Angry or Just Overwhelmed?
The year 2012 brought the most extreme times of personal testing I’ve ever experienced. My husband Darnell underwent surgery for a life-threating condition; five days later my beloved mother passed away. Only a week earlier, we had buried my husband’s brother—he was the third sibling Darnell had lost in 16 months. As I faced a publishing deadline, made funeral arrangements, and hosted visiting relatives, my nerves threatened to fray. I found refuge in Psalm 61:2: When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Here are some specific strategies that kept irritability at bay and helped me to keep my peace and my joy. I believe they will work for you also.
- Make it a point to worship God throughout the day. Exalting Him puts problems in perspective—Divine Perspective.
- Ask God, “What should I do next?” Then, make a prioritized to-do list of tasks that will move you forward.
- Make self-care a priority. Disable your phones and get some sleep. Also, get out and exercise (even if only for a few minutes).
- Ask for help and delegate tasks to qualified folks.