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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
  • Peggy C., Sandy W., Ginger P., and 16 others smiled at this

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    Wow! Thank you Annette S, Sue P, Jackie W, Rebecca S, Judy A, Ginger P, Sheila H, and Sheila C! Rebecca S I will send a request tomorrow!

    Hangry is not a great feeling. I sometimes have very low blood sugar. It is a diabetic complication. When I am that low I try to be very nice to people so they will help me. No, I am not a very angry person.

    I had my physical and saw my primary doc and endo doc. Cholesterol is 183 without meds. Vitamin D is low at 21 so I need to do 6,000 od D3 a day. Recheck in 3 months. I have a referral for my very sore shoulder. I am fine.

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

    May 26, 2017 at 18:48 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H, Annette S, Judy A, Ginger P, and Sheila C! MUWAH!

    Is rushed a feeling? That is how I feel today. So far today I have gotten Rae to work, Isaac to his program, Jiffy lubed the car and opened 79 emails. As soon as I finish typing I will leave for a teacher luncheon. Did I mention that it is laundry day? Dinner will be steak, salad and roasted potatoes. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    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.

    "Spend 5 minutes better understanding a feeling today"

    May 25, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H and Joyce W!

    Unkindness. I am not an entitled person. I really get angry when people are rude or not kind. Everyone in this world is unique and special. Everyone bleeds red. Don't put a stumbling block before the blind. If you are having a bad day, smile and be kind! I am very slow to anger.

    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.

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

    May 24, 2017 at 13:42 UTC
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    Thank you Leigh Ann M, Ginger P, Judy A, Sally W, and Rebecca S! Happy 2222'sday!

    My sister Rae, of course, inspires me daily. She is the kind of person that does not need to be prodded to do things. If she is a dinner guest, she will help clear the table or serve food, or take care of the elderly guests or the children. It is second nature to her.

    Friends on the DC inspire me with their kindness and friendship. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    List three people who fill you with inspiration. They could be people you know, people who are currently famous, historical figures, or even fictional characters found in books or movies. Then think about what inspires you about these people and how they make you feel.

    Why it matters

    When we step outside of ourselves and think about people who are doing (or have done) meaningful things, it can fill us with inspiration. Feelings of inspiration give us the desire to do positive things for ourselves or make changes to the world at large.

    Fun fact

    "In a gentle way, you can shake the world" is one of the many inspirational quotes attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

    "List 3 people who make you feel inspired"

    May 23, 2017 at 17:57 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W, Sally W, Ginger P, Judy F, Joyce W, and Sheila C! Thank you for the invite Judy F! I don';t travel without Rae, but I love the invite!

    It is sunny and should reach 70 today in Chicago.

    We went out to celebrate Jimmy's 32nd birthday last night. Everything was perfect until leftovers were being packed. Everyone had their food cooked at the table and enjoyed fish, shrimp, and lobster with their meal. My food was cooked in the kitchen on an allergy safe surface. When the woman packing the leftovers packed Rae's food first I thought nothing of it. She used a clean fork. She took my food and before I could stop her, she used that same fork on my food. No leftovers for me! I have a doctors appointment today and saved the very rich sauce for after my blood tests. Just that one simple mistake really got to me. If I had not been watching I would have eaten that food and gotten sick again. I really dislike having this allergy!

    I got very upset with Isaac on Friday. I was stuck in traffic and without my knowing he put the car in neutral. It was a trick. I punched his arm. The underlying mistrust of him is a problem. I yelled at him that bit was not funny. He could damage the car. I thought I could detect some alcohol. He said that I was wrong, but I do not trust him very much. He is working his sober program right now. I so want to be able to trust him again. That is why I am on this DC track.

    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.

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

    May 22, 2017 at 16:01 UTC
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    Thank you Judy A and Sally W!

    I have no problem with saying that someone hurt my feelings. However, I know that I choose the emotions that I live. I can choose to be in a bad mood or a good one. It is mine to control. I can put myself in check. This leads me to have very few bad days.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    The next time someone does or says something that hurts your feelings, don't brush it aside by saying "That's OK." Instead, try to let the person know how and why they hurt your feelings. If you can't address the situation in the moment, plan to speak to the person about it at a more opportune time.

    Why it matters

    So often when our feelings are hurt, we try to downplay the situation and brush it aside. But stifling those very real emotions can have the cumulative effect of making you feel unimportant, unappreciated, and even unloved. Not saying "That's OK" when it isn't is a great step toward being more emotionally honest, and shows people that you value your interactions (and yourself).

    Fun fact

    Known for their quirky music videos, Chicago band OK Go achieved a significant boost in popularity in 2006, after the video for their song "A Million Ways" went viral. It was ultimately downloaded over 9 million times.

    "Pledge that the next time your feelings get hurt, you won't automatically say "That's OK.""

    May 21, 2017 at 16:28 UTC
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    Thank you Peggy C and Judy A!

    I write lists of things that I am thankful for. Today is a good day. Hugs and tons of love to each of you!

    How to do it

    In a small bag or drawer, collect items that lift your mood when you're down. You might include a stress ball, a brochure of an upcoming vacation, or a photo of nature for a feel-better drawer at work. In your at-home kit, include a favorite poem or quote, a photo of a happy memory, or a card or note from a loved one. Don't want to create a physical bag or drawer? Make a set of bookmarks in your web browser that take you to your "happy" sites online or sites that take your mind off things.

    Why it matters

    Learning to recognize signals of sadness and knowing how to soothe yourself are key strategies for managing painful emotions. If you're feeling sad, you may notice an aching, empty feeling in your chest and belly. You may feel a lump or narrowing pressure in your throat. Noticing these uncomfortable emotions is the first step toward feeling better. More importantly, finding effective self-soothing strategies that don't rely on drugs, alcohol, or some sort of other unhealthy stimulus helps you become more self-sufficient and independent.

    Fun fact

    Stress balls aren't a modern invention; they originated during the Chinese Ming dynasty. Ancient anxiety relievers were made of iron and rotating them was thought to relieve stress build-up in the neck, heart, and stomach.

    "Create a real or virtual "feel-better" bag or drawer"

    May 20, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W, Olga M, and Diane H!

    It is cold and rainy in Chicago.

    I drive Rae to work each morning and pick her up at the El every evening. Most days I prepare dinner. I handle all of the laundry. I keep her calm. I drive Isaac to meeting and classes to encourage his sobriety. I make meals for Jimmy and drive him home if he is too tired. I drive Krystyn to work. I turn off social media or the TV when people speak to me. It is easy to pause TV and then speed through commercials! Cleo gets 4 peanut butter bones after dinner each day, She comes over to my chair and waits patiently. After the 4th one I show her 4 fingers and tell her that was 4. She goes and sits on her bed. No begging. These are some of the ways that I show love. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Do you read and cuddle with your child each night before bed? Drive an older relative to the supermarket for groceries? Make a special trip for your furry or feathered friend's favorite pet food? Share one way that you show your love for a special someone in your life.

    Why it matters

    Love is one of our strongest, most positive emotions, and sustaining it means more than simply acknowledging that we have those feelings of love. Showing acts of love keeps it alive and strengthens the relationship's bond. By thinking about and sharing how you show love, it may even motivate you to explore new ways to express love.

    Fun fact

    Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet best known for his poems of love and romance, always wrote in green ink because it was his "personal color of hope."

    "Share 1 way that you show your love for a favorite person or pet"

    May 19, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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