Monday, June 18, 2007

Stress Busters

Take Five Daily:

  • One thing that is spiritual

  • One thing where I identify an emotion that I'm feeling or have felt

  • One thing that is physical

  • One thing that is social. And it has to be a different thing every day.

  • The fifth thing is a freebie.

  • It helps me to stay in balance. So I might have some amazing insight while reading my scriptures that's relevant to current events in my life, and I write it in my journal. That checks off the spiritual box. And I might recognize that I am feeling cranky because one of the kids only gets in touch when she needs or wants something and I just got one of *those* calls. The physical thing could be anything from "I really like my eyes; they're pretty" to straightening out the linen closet to spending half an hour at the pool or on the recumbent bike, because all three are things that pertain to the physical world. And the social is something that builds connection with another; could be visiting teaching, could be calling a friend who's grieving, could be hopping in the car with LittleBit and going for snowcones. The fifth thing is generally knitting, but the "can't repeat" rule doesn't count because it's a freebie, LOL.

    And if I say something tacky about myself, to myself or to somebody else, I have to follow it with five positive things, quickly. Which on some days induces a greater level of anxiety, LOL.

    Matthew 6:31-34

    31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

    32: . . . for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

    33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    34: Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient until the day is the evil thereof.


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