Ever run a marathon? It is my understanding you are supposed to pace yourself so you don’t run out of steam before crossing the finish line. [I can’t speak from direct experience, as I believe running should be reserved for when being chased by a bear, as God intended.] Whatever the case, pacing yourself is very important – which is something to think about during times of high stress.
If you are like me, you have a tendency to obsess about things that concern you. Although this is normal to some degree, obsessions can raise stress levels and make problems worse. Lord knows there are tons of behaviors, and problems, and details that could dominate your time and attention. But if you don’t step away from issues of concern, they have a way of consuming you.
So at the end of the day, or on the weekend, find ways to take small breaks from your stressors. Obviously, you can’t ignore problems forever, but by routinely stepping away from concerns you will be better able to pace yourself and deal with them in a healthy manner. And as an added bonus, pulling over from time to time as you are running your daily rat race will increase the likelihood you will best be able to complete your journey with minimal casualties.