Cafe Church October 2008



There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
Richard Carlson

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
Lily Tomlin

We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Give your stress wings and let it fly away.
Carin Hartness

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

Stessed? Try doing the dishes more often
Daily Telegraph, 10/04/08

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
Author Unknown

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
Joshua L. Liebman

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:24-26 (New International Version)

Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?
Carrie Latet

Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.
Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie, I'd Kill for a Cookie

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
Jennifer Yane

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Matthew 6:27 (New International Version)

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
Aesop, Fables

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
John De Paola

Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.
Astrid Alauda

I try to avoid stress - it makes me feel like I'm rubber-stamping all my organs "Urgent."
Berri Clove

If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.
Adabella Radici

When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan's Cathedral. In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms. This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment.
Steven Halpern

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
Doug Larson

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
Chinese Proverb

Stress is an admission of weakness, a cry of defeat to the world.
Carrie Latet

When I look at my hands and in my heart, I see stress as Lady Macbeth saw blood.
Berri Clove

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Etty Hillesum

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
Charles M. Schulz

He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed.
David Frost

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
John W. Gardner

Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.
Danzae Pace

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.
Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind

Stress is poison.
Agavé Powers

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34 (New International Version)

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the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Stress Survey

  1. Sick family member
  2. Money
  3. Your own health
  4. Children
  5. Work
  6. Personal safety
  7. State of the world
  8. Terrorism or natural disasters
  9. Intimate relationships
  10. Discrimination based on race or ethnicity

the Top Ten Stressful Life Events

  1. Death of spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marital separation
  4. Jail term or death of close family member
  5. Personal injury or illness
  6. Marriage
  7. Loss of job due to termination
  8. Marital reconciliation or retirement
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Change in financial state

Top 10 Sources of Stress for Kids

  1. Parent having problems.
  2. Fight with a friend or a sibling.
  3. Taking a test.
  4. Wondering if someone thinks you're attractive..
  5. Not having enough privacy.
  6. Birth of a brother or sister.
  7. Moving to a new school.
  8. Re/marriage of a parent.
  9. Not having enough money.
  10. A teacher who doesn't like you.

Workplace stress

  1. Lack of control
  2. Lack of communications
  3. No appreciation
  4. No feedback - good or bad
  5. Career and job ambiguity
  6. Unclear policies and no sense of direction
  7. Mistrust and unfairness
  8. "Pervasive uncertainty" - new requirements and procedures.
  9. "Random interruptions" - Telephones, pagers, walk-in visits, and spontaneous demands from supervisors
  10. "Workload" ... too little or too much to do

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