12 Steps to Tranquility in a Rapidly Changing World

  1. Make sure you do “me time” on a regular basis. Go ahead and be a bit selfish to love yourself enough to award you ten minutes to an hour a day.  Engage in an activity you enjoy that takes your mind of work or any other sImagetressors that may be present in your life. Your sanity will thank you…profusely!
  2. Stay organized as often as possible. Try to maintain an organized work area. Trying to sift through mounds of documents in an instant is stressful. Lost or misplaced items contribute to emotional stress when you need them right away.
  3. Change your environment. Ambiance is everything! Get away from people or situations that bring stress to your day. A few moments walking in the park can do wonders for those seeking relief from stress.
  4. Read! It’s free so pick up a magazine, crossword puzzle or newspaper and find an article that captivates you.
  5. Give yourself a tasty treat! It’s ok to take solace in a sweet treat. Indulge yourself every so often. I call these a “stress be gone” moment. A hot cup of tea, cocoa or an ice cream sundae on occasion can do wonders! So help yourself to a sweet treat!
  6. Find a hobby. Whether you like to do jigsaw puzzles, put together model planes or collect antiques, a hobby does wonders to combat stress. It’s a great way to relax while learning more about the things that interest you.
  7. Embrace Your Spirituality. A study published on WebMD.com revealed that people who engage in religious activity (such as prayer or scripture reading) had a positive effect on the participants by lowering their blood pressure. http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20060518/spirituality-may-help-blood-pressure
  8. GET ENOUGH SLEEP! When you’re exhausted you will not be able to combat stress… period. In addition, nobody wants to be around you if you’re grumpy.
  9. Eat right. If you starve your body of proper nutrients, over time your brain doesn’t function efficiently and for those of you who are not aware of this coffee is NOT a major food group. Give yourself the chance to operate at one hundred percent capacity everyday.
  10. Work out. Endorphins are released when you exercise. They create  feelings of euphoria while lowering stress. It’s like nature’s natural high!
  11. Turn off the electronics! You don’t have to be on FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Linkedin twenty-four hours a day. Amazing as this may seem, the social media machine can survive without you for awhile. Turn off your laptop, phone, tablet or desktop pc and embrace an atmosphere of tranquility. I usually do this after dinner and leave them off until the next morning.
  12. Bonus step. What is the bonus step? The bonus step is that you’ll feel brand new if you habitually implement the first eleven which makes the entire list worth it!

Author: The Healing Place Ministries

Denise J. Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York & holds a doctorate in biblical studies. More of her work can be found on her blog http://www.thebrokenvessel.wordpress.com​ Her first book, The Healing Of A Broken Vessel was released in 2009. Her second offering, Chambers of the Believing Heart was released in June 2012. Her objective is to inspire the modern day believer to seek an authentic, passionate relationship with the Lord.​ Both books can be found on Amazon. ​ Denise has over twenty years of ministry experience. Her past outreach efforts included ministering to nursing home residents and tutoring young women in reading. She currently hosts Healing workshops in the Jacksonville area to empower women to be Kingdom builders in the body of Christ. In addition, she is a photojournalist who contributes weekly to The Florida Star newspaper, a voice over artist and on occasion hosts the radio show IMPACT sponsored by The Florida Star newspaper on WCGL 94.7 FM a gospel station in the greater Jacksonville, FL area. Denise is fully persuaded that believers can be viable catalysts to expose the world to God’s unconditional love, healing power and authority for such a time as this!

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