Calm in the Storm

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I’ve been feeling weighted down quite a bit lately, Internets. I’ve all sorts of things to tell you and thoughts to share, but I look at the latest headlines and get distracted and start reading and then I get a bit stressed. Anyone else feeling that way? ‘Cause phew! It’s crazy out there.

This isn’t good. Not for me, not for Hubby, and not for the boys. So. What to do?

For starters I’m spending more time in prayer, reflection, and reading the Bible. I find great comfort in that. Also? Going to go to bed earlier. I am. Really. I have to stop with the late night schedules and not getting enough sleep. Hopefully I’ve tired myself out enough that I can actually fall asleep. πŸ™‚ Wish me luck.

I can’t do much about all the bad news going on in the world, or stop the headlines from screaming that the world is coming to an end. But I can limit how much I look at all that, and try to work on creating a more peaceful environment here on the homestead.

It may seem silly, but I got my files organized over the past two weeks and even found 4 big bags of paperwork to get rid of. So I burned it. Did you know that burning up old papers can feel good? It does. Especially the “now I have a cleaner file cabinet” part.

I also wrote out a list of things that need to be done so I can do them and cross them off. Again, probably not normal, but list-crossing-off makes me happy.

There’ve been a few areas of stress with the boys but I tried out some solutions and had results. I’ll tell you about that soon. For now, I’m going to watch the rest of Dog Whisperer (looooove that show) and I’m going to bed.

Really. And I’ll fall asleep too.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who are stressed.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Virtual employees April 26, 2009, 11:37 pm

    Of course prayers, giving thanks to God is really important specially for all the blessings no matter how small it was. Definitely reflection could give idea on how to have great new day. Sorting things that should be done is really great, first things first.

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  • employee leasing April 27, 2009, 12:06 am

    Having a stressful feeling leads into having a bad day but as you have said, prayer or reflection really do help a lot. Just take a lot of rest and don’t forget to eat healthy foods. That helps too!

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  • Doris April 27, 2009, 10:37 am

    I totally understand the joy that comes from purging files and crossing off things on a list! I guess we are “sick” together! I think you’re right that reading your Bible more and spending time in prayer and reflection is the best way to push away the craziness in the world around us right now. Kudos to you for going to bed earlier. πŸ™‚

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  • Lullaby Baby Carriers April 28, 2009, 1:31 am

    Having done my degree in Environmental Studies, I live in pretty much constant stress about the state of the world… it’s downright scary… and our kids are going to see the worst of it. Like you, I go through long periods of avoiding the news. I agree that destressing in other areas of your life can be beneficial. Keep on doing what you can – it DOES make a difference both at home and globally.

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  • Wendy April 28, 2009, 3:33 pm

    Amy, you never cease to inspire me. I think it’s an excellent idea of letting go of things we have no control over, and focus on what we can do something about. Thanks for the reminder!

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  • Master Pick Up Artist April 28, 2009, 10:55 pm

    everyday work make us stressful and sometimes our performance became slow. we need calm sometimes in order to avoid sickness.

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  • Religious Research April 29, 2009, 1:44 am

    No one can tell when the end will come. We have seen many claims before and are seeing such claims now. This world will exist until the Lord wants. Let us hope for good.

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  • Bathroom Furniture April 29, 2009, 3:16 am

    I am agree with Wendy. You can’t do anything with those thing which you have no control it and think that can we do some thing about it.

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  • social networking philippines April 29, 2009, 3:30 am

    After busy days it’s right to praise Him and give thanks even through short prayers. Everything is possible with God in our heart.

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  • Myrtle Beach Golf April 29, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Getting rest and organizing your life every once in awhile is key. Life is just too short for stress!

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  • KY's Commonwealth Eye Surgery April 30, 2009, 5:28 am

    Lovely post.
    Praying to god and keeping your house clean is a nice way to have peace in mind.

    Thanks
    Neo

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  • Baby Diaper Cake May 7, 2009, 7:03 am

    I am with you on this, I try to cut out all the negative messages around me, like not watching the news it is all just doom and gloom and rather focus on what I have control of.

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  • maghie doing business in the philippines May 8, 2009, 4:40 am

    Sometimes even we don’t want stress it will come unexpectedly. So we must expect the unexpected and be ready.

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  • Amy May 9, 2009, 12:38 am

    Virtual Employees, yes giving thanks is one of the most important things, isn’t it?

    employee leasing, ouch. I’ve been eating less healthy of late. I’ll take your reminder and fix that tomorrow!

    Doris, sigh. I’m still failing at the early bed thing, but I’ll try harder.

    Lullaby Baby Carriers, thanks. I keep discovering (seems like I would learn this lesson once instead of over and over) that I need to physically push some of the bad news/vibes away. When I do that, I’m able to function better.

    Wendy, awwww thanks! You’re pretty inspiring yourself, missy. Your sense of humor is a priceless gift.

    Master Pickup Artist, exactly. Stress can really take it out of you.

    Religious Research, that’s correct. For now, focusing on the present and building for the future is the best I can do.

    Bathroom Furniture, you picked a great person to agree with. πŸ™‚

    social networking philippines, amen.

    Myrtle Beach Golf, yup. The trick is to actually figure out how to implement such wise advice. I’m working on it.

    Neo, thanks. πŸ™‚

    Baby Diaper Cake, it’s the only way to deal with things right now, isn’t it?

    maghie good point. By keeping stress low otherwise, we can handle when surprises come.

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  • instrumental music songs January 11, 2010, 2:54 pm

    You're right. You have no control over all the craziness in the world. But you do have control over how much access it has to your brain. You're wise for recognizing it for what it is–a distraction. You have to be in this world, but you need not be of it.

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