5 Thinking Hats Technique

5 Thinking Hats Technique

Good Morning Peaches!

As you know, I am learning to manage and alleviate extreme anxiety. One thing that has helped is finally and sadly switching to decaf. Ugh, I did not want to do this because I love regular coffee but my nerves can no longer take it so I had to switch. 😦 This is ridiculous but I actually put it off for a long time because Jason and I both drink coffee at the same time every morning and it would be a lot of trouble to brew both. So, I went and did the only logical thing and bought two coffee makers!

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Problem solved!

But on a more serious note (although I bet you will feel less anxious drinking decaf), today I want to share with you the 5 Thinking Hats Technique. A big part of our anxiety is that we are unable to live in the moment, we are always thinking about the future or the past. The 5 Thinking Hats Technique is something I learned from recoveryformula.com and have found it amazingly helpful. The purpose of this technique is to bring you into the present. You will be so amazed at how much better you feel just by being mindful of the present moment! It’s so simple and it works.

All you do is when you feel anxiety symptoms coming on, identify five things in the room. Then identify four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell. Then think of one good thing about yourself.

Easy! Here is a cheat sheet.

5 Hats Technique

This has been a blessing to me and I hope it is to any of you anxiety sufferers out there as well. Let me know if you try it!

Peace to your Monday,
Angela

Question:

Have you tried the 5 Thinking Hats Technique? 

Dog Drama, Anxiety City, Still Pluggin Along. How Are You All Doing?

Dog Drama, Anxiety City, Still Pluggin Along. How Are You All Doing?

Well happy Saturday night ladies!

Dog Drama

I am so sorry I haven’t been able to post this week! I told you I would fill you in on the dog drama that happened this week. Ugh.

So we have been wanting to get a second dog for a while. We are definitely dog lovers and we most of all wanted a pal for Cody.

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Cody is our 135 lb Labrador/St. Bernard mix whom we dearly love. He has been an indoor dog for all of his 5 years but we have pergo floors which I didn’t realize are bad for dogs hips! So we installed a fence in our back yard so that he isn’t always on these floors. He isn’t used to being outside that often so that’s why we thought he might like a pal. Jason and I thought it would be good to adopt a dog from the shelter this time instead of getting a puppy. So I loaded up the kids and went went and checked out the pups at the local shelter. We found one that just had the sweetest face.

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They let the dog come outside with the kids and I and all went well! I wasn’t at all concerned about how Cody would act toward the new dog because he is the absolute friendliest dog there is. I still wanted them to meet before we made our final decision so the next day I brought Cody up to see how they acted together. Perfectly fine! So we payed to have her spayed and get her shots and picked her up last Monday. We were so excited to have a new dog! Ryan named her Katie.

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The first night went fine. She was still groggy from the surgery so she pretty much just laid around and wanted to be petted every now and then. The second day all seemed to be going well. She was great with the kids and was super sweet and cuddly with me. She didn’t seem to interested in Cody but I knew they probably needed to warm up to each other. But as the day went on she started snapping at Cody. The first time he was just sniffing her face. Then when they were eating she wouldn’t let him eat his food. Then he was just laying on the ground and she walked over and snapped at him for seemingly no reason! Then there came a point where she kept coming at him and snapping and growling at him over and over. She wouldn’t let up. Cody is friendly and didn’t really know how to react to her. But it broke my heart to see her biting at his ears and face like she was and I definitely didn’t want to find out what would happened if the kids got in the way of her letting Cody know that she was taking over the place.

I put her outside in the fence and was going to keep her out there for the rest of the night. But at 10:30pm there she was at my backdoor! She had dug out of the fence! I was so scared. And of course everything happens when Jason is out of town. I brought her back in, called animal control and they took her back to the shelter. 😦

Ugh, I probably gave in too soon and should have stuck it out a little longer but I can’t have the kids around dog fights like that.

So that’s what happened.

So Anxious!!!

So I am so anxious you guys! As you know, I have had a really hard time with postpartum anxiety this past year. A few weeks back, Ryan had a health scare and I absolutely broke down in the pediatricians office. Thank the Lord everything turned out ok with Ryan but his doctor told me that I really needed to get help with my postpartum anxiety lol.

“Really? I had no idea.” Haha!

Just kidding. She was extremely kind to reach out to me. She suggested I try supplementing with two amino acids since I still don’t want to try medication. The supplements were L-Tyrosine and 5-5TP.

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When I first started taking these, I felt amazing! I couldn’t believe they were working so well so fast! But what I didn’t realize was that L-tyrosine makes you jittery. I’m not sure why this is but I didn’t know and continued to drink the same amount of coffee that I always do. Since my anxiety is at it’s worst around my ovulation time, I decided to take the L-tyrosine two times a day around this time. The back of the bottle said to take it 1-3 times a day so I thought nothing of it. After the first few days, I noticed I was having a hard time falling asleep. A few days after that, I was watching Beauty and the Beast with the kids and had THE WORST anxiety attack of my life! Once again, everything happens when Jason is out of town!

So I stopped the amino acids and switched to decaf but now I feel like I am just stuck in anxiety mode. 😦

Speaking of this kind of thing, since I am no longer on Facebook and my reader base has now dropped to maybe seven, can we talk about PMS a minute? Does anyone else feel like they are dying during it? I do. It’s been this way for a long time now. I don’t get moody, I feel like I am dying. The fatigue is unreal! It’s the kind of fatigue you feel when you have the flu. Like life is just to much effort. 😦

Anyone?

It’s ok if it’s just me but I have been wondering this forever.

The Zipping

Still the same weight. I have been staying on track with my food but I can’t get mad because I waited until two weeks before the wedding to put forth any real discipline. Plus I swear my stress is making everything worse. So this should be interesting. My plan is just to continue on doing what I am doing so that I can squeeze in the best I can and then bring a dress to change into after the wedding. Rhonda called on Monday and her dress doesn’t fit either, and she’s the bride! Am I terrible for being thankful? Haha, at least I’m not alone!

So as usual my food is  weird and the same day in and day out. Although the other day (the one I told you about that I felt like death), I melted some cheese in a bowl and ate it. Haha! Is there a better cheat?!

But here is how things usually have been…

Breakfast: oatmeal with Vega essentials and almond milk
Lunch: Tofu, oatmeal with 1/2c applesauce, 1/4c dry roasted peanuts
Dinner: Same as lunch (I know! So weird! Why am I such a weird eater?!)
Multi-green kombucha (this has totally grown on me!)

Oh! I did try new flavors! The Passionberry is amazing but I did not like the Cayennade at all. Unless you like really spicy things, approach with caution. My mouth was on fire for an hour.

I haven’t been doing any formal exercising. Anna is now at the age where doing a video is impossible if she is not asleep and now that she is down to one nap that time is in the afternoon. And the thing with afternoons is, I don’t workout during them. So I have to figure something else out in this area. As of now I just do random squats and lunges around the house while cleaning.

I hope you are all doing well! I still have to read your comment Mary but I skimmed over it and it looked like you were having fun as usual. 🙂 Are you back from vacation Anne? How’s it going Christine?

No matter how this challenge turns out, I know exactly what I will be blogging about after this wedding………anxiety management. I have been reading up on how to manage it without medication. I will blog about it soon! Until then, any suggestions?

Questions:

Have you ever had a pet that hasn’t worked out?

Do you struggle with anxiety? How do you manage it?

Do you have extreme fatigue during PMS or menopause? 

How have you been doing with your eating and exercise?

Love you ladies!

 

 

 

 

“Ish”

“Ish”

Hellooooo!

So good to hear from you ladies over the weekend. I hope you all had a fabulous one!

How was the weekend? How do you feel about the week ahead? In a healthy mindset? I kept to clean, lower calorie foods over the weekend and was 3 pounds down this morning. Mary was so right when she said you can’t think about it too much! So for now, “ish” seems to be working for me.

Vegan-ish
Clean-ish
Low calorie-ish
Disciplined-ish

Haha! But really! Eating all the right foods and making sure we get exercise in is definitely not what life is about. But these things definitely make life a whole lot easier right? I think we all know this scenario……

You decide to fall off the wagon. At first, no adverse side effects. Heck, you even feel better than you did while staying on track! Days go by, sometimes weeks. Adverse side effects kick in. You’re tired, you have cravings, you can’t seem to gain control over your eating, you have no motivation to work out, you feel bad about yourself. Ugh, back to Day 1!

So I think the key is if to just stay on the wagon……ish. Maybe just sit on the wagon with our legs hanging off. 🙂

Cheers to “ish’!

Thanks Mary!

Love you ladies!