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Stress-Free Living — April 22 Update and Inspiration

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Stress-free living…hmmm, I need to get to that point!  Stress-free, to me, means peace and freedom from anxiety, and deliverance from all the accompanying ill health effects caused by stress. My absence from blogging since my last post 12 days ago, Do Not Despise Small Beginnings, is an indication my life has been busier than usual AND a bit stressful! My hope is to return consistently to blogging for these final 8-9 days, and start strong in May.

 

 

 

So here’s some inspiration for this day…

 

“Many people today are stressed out

beyond anything a human being

was ever meant to endure.

Every person is very different,

uniquely created by God’s design.

What is complicated for one

may be simple for another.

Don’t compare yourself with other people.

But when faced with a problem

or difficult circumstance,

you must ask yourself,

‘What would Jesus have me do

in this situation?

 How would He handle it?’

Jesus was not stressed out or burned out.

He was not controlled by circumstances

or the demands of other people.

In John 14:6, Jesus said,

‘I am the Way.’

His way is the right way–

the way that will lead

to righteousness, peace, and joy.

Jesus prayed that His enjoyment

would fill your soul,

and it will when you learn

to take His approach to life

and its many different challenges.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

Yes, this is an important lesson to learn, and I obviously have NOT mastered it yet! Balance is the key to life, so I’ve heard numerous times!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you achieved a stress-free life yet?

If not, what steps are you taking to balance your life’s demands and manage your time to relieve stress?

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20 Comments

  1. Martha

    I keep telling myself not to stress, that won’t change anything except cause an ulcer. I have a habit of holding things in, making everything seem like it’s going great until………….. I blew up. I’ve been so worried about my family and some issues that I have no control over but I still stress. I’m leaving it all in God’s hands.

    22 . Apr . 2016
  2. Dr. Elise Cohen Ho

    I believe that no life can be completely stress free. The difference is in the handling, processing and recovery from the stress. This I do well with but it is a skill that needs to constantly be honed.

    22 . Apr . 2016
  3. tara pittman

    I dont think I have the stress free life. I am feeling less stressed when work is put on hold

    22 . Apr . 2016
  4. Elizabeth O.

    We sometimes cannot avoid stress but we can get rid of it once we start feeling it. I would often just give myself a break when I feel stressed!

    22 . Apr . 2016
  5. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    Living a stress free life isn’t easy – just keeping in mind to keep the stress down is stressful

    23 . Apr . 2016
  6. Doug

    This month has been a great month so far, and i expect the rest will be as well. My life got a lot better when I gave up the need to control the outcome of everything. I don’t even have to right all of the time. The Peace that flows from that is so comforting. Some people are annoyed by my calm nature.
    I do not take up this blog challenge every month because I know I will be traveling some months. This month seamed like a good chance to try again. My daughter and her husband visited us for a week at Easter. I chose to spend time with them and arranged a few travel pictures to share with them. No blogs for that week.
    Next week was off to a slow start because I had to take care of some virus problems before exposing others. Then I had a run of six posts. Great, but taxes have to be filed so another week was lost. No pressure, I do what I can when it needs to be done, and being able to schedule by time/activity and not be over scheduled lets me accomodate the changes that roll through life. So now I am back on track to daily posts. The thoughts I had initially of catching up with a few days of double posts have been set aside with no regrets because I put the time I had to good use and on things that were of a higher priority to me and yielded a better return in enjoyment and satisfaction.
    This comment should count as another blog post. 🙂
    Blog on!

    23 . Apr . 2016
  7. Alice Gerard

    I have not achieved the stress-free life. It is certainly a great goal, but I am not there yet!

    23 . Apr . 2016
  8. Diana Mathieson

    I figured once the kids were grown and moved out I would have less stress with less to do, not true still very busy and not as organized as I should be. I think I was more organized when the kids were young than I am with them as adults. I am not sure if I will ever achieve a stress free life. There is always something going on.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  9. Nicole Escat

    I love this post. Thanks for this!

    23 . Apr . 2016
  10. Alana

    In today’s world, it is so easy to be overwhelmed by stress. Years ago, such as in biblical times, I suspect that (as stressful as those times were), some of those stresses may have been closer to the types of stress we were designed to handle. Now we have instantaneous communication, the Internet, 24/7 availability by cell phone, and other stresses. It’s difficult. We have to tie in the old truths about dealing with stress and adapt them to our current lives.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  11. Rachel Mouton

    I don’t know? Are things ever stress free? I have days when the stress is less, but I don’t think I will ever be completely stress free and I’m okay with that. If I have stress it’s because people depend on me because they trust me and that’s a good feeling <3

    23 . Apr . 2016
  12. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    While this might not appear relevant, after reading this it came to mind

    “When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.” George Orwell.

    Stress is like the ink squirting out, due to everything making us feel exhausted and burdened until we explode either internal or externally.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  13. Lexie Lane

    This is really inspiring. Stress free life is really hard. Love this post.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  14. Terri Beavers

    I know that God only gives us what we can handle so I call on Him when something upsets my life, to help me get through it.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  15. Berlin

    I so love the end quote. Indeed stress can do so much and even destroy/ ruin a relationship. But most of us are given tomorrow to improve and make it better than our yesterday.

    23 . Apr . 2016
  16. Jenjen

    I think almost everything can stress us out but then.. there’s always good in everything so set aside the worries and live one day at a time 🙂

    24 . Apr . 2016
  17. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I think we can never truly get away from stress but how we react to it is what we need to be more mindful of and wary. Stress is part of daily life but once we let it consume us, its game over.

    24 . Apr . 2016
  18. Amy Jones

    When everyone looks stressed, i always take 5 minutes to listen to a cool tune, so i can relax and try to help everyone.

    25 . Apr . 2016
  19. Mariana

    I needed some inspiration today. Thanks for sharing this! My life is far from stress-free, but I’m working on it.

    25 . Apr . 2016
  20. Ana Fernandez

    I always take a few minutes for me everyday.. to do some yoga or just a long bath

    25 . Apr . 2016

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