know that because I did it, I chose to do my own thing and I survived beyond medical advice. I now know my life is up to me.

I'll be here for you as your cheerleader if you need me to be, I just believe in you, You have the strength in you to make all your goals happen here & now, it begins one step at a time, or with yoga one pose at a time. You can do this...

Take care & be well I'm here for you if you need a shoulder or a friend. emoticon

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon


May you find peace, grace joy & love inside each day.

Love Unconditionally, Believe Wholeheartedly, Trust Yourself & Your choices, Love Yourself so then you can love others..

Love survives Eternity.

We are ripples in God's Pond.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir


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8/29/13 9:34 P

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Not as stressed about not being able to exercise. Calf feeling much better so I am able to take moderate walks, just not ready to jog or any fast walking. May try the elliptical in a few days.

Saw that they had a yoga class in town the other night. Not sure if it was a one time thing or not. Going to keep watch. If it is regular, going to start going.

Char - Missouri

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here it is completion of week 4 - this challenge reminded me stress is real and I am going to have a response (like it or not)- planning & using tools brings down- the- hype stress feeds off of. Simply less hype may be the best I can hope for sometimes... but many more times it is enough- less - hype to make the difference in my diet & fitness & water & sleep... in other words, beating stress.

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8/27/13 12:51 P

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I undertook the stress challenge at a time in my life that proved to be incredibly stressful. It's funny how that works isn't it?
I had to have emergency surgery, then I had a serious infection and was left with an open wound to be repacked daily.
This meant I couldn't exercise all month-my one big stress reliever gone.
One of my dearest friends passed away suddenly, her funeral was yesterday.
One thing that has helped me with all the stress is my faith. The Lord is always faithful.
I also find that prayer, rest, reading, friends, phone calls, and my precious spouse help in ways I can't hardly put words to.
I also like to breath deeply, think of things I like such as beautiful nature, water lapping in a brook, green mountains.
Another thing is I try not to listen to the news. On stressful days I just can't handle it.
I learned a lot of things about stress doing this challenge, and l believe that even though I encounter stress daily, I can handle it better-which hopefully will show on the scale, and in my health.

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