Stress is anywhere and everywhere. In fact, it is already a part of everybody's life. Stress is inevitable, most of the time, we can't control it. But what we can control is how we can get over it. Let me tell you a personal problem.
Problem#1: There's this tension going on between two of the members of my family since years ago that is still unresolved. Or maybe it should have already been but both sides are unwilling to reconcile. And I am caught in the middle of this fight - torn, stressed out, and tired of these two. Seriously, like, every time this two meet, you can feel the strain going on.
Problem#2: They're both a family. Yes, we tried talking about it over and over again -- nothing happened).
Problem#3: Hubby is away - the person whom I can easily share all my troubles. And I don't want to share this with him because he is already dealing with stress (and homesickness) himself.
So here I am - anxious, upset and unhappy. However, as someone who is also reminded by the words of Pastor Chuck Swindoll that says:
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it",I know I have to do something. I have to help myself.
Here are 6 ways to Manage Stress:
1. Talk to God
If you believe in God, talk to Him in prayer. The bible says, "cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you". Talking to God through prayer and meditation should be something that believers do every day and not just occasionally. One of the quotes I learned since I was still young says, "Stress is anywhere, everywhere. But God is there to give the first aid. Why worry when you can pray?".
2. Talk about it.
When we keep these negative feelings inside us, it ripples and attracts more unhappy thoughts. Stopping bad vibes as soon as possible is one of my ways in dealing with stress. However, in doing this, we have to be more careful when it comes to talking about your problems as some make a gossip out of it. I don't have lots of friends - but I have a few whom I know I can count on.
3. Fill your mind with positive thoughts
God must really love me because every time I am down, He reminds me of His faithfulness in my life. Earlier today, one of my friends sent me a video of her daughter singing 'I love you Lord' - what a timely reminder! Then, immediately after work, I saw a wonderful wake-up call on my Facebook feed. God is great - He never leaves me - and for that, I am forever thankful. So, negative thoughts out - positive thoughts in!
|The post I saw online immediately after my shift|
What's a better way to combat stress than doing the things you love? Nothing! So if your way of de-stressing is by going to the mall or spa, go! Getting physically active and writing a journal are also great ways to de-stress. If you just want to lay down and sleep - do yourself a favor and sleep. If you love to 'stress-eat', just like I do, go to a restaurant and eat. Remember: STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backward.
5. Get a hug!
Studies show that hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Nate is my number 1 stress reliever. Every time he hugs and kisses me I feel better. So what are we all waiting for? Let's all hug the stress away!
6. Don't decide
One of my friends in the bible school taught me something that I will never forget. She told me, "don't decide when you're too sad or too happy". Decisions that are made during the times your emotions were high, may not lead to a good result. Earlier, I planned on leaving, going home, and escaping from all these stress-causing people. But right after I was back to my senses (lol), I realize, I should stay on my ground.
Ways to Manage Stress
Stress makes everyone crazy, but if we learn how to deal with them, we'll be able to handle any other storm that life may bring. I hope these personal ways to manage stress can help you. If you are currently down - don't give up! Greater things are coming for you. Have faith! :)