Stress Busters

~ Pam Vredevelt ( From the Book of Lists ISBN1576734781)

 

1)       DEVELOP ORDER.  

Tidy up.   Put things away.   Toss clutter. You can restore a sense of calm to a room with a 30 min. “sort and dump.”

2)       DIVERT YOUR FOCUS

Diversions give the mind a break from problem solving and burden bearing.   It is impossible to be consumed with worry when something else in captivating your interest.

3)       DIFUSE  

Push the pressures out of your body through 20 min. of exercise

4)       DEBRIEF:

  Talk out your tension with a safe and trusted friend

5)       DIVERSIFY:  

Change chanles on your brain.   Problem solving is more effective when the mind frequently rests rather than obsessing.

6)       DELIBERATELY REST:  

Schedule several five minute slots during the day to let down and slow the mind and body.   Listen to music, pray, meditate on scriptures that soothe the soul.

7)       DEAL WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Make ammends wherever possible.   Grant forgiveness rather than nursing grudges.

8)       DECIDE TO TRUST:

  One of the best perscripteions for fear is to say “God I choose to trust you.”

9)       DEDICATE YOURSELF TO THE BASICS:

Sleep 8-9 hours a night.   Eat well balanced meals.   Exercise 20-30 min. 3x a week.   [Read scriptures 20-30 min. a day.]

10)   DISENGAGE:

When overwhelmed, step back, buy yourself some time and stop trying so hard.   Everything doesn't have to be fixed today.  

11)   DIG IN:  

Avoidance heightens anxiety.   Evaluate what can be done and do it.   Don’t get stuck in the quicksand of an “all or nothing” apporach.

12)   DON’T BE A “TYPE E” PERSON:

  No one was designed to be everything to everybody.   Only God can fill that job description.