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L = Limit Stress

I am linking up with Five Minute Friday  and this post is also part of

the April 2024 A-Z Blogging Challenge. Today is the letter L.

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During five minute Friday we are given a word prompt and write, unedited for 5 minutes. You can read more about how to participate here. 

This weeks Five Minute Friday  Writing Prompt is LIMIT

 

Setting my timer for five minutes, 

April is National Stress Awareness Month. It is important to be aware of your stress level so you can limit unnecessary stress. You can input “Limit Stress” into ‘Dr. Google’ and come up with all kinds of suggestions. Truth is it is easier said than done. I do find that some of the stress in my life is because of my own thinking processes. I’m working on less negative half glass empty. Trying to flip the script and limit that negative thinking and realize how filled with blessings my life is. No ones life is perfect. Some have lives that are way worse than mine. 

Some of my stress (and others) can be limited by planning. Planning ahead for tomorrow and not flying by the seat of our pants. Knowing what I need to do and making a list. Then taking that list and prioritizing what really needs to be done. Its recommended to limit your priorities the be three. Of that arms long to do list what are the three things I most need to do today? Do those things first. Its also called “eating that frog”.

Limiting distractions when focusing on those things is also important. Easier said than done. But try to focus on one thing at a time, don’t pick up the phone and check messages in the middle of an important task with a deadline. Next thing you know you will have lost an hour scrolling Facebook. Or maybe that’s just me.

 

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.”~ PHILIPPIANS 4:13

 

Timer end.

 

A comment I left on Kates page sums up my week of feeling I’d reached my limit but yet have so much to be greatful for “How frustrating. I felt over the limit this week with one mishap after another. Thinking dinner was cooking in the crockpot when it wasn’t plugged in. Little things can all add up and feel so big. Then I too try to remind myself that others are going through worse. The loss of loved ones, Loss of homes and I have so much to be grateful for in spite of feeling my gas tank has reached the limit and is on empty. ”

 

A to Z D= Depression

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8 Comments

  1. i did not know that April was stress month. It’s good to be aware of the stress that is in our lives. which is good stress and which … not so much. Like the cat sitting in my lap. It’s a minor stress to provide all the care he needs, but his desire to be with me, a stress reliever eh? The stress of having a job while dealing with the ability to pay bills. It’s a big balance that sometimes gets unbalanced. It’s good to have the reminder to have those checks in place. FMF11

  2. As another ‘half empty’ person, I know the importance of listing all that I am grateful for as a way of redressing the balance. I’m not sure comparing myself to others who are ‘worse off’ helps me though, just makes me feel guilty for not coping well. Different things and past histories lead us all to have different experiences of reaching our limit. I hope you’re able to take some time for yourself to top up.
    God bless.
    Your FMF Neighbour #9

  3. I have been trying to work on stress management recently, but had no idea April was National Stress Awareness Month – I’m definitely aware of my stress! 🙂 Unfortunately, a large part of it is out of my control, so I just do the best I can to control what I can.

  4. Very interesting. What if “eating the frog” totally wears a person out, and then they are unable to do anything else that day (bathe, eat, dress, etc)? I have a friend who says she can accomplish 50 things or 1 thing, but trying to do both gave her a stroke.
    I don’t know. Stress is hard.
    Great post!
    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
    ― Robert Louis Stevenson #quote
    Hope you’re enjoying the A to Z Challenge.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him or they/them) ~ Speculative Fiction & Reference Author and Co-host of the April Blogging #AtoZchallenge

    1. Very true. I have friends with invisible/chronic illnesses that can say the same about just eating the frog being too much. It is so hard to find that balance for each person and their struggles. I love that Robert Louis Stevenson quote! Thanks for stopping by.

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