Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ways to cope with STRESS..

This Charlie Brown picture of Lucy pretty muchs sums up how I've been feeling lately.  The last few weeks, like four months have been a little stressful for me.  We have had a surgery in the family, church and community commitments.  End of school plays, recitals, exams, and parties.  The spring clean up of the yard and planting of the garden, family reunions to plan and attend, more church service and classes to attend.  Doctor appoints every week.   Grass to mow, weeds to pull ....not to mention to feed and wash ourselves and the up keep of the house.  I feel like I have been running to and fro with no breathing time in between.   And now I am feeling depleted.  Ready for a vacation and down time.  Which cause me to be crabby, tired, and very irritable. Can you say... STRESSED OUT! 

This has made me have very long conversations with my hubby about what's going on in our lives, and where we need to focus our energy and attention.  What needs to happen to have more peace and less stress.  After all, I don't care who you are...eventually your reserves run out, and you feel stress..we have all felt it, all dealt with it at one time or another.  Some of us are so depleted that we aren't functioning normally any more too.  That is something that I don't want to happen.  Again....  Because I've been there...and it's no fun.. So what's got to happen?.

I love Pinterest and some of the quotes that people have posted on there have buoyed me up.  Made me take a step back and are some of my favorite things to ponder related to stress..

Mary poppins quote..

I love that...remember she goes on to say " and you find the fun, and snap the jobs a game!"  Isn't that so true!  It's all about our attitudes.  We can make things fun or make them miserable!  

This quote is so true, yet so hard for me to remember!   This should be a huge siren for me.  If I'm not getting these things done then I am too busy.  Especially since this brings so much peace to my life. 

Why do we always think that everyone has it easier than we do?  I know that I should never compare my life to anyone else's.  It's never going to be a fair comparison.  I will always be a little hard on myself.  My Heavenly Father doesn't want me to do this, yet somedays I totally have a pity party and go there.  In stead of counting my blessings...

Some of my favorite quotes from the late President Gordon B. Hinckley....  "It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is.  It all works out.  Don't worry.  I say that to my self every morning.  It will all work out.  If you do your best, it will all work out.  Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future.  The Lord will not forsake us.  He will not forsake us.  If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers."

"Respect yourself.  Do not feel sorry for your self.  Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you.  Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you.  Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face,  but with great and strong purpose in your heart."

These quotes really need to be on my bedroom mirror so that I may recite them daily and be reminded.
Can you chant with me?...."It will all work out.  It will all work out.  It will all work out.......

I love President Dieter F. Uchtdorf!  I am always inspired after listening to this amazing man! 

"When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than, the man who merely raises his voice in prayer---no matter how eloquent the oration."  

What?  You mean I can't stay in bed winning in prayer...hoping everything will magically be solved?...Loved this reminder!  

Marjorie Pay Hinckley was, and still is such an inspiration to me.  She said...

"The Only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it.  You either have to laugh or cray.  I prefer to laugh.  Crying gives me a headache."  

So true!  I so need to laugh more.  Learning to laugh, or see the humor in life is so important.  Besides laughter makes you feel so good cuz it releases stress.  

I can not do what everyone else is doing.  Nor should I care.  I had a dear friend that would say to me "Katie, put the whip down".  What a great reminder that was to me to take a step back and then move forward.

So if you are finding that this above quote is true....and you and I both know this sooo happens!


Take a step back and evaluate....

And above all......

Attitude is EVERYTHING!

Keeping it Simple