September 25, 2016

De-Stress Now: 4 Practical Tips

Most individuals consider themselves to be busy. Many of us are completely overwhelmed.  At any given moment, there can be multiple demands on our time and resources.

Frankly, I often feel like a highly skilled juggler. I usually have four to five huge responsibilities to manage at a time. If I don’t push myself to keep up with all of them--if I drop the ball--I’ll “fail”. The audience will boo me off the stage, and I’ll probably lose my job.

That’s the reality of any kind of entertainment: If you don’t perform well, you lose your audience.

Luckily, some of us are a little more forgiving in the real world. We know we can’t demand perfection in every area. It’s not possible to fulfill multiple roles in an absolutely flawless manner:
  • Parent
  • Business executive
  • Chauffeur
  • Personal chef
  • Family Nurse/Doctor

You know what? That’s okay. It’s not healthy to insist on, or expect, a gold-medal performance constantly. This PowerPoint image shows us why:

The truth is that every one of us is dealing with limitations of some kind. That’s why we have to give ourselves a break. We’re all human.

A few months ago, I came across some great tips for getting rid of stress Here they are, with some added comments:

Don’t Overcommit

It’s better to do a few tasks well than many tasks poorly. Certain personality types are especially prone to take on a tremendous amount of responsibilities. However, they often complete none of them, or only a few of them. Such an attitude isn’t practical. A wise person knows how much they can truly handle.

A former volunteer at my place of work is no longer going there. She needs to take care of her elderly, ailing husband at home.

Each person only has 24 hours in a day. We must choose wisely how we use them. There will always be “urgent” tasks fighting for our attention. On the other hand, those duties won’t always be “important”.  That’s why we may choose not to accomplish them.

I had bills to pay yesterday, but I didn’t get that done. It was more important to spend quality time with my family.
Don’t Procrastinate

There’s a famous saying: “The road to He** is paved with good intentions.” That might seem harsh, but it’s still true. Appropriate actions will usually move us forward in life, while merely “planning” to do something won’t.

The longer we put something off, the more it weighs heavily on our minds. Pretty soon, it gets to the point where we don’t want to finish the project at all. It holds us down like a 50-lb. weight on our stomach.

I have been planning to de-clutter my dining-room table for months. This project has become the elephant in the room that nobody talks about.

Prayer is necessary to keep us connected to divine help and guidance. Human power and knowledge is limited; divine knowledge and power isn’t. When we procrastinate praying, don’t prioritize it, or overcommit our lives, we invite anxiety in. End of story.

My Conclusion

“I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)

Life is getting more and more complicated. There’s no way we can accomplish every job that’s given to us. That’s why each person needs to seek divine help and make wise decisions about how to spend his precious time.

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