STRESS … some people have it and some people give it! The question is, “What do we do with it?” Well, let me take a shot at helping you do just that. Here are a few things to consider in order to STRESS-LESS.

Deal with it physically. I know you don’t want to hear it (read it) but exercising 20-30 minutes, three times a week, can help. Also, losing even 10 pounds (if you need to) may make you feel better. Stress causes us to find coping mechanisms … food seems to be an easy choice. Add to this more sleep (i.e., rest). Finally, find a way to intentionally relax each day. Stress shows up physically, so get physical with it!

Deal with it emotionally. Let me list these:

1. Learn to slow down. Seriously, even in traffic. Speed kills, they say – and your speedy lifestyle may be doing the same. Ask God what is simply your personality and what is FEAR DRIVEN.

2. Learn time management. Three words: prioritize, delegate, and “Just Say, No.”

3. Learn to laugh. In Proverbs it tells us that “laughter doeth good like a medicine.” Norma Cousins calls it “Internal Jogging.” Laughter puts us through a good physical workout. It is “good stress,” which releases painkillers in our brains that have similar effects to morphine…but you won’t need a doctor’s prescription!

4. Learn to keep things in perspective. Try to look at things in light of eternity. Then, realize that some things will always be out of your control. Dr. Peter Hanson in the Joy of Stress (yeah, right), gives this prescription: “Learn to ignore what you can’t control and learn to control what you can.”

5. Don’t worry. Before you get mad at me for this strong suggestion, just know that I have scripture to back me up. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

So, there you have it. Hope it helps. I am going to read this myself. Why? Because I was under a lot of stress to get this article finished.

Keep Believing,

Pastor Rob