Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life

Here is a list I came across and I added a few notes of my own. We all could use a little calm and relaxation in our life, and these ideas are good guidelines.

Stress Reducers

Start your day with Bible and prayer--get up early so you can start the day unhurried.

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

Delegate tasks to capable others.

Simplify and declutter your life. This not only means material goods, but also includes making good and godly friends, and spending time with the most important people in your life. Avoid negative relationships. You only have so much time in a day so use it wisely.

Less is more.

Don't procrastinate, do a task right when you think about it otherwise you might forget.

Set things out you need for the next day, and have a place by the door where you exit for things you want to take with you.

Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. My Grandpa Hickok taught me to always add an extra half hour (at least) when travelling for unexpected events such as a flat tire.) There is nothing worse than rushing somewhere at the last minute. This recently happened to us one morning when taking Doug and Leanna to the airport for a flight to Madrid.

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

Take one day at a time.

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

Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases unless you can pay off the balance at the end of the month (we use a credit card for groceries and gas to earn points and save money on foreign transaction fees). My dad taught me a great deal about finances and budgeting.

Get organized so everything has its place.

Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc., keep your passwords written down and don't think you can remember all your user names.

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

Do something for the kid in you every day and also for your children and husband.

Get enough exercise.

Eat right.

Take time to give thanks and put things into perspective.