10 Simple Ways to Combat and Deal with Stress (Part 1)

Today, I would like to share some helpful tips on dealing with stress.  Since stress can cause depression, anxiety and a number of other health issues, it’s a topic worthy of being discussed and an issue that needs to be addressed so that we can offer the best of ourselves to our family and the ministry.

Most women deal with stress on a continual basis.  The Lord God, in His wisdom, created women with a nurturing spirit.  We have a tendency to extend ourselves emotionally and physically for healing and support of our family and friends in need.  Because of this, we can easily get overwhelmed and drown ourselves in a sea of stress.

Here’s 10 Simple Ways to Combat and Deal with Stress…

1. Start Your Day Off Right

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  – Matthew 6:33

It’s essential to get our priorities in order.  If we don’t, everything else will kilter off balance, leaving us more stressed.

Begin your day with a personal devotional time.  Bible reading and prayer time will help you prepare for your day ahead with the necessary “war” essentials to face conflicts and trying situations.  Bible reading builds and strengthens our faith (Romans 10:17), and prayer time helps us win over worry and build a closer relationship with God so that we do not feel alone (Philippians 4:6).

2. Create a Daily Routine

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:” – Proverbs 6:6

God’s word encourages us to consider the tiny ants, who are ever busy and diligent in their work.  They know their individual jobs and roles, and they consistently do them.  They don’t sit around and let the workload pile up.

Creating daily and weekly routines are one way to keep your work flow balanced without getting swamped with a hundred things to do all in one day. Planning a good schedule for your household chores can be super beneficial in avoiding stress.  You’ve probably heard the wise advice, “Plan your work, then work your plan.” It’s important to be diligent in utilizing your schedule.

3. Lean on God’s Grace

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:6

Change will happen in life. It’s inevitable.  These changes can be really stressful– especially as you find your new normal.  It takes patience to readjust during these periods in life, but God’s grace will see you through.

When everything is changing, lean on the ONE who does NOT change! (Hebrews 13:8) Seek God’s help, and don’t get too busy to include Him in your daily life during these chaotic times.

4. Get Sufficient Sleep

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” – Psalm 3:5

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”  – Psalm 127:2

The lack is sleep is a huge culprit for not being able to deal with stress.  What’s even worse is that when we’re tired and exhausted, we’re grumpy with our husband and our children.

David learned to rest and depend on God, even under his stressful circumstances.  God designed our bodies to need sleep to replenish our strength, both physically and emotionally.  Did you know that our body not only rejuvenates itself while we sleep, but also does a fantastic job of ridding itself from terrible toxins?  It cannot perform this same function while we are awake.

Create a bedtime routine that will help you wind down mentally at night. Going to bed at the same time each evening will help train your mind that it’s time to rest.  You’ll find it easier to go to sleep with a consistent nighttime routine, and be more refreshed for the next day.

5. Keep Tabs on Your Health

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” – III John 1:2

In apostle John’s letter, he states his wish for Gaius’ prosperity and health.  Although this was a common phrase in letter writing, we can also read in the Old Testament where God gave various commands to assure that the Israelite people retained good health and avoided spreading diseases.

Many women end up putting their health on the bottom list of their priorities.  Our bodies do not handle stress well when we are not taking good care of our health by means of good nutrition and exercise.  Make your health one of your top priorities so that your body can handle stress more efficiently.  Learn about good nutrition, and figure out which exercises would be the most enjoyable for you to do.

Meet the Author

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Rhonda White

Jesus Follower. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Homemaker. Sunday School Teacher. Organizer. Gardener. Blogger. Writer. Servant.

We encourage you to read more from this author at her website http://herchristianhome.com/

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