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What to Do When You Feel Powerless

lady surrounded by stress
Thank you for this image, Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

“What to Do When You Feel Powerless” by Joan Y. Edwards

A friend of mine and fellow author has been going to very rough times physically and mentally. To protect her identity, I’ll call her Mimi.

Mimi felt like her life was swinging out of her control. Her counselor suggested, “Do something  you truly enjoy and that you can feel in control of setting up.”

Mimi planned several zoom video interviews with students. She did the interviews and it took away a lot of stress and added warm  feelings to her heart and mind.

thank you for image Robin Higgins
Thank you to Robin Higgins and Pixabay for this image.

Mimi said her counselor was right. Doing those interviews helped her feel more relaxed because she viewed them as enjoyable and felt she had control over them.

Here are other things you can do that will help you feel more in control and reduce stress for you

  1. Pray. Ask God to help you.

  2. Do a chore that only takes 10 minutes to complete.
    a. Set the table.
    b. Take out the trash.
    c. Take out the recycling.
    d. Take a short walk around the house or inside the house.
    e.  Put on a load of clothes to wash.

  3. Call a friend who makes you happy.

  4. Watch your favorite movie. You know how it ends. No stress there.

  5. Fix your favorite meal.

  6. Visit a friend.

  7. Listen to your favorite song. Music is mood changing.

  8. Email someone and tell them how much they mean to you.

I hope these ideas help you. A special thanks to my friend, Mimi and her counselor  for sharing her lifegiving advice.

Please leave a comment. Tell us what helps you get out of a stressed, powerless feeling.



Joan Y. Edwards. “Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood: https://www.joanyedwards.com/here-is-a-new-remote-control-to-set-your-mood/

Joan Y. Edwards. “10 Paths to Inner Peace:” https://www.joanyedwards.com/2017/10/09/10-paths-to-inner-peace/

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