“Wait to Worry” is one I’d like to be better at. I figure that there will be times I receive bad news until I die, and I don’t need to react to things that haven’t happened yet and may never happen.
For the more ongoing, recurrent stress, I have several tools. Gratitude is still number one. Usually the things I’m stressed about are “luxury problems” – too much of a good thing, like my job, or stressful decisions I need to make between several good options.
I’ve been continuing to try to use prayer and meditation in a somewhat scheduled and formal manner. At work, each Monday, I take out a quote or prayer or something from the Daily Word that I’ve kept because I’ve found it helpful. I tack it up on my bulletin board and try to read it each morning and in other times of stress.
I try to maintain balance as much as I can by not doing too much. Tonight, I plan to go to a meeting, and so I’ve arranged to leave work a little earlier than usual, mostly to entertain (I should say exercise, but that might not happen) the dog. I try to balance work work, housework, meetings, readings, crocheting, the dog.
For stress I can’t manage, I can talk to people. What a bounty of people I have available to me.