Leading Under Stress

I’ve served for a period of time in a situation that unavoidably required me to juggle multiple roles. What follows is what I’ve learned in this season that is joyfully coming to a close:

  • I am more capable than I thought.
  • I am now more efficient with the work day.
  • I have a firm line between home and work.
  • A spotless house is over-rated; a clean house will do.

Things that helped me get through it with my health and sanity intact. I didn’t get all of these done all the time, but did most of the time.

  • Take a Sabbath weekly and guard it carefully.
    • Do something fun every week!
  • Don’t take work home.
    • You won’t be fully present for the work or for your family/house-mates.
  • Take short breaks every day to stretch, move around and see a different space
    • You will get some refreshing in those moments.
  • Notice the people around you and look them in the eyes when talking with them.
    • Value is given and trust maintained in these exchanges.
  • Realize you are not at your best emotionally .
    • You will need to give yourself grace and ask forgiveness more often.
  • Stay connected to your friends – the ones who speak life into you.

What have you learned in seasons of high stress?

About Linda Parkhouse

Jesus-follower, leader, pastor, friend, wife, mother, quilter and gardener. I love giving others the tools to excel at leading.

4 Responses

  1. Lisa

    These are so great! I keep reminding myself that my “hoses in” need to either be bigger or more in number than the “hoses out.” Making sure I listen to life-giving words via Podcasts (like LifePoint’s sermons) are a great way to stay refreshed.

  2. Linda – Thank you for sharing the lessons you learned. I especially like that you found taking a sabbath weekkly helped you accomplish these multiple roles. For many, this would be counterintuitive.

    I find when I am in your situation that I have to be very disciplined about working on the most important tasks and give myself permission not to do those less important. That includes giving up on some good things so I can focus on the better things. It is about prioritizing what I do, not doing more. (Of course I failed many times until I learned this lesson and now I fail less often.)

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