Thinking Out Loud

June 18, 2015

10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Filed under: Christianity — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:22 am

Yes, it’s true. I’m writing a listicle.

Actually, I’m not even doing that. I’ve run out of hours in the day, and I found this in a pile of papers today and even though it’s sort of e-mail forward quality, I’m going to paraphrase it and make it my own.

  1. Do nothing which requires a cover-up or cover-story.
  2. Say “No” to projects you don’t have time for. (Read the book Boundaries, or the book Margin.)
  3. Hang out with people who are not worriers; people who laugh out loud.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Pour passion into everything you do.
  6. Schedule some buffers into your day so you’re not commuting against the clock.
  7. Realize that your memory, like a hard-drive, can get overloaded. Write some things down, or send yourself reminders.
  8. Plug in a dedicated 30 minutes of physical movement for each day.
  9. Relax your standards.
  10. Keep a spare car key in your wallet.

In typing up this rather uncharacteristic blog post the night before, I am already one step closer to accomplishing #4 and #9. 

Anything you would add?



  1. Thanks Paul – you have just managed to increase my stress level with Number 10. if I don’t have a car, then whose car should this key be for? What if the owner won’t give me one? What if I lose the wallet and someone takes the car? Who pays for the gas?

    Comment by Lorne Anderson — June 18, 2015 @ 9:45 am

  2. This is great. I would just say that if I remember God is in control of everything that happens, I tend to relax a bit more because I know He will take care of anything I worry about. So maybe put Isaiah 55:8-11 (or any verse like that you resonate with) somewhere you can see it everyday – like the bathroom mirror or something.

    Comment by dbodet — June 18, 2015 @ 11:08 am

  3. Pray (goes without saying perhaps)

    Comment by Randy A Calvert — June 18, 2015 @ 11:44 am

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