Stress could very well be the most problematic disease in our life today. It keeps from experiencing peace and makes us less effective at everything we do.
Since we are all pressed for time, I have only three things I want to say about stress:
1) Just Stop
Sometimes when we feel we can’t stop, is the time when we need to the most. Even just taking an hour to go for a walk and clear the head can do the trick. Have a bath or take a nap. Once we slow the breathing down, it feels like forty things just fell off the plate and we have more time than we thought.
2) Drop the Rubber Ball
The CEO of Coca-Cola gave this commencement speech to students and Georgia Tech about 20 years ago. I come back to it often.
"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."
3) Focus on one thing at a time
Whether it’s eating an elephant, juggling family and work, or just trying to get to the end of the day – no one can multi-task very well. We can only do one thing at a time - some people just prioritize better than others.
How do we prioritize better? Pick the most important thing in life and focus on it – then move on from there, one thing at a time.
We all struggle with stress and busyness in our lives. When things start feeling over whelming, just stop, drop the rubber ball and go back to what’s most important. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.