The stress Chaldeans experience from rushing through their lives has a negative effect on their health. The hard work, schooling, family responsibilities, church duties, and charitable causes Chaldeans often pursue can take its toll.
Here are 5 secrets Chaldeans in our community share with readers on how they might manage their stress in today’s world.
One at a Time Tasks
Rena Shayota writes, “At work I hate it when I have ten different customers asking me for five different things. It wears you down.” Rena is right. Chaldeans may think they are reducing stress by accomplishing more than one thing at a time, when in fact, it is causing more stress.
Dr. Mathew Toma Hanna, a primary care physician in Arizona says multitasking might not be the best thing for your health. He says, “Leave multitasking to your personal computer. Do one thing at a time, do it well, and move on to the next item on your list. That's the best way to regain a sense of control over time.”
Swallowing Too Much at One Time
Unrealistic ambition can lead many Chaldeans to lose focus on their daily priorities of helping out at home, doing well in school or at work, and the responsibilities to our families and faith. Time is limited and taking on too much can easily push any Chaldean over the edge.
The traditional Chaldean lifestyle is already chaotic and unhealthy at times says Angie Sinawi. “Chaldeans work so the few moments we get, we try to make the most of it.”
What has helped Michael Yono manage his success is keeping list. “I make a list of urgent and important things I would like to finish today. I keep the list on my phone and stick with each item until it is done.”
By keeping a list of which items are urgent and/or important we are better able to make priority decisions says Yono. “The few minutes each day to plan out the list, saves hours of headache and stress in the long run.” Yono’s suggestion of a list makes sense. Having a goal list helps manage our time and expectations as to what we can realistically accomplish in any given 24-hour period.
Every Chaldean has gone through the agony of trying to rush out the door when we can't find our car keys, wallet, or purse!
Ask any Chaldean event planner and they will tell you that too much unmanaged responsibilities, pressures, and requirements are a sure path to disaster. “When our homes, our workplaces, and our vehicles have a sense of orderliness to them, we actually feel more peaceful and less stressed out,” says Jenna Esshak, an assistant to the CEO of B&G Casting in Las Angeles. “You have to be organized. You have to get rid of clutter and create a routine to getting things done. You may not think it is a big thing to save a few minutes here and there, but those minutes add to hours of saved time and less frustration.”
“Most Chaldeans have their fingers on the fast-forward button, when we really need to hit the pause button for a while,” says David Sitto, executive at Cabrini Wines in New York. “When my brothers and I began our retail business in Chicago, our hours were from morning to night. We ate dinner around midnight and had indigestion most of the time. We sold the business and wanted something with more reasonable schedule. We were looking to buy some rest.”
Every time Chaldeans add another activity or responsibility to their lives, we generally take the time for that activity out of our sleep. We can only carry on not sleeping enough for a while before it catches up with us, causing all sorts of health disorders, including a terrible sense of frustration and stress.
Be Positive About Time
“Be positive with the time you do have,” says Christine Hannawa. “Procrastinating and wasting time only makes us more negative and depressed about time.”
Hannawa suggests that positive thoughts help create the motivation we need to enjoy our lives to the fullest. She says if we hear ourselves saying, "I don't have enough time," then we should say, and preferably out loud, "I have all the time I need for all the things I need to do."
Hannawa suggestion of a declaration like that has a relaxing and liberating effect on every cell in your body, which relieves tension and helps us make better decisions as to what needs to be done versus what we want to do.
Let these motivational time quotes inspire you to use your time wisely. We all have the same amount of time in a day, but how we use it will determine our success in life. By setting goals you are focusing your time on achieving what you want.
"Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours.
They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge.
If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour.
What will you do with this priceless treasure?"
"I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves."
"If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW."
"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever."
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
H. Jackson Brown
Time and words can't be recalled, even if it was only yesterday."
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
"If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got."