Are you feeling pressure or tension in your life? Dealing with stress is not always easy. If you can’t anticipate the outcome, and you don’t know how to proceed, then things can become overwhelming. Fortunately, stress can be managed in healthier ways. You can learn from your past, and you can become more equipped to navigate through unknown obstacles that may lie ahead.
Here are some simple suggestions of how you can manage your stress:
- Pray: Quiet yourself before God and ask Him to help you. Let this be the first thing you do.
- Take a break: A momentary diversion can help you from being consumed by what bothers you.
- Nourish yourself: Your body depends on good food, and plenty to drink in order to function properly.
- Share your concerns: Reach out to your spouse, trusted friend, or the leadership in your church.
- Stay fit: Doing some exercises like stretching, or even working out, can help your body during those stressful times.
- Do your favorite thing: Listen to music, read a book, take a nap or whatever else would quiet your soul, and bring peace to your mind.
- You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)
- Your health may fail, and your spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of your heart; he is yours forever. (Psalm 73:26)
- Even when your anxiety is great within you, God’s consolation can bring you joy. (Psalm 94:12)
- Jesus offers His yoke for your rest. You can learn from Him. He is gentle and humble of heart, and with Him, you will find rest for your soul. (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Be encouraged to commit your ways to the Lord in whatever you do and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
I pray for each person who is trying to manage their own stress. May you bring your comfort, wisdom, and reassurance to them. Pour out your love, and give them your peace. Speak kindly to them, and let them hear your voice. As they follow your direction, may they be encouraged, strengthen, and renewed by your indwelling Holy Spirit, and the leading of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.