(Introduction from 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.
(If you haven’t read Part 1 of this article, you can read that here.)
Here’s 10 Simple Ways to Combat and Deal with Stress… (Continued)
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
All work and no play will make you grumpy, stressed and burned out. We need time to laugh and enjoy life. We create a happy, emotional balance when we schedule in some play time amidst our busy schedules.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Positivity is a choice. Purposing to look for the positive side of circumstances takes just as much energy as it does to be negative, but yields much more pleasant results.
God’s Word offers constant hope and encourages us to take a positive approach to life. Negative thoughts lead to more stress. Most of our negative thoughts come from Satan, who would like nothing better than to see a defeated Christian drown in misery.
Work on replacing your negative thoughts with positive ones. What kind of things should occupy our mind? The Bible tells us exactly what we should think about!
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” – II Corinthians 4:17
When we start losing hope during difficult trials and circumstances, we can quickly become overwhelmed and stressed. We must realize that these days will not last forever. Someday… one day, whether here on earth or in Heaven above, these afflictions will be past. By keeping our eyes on Jesus, we can look forward to spending eternity in Heaven where there will be no more sorrow, tears and pain. And no more sad good-byes.
Another way to get a better perspective on life is to look beyond your own difficulties, and you will ALWAYS find someone who is much worse off. You and I can have a grateful heart when we intentionally look for all the good things God has done for us and given to us. Taking off our dark, gloomy shades will allow us to enjoy all God’s bountiful blessings and His glorious creation. He loves you and I so much…and that’s the BEST perspective of all!
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” – Colossians 3:23
Nothing can be quite so stressful as aiming for perfection, especially since it’s entirely unattainable anyway. God has never expected us to be perfect. He remembers we are dust. (Psalm 103:14)
As women, we often have various job titles: wife, mother, healthcare provider, house cleaning manager, kitchen / food manager, Sunday school teacher, and much more. We may find ourselves feeling insufficient and never good enough.
God does want us to do our best, but we need to get our best job done within our scheduled time frame. Then, we need to move on to the next task at hand, and let go of lingering worries that things may be less than perfect.
We all have our talents and gifts that will allow us to achieve better results in some areas than in others, but don’t add stress by expecting more from yourself than you can reasonably do. Remember, we’re to do our best, as to the Lord — and not for the eyes and praise of man, nor even for ourselves!
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
When we try to rush and hurriedly “fix” things, this impatience puts more stress upon ourselves. Our minds work in overdrive as we desperately struggle to work out unresolved issues all by ourselves. We need to realize that sometimes God just wants us to rest and wait on Him.
God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect! Resting in the Lord, as He does a work that we cannot do, and allowing Him to help carry our burden, will eliminate a huge portion of stress during our difficult situations. (Matthew 11:28-30)
May I encourage you today to work on reducing your stress by trusting God more. Ask Him for daily wisdom and understanding before you face the day ahead. You will find a happier balance and enjoy life a lot more. Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
Jesus Follower. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Homemaker. Sunday School Teacher. Organizer. Gardener. Blogger. Writer. Servant.
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