Do you ever feel like your own thoughts are the root of your stress?
I deal with my internal and external stress differently.
Sometimes a situation isn’t as bad as it seems from your perspective. Most of my worrying comes from my own thoughts and my own expectations.
When I am working to understand what the internal cause of my stress, I focus more on re-evaluating my goals and the reality of my situation.
For external problems, I often choose to organize my tasks so that I can increase efficiency and determine what aspects of a project are causing me to worry.
I always want to make everything perfect. Sometimes you just have to focus on doing a job well. As they say, an artist’s work is never done. There will always be something to improve, but eventually, you have to move on.
I often get stressed when I am given confusing directions or instructions that do not give enough structure and do not define expectations well. I have to focus my attention on what I CAN do.
I like to stop for a moment, listen to a calming song, and take out my planner or calendar. I write a list of what I need to get done and I start with the most stressful or the most time-consuming item. Oh, and you can’t forget to grab that calming tea!
We all have different styles, talents, expectations, and perspectives. If we only focus on what we can’t do compared to others we will never focus on the unique things God has made each of us capable of doing.
If we learn to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves in the way God intended then we can find strength in our weakness. Doing so allows us to appreciate the good in others and appreciate the qualities God has given us. Every situation can help us grow in love and humility.
Always choose to see the good. We grow when we go through difficult situations.