De-Stress Before You Distress
You a Mess!
Besides these great suggestions from veteran children's
ministers, remember that things such as proper nutrition, enough
sleep, and regular exercise can also help reduce your stress level.
Here are more quick-fix ways to send stress packing.
- Hydrate. Drink the recommended amount of water every
day. Forego sodas and sugary drinks in favor of H2O.
- Abstain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar
as much as possible-especially during deadlines and intense
- Rest. Soothe yourself to sleep by concentrating on
these four questions: What colors do I see right now? What sounds
do I hear right now? What things can I physically feel right now?
What do I need to do or think about right now? These "right now"
questions help you focus on the present and not get caught up in
the "what ifs" of the future.
- Exercise. Walk to change your scenery, stretch to get
your blood flowing again, take a few deep breaths -- all these help
you refocus while taking a needed break.
- Confront. Face the source of your tension. Sometimes
it's someone else; sometimes it's you. Whoever the culprit is, take
steps to relieve the situation and prevent it from happening
- Recognize. Learn to recognize what triggers your
stress and how you can minimize its effects. An inability to say no
is a common trigger. Most of us find it difficult to say no in our
effort to please others.
- Apologize. If you lash out during a high-stress
moment, acknowledge your behavior and ask for forgiveness.
- Communicate. Learn to communicate your feelings
honestly to avoid feelings of frustration and anger and reduce your