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Joy in the Journey

March 21, 2013

by Linda Beerman
Because this past week has found me traveling a lot and enjoying much time with family, I thought about destressing when it got a little too busy. As I was taking time to read and relax, I found this article about 35 ways to reduce stress. It includes using Christian values plus some practical and healthy advice. The author was not listed, so it is unknown to me, but I wanted to pass this along to you. Maybe something here will help you as it did me.

1. Pray.

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Seperate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about the situation, forget it!

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your purse; an extra house key hidden somewhere; extra stamps; ect.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble....and stress!!

15. Do something for the Kid In You every day.

16. Carry a Bible or encouraging reading material in your car to read whenever you have to wait.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find a time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to pray.

24. Keep a folder of your favorite scriptures.

25. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a soft spoken "Thank you, Jesus".

26. Laugh.

27. Laugh some more!

28. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

29. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

30. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

31. Sit on your ego.

32. Talk less; listen more.

33. Slow down.

34. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

35. Every night before you go to bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

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