Manage Stress By Living A Balanced Life
Adapted from Six Basics of a Balanced Life, by Carol Kent and Karen Lee-Thorp. Published by NavPress.
If you’re trying to do it all, you know just how much of a challenge it can be to accomplish everything there is to do in your life. The solution: Stop trying to juggle, and strive for a balanced life instead.
*Realize that a sense of balance begins with your inner thoughts, feelings, desires and choices. Your words and actions will flow out of what is in your heart. If your life is unbalanced, consider whether you might have too many goals, goals that conflict with one another or no goals (allowing you to be swept along by life’s pace without regard to your direction).
*Ask yourself what’s truly important in your life. Pray about it, seeking God’s guidance about what your purpose is on earth.
*List the activities that regularly consume your time and energy. Consider how they align with your purpose. Imagine that you will have to live without one of those activities. Which one would you drop, and why?
*Remember that Jesus led a truly balanced life. He didn’t try to do it all; instead, He was focused on exactly what God the Father wanted Him to accomplish.
*Realize that your value comes from God rather than your personal achievements. Set aside regular times to commune with God through prayer and Bible study to establish a spiritual balance.
*Commit not to be swayed by the frenzy of a particular moment, but to react calmly and to try to live proactively as much as possible.
*Sometimes you can wear yourself out by trying to do things for yourself that God can much more effectively do for you. When you don’t trust that God is willing and able to meet your needs, you can become anxious, angry or depressed, which can lead to frenzied activity. Decide to trust God’s goodness (His willingness to provide for you), power (His ability to provide for you) and wisdom (His understanding of what you need). In prayer, confess the ways it’s hard for you to trust God, and ask Him to send you grace to grow.
*Make time to pursue recreation, rest and exercise regularly.
*Don’t try to do everything yourself; you could get some tasks accomplished more efficiently if you delegate them to others. Remember that God has designed people to need each other.
*Make your time alone with God enjoyable. Praise Him and thank Him rather than just presenting a list of requests to Him. Ask God to reveal a new truth about Himself to you each week, or deepen your understanding of a truth you already know.