7 Stress Busters!

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7 Stress Busters I don’t know about you, but 2014 has already had it’s share of stress! Most of it has been unforeseeable happings that caused pressure when put on top of an already full load.  Keeping it all in perspective isn’t always easy, but remembering God is right there and in control takes the weight off.  If you know me, you have heard me say countless times… “God, we live, breathe, and eat from your hand!  this Day is yours!” Does that take my stress away?  No, it’s still there but God is there too!  Last year was super stressful.  We lost both of Tim’s parents within a 7 month period.   We had relocated them to Georgia after they lost their home and belongings in Katrina.  Having them with us was a huge blessing, even in the tough times of sickness.  It was overwhelmingly hard to loose them.  The roles had reversed and they had become ours to care for, yet it was us that received all the blessings. With the stress that grief brought in loosing them both so close together,  along with daily life pressures, we could feel the overload pressing in.  By continually keeping it before God, he greatly ministered to our hearts through this time.  Staying close to God in tough times and casting our cares on Him gives us the strength to not give in or give up in the emotional roller coaster of stress.  God is constantly reminding and teaching me in this area.  It’s not always easy because life is a continual walk of experiences that many times can be stressful.  It is all part of the journey.

Stress when left to run rampant, while acting on anything you feel, will wreak havoc on every area of your life if you allow it.  Stress will push you to lose control of your emotions, and loosen your tongue to say things that later you will for sure wish you hadn’t!  It moves in and continually gains a forceful momentum that will only lead to a crash, melt down, or even something too ugly for words, if left unchecked.  I have seen it grow monster size in lives that were out of control and it destroyed everything in its path,  including vital relationships.

7 Stress Busters

To  Help You Deal With Stress and Keep Things In Perspective.

  1. Pray- before your feet hit the floor in the morning, and all throughout the day.  Especially when stress begins to weigh in on you.  Rely on God for everything.
  2. Spend Time With God EverydayThis will help saturate your day with His words as you give Him the stressful  things in your life that are hard to handle and deal with.  Ask God for help and tell Him you need Him!
  3. Say a “Memorized Chill Down Verse” –  If you don’t have a chill down verse, get one!  God’s Word is power!  Quote the verse to help still your mind and remember your God is bigger than anything that is going on in your life.
  4. Step Back and Breathe – Stepping back from the rushed frantic feeling of being over stressed is a good and healthy thing to do.  Just breathe and steady your mind and emotions.  Even a few moments will help your stress level drop some.
  5. Reflect On What Can Be Changed About This…and Change It. – Often there are things that we have no control over at all.  On the other hand, sometimes just tweaking the smallest of things can make a huge difference.  Examine your stress and you may be surprised at little changes that could help you.
  6. Learn To Say No! – This is the hard one!  Pray for the best choices and leave the good ones alone.  If they asked you for help and you say no, they will ask someone else.  The world is not going to fall apart when you say no, but saying yes time after time when you already have enough on your plate…may cause you to fall apart from the stress!
  7.  Count Your Blessings! – Things may be bad right now, but lift your head, look around, and count the blessing you do have. 
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  1. Great advice here, Cathy! Definitely sharing. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Amen! Amen! I completely agree with every item on your list. Thanks so much for stopping to say “hi” at CMB. It’s great to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you better! Blessings!

  3. Wonderful advice, Cathy. I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s parents’ though. I can only imagine how difficult that was. However, the fact that you’ve been able to share the positives from it is absolutely wonderful. God is great!

    Thank you for coming by to visit today at Life Under Construction, too!

    Sincerely,
    Alissa (alissaslifeunderconstruction.blogspot.com)

  4. Wow–I needed this today. So glad you shared these reminders. Blessings, Cathy!

  5. I loved your 7 Stress Busters. Just great. Thanks for sharing them. I sure could have used these a few years back 🙂

  6. Great list! All things that will certainly help.

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