It's been a long time since I haven't posted anything in a while as I have been busy with work and stuff (or just plain lazy). Anyway, here are some tips that I stumbled upon while browsing Facebook which I think will help those who stumble upon this blog on managing stress. Especially in this fast-paced in generation where everything seems automatic and everything seems to be in our reach (thanks to technology), this is quite helpful. So here it is:
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- Always take time for yourself. At least 30 minutes per day.
- Be aware of your own stress meter. Know when to step back and cool down.
- Concentrate on controlling your own situation, without controlling everybody else.
- Daily exercise will burn off the stress chemicals.
- Eat lots of fresh fruit, veggies, bread and water. Give your body the best for it to perform at its best.
- Forgive others, don't hold grudges and be tolerant -- not everyone is as capable as you.
- Gain perspective on things. How important is the issue?
- Hugs, kisses and laughter. Have fun and don't be afraid to share your feelings with others.
- Identify stressors and plan to deal with them better next time.
- Judge your own performance realistically. Don't set goals out of your own reach.
- Keep a positive attitude. Your outlook will influence outcomes and the way others treat you.
- Limit alcohol, drugs and other stimulants. They affect your perception and behaviour.
- Manage money well, seek advice and save at least 10 per cent of what you earn.
- No is a word you need to learn to use without feeling guilty.
- Outdoor activities by yourself, with friends or family can be a great way to relax.
- Play your favorite music rather than watching television.
- Quit smoking. It is stressing your body daily not to mention killing you too.
- Relationships. Nurture and enjoy them, learn to listen more and talk less.
- Sleep well with a firm mattress and a supportive pillow. Don't overheat yourself and allow plenty of ventilation.
- Treat yourself once a week with a massage, dinner out or the movies. Moderation is the key.
- Understand things from the other person's point of view.
- Verify information from the source before exploding.
- Worry less. It really does not get things completed better or quicker.
- Make a regular retreat to your favorite space. Make holidays a part of your yearly plan and budget.
- Yearly goal setting. Plan what you want to achieve based on your priorities in your career, relationships, etc.
- Zest for life. Each day is a gift. Smile and be thankful that you are a part of the bigger picture.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” - Philippians 4:6 - (NLT)
You have a fundamental need for joy in your life. Life without joy is overwhelming, overburdened, and oppressive. Studies have actually shown that the more joy we have in our lives, the more productive we are. I read an article in "US News and World Report" that said that corporations hire "joy consultants" to build up the joy in peoples’ lives so that employees can be more productive. It is true that you have more energy, more creativity, and more productivity when you have joy in your life
In the short book of Philippians — only four chapters long — Paul uses the word “joy” 16 times. The amazing thing is, Paul didn’t write this book when he was on vacation in the Caribbean. He was in prison in Rome, waiting to be executed. In the darkest days of his life, he wrote the most positive book in the Bible.
In Philippians, Paul gives us six joy-builders that will help diffuse our discouragement and lift our depression. To make them easy to remember, I’ve made them into an acrostic — JOYFUL. Today, we’ll look at the first three.
“Jettison” means “to abandon as worthless, to discard, to eliminate, to get rid of.” Paul says if you want to enjoy life, there are some things you’ve got to get rid of because they are wearing you down and overburdening your life. The Bible says to forget your regrets, because that's what God does — he chooses to forgive your mistakes once they're confessed. The starting point of joy is letting go of the past. Philippians 3:13 says, “One thing I do is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead” (GN).
O: Omit all worries about your future.
If you’re going to enjoy the present, you must omit all worries about your future. Worry, hands-down, is the greatest killjoy of them all. You cannot be joyful and worried at the same time. Paul’s antidotes are these verses: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). You can either worry or you can pray.
Y: Yield yourself to God's purpose.
If you’re just drifting, if you don’t know where you came from or where you’re going or why you’re here, of course you’re not going to have any joy in your life. We all need a cause greater than ourselves for which we live. That is what brings us joy. Living for yourself does not bring joy.
Even when Paul had literally lost everything, there was one thing that could not be taken away from him — his purpose in life. Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (NIV).
If you want to have a joy-filled life, you need to get in line with God’s purpose for your life. When you begin to live the purpose for which you are made, life makes sense, and joy is a lot more easily found.
Talk It Over
- What are the things — people, circumstances, situations, or feelings — that are wearing you down and keeping you from living a joyful life?
- What is the difference in happiness and joy?
- What are you worried about? What do you need to do to release your worry?
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