HOW TO STRESS LESS

We are in unprecedented times right now. Everything has been turned upside down. Life as we know it has changed to a new normal. The stress that this Coronavirus crisis has created has been tough on us all because of the adjustments we have had to make. I pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, wearing a mask, and following the guidelines.

Yesterday was so stressful for me. I ran all day long hurrying from one appointment to another with my 86 year old mom in tow. Some of the stress was Coronavirus related, but much of it was not.

Have you ever had a stressful day?  Maybe you are a person who has a laid back personality. Well please pray for me because I am not. I HATE BEING STRESSED AND HURRIED. Jesus NEVER hurried anywhere He went, even when His friend Lazarus was ailing (John 11). God does not want us to live stressed-out lives either. Why? Because when we are stressed out, we are not our best selves, not to mention that stress will kill you.

So the question is how can we do better? How can we stress less?

  1. Recognize and target that as an area where we need to grow. If we don’t recognize the issue, we will continue to go down the same path without making any changes. I see now that I need to work on this area of my life and make it a goal to stay in peace at all times. Jesus died to give me peace. I don’t want His death to be in vain.
  2. Confess our faults. When stress has gotten the best of us, confess it to God, confess our fault to whoever we need to, and repent if necessary. I had to apologize to my mom because I was not the nicest person that day. When you’re in hot water, like a tea bag, what’s in you will come out of you.
  3. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the power to do better and stay peaceful next time. His job is to help us grow and change. Self-sufficiency, trying to do better without asking for His help, will result in failure. Without Him we are nothing.
  4. Refuse to wallow in condemnation when we fail. Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Remember, you are the righteousness of God in Christ no matter what.
  5.  Develop a deliberate plan of action. For instance, I will not schedule so many appointments in one day. I will give myself more time between appointments. I will focus on peace scriptures to build myself up in that area. When I am stressed, I will take a mental vacation and imagine myself in a tropical paradise, seated under a palm tree with a glass of lemonade (Ahhhh). We have to decide how we will respond beforehand.

Saints, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). That means we have control over whether we have heart trouble or not. We have to decide that we are going to get to another level. If this is not an issue for you, I thank God that you have gotten the victory. But for those of us who haven’t, I challenge you to come up higher in this area. Let’s do our level best to keep the chaos on the outside from getting on the inside.

What are some methods you have used to relieve stress in your own life? Please leave a comment below.

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