Being under stress can be likened to a car carrying a heavy load that was meant for big truck. The situation can be overwhelming.
Is the situation hopeless? Not at all! To keep from burning out, you’ll need either to lighten your load or to get a more powerful “engine.” Actually, you can do both. Let’s see how.
Lighten Your Load
The challenge is that most time when you already have a full schedule, there are other things that comes up in between which require your attention and as such you need extra energy to cope with the situation.
Learn to say no.
“Wisdom is with the modest ones,” says the Bible. Modesty, or accepting your limitations, empowers you to say no when the load will be too heavy for you to carry.
Of course, saying no isn’t always an option—for example, when your parents remind you about your chores! But if you let everyone add to your load, you’ll eventually give out. Even the biggest trucks have a load limit.
“Do not loiter at your business,” advises the Bible. Confronting a hard task is bad enough, so why add to the load by procrastinating? Just keeps it before you linger!
To create incentive, make a to-do list. Break down big tasks into manageable sizes. “I love lists,” says a young woman named Blessing. “Usually I put the things I dislike the most first, and then as I check them off, it gets easier. Before you know it, you can move on to the things in your life that are more fun!”
If you struggle to get started on a task, set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and begin working on it right away. When the alarm goes off, you’ll have 10 or 15 minutes of the job completed. Now that you’ve started, you might be surprised at how much easier it is to do more on the task.
Experts agree that a healthful diet, regular exercise, and proper sleep will help you to get more done. Don’t worry—taking care of your body isn’t all that complicated. A few simple steps will get you started. Take sleep, for example. Try the following.
1. Get enough sleep: Set regular times to go to bed and to get up, at least on school-days and workdays.
2. Allow yourself enough time to unwind: Don’t exercise within three hours before going to bed, and avoid heavy snacks and caffeine as bedtime nears.
3. When it’s time to go to bed: Try to make your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.
Connect with others.
Don’t hesitate to turn to your parents and friends for assistance. Will that really help? Yes, for studies show that emotional support reduces the damage that increased stress can cause to your heart, blood vessels, and immune system.
QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION
Have you been stressing out lately?
How did you handle it?
Will you try any of our suggestion?