There's an old Chinese proverb that says, 'A diamond cannot be polished without friction, and a person can't be perfected without trials'. We all want to live stress free without having to work at it, but it can't be done.
So, look at these 15 suggestions.
(1) Take time each day to pray and read God's Word; it'll transform your outlook.
(2) If in real life you still look like your passport photo, take a holiday; you need one!
(3) What goes up must come down, so cut back on caffeine and sugar!
(4) Eat right - a balanced diet isn't having a cookie in each hand!
(5) Exercise three to five times a week for 30 minutes; it's nature's remedy for stress.
(6) Develop better time management habits: 'use it or lose it'.
(7) Make room in your life for fun and relaxation.
(8) Get eight hours of sleep when possible.
(9) Maintain your sense of humour: 'A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength' (Proverbs 17:22 NLT).
(10) Start counting your blessings. The Psalmist said, 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits' (Psalm 103:2 NKJV).
(11) When you talk to yourself, say the right things. Your words affect you more than others.
(12) Simplify your life by eliminating clutter. If you haven't used it for two years, you probably don't need it.
(13) Develop a sense of purpose by seeking God and setting personal goals.
(14) Forgive; grudges are too heavy to carry: 'If you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive [you]' (Matthew 6:15 NLT).
(15) Read the last chapter of the Bible - we win!
I have woken up feeling slightly better than i felt when i went to sleep last night. I crashed really early just to escape how quiet and lonely my home felt. I got myself about 9 hours decent sleep that i obviously needed.
I adore sleep. It is impossible to think too much, or worry about anything while i am unconscious.
Hopefully today will be a better day. I am going to try to spend it working towards the things that i need to change, and concentrating on the many, many reasons that i have to be happy. I am going to try to forget how much it sucks to feel like i am always there for everyone else and their problems, yet when i am feeling down, or need an understanding shoulder there never seems to be one.
Luckily i don't often need anyone, i guess. Luckily, i can concentrate on forgetting that feeling, from the comfort of my lounge because i am not stepping foot out in public until my puffy eyes are back to normal.
Without the bad days, we would not recognise just how wonderful the good days are. Repeat until it sinks in, to prevent further meltdowns.