Sunday, January 3, 2010

Beating Stress

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

I'm feeling stressed about "being stressed out" about changing my choices and "sticking" to them. I'll admit, I went to bed last night without a thought about what I did for exercise during the day! Well, maybe its because I SHUT off my brain after going to "Fat Burger" with my husband and Grandkids. COME ON! I said ok since it was a simple quick place to go. I didn't eat fries, had water and convinced myself that tomatoes, lettuce and a "baby size burger" would be ok if I exercised! Ok, then I made a choice to run to the car to get my purse. Boy, that made me feel better (true no sarcasm) . A 3 minute jog was a good choice. The Burger! not really. I need to remind me (reinforce to myself that I didn't enjoy the burger, it didn't make me feel better and in the future I will make a better choice).

What I just wrote is called "disclosure". Providing information (however sad) in order to relate to others. Hopefully helps us connect. I'm in the same boat with many of my family and friends.


Spiritual: Be anxious for nothing as the scripture reads. Lord, I see your written word, I hear your voice... now fill me with your spirit. You know that I desire to seek and serve you. My Body is your temple. Dwell in me and therefore I will have the strength and wisdom to glorify you with my life, my body, my actions, and my words. AMEN

by Janet Maccaro Phd, CNC. from her book Fabulous at 50 Redefining Midlife: body Mind, & Spirit.
Chapter on Beating Stress before it beats you
Excessive worry, tension, edginess, irritability, insomnia, disturbed sleep, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, rapid heartbeat, shakes, chills, hot flashes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, muscle aches, and back pain - all these are symptoms of persistent anxiety. At fifty, many people visit their physicians for these life-disrupting symptoms. After running blood test, EKGs and Stress tests, and X-rays, most often the verdict comes back as stress.
.... Eat well. Besides choosing healthy foods, make meal times a pleasant social encounter. Celebrate family time by working together to plan the menu, set the table, and cook.
.... Exercise. A good workout triggers chemical reactions in our bodies, enhances our moods, and makes us more fit to handle physical challenges. your exercise doesn't have to be structured. Look for simple opportunities to move a little more - park father from your destination for a longer walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and toss a ball with your children or grandchildren in the backyard.
....Have fun. Keep a good balance of work and play, of solitary and group activities. Sometimes we need time alone to gather our thoughts;sometimes we need people around to hug, listen to, or share ideas.
...Maintain a support system. Make sure our schedule accommodates time with loved ones.
...Meditate and pray. Find ways to focus energy on a meaning and purpose beyond your everyday life.
This chapter of the book recommends a SUPPLEMENT: GABA- is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter that restores the brain. Its function is to regulate anxiety, muscle spasm, depression and chronic stress. Note: GABA is best taken with magnesium (200mg) and vitamin b6 (at least 10 mg)
Physical: Exercise is an IMMEDIATE stress reducer. It's something you can take charge of and get immediate satisfaction. SO TODAY! right now do it!
Hit the floor and give me 25 push ups... well, ok, I can't even do that. So, how about 25 Jumping jacks! You'll be amazed as your blood starts pumping... it'll clear your mind and invigorate you. (wow, that made me think of Jack la Lane who is now 90+ years old).

Eating: Mantra today! when I see food that isn't a healthy choice I will say "My body is his temple and I will not fill HIS temple with that UNHEALTHY CHOICE" "I don't need it therefore I DON'T WANT it". THen .... Walk away from the food"!
If you can't then choose the following:
smaller portion
put down the fork between bites and wait until you'll swallowed before taking
another bite
If you've choosen somthing unhealthy - Remind yourself as you eat... "this
isn't a healthy choice, It dosn't even taste good to me knowing it's unhealthy
.... say it even if it does taste good. Let your MIND tell your body how it
should FEEL.

.... while interupted writing this to take care of some homemaking task... I found a heavy spirit of almost sadness on me. The few pounds of weight gained during the holidays when I neglected to stay on track, haunt me. The lack of "stick to it"
so... I started to hum some up lifting songs to "fill my mouth with praise for him" NOW......I'm pulling out of the closet my exercise machine (put away for holiday company! HEY ... what was I thinking!) and I'll PUMP it up! You may say, why not do 25 jumping jacks but I'd have to wear a depend to get that accomplished! so sad... another issue to work on.

Ok, let's do it today... Day 3
say it together "I will do it unto the Lord... I WILL DO IT TODAY!" When I get distracted or complacent I will CLOSE MY EYES - Take a deep Breath and re focus my thoughts on taking care of ME by doing what is right!!!!


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