7. Less is more.. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.) Do you really need an extra new computer, a wide screen TV in every room of the house, a closet full of the latest fashion shoes, or an extra car in you driveway when one is enough? Remember, these extra possessions can add up to more hours of work at the office to pay for them and more stress and also leave less time for home life.
1Titus 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. This is one that I have a hard time with, but when I do plan for extra time, it really lightens the load. When there is a traffic jam or road construction, it can wreck havoc on my serene attitude.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects overtime; don’t lump the hard things all together. When I have a project that is glaring at me, such as sewing a curtain or cleaning out a really cluttered closet, I allow for a certain time that day, maybe 30 or 45 minutes. After the time is up, I then go on to do the necessary every day chores. Over time, the big project gets accomplished without a strain on my normal duties around the house. Does this contribute to a more stress free life? You bet!
10. Take one day at a time. Sometimes life can throw you for a loop. All is going well and then “Bam,” you have a drama when you don’t need it most. First thing, is remember, you can do this minute, this hour, this day what you can’t possible do for a lifetime. Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. You don’t need to load any more on you then you have already. Besides, many worries never come to fruition. And remember God gave you this gift of the day. Always remember, give, love, hug, see the beauty in nature, in others.
Ps 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Mt 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
11. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases. Today, many people use credit cards to make a spur of the moment purchase. This day and age, everything is spontaneous. We have instant oatmeal, instant TV dinners, pre-made buns in a box; instant entertainment – you name it, you got it instantly. Have you noticed that many spur of the moment item purchases are located right in the checkout aisle? Many marriages suffer from the stress of debt with credit cards. This has not always been the case. Believe it or not, when I was young, you were considered incompetent in your finances if you made purchases with credit. Again, the stress comes from arguing over how much money was spent with credit cards, when there is wasn’t enough money to begin with and the additional burden of working those extra hours to pay it off.
12 . Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra housekey buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. This only takes a few minutes to prepare, and oh the stress when we don’t have them when we really need them!
13. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can preventan enormous amount of trouble. How many times have we opened our mouth, giving our opinion when we really should have kept it to ourselves? Does that contribute to your stress levels? Here is a book that I have heard changed many women’s lives by controlling the rudder of their ship.
James 3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor list.
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles.
14. Do something for the Kid in You everyday. This was something that took me some time to do, being that I had a list of things everyday that I felt I HAD to do (at least I thought I had to do). Go for a walk along a beach, watch the sunset, take you shoes off and run around your backyard. Whatever you used to find as fun, once in awhile it just feels good to let go. It is especially easy if you have kids. Get out the bubbles and watch them catch them. Go ride your bike, swing on a swing. Play basketball or any other sport you were interested as a child. It just feels go to let go of your troubles for awhile, giving your mind a much needed release. I would like to hear what fun things you used to do as a child and can use in this setting?
FOR TODAY: Father, help us each to see the specific areas in our life where we have added stress, whereas you have commanded us to rejoice in the day You have given us. (Psalm 118:24) We thank you for each day because you have promised to never leave us or forsake us. We know You walk along side us everyday, promising your Holy Spirit if we seek Your way. We know ‘all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to Your purpose.’ (Romans 8:28). Help us to take comfort and rejoice in that wonderful promise. Amen
Here is Part I of this series: