Saturday, August 29, 2015


Kevin Miller was amazing!  Scott and I really enjoyed his classes.  He wasn't just a lecturer, but he was a master teacher.  He also passed out Dove chocolate to all of us on day 2.  That automatically makes him a favorite!

Stress Out!  Joy In!  Managing Stress in a Busy Life
Kevin Miller

What is stress?  It is the body’s physiological reaction to change.
The Lord does not want us to be stressed.  John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I 
give unto you: not as the word giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither 
let it be afraid.”
Stress Erasers:
                                1.  Humor
                                2.  Mediation
                                3.  Spiritual Nourishment
                                4.  Deep Breathing
                                5.  Yoga/Stretching
                                6.  Relaxation Exercises
                                7.  Physical Exercise/Rest
                Citrus Fruits and other sources of vitamin C help short term stress.
                Carbohydrates can calm your nerves, but avoid candy and cookies.
                Drink plenty of water.
                Baroque music has proven good effects for relieving stress.
                De-stressing Colors = forest green and earth tones
                De-stressing smells = chamomile and lavender oils
                Exercise 30 minutes a day 3 times a week.
                Joy is the purpose of life.  “… Men are, that they might have joy.” 2 Nephi 2:25  Satan is 
                anti-joy.   “… for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like himself.” 2 Nephi 2:27
                Make a joy list and do 5 things on that list every single day!  (Joy is not in THINGS, it is in                 US!  So: everything on the list should not cost money or cost VERY little.)
                Time is unique among life’s resources because we cannot create it, and all people have                          exactly the same amount of time: 10,080 minutes a week, 24/7, 365 days a year.

                Four Steps to Life (Time) Management:
                                1.  Know Thyself.  Define your Mission.  Clarify your Values.
                                2.  Manage Self.  Based on your understanding of your values and what time is, 
                                     plan, organize and act in ways that allow you to move toward your goals, 
                                     manage your activities and develop important relationships.  Establish 
                                     priorities and set goals.
                                3.   Use Tools and Methods.  (ie. Planners, Calendars, etc.)  Choose tools that
                                      will help you achieve your goals and make your life more pleasant.  Identify 
                                      time wasters.  Learn to say “no.”  Delegate.  Prioritize.   
                                4.  Check results.  Ask “How am I doing?”  “What am I doing well?”  “What do
                                      I need to do differently to use my time well?”  Do what works.

1 comment:

  1. OKay, I read this and agree with all he said. But I'm also thinking that one's time in life makes a whole lot of difference in the number of stressors to begin with. Some day I can promise you that every day will be Saturdays in that you will get to choose when and for how long all activities take. It's sooo freeing I can't explain!