Reduce stress in your life.
Reduce Stress in Your Life
- Talk to God about it. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Sharing frustrations, disappointment, what isn’t fair, confusion with God brings comfort. God already knows all of them, but He has made us in such a way that when we talk to Him about what we feel, it has a calming effect. Acknowledging and inviting His presence restores peace.
- Find a quiet place for meditation. “Jacob called the place where God had talked with Him Bethel“(Genesis 35:15). We all need a safe quiet place to remember God’s promises and to allow Him to calm our soul, mind, emotions and body. Reading God’s specific promises out loud to my-self has a tremendous calming effect.
- Seek out activities that bring you joy. “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:1). Laughter releases chemicals into our body that have a calming and soothing effect. Intentionally focus on those relationships that are a blessing. Intentionally remember funny things that have happened.
- Exercise and strengthen your physical body. “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way” (Isaiah 35:3). Being exposed to stressors, anxiety and fear causes our God given response system to prepare us for danger. Often this is called the flight or fight level of preparedness. At this level the energizing chemicals are dumped into our blood stream. Unless we exercise this toxic chemical blood stream will compromise our physical, mental and emotional health. Exercise purges the blood stream bringing it from toxic to normal.
- Share your stress with close family and friends. “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts” (Psalm 119:64). Everyone needs a safe person who will listen, affirm and not give advice. Many times when we hear ourselves talk out loud our fragmented thoughts begin to come together. While it is important to listen to ourselves, it is much more to tell ourselves the truth from God’s Word. Listen to what I feel, but trust what I know.
- Relax and allow yourself a chance to laugh again. “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). God created each of us with endorphins (which are calming soothing refreshing chemicals) in order to replenish the body when we are exhausted spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. These natural chemicals are produced in times of joy in our lives. There is a place for comedy in the lives of believers especially when we can laugh at ourselves. Laughter may be the best medicine for treating our stressful lives.
- Start a new hobby that is different from what you do on a daily basis. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19). Many of us put off learning something new that we’ve always wanted to do. Be willing to try a new hobby or activity that can momentarily take off the tension from our stressful lives. Don’t hesitate because of lack of knowledge, experience or the fear of failure.
- Make time to enjoy the nature God has placed around you. “Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees” (Isaiah 44:23). There is beauty in God’s creation around us. Many times we are focused on our stress and busyness and miss the magnificence of nature. When we stop and are still we hear and see the birds that God feeds daily. We feel the breeze and remember God is in control.