How To Manage Stress

We all experience physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion at some time in our lives. There will be interruptions, delays or some type of problem that will set us over the edge. In our society today it is typical that we try to get more done in less time with good results. We juggle the demands of home, church, work and family life. Stress has a way of dampening our spirits and setting our nerves on edge. This can lead to a weakened immune system and prone to more illnesses and stress related problems. When we are stressed out we tend to take it out on our spouse our kids and even sometimes on our friends.

We have to learn to manage stress especially in the society we live in. Regardless of our occupation, our age, social status or lifestyle we are going to have stress. Everything seems to be on a fast track these days. It’s hurry, hurry and hurry some more. Even the way we eat is in a hurry. We need to ask ourselves how much time do we really spend with our family or relaxing and taking a breather? When was the last time you had dinner as a family? I venture to guess that the answer would be very little. Is it any wonder that we get so stressed out? I do have to say that some of it we bring on ourselves, from poor planning or being unorganized. These are the things we have control over. Now on the other hand we can’t control the weather, our computer breaking down or some unexpected difficulties. In those cases we need to learn to take a deep breath and realize that there is nothing we can do about it.

Stress has a way of moving us to the things that are wrong in our lives. Have you ever thought about the fact that we spend so much time on things that matter least that we forget to focus on the things that really matter? We need to decide what is really important to us and then prioritize them. Life is so full of choices isn’t it? When we decide what is important we can also say no to the things that are not. I think a lot of the time we have a problem saying no to someone. Why is that? Is it because we feel guilty if we say no? Or is it because we don’t want people to think bad of us?

If we do not learn to control stress it will eventually control us. In order to protect our bodies, we need to get enough rest. We need to exercise on a regular basis. Even walking for thirty minutes works wonders. Oh and lets not forget about eating well. When you do feel stressed remove yourself from the situation. Find a quiet place and just take a deep breath.

In Philippians 4:6-7 it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace if God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” Take time each day to be alone with God. Having a planned time of quietness away from everyone is a real good balance to a busy life.


Paula W. Thomas, BMHC

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