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Simple breathing exercises in the bath helps me to unwind after a long day. I draw a nice warm bath, light some candles, add some epsom salts for my exercised muscles, and just close my eyes and focus on my breath. You could call it meditation if that doesn't stress you out as to whether you are doing it right. My main goal is just to let go of all my thoughts and just "be in the bath." After I feel completely relaxed, I dry my hands off on a washcloth and read a book until I'm ready to get out.
Whenever I feel that I have problems out of control and find myself filled with negative thoughts I go for a walk in sun light and fresh air. Imagine that you are throwing the negative energy you have inside. Raise you head high to feel the sun light in your face and get fresh air in. Then run to break the stress. After that try to think and find solutions for your problems. Even if you didn't find a solution you will find yourself have the power to face it.
Instead of eating whenever I feel an emotion, I now write about it. It keeps my hands busy of course but I'm now able to handle emotions, good or bad, in a harmless way. It takes some time but not much room as I write on my laptop.
Be patient with yourself. Changing the way you live your life takes time and energy. It won't happen overnight. Give your self some time to make tiny adjustments first and celebrate each success while keeping your eyes on the goals you have set for yourself.
I have never been accused of being grumpy or in a bad mood.
When. I'm. Stressed I tend to feel overwhelmed and helpless. However when I. Take time to think how I'm not alone. I am love. I'm here for a reason. To complete a purpose. I know that eventually my feelings will pass. Somehow the truth helps me stay grounded in temporary situations.
Every day is a NEW day! The best proverb is "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8." Remember that no matter what each day brings, success, or failure, the next day is a new opportunity to begin again! Don't beat yourself, but celebrate new beginnings!
I waited 42 years to get my Aussie Labradoodle. He, in my humble opinion, is the perfect dog. Loving, clever, non-shedding...I could go on, and on, and on. Mainly, he is my therapy dog. He is healing me from 35 years of a very stressful, high tech /analytical existence. I thank God, I found him/he found me.
To me, this may be the most key thing in life and in weight loss. You have a bump in the road: Forgive yourself and move on! Someone has called you a hurtful weight related name in the past: Forgive and move on! You will be stuck in a rut if you don't forgive yourself and others. Remember what Jesus has done for us. Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
When I am in a stressful situation, I stop what I am doing. Then I take several deep breaths. After that I Think of positive ways to deal with the problem. Then I choose one of those ways and change the problem to an action of success.