It seems this is the season for challenges. We have the ice bucket challenge; the grateful challenge, face painting challenge, word challenge and I am sure there are others I don’t know about. I have a challenge. That is true on so many levels. 😀 Seriously, my challenge to you is “Reducing our stress level.”
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I am using The Recipe to Mental Health published by Albertsons, Inc. in 2006 as a guideline. This book was created by their pharmacists in Sav-On and Oxco Drugs stores. In spite of its evolutionary, transcendental feel, their approach is based in American Medicine with a little Alternative medicine flavoring. I was quite surprised about the latter since they were pharmacists.
I have created my stress reduction plan. I promised to share it so hear it is with a little information on why I added these things to it.
- Learn to say “No.” I know I cannot do everything but sometimes all those yeses creep up on you and then you are overwhelmed.
- Prioritize what’s left in order of importance. Do you remember those Franklin Planners and its system. Why did I ever stop doing that? I was organized then.
- Focus (think) on the good things. My good things of choice are found in Philippians 4 of the Bible. More on that later.
- Plan. Make plans for dealing with upcoming situations that might prove to be stressful. Having a plan eliminates some of the stress.
- Exercise. This could be stressful in itself. I know that it will reduce stress but I have such a hard time getting it done. I must plan to exercise an give it a high priority while I think of all the good things that will be accomplished. I will tell myself I am beating a pillow.
- Eat healthy. All ready doing that but have to cut out some things that I let creep back in.
- Do something I enjoy. I haven’t done any of my hobbies in a long time. I must put one of them on the list of things to do.
- Be nice to myself. Lighten up on myself. I am my biggest critic.
That is what I need to do but what does it look like in practical application. Get out the calendar and layout exercise, meal and activity plan. Prioritize and get started. Look out stress. I am coming for you!