5 Ways To Cope When Your Week Is Really Stressful

Have you ever felt like you’re asking too much of yourself? Sometimes your week just keeps going and going. Truthfully, we don’t always know how to get things under control. There are certainly weeks that are like that in my life…You know what? This has been one of them!

But what are you supposed to do? Things still have to be accomplished. Not getting done is not an option. With that in mind I want to share five simple things that I do during any stressful week to help myself cope with all that needs to be done.

Here’s what to do:

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Somewhere along the way you have to realize that your stressful weeks won’t last forever. It’s coming to an end! It’s not always easy to remember that in the middle of the stress. I remember years ago when I had a factory job we had several yearly pushes. The hours were long. The job was hard. It was stressful. My job was to throw cases. For hours a day, that’s what I did. Sometimes during those long days I felt like it would never end. But you know what? It did! I learned that if I can just keep my mind focused on reaching the end…eventually I would.

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This may sound strange to some people…But I have to unwind. Maybe you’re the same way. When the day has been stressful it’s good to take a few minutes to relax your mind. Do something to get your mind going in a different direction. For me…If I don’t do this…My mind will go on and on. 15 minutes of changing direction, pouring into yourself, reading your Bible, praying, or even reading a good book can serve to refocus your mind and help you wind down from a stressful day. Don’t ever feel bad about giving yourself a few minutes at the end of the day.

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Rewards are powerful motivators. If you know that something good is coming it’s easier to keep going. Plan a day off. Decide to watch your favorite television show. Have a nice dinner. Spend some time alone. Whatever it is that serves as a real reward to you…do it…plan it…take it. Moderate rewards can keep you focused on the task at hand and give you incentive to work harder.

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I didn’t used to be so attached to lists. But the more things you have to balance…the more you need a list. Grow to love the list. It is your friend. Here’s why…Weeks can be packed…If you forget to do something that’s really important it’s just going to add more stress to you. A list can fix all of that. Micheal Hyatt says to take a few minutes on Sunday night to plan your week. I couldn’t agree more. Write it down…then work your list to death! There are two great apps to help with this…of course the amazing Evernote…and an app that I just recently started using called Wunderlist. These are so helpful.

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At some point you have to “call the game”. You can’t do anything else. As a christian I’ve learned that I’m responsible to do all that  I can do then leave the stuff I can’t do to God. Bottomline is this…you’ll never be able to accomplish everything. You won’t be able to fix everything either. The sooner you learn to trust God with the rest…the sooner your stressful weeks will become easier to make it through.

That’s it…my ideas to help you through your next stressful week…Go put the to use!

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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