Many people will now be into full ‘holiday mode’, which often means a time of stress trying to buy more gifts than we can afford in less time than we really have. Stress is a way of life but here are some thoughts that might help.
Proven Stress Reducers
1. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointments, when to pick up things you have ordered, when library books are due, etc.
2. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning so you don’t start the day
3. Keep a duplicate car key in your handbag or wallet.
4. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other
5. Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and erring … for
sometime in life you will be or have been all of these.
6. Say “No, sorry!” to extra projects you don’t have the time or energy
7. Set up contingency plans – just in case: “If either of us is delayed,” “If
we get separated when we are shopping, here’s what we’ll do…”
8. Put brain in gear before opening mouth. Before saying anything, ask
yourself if what you are about to say is 1)True, 2) Kind, and 3) Necessary.
9. Stop worrying. If something concerns you, do something about it. If you
can’t do anything about it, let it go.
10. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are 50 to 100 blessings.
11. Learn to live one day at a time.
12. Every day, do at least one thing you really enjoy.
13. Don’t lose sleep over the small things.
15. Remember that the best things in life aren’t things.
16. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.
17. If an unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over
18. Do one thing at a time.
19. However busy you might be, ‘yes’ you can find time for some personal space, however short – 5 minutes with a cuppa and your feet up works wonders.
20. Finally, remember that without Jesus there would be no Christmas, so don’t forget to include him in your celebrations … it is His birthday after all!
This is a modification of the original. I am afraid I cannot track down the original source but hope these ideas might help you – and me – to find a sense of perspective!