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what you think you are

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

36 CHRISTIAN WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS

  • Pray
  • Go to bed on time.
  • Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  • 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 unclutter your life.
  • Less is more – Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.
  • Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  • 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 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.
  • Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
  • 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 everyday.
  • Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Eat right.
  • Get organized so everything has its place.
  • Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  • Keep a Journal — Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  • Every day, find time to be alone.
  • 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 try and pray.
  • Make friends with Godly people.
  • Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  • Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good, “Thank you Jesus.”
  • Laugh.
  • Laugh some more!
  • Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  • Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  • Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most.)
  • Sit on your ego.
  • Talk less; listen more.
  • Slow down.
  • Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  • Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.

see ya soon

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