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  • Writer's pictureBob Prentice


I know I am not alone because I hear it every where I go these days. It seems like everybody is telling me, “I am so stressed out. I just can’t take it anymore!” We live in such a hurried age. All our time-saving gadgets have simply allowed us to cram more into our days and this is creating an intense pressure in our lives. We must take control of the negative stresses in our daily living. While the pressure is on, we can still win the battle. I will share here with you a few of the principles that I have lived by for years. Believe me when I say that these simple strategies have saved me many times over the years, by bringing peace and perspective into stressful situations and circumstances.

  • Choose to live in the moment.

  • Remind yourself that this too shall pass.

  • Remember, you do not have to buy the cow just to get a glass of milk.

  • Encourage others.

  • Get outside of yourself and do something to help others.

  • Pray.

  • Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen?" Then prepare to accept it.

  • Take action on what you keep putting off.

  • Plan, think, and plan some more.

  • Take a walk.

  • Read a good book.

  • Eat a chocolate chip cookie (an awesome stress reliever in my humble opinion!)

Honestly, these principles are pretty simple to implement, and nothing we haven't all heard before. Yet, sometimes we just need to be reminded of them. Go ahead and try them on for awhile, and you’ll be amazed at the results that will come your way when you practice them. Recently, I spent three days taking time to regroup my thoughts, fine-tune my plans, set some new goals, and make some tough decisions. The principles, listed above, literally saved my life again. Yes, I am just as human as all of you who are reading this. I, too, can get pretty stressed out at times. I have found the key is to plan how I will respond in the midst of a stressful situation. So why let life’s inevitable challenges stress you out when they don’t have to? Take control by putting these stress management solutions to work in your life today!

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