8 Ways To Reduce Stress And Be More Productive

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We are living in a world where we are always ripping and running. We are chasing our dreams, working, raising families, trying to stay healthy, changing the world, and  overcoming obstacles etc.  Our aunt sent us  this great article by Author Jewel Diamond Taylor . Check it out!


1. Delegate – In order to be effective, you need to focus. In order to use your time wisely, re-prioritize your tasks and time. Let go of any pride and shame. Ask for help. Don’t dump on others. Ask others to be supportive of your need for time and space to re-focus.
2. Eliminate the clutter. Your surroundings are a reflection of your internal landscape. Notice when you are depressed how you stop hanging up your clothes, the dishes pile up, the mail goes unopened, your car is full of trash and your desk is a mess. Work every day on alleviating the fear, doubts, shame and anger. Clear the path to receive blessings, vision, harmony, order and clarity. Throw away and give away old, unused, broken and outdated items in your car, closets, office, garage, etc.

3. Do not isolate. Cave dwellers become afraid, sick, unproductive, depressed and live in darkness. Stay in the light. Surround yourself with like minded people and associate with people who can help you grow in faith, courage, family, career, business, goals, etc.

4. Accentuate the positive. Count your blessings. Watching too much CNN and other news channels can be depressing. Look around and see how good God has been in your life. Gratitude turns your head toward heaven. Depression causes you to hold your head down. Positive energy attracts positive energy. Speak life.

5. Activate your faith. Declare a thing before you see the manifestation. If you keep your mouth shut, and refuse to act on the Word of God, there will be no manifestation. Faith can be compared to a muscle; it needs to be strengthened through exercise. Faith is your ability to trust God for what you cannot see or understand. Faith is your ability to draw your good from the invisible to the visible. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
6. Motivate yourself. Quitting can become a habit. Feeling unworthy with guilt and shame can become your shackles of fear. We all have seasons of doubt and feel inadequate. We can use these experiences to wake up, be brave, adapt, endure, be humble and grateful for each day to begin again. Become your own cheerleader. Remember, “the why” when you feel stuck or procrastinate. Why do you need to lose weight, go back to school, become clean and sober? Why do you want to start your business or ministry? Why do you need to seek better employment? Why do you need to spend more time studying? Why do you need to spend more time with your loved one? Why do you need to get out of a toxic relationship? Why do you need to upgrade your skills? Why do you need to develop a relationship with God? If you remember the “why”, you will motivate yourself to get up and move forward.

7. Communicate – let go of stress and suppressed feelings in a healthy way. Communicate without blame or condemnation. Don’t suppress your pain, stress, questions or requests. Holding in your feelings breeds stress related health issues, bitterness and disconnection with your spouse, family member, co-workers, team or committee. People cannot read your mind. You will be disappointed in life because people are not perfect. In order to keep relationships healthy and growing, you must learn to honor your voice and feelings without doing damage, shutting down lines of communication or crushing the spirit of those you are communicate with. Remember timing, temperment and tone are important when you ventilate your thoughts.

8. Cultivate your strengths and gifts. Build up your confidence. Continue learning. Polish up your gifts, talents, skills and self-esteem. Pull up the weeds of negative habits. Break up the hard ground of procrastination, bitterness, shame, anger, fear and stress. Weed out any habit, thought or relationship that blocks the sun for your growth. Plant new seeds of enthusiasm, imagination, new skills, new relationships, courage, creativity, faith, purpose, love and gratitude. Water your seeds with prayer, focus, gratitude, right action, right words and service/good deeds towards others. If you plant seeds of doubt, anger, fear and lack, that will be your harvest. If you plants seeds of love, courage, compassion, vision, purpose and gratitude, that will be your harvest. Cultivate your soul to be, do and see things differently. Your heart and soul need constant care and gardening in order to bloom.
~Author: Jewel Diamond Taylor~

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