Managing Your Stress
The demands of life, if not managed correctly, can cause stress that can be crippling. Sometimes people assume that stress is more often than not a motivating force that enhances performance, increases productivity. However, unmanaged stress can actually cause the opposite. Job performance can drop off, relationships with friends left unattended. The good news is that there are several simple things that one can do to reduce and better manage the stressors of life. Taking the time to become organized, making lists, creating personal boundaries, segmenting your time are only a few things that one can do to help manage life’s stress. The following is a good list of stress relieving activities written by Linda Goldfarb of CBN health:
1. Pray often, multiple times a day. I have found, if we limit our relationship with God to a once or twice a day experience we miss out on a continual flow of His Grace and blessing. Prayer is communication with God, a way to develop a relationship. If we only speak to Him once a day, how can we truly know Him?
2. Make your daily resting-goal a minimum of seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We don’t need studies to prove lack of sleep results in a less than desired effect on our health, work, and relational habits. We must be refreshed to be refreshment to others.
3. Lay out clothing the night before – an excellent habit to teach your children. If you find yourself standing in front of your closet for more than two to three minutes deciding what to wear, you can benefit greatly by organizing your wardrobe. Match outfits ahead of time, even down to the jewelry you will wear with it, and hang them all together. (This is a great tip from my friend Jill Swanson, an image coach). Guys, you can do the same with ties, socks, and shoes – never assume it’s only the girls spending time in front of the closet.
4. Say “No” more often. Burning the candle at both ends has become an acceptable pastime for all “Good Christians.” But living a multiple-wick life leads to early burn out. Getting our priorities straight — God, family, job, and other – will help in choosing which wicks to light. Just in case you’re asking, spending time at church every moment the doors are open does not fall under the “God” slot; it may be under your “job” slot if you’re a pastor or church secretary, but if not, it’s “other.”