A friend recently sent me a list of “36 Ways to Reduce Stress.” No, I won’t list all 36, but let me share just ten ideas with you. Maybe one will especially speak to your life and situation.
#1 – Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. Let me add that it would be great if, before you tackle your responsibilities, you included a time for Bible reading and prayer.
#2 – Simplify and unclutter your life by allowing more time than you think you need to do things and to get to places.
#3 – Take one day at a time, separating worries from concerns. If the situation is a concern, ask God what to do about it. If it’s a worry, turn it over to Him and forget it.
#4 – Delegate tasks to capable others. It’s an ego-trip to think you’re the only one who can do the job.
#5 – Download the Bible to read on your phone while waiting in line. That’s a great way not to waste time. Another good use of time is to listen to an inspirational podcast or CD while driving. You’ll find you’re calmer when you reach your destination.
#6 – Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try to pray about them, or you’ll be so tired you’ll fall asleep before you finish your prayer.
#7 – Keep a folder of favorite scripture verses on hand—or write them on cards you can carry with you.
#8 – Be kind to unkind people—they probably need it the most.
#9 – Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe. God is quite capable of taking care of what you can’t.
And the last one–#10 – Every night before going to sleep, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never thanked God for before. After all, as the Bible says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Do you have a tip to add to this list?