Four Ways to De-stress This Spring
by Cindi McMenamin
Spring cleaning isn’t something that should just happen in our homes. Each spring we can de-clutter our lives to eliminate the stress and make sure we’re maximizing our time with those we love the most. Here are a few ways to revive your life and refresh your attitude so you can be a drama free, welcome sight this season:
- Start with Prayer. Have you noticed that a good start to your day will often affect how the entire day goes? Then grab the reins on your day by choosing to start it well. Try saying this simple prayer as you rise out of bed and before your feet even hit the floor: “God, I give this day to You. Help me to please You in all I do.” That simple prayer will remind you what matters most in life and may help you, throughout the day, to remember where your priorities are.
- Clear the Clutter. I had my daughter take me through a “What Not to Wear” session in my closet; and although it looked like she completely cleaned me out (five trash bags full of donated clothing items to the thrift store), I can’t tell you how nice it is to have more room in my closet and far less choices every morning. More space often equates to less stress. What can you toss or just straighten up? Creating some open space in your home, car, or on your desk at work will do wonders for your stress level.
- Limit the List. We constantly say we have too much to do, while we continue adding to our to-do list. So start limiting your list. Plan open space in your schedule by refusing to book every time slot. Reschedule appointments into a less busy week if you can see the overload coming. Prioritize the few people that matter most in your life and let them have the appointments over others who haven’t yet earned your time. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” If you realize you have limited days on this earth, you will be more careful to spend them wisely.
- Toss the Trash. Is there something in your life that’s harming you or others? If so, you probably already know what it is. An unhealthy addiction? A tendency to gossip? An attitude that is critical more than it is helpful? Maybe it’s just something that distracts you from doing what you really need to do. There’s no better time than now to just toss it. You’ll find your life has much less drama and you’ll enjoy living lightly and freely.
Cindi McMenamin is the author of more than a dozen books including When Women Walk Alone, Drama Free, and her newest release, 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband. For more on her ministry and free resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, or parenting, see her website: http://www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.