How To Reduce Stress In Your Life
Do you feel scattered and unproductive? Does life seem to be swallowing you or overwhelming you? I have been there so many times, and God has been showing me ways to change my life in simple small steps. All the small steps are leading to a big impact that is bringing me more peace, contentment and less sress. I don’t have it all perfect or figured out, but over time I have come up with 10 ways to reduce stress in my life and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.
10 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life
- Unplug once a week. Take a day off of electronics, and normal weekly activities. I honestly think smart phones aren’t so smart, they are robbing us of connecting face to face, not to mention our pocket books as well. As a society we are addicted to all things electronic, so we must be intentional about taking time off of these gadgets for the sake of our relationships and kids. Cutting out cell phones and computers for one day is a beautiful thing. Trade that time for engaging with family, and rest. Go to church, take a nap, and read a good book. You will feel so refreshed to tackle the week ahead.
- Treasure your sleep. Getting proper rest at night will change your life. I have gone from being a night owl to waking up between 5:00- 6:00 AM. (nothing short of a miracle!) I now have much more energy and my days are so much more productive. Not to mention the time I have to start my day in Bible reading and prayer.
- Choose carefully the activities that matter most to you. Consider gathering the family for a meeting and deciding how many sports and extra-curricular events your family can handle at once. Trying to run too many directions not only adds stress, but costs excessive gas and eating out.
- Don’t feel compelled to respond to everyone and everything right away. Give yourself some time to say yes or no. We have become accustomed to emails and quick texting, so to delay an answer is unheard of now. I have made the mistake of saying yes too soon on requests and then having to decline and back out, where I wish I would have waited to give an answer.
- Play and create with your kids. I am not talking about just giving them a movie or toy to play with so you can do something else. But engage with them in some activity together. Spending 30 minutes to an one hour a day of intentional time with your kids will do wonders for them and you. When I spend special one-on-one time with my kids, I learn so much about them and about what makes them tick. If your kids are older find ways to connect at their level as well. Take them to their favorite restaurant or catch a movie, and work at creating fun with them as well.
- Limit yourself from time and energy robbers. This can be things like draining relationships with people, online activities like Facebook or anything that leaves us feeling stressed, less then good enough, unworthy, and worse when we leave than when we came. I call it making healthy boundaries for myself!
- Plan meals, and use the slow cooker often. By having meals planned, and written out in a list on the fridge I am not scrambling to figure out what our meal will be, and everyone is happier. The slow cooker is a great tool for stress free meals, and helps when in a busy season. I can throw in dinner, and leave it all day. It is so relaxing to know it’s taken care of. Planning meals not only relieves stress, it also saves money because we eat healthier and we avoid eating out.
- Find something you love to do and schedule the time for it! As women we are always doing for everyone else, so find a hobby or interest that you do alone. When we take timeto rejuvenate ourselves with “Mom time out” we can think more clearly and be a better mom and wife in our home and for our family.
- Date your spouse. Schedule date nights or times alone to connect with your husband. We are in a very busy world, and it is important to nurture our marriage. If money is tight, find creative ways to do at home date nights. Put the kids to bed, and watch a good movie together. Hold hands, and kiss often. When we invest in our marriage it dissolves a whole lot of stress.
- Find a place to serve. When we give of ourselves through missions and charity work, we soon forget our own troubles and stress. By focusing on the needs of others our stress will grow pale in comparison.
- And here is a bonus tip for fun…Eat Desserts! Because life is always better with desserts right?
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