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Friday, April 21, 2017

How I'm Dealing With Stress In My Life

Now to be clear, I don't have a stress filled life.  I'm not running from thing to thing or driving kids everywhere, working outside the home, have illness, troubled kids or a difficult marriage.

But I have been dealing with some underlying stressors. For me I get stressed about things that I can do nothing about. By nature I'm a fixer, when there is an problem or a crisis I am built to jump in and help out.  However, most of the time it has not been given to ME to fix, and so I've needed to learn to let things go, and leave them in God's hands.

For me to destress and let things go, I've learned the following things that work for me.

1. I need to talk it out.  Tim often gets to hear all about 'something' several times.  Its how I process.  Once I get it all talked out, its done and I can move on and let things go.  Its amazing how this works for me.  

2. I pray.  God made me with the gifts and abilities I have, and He wants me to talk with Him about the things that are weighing on me.

3. I have to remind myself that just because I care about someone or some issue, doesn't mean that everything is my business.  God will definitely prompt me when He wants me to speak, or help out in someway.  Otherwise, its none of my concern. (other than to pray)

4. I am mindful of my social media usage.  Enough said.

5. I try to do this -

These things work for me when I feel stressed, and I hope they are be helpful for you! 


Sherry said...

podso said...

Good thoughts here. And aren't we thankful for our listening husbands? (and the Lord of course!)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Excellent things to do when stress threatens to steal our joy and peace, and I agree with Podso, talking with the Lord first and my husband second always seem to get the job done :) Have a blessed day :)

Vee said...

All very good, balanced, and sage pieces of advice. I pray that whatever is stressing will be resolved in God's own timing and by His hand.

Sherry said...

there are particular stresses which have the propensity to paralyze.. and there are other stresses that "simply" throw a wrench into our daily lives. additionally, there are those stresses that bring us to our knees whereby the only thing we *can* and *should* do is seek Him who loves us best. i so appreciate this post as it clarifies what we are to do in really any stressful situation .. ♥

Cheryl said...

Those are five good approaches to dealing with stress. It is so helpful to be able to safely share with another human being. But of course, whether or not we have such a person in our lives, it is comforting to know that our Lord always hears, always cares, and is always in control!

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