I got this via email, and thought it was a nicely put together list of ideas on keeping sane and reducing the chance of homeschool-mom burn-out! I have no idea who wrote it, but thanks to whomever it was!
CHRISTIAN WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS
An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others. – Let the kids gather the supplies, do some laundry and read the recipes! They aren’t helpless!
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases. Try and wait a few weeks before a purchase to see how long you can live without it.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read when you have a minute to spare.
17. Get enough rest. Remember to schedule a few days off in your school year!
18. Eat right. Plan your meals so you won’t end up at McDonalds.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life. Sermons, self help, Diana Waring, Konos, or Hank the Cowdog, anyone?
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations. And write your family and friends!
22. Every day, find time to be alone. And alone with God.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand. Or do scripture memory index cards and keep them handy.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus.”
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself seriously.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
What would I add to that list (aside from what I already edited a tad up there)?
37. Pray for other people. I know I couldn’t have made it this far if others had not prayed for me. This also helps you get out of your own bubble and live for more than just yourself.
38. A combination of #21 and #25 – Write in a prayer journal. It is nice to see how God has moved in your life when you go back and read what you have prayed in the past.
39. Hug your kids and kiss your spouse often. Set aside a date night (for your spouse) and kid day as often as you can (to get each kid alone for some quality one-on-one time).
40. Plan ahead (keep a calendar, dayplanner, menu planner, and lesson planner updated and handy)
If you would like to add anything to this list, you can do so in my comments section or on your own blog! Consider yourself tagged. God bless and may your 2006-2007 school year be un-stressed!
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