Last week was the hottest scorcher of the summer in New England. People in the South say you get used to this. I grew up in the south and never got used to it. The heat made me sick— migraines, dehydration, exhaustion. Now I live in New England where people never need air conditioning! Wanna bet? Last Wednesday it was 99º. The heat index for the day felt like 105º. Add to that the 78% humidity…, oh never mind. Maybe it’s just me.
How does the heat affect you?
No, not the daily temperature: HEAT; PRESSURE; being pushed to your limits and then some. STRESS! The majority of us cannot stand too much heat. We simply give into the pressure and blow up. Thankfully, there are still some stalwarts who will give our lives for what we believe in and not give in.
Various sciences of our day have offered healthier stress-coping mechanisms for dealing with the HEAT. Here are some—
§ Take care of yourself.
§ Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
§ Exercise on a regular basis
§ Get plenty of sleep
§ Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
§ Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol may seem to help with the stress. In the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.
§ Take a break. If your stress is caused by a national or local event, take breaks from listening to the news stories, which can increase your stress.
Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/manage-stress.aspx
Here’s my list—
§ Go into the woods & hit a tree: or, into an alley and pound a wall.
§ While you’re in the woods, let off some steam.
§ Contrary to the professional opinion above, find a “mate,” you can have a nice, cold Fosters with. This is a great way to dissipate the Heat.
§ Take time to process everything.
§ Write things down to clarify what really happened, or, what was said. Put it away for a week; then take it out & read it again. Still accurate?
§ Don’t blame God. [You know it’s not His fault.]
§ If you are the cause of the heat & stress, apologize.
§ If you are the recipient of the pressure, the stress, the HEAT, find people to help share the load. Then do the same for them when they need help.
There are probably many more ways to handle the HEAT. But I’m tired of thinking about this on a 90º day.
For what it’s worth,