You’re reading a post in the Hearts Undaunted series. In this series, we explore how to live free from overwhelming fear, anxiety, discouragement, insecurity, and worthlessness. Please click here to read other posts in this series.
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We’ve looked at many tools to combat living an overwhelmed life. To recap:
*Continually seek to know God more.
*Know your identity in Christ.
*Replace lies with truth.
*Cultivate an attitude of praise and thanksgiving.
*Have some fun.
*Renew your mind.
*Ask how God wants to heal you.
*Compile evidence of His faithfulness.
We’ve waded through some heavy duties there.
Way to go! Are you feeling freer?
In addition to the heart tools, there are some basic, practical steps you can use to set yourself up for success:
- Get enough sleep. There was a time when I wore sleeplessness as a badge of honor. Now, I see it as pure foolishness! A little sleep goes a long way toward refreshing your mind, body, and spirit. It enables you to function and cope. Fight for your sleep! Nap when little ones do. Go to bed early, hire a sitter or have grandma or a friend watch the tots so you can nap.
- Accept help. Whether from caring friends, neighbors, your church family, or relatives, it’s good to allow others to lighten your load sometimes. There will be times down the road when you can do the same: bring a dinner to an overworked mom, watch your friend’s children, fold a load of laundry or clean a bathroom for a friend, etc.
- Just start. Sometimes, our workload or a particular task seems harder than it really is. After taking the first step, you will often find that the job goes more quickly, or easily, than you anticipated.
- Get out of the house. Particularly if you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, a change of scenery can make all the difference. Step outside for some sunshine and fresh air. Take a walk. Go to a park, a store, anywhere else to break up your day.
- Celebrate your victories. This is, by far, the most fun tool. God is doing great things in you! Acknowledge Him, and your hard work, with a little (or big, depending on the task) celebration. When you know something great is at the end, it can make the journey easier and more motivating. Enlist others in your merry making to sweeten the deal. Think chocolate, dinner out, manicure, clothing, a new book, or an addition to your craft/hobby supplies.
Friends, thank you for taking this journey with me. Coping with stresses that overwhelm is a lifelong journey for everyone. I hope that these tools give you the confidence to attack those crippling feelings when they threaten.
This is the last post in the Hearts Undaunted series, but my next venture is a continuation of sorts…
I am a little giddy to tell you that I am working as a part of the amazing Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dreams Team! We are currently building a rapport through Facebook. And we get to do two incredible things.
- Help to creatively promote Holley’s new, soon-to-be-released book.
- Support each each on achieving God-sized dreams of our own!