This is slightly modified from a much better and more comprehensive list supplied by those fine fellows at SCD Lifestyle. I’ve adapted it to suit me and I’ve seen a great reduction in my stress levels, after just 5 days! So I recommend at least giving it a go – with modifications to suit you and your lifestyle. Stress-free living could be just a week away!
- Pray every day. Read your Bible, and make this non-negotiable, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes.
- Bad day make-over. If this was your last day on earth, would you like it to be this way? If not, take a step back, change your reactions to and perspectives on the events of the day, and make a concerted effort to enjoy the rest of your day.
- Get enough sleep. This has been very key for me and has made a big difference. I always find that a good night’s rest is like a reset button on my attitude and makes everything look less intimidating in the morning.
- Exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. Simply put, this is a lifeline and has giving me so much energy and an eagerness to get out of bed every day.
- Focus on getting 3 things done today. My “To Do” list often spans pages and pages, and results in the inevitable Stress Paralysis that keeps me from getting anything done at all. Choosing three important (as opposed to urgent) tasks to complete each day gives me a sense of accomplishment, makes my day seem manageable, and ensures that some of the important-yet-neglected items on that to do list are getting the attention they need.
- Stretch. I was giving neck exercises by my physiotherapist and doing them every hour makes me more relaxed and less stressed. It also clears my brain and gives me a needed break from whatever I’m busy with. For some reason I feel a lot less overwhelmed by my day knowing that these babies are waiting for me at the end of the next hour. It’s like I have my own Good Joint Health magic switch.
- Start the day happy. This one surprised me at first, until I analysed my day. I usually squeeze as much sleep into a “night” as possible (usually about 5 hours, from 2am – 7am). Then I try to get everything done before my assistant arrives – usually just before 8! Impossible? No. Practical and peace-inducing? Not so much. Since I started working out, I’m up at 4:45, exercising by 5:00-ish, and ready for the day (including a devotion!) by 7:30. It’s wonderful. The work-out gives me the time to reflect, plan, pray and peace out before the day begins. It’s also often the place where I choose my Three Important Tasks (don’t use the acronym ;)) for the day and get mentally ready for the challenges ahead.
The verdict so far? Excellent.
I have a list. I love lists, and make them about everything (what to do, what to wear, what to pack, what to eat … you get the picture). I love my husband and often it’s enough just to say that, but lately I’m finding that it pays to be specific. My computer has that Sticky Notes application Microsoft introduced with Windows 7, and one of my stickies is a list of the things I love about my Man. I update it every few days, whenever I remember something else that I love about him, or he does something new that I love.
Here’s the list at the moment. Papa Bear is:
- Hard working;
- Deeply caring;
- Sweet & kind;
- Good @ fixing stuff;
- A loving and wonderful father;
- Funny, and has a good sense of humour;
- Willing to eat the food I make (this is a biggie at the moment, when some of the experiments include puréed carrots with banana. For dinner. Not recommended);
- Able to spell very well (important to me);
- A lover of books and words;
- A lover of God.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but having it on my desktop reminds me of just how special he is to me, and what it was that I loved about him in the first place. I didn’t marry him for his willingness or ability to wash dishes (for instance), and on the days when all the domestic stuff falls to me and I feel tired and overwhelmed, I remember this kind man who ticks all the boxes on my “Mr Right” check list. Then I praise God for giving me who I needed, despite my incomplete list and selfish tendencies.
I just stumbled across this site: http://listuniverse.wordpress.com/
I LOVE it! As a fanatical list-maker and avid reader-of-bullet-points I thought this was a great way to keep track of – well, everything. So I am going to start making lists today.
Here is my list of things I’m starting this week:
Why we need electric blankets.
- I’m starting making lists on my blog.
- I’m starting to balance education better. (More on that later).
- I’m going to start to manage my time better. Right after this post.
- I’m starting to drink less coffee. As soon as I finish the bag of Starbucks Dark Roast Verona I just received as a gift and have nearly flattened.
- I’m starting an exercise regime. Seriously. Any day now.
- I’m starting the next unit in Konos.
- I’m starting to use my electric blanket.
- I’m starting to be more honest – with everybody, including myself.
- I’m starting to finish the things I start.
- I’m starting to get to bed early and get more rest.
That’s all I got. I’m starting all of these things. Any day now. I’m sure of it 🙂
Actually, today I’m starting to be the mother of a seven year old, since my six year old went and got BIG! *Sigh*. Firsts always come right after tear-jerking lasts.
My last day as the mother of a six year old was also the first time I ever piped icing onto a cake.