Several months ago, my blood pressure reading at the dentist was again high. This is quite normal for me, whereas my readings at other doctors are usually within healthy guidelines. When one is sitting in a chair within view of dental instruments, and anticipating pain and discomfort, raised blood pressure has always seemed like a reasonable response to me! But I have been consulting trustworthy sources for ideas (Mayo Clinic etc.), then experimenting with some preparatory measures that might help to lower my BP. I have maintained some of the habits such as decreasing caffeine intake, taking a little more time for relaxing hobbies, spacing out meds that I hadn’t realized can affect the BP, and decreasing stress as much as in my power.
One source also suggested that I focus on one task at a time instead of multitasking. I have long been a multitasker, probably dating back to the 1990s when I was a receptionist at a large Atlanta church, I was responsible for covering six phone lines, walk-in visitors, typing labels for mailed sermons and more. This multitasking ability became even more indispensable when I was a Crime Victim Advocate in a DA office with a high-volume crime rate. So it has become a part of my nature. But I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try to do it less. But ironically, when I tried to stop myself from doing two things at once, instead of REDUCING my feeling of stress, it actually increased it! I would start thinking about how I was wasting time, how I could accomplish more if I were two things simultaneously. My to-do list would have more “check-offs” if I could just go back to multitasking. For me, multitasking is actually a DE-stresser, helping to declutter my life, and making me feel like a good steward of time.
God wires us in varying ways. Some of us are natural multitaskers, while others are more comfortable with a slower pace. Neither are superior or inferior. But no matter our natural bent, there is one habit that we should ALL be multitasking with other activities throughout each day -prayer to our Heavenly Father! When we can't safely close our eyes such as when we are driving - no problem. We can pray with our eyes wide open, as long as we pay attention to our driving, of course! Where in the Bible does it say we have to always close our eyes? We can pray anywhere, any time, in any position, but always safely, in consideration of others! We need to pray so often that prayer becomes as natural to ourselves as breathing.
Ephesians 6:18 (Christian Standard Version) Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
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