Learning How To Handle The Stress of the world is difficult. I’d even say the stress of the world is too much for one person to bear. In this day and age, we seem to take it all on, and it hurts us mentally and physically.
In the last two years, we’ve had a stressful election, a pandemic, and a resurgence in terror. (that’s only scratching the surface) I’m not going to blame the source, instead, I want to focus on how we can handle the stress that comes across into our lives.
Emotional Healing is extremely important, and stress will bring out a lot of pain you thought was long gone as well.
Learning To Handle The Stress Will Benefit Your Life
One of the things I’ve learned while handling stress is that I can’t take it all on. Even with me knowing that I still do it. However, I’ve begun to learn that if I can’t control it, I shouldn’t worry about it. Worry is only going to drain me anyway, and that makes everything a pointless endeavor.
Worry Is A Rocking Chair. It Gives You Something To Do, But It Gets You Nowhere.Unknown
Stress doesn’t affect your mental faculties, eventually, it will mess with your body as well. Stress will raise blood pressure cause migraines and even messes with bodily functions.
None of these are good issues, and some are life-threatening. This is why you need to handle the stress that comes your way as soon as you can.
I’m a classic worrier. I remember being on vacation at 9 years old, and I broke down crying. Eventually, it came out that I was worried about what I was going to be when I grew up.
I still haven’t answered that question 30 years later…
However, I have realized that I need to enjoy the journey and not just the destination.
Exercise: Endorphins Are Amazing!!!
Whether I’m dealing with work, family, or the world in general. Exercise always helps me release my stress level. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a breath and go for a run.
Endorphins are released when you exercise. These endorphins will make you feel good, and they also calm you down. Also when you exercise you’ll be releasing tension in the body, and this will help you relax a little more.
This doesn’t have to be accomplished by running either. I tend to bike a lot during the summer and snowboard a lot during the winter.
Even going out for a walk can help you handle stress. The act of getting away and resetting can be beneficial.
Get Out Of The House:
Seeing the same surroundings day in and day out can get boring. It’ll also put you in a bad mood. If you’re having issues get out of the house. Similar to my paragraph above about exercise, going somewhere different sidetracks your mind and helps it reset.
You’ll be surprised when you come back to your problems how fresh your mind is. And what new ideas have popped up.
Meet Up With Friends: Handle The Stress
When you get out of the house or exercise, invite a friend with you. Make sure you speak with them about your fears and what is stressing you out. Often the act of speaking out loud will give you freedom. In addition to that, you might also score some advice that you were otherwise lacking.
People have different perspectives, and their perspectives can be the difference between freedom and sleepless nights.
Prayer And Bible Reading: Handle The Stress:
This isn’t the most popular category so I placed it last. For me, it’s the one I go to first. Being stressed out is a sign that I’m not hearing God’s voice, and that I’m not placing my trust in him.
Whenever I find myself stressed out, I open my bible to Psalm 121. It’s a Psalm that King David (of Israel) wrote a few thousand years ago.
He was in a lot of battles and had to put his trust in God. But he gives us a glimpse of his heart while he’s in despair as armies are coming to harm him.
It also really shows the love Jesus has for everyone.
I understand if you’re reading this and laughing. I used to be the same way. However, I’ve had way too many encounters with a loving God who really cares for me.
I hope you’ll give him the same chance I have, just ask him for one.