It’s August. Children are going back to school. Gone are the days spent in jaunty freedom.
For many, that means the return of stress. You worry. You worry about your schedule, the huge amount of work you have to do, the little amount of time in which you have to do it.
You think: this amount of stress cannot be remotely healthy. You’re right. Stress is blamed as the cause for a plethora of conditions: high blood pressure, heart problems, being overweight (if you count that as a condition), insomnia, and aging (if you count that as a condition in these fountain-of-youth times).
No doubt is there that worry is a noose.
But don’t hang yourself with worry’s noose.
Paul says in Philippians 6:4, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer let your requests be made known to God.”
Worry and fear crawl into your life. Chase them away. Get on your knees and acknowledge your worry. Tell God you don’t want to worry about whatever anymore. Then, get up, and find a way to help yourself abate your worry.
Get some exercise. Your mind and body will thank you.
Try to get more organized. It’s a lot easier to stay calm when you aren’t carrying around a gigantic load of papers, notebooks, books, and binders with loose documents flying everywhere.
Establish a routine and stick to it. If you’re sprinting around the house trying to prepare yourself for the morning, you might be wasting time and energy.
Most of all: understand that the world does not always expect perfection.
Do you have to do your job with no mistakes? So be it. Do you have to live your life without mistakes? Heck no! Nobody’s a perfect friend, perfect family member, perfect whatever. It’s only important that you understand your mistakes and move on.
On a final note . . . Have no fear looking into the future. To quote Dostoevsky, “Fear is nothing more than the consequence of believing a lie.”
Look through the lies. You are a follower of truth.
Truth is steady; truth is calm.