Get a Handle on Stress
Hello My Dear Sisters! Since we now know how chronic stress impairs our mental health, we can take action to effectively manage it and restore us to a healthy balance. Today we will share some amazingly simple and effective strategies you can engage in to help you triumph over stress!
Here are 3 Strategies for Handling Stress
#1 Eliminate some of the stress. Remember, stress is not inherently bad. We want the right type and amount of pressure, as well as the right perspective on that pressure, so we can mature! (2 Corinthians 4:17). However, there is pressure that is unproductive in our lives, in that it works to distract and hinder us from entering into God’s design for our lives. (Hebrews 12:1). It is the kind of pressure that creates unfruitful sorrow. (2 Corinthians 7:10). Surrender your life to God-all the seconds of it- and ask Him to help you see where there is unnecessary pressure. You want to interrogate the following things:
If the answers to any of these questions proves to work against God’s purpose of making you more like Jesus-a person bearing His character-then you’ve found a place where God Himself will fight for you! (Romans 8:29, Galatians 5:22 - 23 and 1 Corinthians 13). Cut it out and don’t look back. Not sure what things are in opposition to the work of God in your life? Read Colossians 3:5 and Galatians 5:19 - 21.
A good place to start seeking divine wisdom is in the sphere of relationships, as they can be a major source of stress! Check out the following resources for support in growing in Biblical wisdom with respect to relationships:
#2 Meditate to reframe your thinking. When your thoughts are spiraling down a negative path, STOP and RESET your mind on things that are above, where our life is hidden with Christ. (Colossians 3:3 and Philippians 4:8) Meditation is the ancient (and still relevant) Biblical instruction, inviting us to think deeply and consistently on the Word of God, with the promise that our lives will be blessed. Read Psalms 1 and 119.
Further Resource: 6 Ways to Meditate with Scripture to Help Relieve Anxiety.
Get started with this wonderful Scripture meditation set to harp music:
#3 Don’t despise your limitations. You are not failing when you can’t do it all. You are only proving you belong to the human race. And contrary to common teaching, all your limitations are not a result of living in a fallen world. We were limited in Eden too. Before the fall, we were dearly loved creatures under the covering of the only being who lacks nothing-God. (Genesis 1 - 2). Embracing the reality of your limitations is to embrace the truth and make room for God’s strength to reign in your life.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.