View Full Version : Dump all of your stress and worries here!

03-17-2003, 12:52 PM
There is so much going on in the world right now, that I am getting so stressed over. I am sure many of you are in the same boat. So I propose this.... dump all of your stress here, vent away, offer encouragement, and ideas on how to avoid stress eating. so we don't turn to food to deal with our stress, during these very uncertain times.

Here is my dumping....

the war,
terrorist striking at home
Money issues

Now, my strategies...

Go for a walk
hug and kiss my DH and kids
Journal how lucky I am
Thank God for another glorious day
take deep breaths
Spend time with friends
Come to the DIS
email Jody!:wave:
call my mom and dad

03-17-2003, 01:51 PM
Great Post Vija!

Ofcourse the thought of going to war has me as stressed as anyone! And I am also so worried about terrorists striking in retaliation.

BUT the issue of food and stress eating isn't too much of a problem for me. I actually get too caught up in the issues (such as the one's mentioned) that I forget to eat.

Does anyone else lose their appetite when they are overly stressed?

03-17-2003, 02:20 PM
I am not a stress eater. I am more of a boredom eater. If there isn't anything I want to do then eating gets elected to keep my mouth and hands busy:rolleyes:

03-17-2003, 02:23 PM
only once from stress. I was on a ruise in September 2001. We were in Glacier Bay on 9/11. It was not a stressful as it would have been if I was at home, untill cocktails before dinner. All of the waitstaff was from Indonesia, and they were all very concerned that Bush would start WW 3 before we could get home. That really rattled me, and I managed not to eat dinner at all that night, and felt very ill. My biggest eat when I shouldn't is when I have not a lot to do, so I look for food. I hope that all the posturing going on right now will not turn into war, but it doesn't look that way. I will just have to come back to this thread and let it own my stress, if it happens. Thanks for starting it Vija

03-17-2003, 02:50 PM
My Stresses:

the pending war and my son's safety
staying strong for his brother's and sisters

My Strategies:

hugging my husband and children
walking the dog
thanking GOD for each new day

03-17-2003, 03:37 PM
What a great thread! I just got some great stress relieving news..DS called from Parris Island and it looks like he may just have an infection that can be cleared up with a stronger antibiotic instead of surgery! Woo hoo! Now he can heal up and get back to training!! Ooh rah!

I am a boredom eater too. But boredom can contribute to my stress.

Other stress:

impending war and safety of all of our soliders
DD learning to drive
teenage female in the house!
I actally get stressed out thinking I am not sending enough mail to keep DS's spirits up


spend some more time on my knees in prayer
buying a treadmill
weight training
project list
get a letter campaign going for DS

03-18-2003, 07:40 AM
Hey, Princess Vija, I LOVE the way you think!

I try not to let stress build in my life. When I find that I am starting to worry about something, I just do my best to turn my attention to something that makes me feel good. What works best for me is to get outdoors in the sunshine. We are blessed with some VERY sunny days here in Central Florida. I love how the green of the pine trees looks when it's against that perfectly clear blue Florida sky. That just melts all my worries away and I feel like I could flap my arms and fly through the sky. :)

I was a stress eater. Hopefully I'm not anymore! ;)

It think it's great that so many people have these rituals or strategies to help release stress. There is more to being healthy than just losing weight. We have to take good care of ourselves mentally as well as physically. :)

You guys are THE BEST!!!!! Keep up those happy, positive thoughts.

03-18-2003, 11:04 AM
Great idea Princess V. Right now I truly only have one stress factor. Actually, it's not that I only have one factor, it's that this one stress factor is overshadowing everything else going on in the world right now, including impending war.

My mother had her stomach removed due to malignancy on Christmas Eve. She has been so ill :( She is going through chemo and radiation simultaneously, and she has been very ill from that. This situation has all of my attention, right now. Mother lives with us, I drive her every day to the hospital for radiation and on Mondays I take her for radiation <b>and</b> chemo.

My days are dedicated to taking care of her, trying to find 2 oz of something she actually wants to eat, trying to make sure that she doesn't get dehydrated. She had to have iv fluids yesterday because she became so dehydrated.

I'm watching a woman who was active and vibrant about 6 months ago, age before my eyes :( I spend part of every day in tears (but I make sure she doesn't know--another stressor finding a way to cry and not let her know)

How do I deal with it? I come here to the DIS. I go to the birthday board and offer birthday greetings, I come to WISH and get motivated to get rid of all of my excess weight, I go to the Community board and try to find things to make me smile.

The DIS is an escape for me. WISH is a very motivational escape for me. I'm making some friends here (I think).

Uh oh. Looks like my 10 minutes of self pity has been all used up for the day. Please excuse my gloominess.

Uncle Albert
03-18-2003, 11:30 AM
I've decided not to worry anymore. I've been worried about Money, not having enough. I have been worried about my career, I'm an Opera singer and let me tell you no matter how successful you get you still live day by day, year by year. Now is a dry time for me. And I'm starting to hate my agent. And most of all I've been worried about my next trip to WDW. I love my vacations with my wife and we have been 10 years in a row since our honeymoon. I must go this year, but it is not 100% yet. Not even10%. I keep saying to myself. "No matter how your heart is grieving if you keep on believing your wish will come true, right away" and there is a part of me that knows I'll be going.

There is good news though. I started a new eating plan in late Jan. because of health issues and I've lost 17 pounds. Not easy but encoureging.:p

Good luck to everyone and we will look back on this and smile when we are on Splash Mountin.:D

03-18-2003, 11:36 AM
Okay, now I've got this song stuck in my head:

We're So Sorry Uncle Albert
We're So Sorry If We Caused You Any Pain
We're So Sorry Uncle Albert
But There's No One Left At Home
And I Believe I'm Gonna Rain

I want to hear you sing! I think it is just so neat that you are an opera singer. I hope that your agent gets on the ball and finds you a production soon.

I'm thinking positive thoughts that you will definitely go to WDW this year.

Good job losing 17 pounds! Where is your WISH clipart?


03-18-2003, 12:07 PM
Wow! Uncle Albert an opera singer! Very cool! Can you tell I have a teen? My dd(15) sings with her h.s. chorus and has had some voice so we go to a lot of college concerts and competitions. My hats off to you and your dedication. I hope everything looks up for you soon!

And congratulations for dropping 17 lbs. that's great!!

03-18-2003, 03:05 PM
Besides gaining .8 last week (which I think I lost, but we'll find out at 6:00 pm), I am SWAMPED at work!! I work in the Recruiting Office of a major law firm. We usually have enough work to keep us busy, but my officemate is out this week! ARRGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I just have stacks of paper on my desk and I can't get it done unless I stay to midnight every night, which ain't happening. And I am so stressed I'm not even hungry (I guess because my adrenaline is on overdrive).

Gee, that feels so much better!!

03-18-2003, 03:07 PM
I'm a stress and boredom eater!! (I'm in double trouble.) Today I'm stressing about the impending war and its effects. Today I'm also stressing because I already ate 1430 calories (those darn peanuts) so I'm cutting myself off. The only good thing is that I worked out some already but I need to get off my butt now and do some more. I hate when I have my "plan" for the day and I go even a little off. I always feel like I've ruined everything and I'm a failure. UGH!

Thanks for letting me vent! :mad:

03-18-2003, 03:43 PM

Vous êtes le plus sans aucun doute pas un échec!

So, you ate too many peanuts. You can't change that now, don't beat yourself up about it. Just get back on your plan and keep on keeping on :)

03-18-2003, 04:11 PM

Merci WISH ami! Je ne peux pas échouer cette fois et il m'effraye pour ne pas être parfait!

Les mauvaises habitudes meurent dur! Comprenez-vous?

03-18-2003, 05:14 PM
Mon cher,

Je comprends. Personne est parfait mais vous n'échouerez pas. J'ai le confiance en vous. Bonne chance!

03-18-2003, 05:22 PM
Vous parle bon francais! Merci!

03-18-2003, 09:10 PM
Hey guys!!! Luckymommyx2 and nativetxn

I am going to start answering you all in Latvian pretty soon! :D

Just kidding.

It feels good to dump all of the bad stuff doesn't it? I am sorry that some of you are really suffering though. nativetxn...sorry to hear about your mom, that really is sad. :(

Some hopes, thoughts, prayers and dreams for all of us......

Good luck to those that need help with work.
Lets buy a WINNING group lottery ticket for all of us that need some $.
If you pray, lets pray for all of our soldiers and their families and friends.
Also pray for America and the safety of its citizens worldwide.
Pray for health for those afflicted with illnesses

Lets keep supporting each other, this has been helpful.

03-18-2003, 09:27 PM
I'm praying, PrincessV. It's my only comfort. This has been really helpful, it was a great idea to post this.


03-19-2003, 11:06 PM
OK, the war has started, and I physically feel sick to my stomach.:( partly the food I ate in reaction to stress, but also the idea that we might have taken out a head of state just now. I know there isn't any easy answer to this problem, but I feel more scared than ever. My first thoughts were OMG, how are they going to retaliate???? Somewhere here, and if not them, some other idiot terrorist might take the opportunity.

God help us all.

03-20-2003, 08:28 AM
I understand PRINCESS VIJA. After it started last night my mom called and I figured she just wanted to make sure I was watching tv but instead she tells me that my younger brother is flying out today for some sort of symposium with his vet school. I'm really nervous about retaliation too. I have all of his flight info and I'm going to track it on my computer from take off to landing! I just feel like a nervous wreck. This is not helping my diet at all either! UGGGGHHHH!!!

PS...I would speak Latvian if I knew it. Closest I could come is Russian but that isn't too good.

03-20-2003, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by PRINCESS VIJA
OK, the war has started, and I physically feel sick to my stomach.:( partly the food I ate in reaction to stress, but also the idea that we might have taken out a head of state just now. I know there isn't any easy answer to this problem, but I feel more scared than ever. My first thoughts were OMG, how are they going to retaliate???? Somewhere here, and if not them, some other idiot terrorist might take the opportunity.

God help us all.

My BIGGEST worry and stress comes from fear of retaliation right now. I'm afraid to turn away from the TV (especially while Colby is in school) for fear that I'll miss 'something'!

We CANNOT ruin all that we've all worked for by stress eating! First drink a large glass of water or cup of coffee, etc -- then walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes or walk up and down the steps (if you don't have a tm). Then drink some more water (you'll be thirsty by then!). If you still feel like you MUST have 'something' then try to pick something within your program.