One of the biggest things I'm learning and growing in is how to handle stress. It's been something I think I thrived on for a while - the stress induced adrenal rush that can make us highly productive... for a short period of time. The trouble is, long-term stress is also a suppressor of our immune system, amongst other things, leaving us vulnerable to less than optimum health.
Here's a few things that I'm learning and challenging myself on, in learning how to minimize stress and deal with it in a healthy way when it comes. I hope you might find something here that's helpful to you too:
1. Get organized. Being un-organized is stressful. If everything has a time and a place and an order of priority then stress can be reduced. For me one area where I'd hit the "adrenaline button" to get things done, would be in cleaning and taking care of our house. I'm learning that if I have a routine and a system in place, I no longer have to pressure myself to deep-clean my house from top to bottom in one morning! (And spend the next 2 days recovering!)
5. Remember what's important. Gain some perspective. If you're anything like me, the things that stress you out the most are often the things that are no where near the most important things in life. Take time to gain some perspective, to remember what's really important and what's not worth getting stressed about. For me that's quietening my heart before God and remembering that He's in control, and choosing to be thankful.
How do you deal with stress in your life? Tweet me @vacrossthewater or comment below