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Janet W.

Janet W.

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I am a Practical Nurse and Dog obedience trainer.
My interests include; knitting, painting, traveling, horseback riding, County fairs, animal rescue, teaching, and learning anything new.
I am a Witch. No. really! I am a direct descendant of the brother of three sisters convicted of Witchcraft at Salem, MA.
Little Bit in the kitchen sink with his favorite plastic bags.
  • Will A., June B., Airianna B., and 7 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    Think about a time when you were called on to be brave or act in a courageous way. It could be something from childhood - a new situation that initially scared your young self - or an event from adulthood, such as heading down a new career path, dealing with a loved one's illness (or your own), or making changes in a relationship. Reflect on how it felt to work up that courage, and how you felt after you tackled the situation.

    Why it matters
    The ability to be brave - that is, taking charge in the face of adversity or the unknown - is closely tied to feelings of self-esteem and empowerment. By thinking about a past success, it can help to bolster your belief in yourself. This in turn can empower you to make changes in your life now, or help ready you for any challenges down the road.

    Fun fact
    In his book "On Writing," bestselling author Stephen King tells would-be authors that "You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."

    I have had several situations but what I am thinking about was a time when I was physically challenged and stood up to the aggressor. I am 5'2" and weighed about 115 lbs. I am sorry that I can't write more but it is late and I am frazzled. Hope all my friends here are well. I will try as soon as I can to spend more time now.
    Aloha

    "Reflect on a situation that called on you to be brave"

    July 30, 2015 at 5:02 UTC
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  • Frederika S., Joe P., Steve S., and 9 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    Pledge to procrastinate for 5 minutes the next time you get angry. Instead of responding to someone right away, visualize a happy place as soon as you experience signs of anger - such as a clenched jaw, tense shoulders, throbbing temples, or curled fists. You can also remove yourself from the situation by playing a computer game, reading an article online, or taking a 5-minute walk. After the time's up, you can then respond to the situation.

    Why it matters
    In the midst of an anger-inducing moment, even a normally logical person is prone to jump to irrational conclusions, such as "Everything's a disaster!" or "My life is ruined!" Pledging to take a break for a few moments allows you to gain a sense of perspective. When you're calm, you're less likely to think in terms of absolutes and more likely to seek out solutions. After your brief mental break, you'll be ready to face what upset you on a more level emotional playing field
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    Fun fact
    The word "anger" is thought to have originated in the middle of the tenth century and derives from the Latin "angor," the word for anguish.

    I will try this. I only have a couple of minutes. We are both exhausted for 105 degree temps. while driving and last night I had a very painful Fibro. flare-up. So we both need to rest and leave early tomorrow. We are in Arkansas tonight
    ALoha

    "Pledge to put your anger on hold for 5 minutes"

    July 28, 2015 at 2:21 UTC
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  • Sharon B., Sandy W., Will A., and 8 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    The next time you are faced with an anxiety- or worry-provoking situation that you can't control, pledge to have hope that it will turn out the way you want it to. It can be something small ("This traffic is slowing me down, but I'm going to stay hopeful that I can get there in time!") or an issue that's more significant ("I'm not sure if I aced that interview, but I'm going to be positive and hope that they offer me the job.")
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    Why it matters
    Hope is an inspirational emotion that allows us to move beyond fear and anxiety and envision a positive future. Just as we can choose to feel worried or pessimistic, we can also choose to feel hopeful and optimistic. By consciously opting to have hope, we re-frame our thoughts so that the future - while still uncertain - isn't necessarily something to approach with fear or dread.

    Fun fact
    Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," an anthem about having hope in the face of adversity, is one of the most popular rock songs in Ireland and one of the country's most downloaded songs.

    I try to do this all the time and it is good to get another reminder.
    We are in a motel now, getting some paperwork done and resting. Tomorrow we should be in Tennessee. Little Bit spent most of the night running across my husband's head or knocking items off every flat surface in the room. Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Aloha

    "Pledge to feel hopeful about a situation you can't control"

    July 25, 2015 at 18:06 UTC
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    How to do it

    Think about a recent time when you felt upset, anxious, or easily angered. Now recall what time of day it was. Were you within a half hour of lunch, after a very draining morning? Was it past your normal dinnertime and you were stuck in terrible traffic?
    Why it matters

    Food is fuel, and when our tanks are running empty, our blood sugar level drops. This can make you feel feel nervous, anxious, and easily agitated - the perfect setup for getting angry or upset without much provocation. By thinking about a possible connection between your mood and your need for food, it may help you head off a negative emotion at the pass by having a little snack (or reminding yourself that you may not feel the emotion so intensely after you've eaten).
    Fun fact

    The music video for Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The video was put into very heavy rotation in 1983, launching the band into international stardom.

    Since I am a diabetic I am very aware of how low blood sugar can affect my moods. Usually I just become a little confused and have trouble making decisions but sometimes I become very angry. I recognize these signs and realize that I need a snack.
    This is the third time that I have typed this so I am not going to take any chances and just hit share.
    We went through a dangerous thunder storm today, but we drove out of it and all in one piece. Have a great Saturday, everyone.
    Aloha

    "Think of a recent time when you felt anxious or upset, and recall if it was close to mealtime"

    July 25, 2015 at 4:49 UTC
    • Betty B.
      Betty B. replied July 25, 2015 at 5:03 UTC:

      You are probably more conscientious about paying attention to how food affects your emotions than most of us.
      Have a nice weekend, Janet :)

    • Susan J.
      Susan J. replied July 25, 2015 at 5:59 UTC:

      **Janet** So sorry you lost the post a few times.
      It makes me CRAZY when it happens!
      ❤️☀❤️ℒℴѵℯ AŁWAϒֆ, Your Mermaid❤️☀❤️
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  • Victor D., Regina P., Barb B., and 6 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    It doesn't need to happen as you're feeling it, but plan to sit and think for a few minutes about an emotion you experienced today. It could be the frustration you felt when you stepped on the scale this morning, the stress of having to give a presentation at work, or the resentment you felt when your partner didn't do the dishes as promised. Whatever the feeling, ask yourself a few questions about it: Did the level of my emotion match the event, or did I over/underreact? Was there something else on my mind that could have caused me to react the way I did? Do I often feel that way in similar situations?

    Why it matters
    Over the course of one day, it's easy to feel a whole range of emotions, but how often do we actually take the time to sit and think about what might be beneath the surface of at least one of those feelings? Spending five minutes thinking about how something made you feel, and asking yourself questions while you do, can deepen your emotional understanding - perhaps the frustration you felt this morning was actually, upon further inspection, more closely related to sadness or anger than you realize. This deeper knowledge can, over time, better help you deal with emotions as they are happening.

    Fun fact
    The word frustration has its roots in Latin, and is derived from the word frustratio, meaning disappointment.

    I will have to do this later. We are somewhere in Mississippi and we are both very tired.
    Aloha for tonight

    "Spend 5 minutes better understanding a feeling today"

    July 24, 2015 at 2:48 UTC
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  • Debra E., Eibhlin B., Lynn R., and 9 others smiled at this

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    How to do it

    Write down one thing that never fails to make your blood pressure rise. It could be morning traffic, a sink full of dirty dishes, being ignored at a restaurant, or the way your boss talks to you. Whatever the cause of your anger, once you've settled on one thing, write down three reasons why it upsets you. Morning traffic can make you feel angry because you can't control it, for example, or being ignored in a restaurant can give you the feeling that you're not important. Really think through your anger as you come up with your reasons.
    Why it matters

    Anger is one of our "primary emotions," meaning that it is often an immediate response to a particular situation or experience. But the deeper reasons behind your anger can be as layered as an onion, and exercises such as writing down a source of your anger and reasons why you feel the way you do can help you to peel back some of those layers and gain a deeper understanding of the things that make you angry and why.
    Fun fact

    In 2008, a "tear-free" strain of onion was created in New Zealand. It uses biotechnology to inhibit the production of an enzyme in onions that acts as an eye irritant when exposed.
    I have done some thinking about what makes me angry so I know that my anger is often fear in disguise. I get angry when somebody tailgates me and that is fear. I have been hit by a tailgater and got neck whiplash out of the deal. Some people who tailgate are just road bullies and I will not be bullied. Others tailgate because they are just not paying attention. That is a bad habit while driving and that is what got me hurt.
    I probably won't be able to post tomorrow. We have spent three days in New Orleans. I love this city or at least the parts of it I have seen. We met wonderful characters. We are headed North tomorrow and we don't know where we will be tomorrow night.
    Aloha

    "Write down 1 thing that makes you angry, and 3 reasons why"

    July 23, 2015 at 4:12 UTC
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      Janet W. replied July 24, 2015 at 2:53 UTC:

      We loved the food, the sights and especially the people we met. We visited the amazing Aquarium and touched and fed sting rays! They have no teeth and suck food into their mouths. It feels like a soft vacuum cleaner when they take the shrimp we offer. We could easily have stayed ...see more

    • Janet W.
      Janet W. replied July 24, 2015 at 4:24 UTC:

      How could I NOT stay in touch with another Janet W??? We are joined at the hip!

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  • Victor D., Susan J., Celia B., and 8 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    Identify someone who has been frustrating you lately, and think about the last angry interaction you had with that person. Was there a larger issue that was making you feel irritated, such as underlying fear, mistrust, disappointment, or jealousy?
    Why it matters
    Everyday irritations can sometimes arise out of deeper emotions. Perhaps you feel like nagging your spouse every time he leaves his socks on the floor, but deep down, you're mad because you feel like he should help more with the laundry or other chores around the house. Maybe you overreacted when a friend was 15 minutes late to your lunch date, but your real fear is that you're losing your importance in that person's life. If you're able to pinpoint what you're really upset or fearful about, some of the immediate heat of your anger may dissipate. This may make it easier for you to come up with practical solutions to your problems.
    Fun fact
    When it comes to road rage, drivers with children are more likely to respond aggressively on the road than child-free motorists.

    I have a very close friend who does things like tell me the she is coming to visit at my apartment. She tells me that she is "coming right over and shows up 2 1/2 hours later." She lives 15 minutes away. I don't see a deeper feeling of frustration for me. I am frustrated that she doesn't see it as important that she let me know if she is coming later. But, I know she knows that she does this so I don't see any point in bringing it up again.
    I couldn't get online for a couple of days. I am just outside of New Orleans and a big storm killed the WiFi at our Motel. Torrential storms and record high temperatures have dogged our trip so far, making it impossible for us to camp. But, we had a really good time in New Orleans today. We left Little Bit at the air conditioned motel so we knew he was safe and comfortable.
    I have to go now. I only have a short time online.
    Aloha

    "Remember the last time you got irritated or frustrated with a spouse, partner, child, or friend"

    July 21, 2015 at 4:23 UTC
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    How to do it

    Set a timer on your watch, phone, or computer, and take note of your emotions at three separate times today. Try to space the reminders out over the course of the day to see how your emotions might change. Are you happier in the morning? At night? Do you feel anxious at a certain point? Or do you feel one emotion - such as sadness - throughout the course of the day?

    Why it matters
    Taking your emotional temperature throughout the day can give you great insight into why you feel the way you do. Once you can look at an overview of how your mood may change over a period of 12 hours, you can start to look for clues as to why you feel certain emotions. Perhaps you felt sad in the morning due to lack of sleep, or happy in the evening because you got through a difficult day. On the flip side, if you are feeling one strong negative emotion (such as sadness or anxiety) all day long, it might be a sign that you're dealing with a heavy emotional load, and could benefit from talking to someone about it.

    Fun fact
    The Smokey Robinson classic "I Second That Emotion" has been covered with much success by a diverse group of musicians, including The Grateful Dead and Diana Ross & the Supremes.

    I can remember. This morning I felt very sad and hopeless. Later I began to feel better. In the afternoon I was laughing and joking with my husband. Late tonight I felt more rested and also calm and happy.

    We are in Atlanta on our way to New Orleans. Little Bit has been traveling with us and he is just awesome. The stories just about him will fill another book. We are calling are own part of this trip The Misadventures of the Happy Campers. LOL More later

    Aloha

    "Take note of your emotions at 3 different times today"

    July 17, 2015 at 2:36 UTC
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  • Fay H., Sheryl T., Remedios S., and 12 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    How do you make leftover food taste good a day or two later? Do you reheat leftover take-out on a nice plate? Do you freshen the food with garnishes, like a squeeze of lemon or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese? Perhaps you repurpose it into a new meal, like turning yesterday's chicken dinner into today's tacos.

    Why it matters
    Leftovers are a fact of life, but they don't have to be a drag. Finding a creative use for those containers in your fridge can be the starting point for a fast and healthy meal. By sharing your leftovers secret, you may inspire someone else to approach last night's dinner in a whole new way.

    Fun fact
    The first frozen, packaged TV dinner was developed by the food company Swanson as a way to use up leftover frozen turkeys that weren't sold during the holiday season.

    I'm back! I hope I will be able to share every day again from now on, but getting online while traveling across country is very hit and miss. We started in Richmond, VA and are now in Georgia almost to the Alabama border. We are on our way to New Orleans and plan to stay a few days. We have been dogged across the South East by heavy and sometimes dangerous storms and as a result have had to spend way over our budget staying in motels instead of camping. Still, we have had some interesting experiences. I will write more later.
    As to the challenge, I don't call them left overs because I have a repertoire of recipes. Just one example. Day 1: I make spaghetti with sauce. I add puree pumpkin or sweet potato to the sauce that does not change the taste but adds some nutrients. Day 2: I make some chicken breasts to eat with the spaghetti as a side dish. I may add some sliced and sauteed bell pepper to the sauce. Day 3: I scramble eggs with the leftover spaghetti and add garlic bread. That is if there is any spaghetti left!
    I have several such plans that I use with foods I cooked regularly. Some foods we like so much that we never get tired of eating them and I make as much as I can.

    I had one more thing I wanted to say and it is a thank you and an apology. I want to thank all my friends here who did not give up on me despite my long absence. And a BIG thank you to those same people. For a long time I couldn't even get to my e-mails.
    Aloha
    Janet

    "Share 1 thing you do to make your leftovers tasty and appealing"

    July 16, 2015 at 3:21 UTC
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