This week consider how much stress is (or is not) part of your daily and weekly life. After 4 weeks of Food, Possessions, Media and Money, do any of these contribute to stress or serve as a way to cope with stress and pain? As a Spiritual Practice, do we regularly practice healthy habits of dealing with stress and preparing for the normal stress that happens as we live life?
As a household here are a few options:
1.) Consider when you are most stressed during the week, and how you can help each other deal with stress. It might be a regular part of the week (such as Thursday night), or a regular event in your life (such as big meetings at work, or big projects due at school).
2.) Try using prayer as a valuable way to deal with stress. Take a moment to simply be quiet. Or simply take a moment to breath long and deep at some point in the evening together as a family.
3.) Near the end of the week, take a moment to talk about your most stressful moment and how you coped and got through it. Consider how to be prepared for the next stressful moment in your life.
4.) Take one day this week and do not work. Define what Sabbath means for your household together. Does it mean removing yourself from activities and work? Does it include preparing your house for the week? Does it include spending time with people in your neighborhood or the church?
If you have any good ideas or conversations, please email me/Tory :-). Maybe even a Focus Article for the future?