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No one loves unsolicited advice. At least in my experience. But for today's "Blog Everyday in May" challenge (that I am very loosely participating in... don't judge) I was asked to give some. So, internet, here it is:
Just. Stop. I know, I know. Easier said than done. As a type-A, perfectionist, oldest child, I know stress. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed with everything you have to do (perfectly), all the people you have to make happy, and all the plans you need to make for the future. But somewhere in the last couple of years, I stopped stressing. It happened around the time that my chest literally felt constricted and my heart would beat a million miles a minute, just because I was overwhelmed by all the things I had to do. It's then that I realized that stress can take years off your life. Really. So how did I stop stressing? Three things:
1. Prayer - I would pray that God would give me His peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7)
2. Rational Thought - I would stop and think about the things that were actually stressing me out. For example, I have a paper to write. Is worrying about it going to get the paper written? No. So, I would make a list of the things I actually needed to do to get it done.
3. Saying No - We are a generation of multi-taskers. In my opinion, we do too much. Why do we take on so many things? Learn to say no. If you are stressed out all of the time, you are probably doing too much.
I'm curious - what do you do to manage stress?