Yearly Archives: 2014

How to manage stress

This article was originally posted on Life Lessons.

under stress

Have you been under stress lately? This piece of information might just help you. A friend sent this to me thru email in 2006.

An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S . (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15 Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18 Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus.”

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most)

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe

36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD Has A Way Of Turning Things Around For You.

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Personal Safety Tips for Children

anti-kidnap tips

This is an important list of safety tips I stumbled from the Internet today while searching for bassoons. I hope this could help fellow parents protect their children at all times.

The following safety tips are part of a practical guide on safety and survival handbook entitled ‘Tips on Public Safety and Women’s Self-Defense and Protection Handbook’ as part of the PNP (Philippine National Police) public service program.

DO’S

  • Keep your children within sight or hearing distance or place them in the care of responsible trustworthy adults.
  • Instruct your children never to admit strangers in your house.
  • Remind them to never talk to strangers.
  • Teach children as soon as they are able to learn when and how to alert police or neighbors.
  • Instruct children attending school to always travel in groups or pairs; use well-frequented streets; play in areas within the school grounds; refuse gifts from strangers; report such attempts or any molestation immediately to the nearest adult and to tell you about it as soon as possible; tell your children at all times where and whom they will be with when you or they are away from home; instruct your child to stay in the school campus until they are fetched by their school service vehicle or designated guardians.
  • Arrange with school authorities to contact you before releasing the child to the custody of anybody you have not previously authorized to pick up your child.
  • Warn your children, especially teenagers, not to accept rides from strangers.
  • Caution teenagers about ‘blind dates’ or meeting anyone they do not know or may have known only thru the internet.
  • Ensure that the children’s rooms are not easily accessible from outside the house.

DON’T’S

  • Do not allow the children to open the door especially at night.
  • Do not allow younger members of the family to open your mail.
  • Do not encourage young children to answer the telephone as they may unintentionally give out information which may be detrimental to you.

PNP Public Information Office head, Chief Supt. Wilben M. Mayor said the above child safety tips should be in the mind of every parent the whole year-round.

Image credit: People’s Tonight, People’s Journal

Three Years Ago

This was a requirement submitted by N in one of her high school subjects. She is in second year college now. Part of the article reveals the beginning of her fascination and passion for art.

How were you 3 years ago?

Three years ago, I had just entered high school. I was a first year student who was still adjusting to a different environment. For some, first year high school was an unforgettable experience, because it was the beginning of a new chapter in life. But I didn’t feel that way. I didn’t really feel different, like I’d changed or something. I was still the quiet girl who enjoys studying, well except for Math. I have to say that the most memorable thing that I’d done was when I discovered what I wanted to do with my life, when I discovered my passion. When I picked up my pencil and started drawing, I instantly knew. Something sparked inside me that wanted to explore and improve this newfound passion. So every day, after school, I would just draw and practice techniques but I still did not neglect my studies and only practiced after doing my assignments or reviewing for quizzes.

Emma Watson

As a student, I’m not the most exceptional but I strive to have good grades or even high grades so I can be eligible enough to earn a place in the top ten Achievers. During the first monthly exams, I got sick and wasn’t able to take it. After recovering, even though I did not have the time to study enough, I still took my exams. I did okay except for Math. Well, truthfully, I did not get my results in Math but I had a feeling. When it was time for our first periodical exam, I studied really hard, because I had a lot to make up if I wanted to have good grades. From then on, I focused on my studies and eventually, I earned the 4th position in the list of achievers.

During my first year of high school, I met a new classmate who then became a dear friend of mine. I took an instant liking to her because she was cool and we had similarities especially when it comes to our hobbies. I thought it was great that she became friends with my best friend as well.

Now, as I’m writing this and trying to recall stuff, I just realized that our field trip that we had that year was the second most fun and memorable of the field trips that I had (The first one would be during the 5th grade when we visited a planetarium in a science center). It was pretty special day for me at the time, because it was the first time that my mother did not chaperon me in a field trip. It felt good just being by myself and not being accompanied by someone. I got to experience different rides that I know my mother would’ve restricted me to.

In terms of my attitude, I don’t think that I changed much..