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Old 05-08-2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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How do you manage stress?

I feel like stress may be one thing keeping me from getting in to deep ketosis.

How do you manage stress, or what tips do you have to keep stress at bay?

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Stress gets me too. I remember a saying though, that I try to remember: When stressed, do less. Obviously our families, jobs, etc. don't always go along with doing less, but I think it's a good goal.

Also, I used to drink too much alcohol to deal with stress, but I discovered that after a very short reprieve the stress returns intensified. Food may work this way for some people. Relief is short lived.

Returning focus to the present, rather than the past of the future can work too. But this sort of mindfulness can be hard to maintain.

Meditation? Excersie?
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Thank you

I have had success with meditation, I should get back to that.
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Learn to say no and let it go.

Seriously though-it's so liberating. I am much better at it now that I'm older...when I was in my 30s and my kids were little it was much harder. Just make a conscious effort to refuse to do things, attend things, participate in things, that don't add to your life or the life and well being of your family or close friends.

Also-yoga? Meditation goes along with it I guess, but the practice of yoga, focusing on myself for an hour at a time, and appreciating what my body can do, and being totally inward focused, really helps.

Good luck.
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Learn to say no and let it go.

Seriously though-it's so liberating. I am much better at it now that I'm older...when I was in my 30s and my kids were little it was much harder. Just make a conscious effort to refuse to do things, attend things, participate in things, that don't add to your life or the life and well being of your family or close friends.

Also-yoga? Meditation goes along with it I guess, but the practice of yoga, focusing on myself for an hour at a time, and appreciating what my body can do, and being totally inward focused, really helps.

Good luck.

I wish saying no worked with my older daughter- she is almost 6 and it leads to shouting matches I never give in, but she is stubborn.

Thanks!

I have done some yoga videos online, but I really need the experience of going to a studio and doing it I think. I should definitely try that.
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I take a break and do something I enjoy. For me that is my crafting. I will let hubby take care of the kids for an hour or two and I will retreat to my craft room. It is quiet, me time.
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depends on the type of stress... i dont have kids so i wont have shouting matches(although i do GIVE in to matches against GF).

Right now there are 3 stresses that could creep up against me:
1. work - lousy teammate dont do much which means work distribution skewed to rest members and more work = more stress in meeting deadlines...
2. gf- got into argument week ago and i was somewhat stressed for a week when she went away for work for a week....but everything is better now...
3. wight loss - get stressed whenever i see number creeping up whenever i weigh... i limit to 3 "weight checks" a week between my Monday weigh ins to keep it in check.

I guess my escape for all of these would be Zumba or entertainment - movies, games etc.... I used to eat a lot like literally a whole large pizza pie but not anymore...
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depends on the type of stress... i dont have kids so i wont have shouting matches(although i do GIVE in to matches against GF).

Right now there are 3 stresses that could creep up against me:
1. work - lousy teammate dont do much which means work distribution skewed to rest members and more work = more stress in meeting deadlines...
2. gf- got into argument week ago and i was somewhat stressed for a week when she went away for work for a week....but everything is better now...
3. wight loss - get stressed whenever i see number creeping up whenever i weigh... i limit to 3 "weight checks" a week between my Monday weigh ins to keep it in check.

I guess my escape for all of these would be Zumba or entertainment - movies, games etc.... I used to eat a lot like literally a whole large pizza pie but not anymore...

Keep in mind that unless weight checks are always in the morning you will get very inaccurate results that will be higher (and more stressful!)

Thanks for your suggestions!

I had been listening to lectures and podcasts about "important" things all day while working, but I recently found having a funny show or movie on in the back-ground sometimes seems to lighten the mood a little.

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I wish saying no worked with my older daughter- she is almost 6 and it leads to shouting matches I never give in, but she is stubborn.

Thanks!

I have done some yoga videos online, but I really need the experience of going to a studio and doing it I think. I should definitely try that.
Well, "no" doesn't always work so well with the kids...good point! But think about the things outside your family....even your work.

Yoga in the studio is really awesome, because you get the whole experience, especially if you have a good instructor. I've had three excellent instructors at my gym over the years...all different, but just wonderful. The best ones will help you tune into yourself, and really help you let go. I highly recommend it.
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Well, "no" doesn't always work so well with the kids...good point! But think about the things outside your family....even your work.

Yoga in the studio is really awesome, because you get the whole experience, especially if you have a good instructor. I've had three excellent instructors at my gym over the years...all different, but just wonderful. The best ones will help you tune into yourself, and really help you let go. I highly recommend it.

I DO need to say no more often- or stop volunteering to do things people don't even ask me to do! lol.

There are so many studios. I wonder if I can find one with childcare? I have a friend that really loves hot yoga.
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I DO need to say no more often- or stop volunteering to do things people don't even ask me to do! lol.

There are so many studios. I wonder if I can find one with childcare? I have a friend that really loves hot yoga.
I bet you can find one with childcare. My gym has it. Extra bonus is mine's a women's gym.

Hot yoga is very popular but was too much for me-I used to get nauseous and dizzy. I stick with gentle yoga these days...I'm old.
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Meditation is a big one for me. Without it I lie in bed and my brain just goes, and goes, and goes. Then I *dream* about it. Not fun. I do half an hour before bed to unwind and it makes a big difference.

I think exercise is good too and a brisk walk can be very helpful. I feel rejuvenated and it's getting out of the house has it's own positives. When I went to the gym it had a similar effect.

Nothing beats a ballet barre for centering me when I feel frazzled or knocked off course, though. I think the familiarity of it helps a lot- all that matters are specific moves done in a precise way. A moving meditation? The stretching is good too and I do that every morning.
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I wish saying no worked with my older daughter- she is almost 6 and it leads to shouting matches I never give in, but she is stubborn.

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I have done some yoga videos online, but I really need the experience of going to a studio and doing it I think. I should definitely try that.
I would not shout back. I would put her in her room. I have 3 grown children. It never paid to shout back and forth with them.
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I try to nap most days for just 20 min or so. It doesn't necessarily help me deal with stress, but it may help to prevent new stress as I wake up refreshed and am better able to manage my kids. I use an app called "Power Nap." It's awesome. I'm better able to fall asleep because I know an alarm is set; it wakes me up at the perfect point in my sleep cycle that I feel refreshed, not groggy.

I also go out for girls' night out with my friends every month or so. Fun!

That said, I'm following this thread, too. I can certainly use some more and better stress coping mechanisms.
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Kids! They are so worthwhile but can be so vexing at the same time.

When stress seems unmanageable, I need to do something physical that doesn't require a lot of complicated thought. I usually do housework or start a project like painting a room or gardening. It seems to allow for excess energy to be directed and the mental stuff can happen but doesn't have to ... distraction I guess.

When it comes to eating (stress tends to make me 'hungry'), I remind myself that it is the stress hormones that are doing that and I can continue to make good choices. I am not a slave to physiological cues.
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Come to think of it - I have absolutely no idea how I manage stress. I guess I just endure it?
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I would not shout back. I would put her in her room. I have 3 grown children. It never paid to shout back and forth with them.
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This is good advice. I try to put her in her room or time out and she just crys and yells at me and throws tantrums. I need to work on letting her do those things and putting her in her room anyway! And it is absolutely true, yelling back does absolutely nothing.
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Kids! They are so worthwhile but can be so vexing at the same time.

When stress seems unmanageable, I need to do something physical that doesn't require a lot of complicated thought. I usually do housework or start a project like painting a room or gardening. It seems to allow for excess energy to be directed and the mental stuff can happen but doesn't have to ... distraction I guess.

When it comes to eating (stress tends to make me 'hungry'), I remind myself that it is the stress hormones that are doing that and I can continue to make good choices. I am not a slave to physiological cues.
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Vexing is true. The sad thing is that one is so sweet all of the time so she almost never gets in trouble.

I bet if I do a few high intensity intervals that would help

I have not started stress eating, but I have been keeping conscious of it.
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This is good advice. I try to put her in her room or time out and she just crys and yells at me and throws tantrums. I need to work on letting her do those things and putting her in her room anyway! And it is absolutely true, yelling back does absolutely nothing.
That is true. I would just let her shout. She will get over it if you do not react to it. Just smile sweetly and stand your ground.
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This is good advice. I try to put her in her room or time out and she just crys and yells at me and throws tantrums. I need to work on letting her do those things and putting her in her room anyway! And it is absolutely true, yelling back does absolutely nothing.
I got my daughter to stop throwing tantrums by making her throw tantrums. She started jumping and yelling and I waited patiently until she stopped, then I told her to jump up and down and yell some more. She laughed and did it for a little bit and then stopped, I told her, no, she needed to keep doing it until I told her to stop. After a little bit she got tired of jumping and yelling. She realized the tantrum did not have the desired effect on me and she was the one tired and I was able to remain calm. She never threw a tantrum again.

I have also been known to tell her that she better get in her room because it is safer for her there. She is 17 now so we have been through some rough arguments.
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Meditation is your best bet I would think but you can always add adrenal supporting herbs such as Ashwagandha root and Rhodiola root extract.

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