Stress is one of the words that I decided to erase from my life’s vocabulary. Although a little of it is good to keep my body moving and doing, but too much of it can cause exhaustion, sickness and worst, death. For many years, I allowed stress in my life making my body suffer a lot of various effects from stress.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
1. Recognize the problem
The first thing that you need to do is to identify from where does your stress come from.
Without noticing it, I usually get stressed when:
- I lack sleep;
- my kids are sick;
- someone is making me hurry;
- people around me like my husband, helpers, kids, students, etc. are not doing what I told them to do;
- there is conflict with other people;
- managing our finances;
- arguing with my spouse; and
- coping up with all of my responsibilities at work and at home.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. – James 1: 5
After identifying the sources of stress, lift them all to God and pray for God to help you overcome stress. At this point of time, I learned that prayer should not be our last resort when there is nothing else we can do to solve a problem.
Prayer should be our first action of defense when we are confronted with troubles and challenges.
I recognize now that even if how much effort I am exerting towards a thing, I will not succeed if I do it without God. My flesh will just be exhausted and I will just get stressed out.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
3. Be organized
Being organized is not inherent in my personality. I was really a disorganized person. But since most of my stress come from being disorganized, I am doing my best to keep everything in its place. Below are some of the things I use to help my self become organized:
- Planners- to keep track of everything like events, appointments, work schedule, bills, etc.;
- To-Do List – to make sure that I’ll finish everything that I need to finish;
- Kan Ban Chart -to have a visual reminders of my projects or to-dos;
- Meal plan- for me to lessen the time thinking what my family eat for the week; and
- Grocery list- for me to save time and money in the super market
Just a disclaimer; although all of these things are helping me so much in organizing everything personally, at home and at work but of course I am sure that I am not 100% organized. There is still so much room for improvement. Still, I am glad that I have improved a lot over the years compared to what I was before.
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. – 1 Corinthians 14:40
Know your priorities and put them in the right order to avoid overwhelm and distractions. Determine what are the things that need to be done immediately and focus your time on what is really important to you. For me, this is the order of my priorities: God is first; family is second and career is third. If I will just stay in this order, I know that everything will fall on its proper place.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33
5. Meditate on God’s Word
In Hebrew, “haghah” is “to meditate” or “to murmur; to mutter; to sigh” and when done in the heart, this is considered “musing, or meditation.”
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.- Joshua 1:8
To meditate day and night is to speak the word to our self day and night especially when there are things that trouble us. It is very important to remind our self about God’s promises and that in what ever situation we are in, He is always in control.
6. Delegate work
Don’t do everything! You can only do so much at a time. If you are like me who tries to do everything myself, you will just end up frustrated, unhappy and exhausted. Involve other people in the task ,too. When you are at home, you can ask help from your spouse,kids or helper. If you are at work, you can ask help from your colleagues. Don’t be afraid to ask. I am sure that they will also be happy to help you.
Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. – Exodus 18:25
7. Me time
Take a break and have some ” Me Time”. Do what makes you happy and excited. For me, I am happy and excited when I go to a bookstore and buy myself washi tapes and colorful pens. My husband is happy when he is crafting his airplanes. How about you? What makes you relax and happy?
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
8. Be thankful
Often times, we are stressed with our children whom we prayed for 5 years, with our spouse whom we prayed for 3 years and with our dream job which we prayed for 1 year. We asked for all of them,didn’t we? Then, why are we so stressed? So instead of being stressed, let us thank God for the opportunity to raise kids, to enjoy life with our spouse and to lavish in God’s provision through our job.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.- Colossians 4:2
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