Jo’s Journal: Sometimes You Simply Need a Reset


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Sometimes You Simply Need a Reset

Refocusing Your Perspective

by Joanne Troppello


“Reset, refocus, readjust, restart, as many times as you need to.” – Anonymous

We have protection for all our laptops, mobile devices, and all other Internet connected devices in our home through Bitdefender. I run several scans on my laptop through the Bitdefender software each day. The system is set for auto-updates and continual protection from malware and viruses. However, I have found that when I do the three different scans (Quick Scan, Utilities, and Protection) each day, my laptop is optimized.


Today, I ran the scans like usual. However, after I took my afternoon break and then got back to work on an article, the laptop started freezing up when I used the Word program and went online.


My husband called at that moment to let me know he was on his way home from work. We talked for a few minutes, but I told him I had to get off the phone to try to figure this out. I wasn’t sure why there were issues when I had run the scans in the morning.


Now, I’m the type of person who doesn’t deal with stress well. However, I took a deep breath, turned the laptop off then on again, and decided to run the scans and then stepped away. I’m no tech wizard, so I don’t know why these issues happened. It’s possible that there may have been some glitches with the Windows software updates that were downloaded yesterday. That had happened in the past.


Needing to Reset


Thankfully, I remained calm—just ask my husband, that has not always been my modus operandi in the past—and I ran the scans again. I got back to work and finished my article.


It’s okay to admit that you need a reset. You need to reboot and refocus on maintaining a better, more productive perspective. Allowing the stress to stress you out even further is not going to do you or anyone around you any good.


1. Change of Scenery


After I got set the scans to run on the laptop, I stepped away and laid down on the sofa and closed my eyes to relax for about fifteen minutes. That time away from my office area helped me to reset and refocus so I could be productive and finish my article when the scans were completed. Maybe you’ll need to reset by changing the scenery when a stressful situation takes over—even if changing scenery only means walking to another room.


2. Going for a Walk


I love to go for walks. I enjoy being outside and soaking in the nature all around me. We’re fortunate to live in a rural area, which we love. Taking a break from life’s stressors and going for a walk outside has helped me many times to reset and refocus on what’s really important. Going for a walk is also healthy for you, so you can be good to your body, soul, and spirit by taking a refreshing walk.


3. Talk to Someone


Sometimes it helps to talk to a trusted friend or family member when you’re stressed. Walk away from the stressful situation (if it’s physical or tangible issues) and find a quiet, and peaceful place to call or video chat with this person. If time allows, meet up with them for coffee or go for a walk at the local park. Talking through your problems with someone else can help you get a new perspective on things.


4. Praise, Read the Word, and Pray


This is listed as the 4th step, but it truly is the best one—especially if you are a Christian and are living your life for the Lord. I like to listen to one of my worship playlists like Bethel Music on Spotify and do a prayer walk at home and sing worship songs. Maybe you need to take a moment to open your Bible or read a passage from the Bible Gateway app. You might need to step away and pray so you can calm down and refocus your mindset.


What do you do to reset when life’s stressors become overwhelming?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.