What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

It’s a phrase I have heard over and over through the years and right now I think of it and I really want to stick my tongue out and give it raspberries.  It may be true that I will get stronger in life with all of these things going on right now, but it’s not always easy to see it.  That said with everything going on in life lately I am really looking at what I do to help with stress levels.  It’s something I do on occasion to help keep my sanity anyway and right now things have been tough.  Let’s just say I live in a crowded house, help as a caretaker for someone, and have a tendency to hold on to stress as it is. 

  • Pray– if you don’t pray maybe meditate there is a lot of stuff we cannot control in life and handing it over to God or your higher power/the universe helps to release that.  It reminds me too that things will be okay, maybe not what I want, but okay.
  • Family– I have an awesome family that I know is praying for me daily and that I can call any time I might need it.  Even if I don’t call, knowing they are there is a huge comfort.  I am very blessed with my family.
  • Exercise– big surprise here right?  The endorphins and feeling that sweat along with a sense of accomplishment helps.  Negative emotions have their own energy to them so expending energy only makes sense.
  • Breathe/relaxation– I’m practicing deep breathing a few times a day, it’s good for you and helps lower blood pressure too.  For relaxation I am listening to my mellow songs play list whenever I can.
  • Friends/laughter– I am reaching out to and hanging out with friends for support and to help me laugh.  They also give me perspective and feedback when I need it.  Again true friends are not always easy to find and important to hold on to.

I also am going to start doing a food diary; I hate doing them, but I know they work and I know that I stress eat in a big way.  I have also noticed my body composition changing and I have increased my fat vs lean muscle.  Part of it is due to interruptions on my workouts, but part is what I am eating and writing it down makes me accountable.

I want to have these things in place, these other habits because I don’t want to make the same mistakes in life that I have before.  In the past I ate and sat on my butt when I was stressed.  That is how I ended up being 250lbs, out of shape, and depressed.  Relapse prevention is not just for substance abuse it’s for any kind of negative habits that you want to change.  The more I have healthy habits established the less likely I am to do the negative, it’s about a lifestyle change not just a list of coping skills.  You have to implement the changes for them to work.

So when you have one of those days or weeks or months what do you do to help with stress?  What lifestyle changes do you need to make to stay healthy?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 10:19:15

    No one really likes doing a food diary. šŸ™‚

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  2. Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 17:05:54

    Good suggestions and good plan Jenn! As a small business owner I have stress frequently. (Nice that it's all mostly in my control, though.) I want to start managing my time better. There's a tool called Trello that would help a lot… going to check it out.

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  3. Shira
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 22:03:59

    Sounds like you are on top of this and kicking that stress's butt! Plus i kept hearing Kelly Clarkson's song of the same title when readinf your copy which is always a bonus. For me, it is always about turning to my journal to dig deeper about what's really going on and regain balance.

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  4. Toni @ Running, Loving, Living
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 00:40:03

    This is my mantra, cliche I know. It helps me get through tough times. Food diaries are tedious but extremely helpful!!!!

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  5. Jenn Speer
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 03:09:49

    I am glad I am not alone then. LOL!

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  6. Jenn Speer
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 03:10:47

    Thank you I really hate feeling so overwhelmed so instead of doing nothing I choose to do something!

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  7. Jenn Speer
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 03:11:22

    I love that statement because I do feel like when it gets like this I need to find balance again.

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  8. Jenn Speer
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 03:12:50

    I know it made me stop and think several times yesterday, no matter what the choice I wrote it down. šŸ™‚

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