De-Stress Before You Distress

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Stress Makes
You a Mess!

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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
    times.
  • 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
    again.
  • 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
    overall stress.

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