5 Practical Ways to Kill Stress
Yep, I’ve been there too.
Where you have a mammoth sized to-do list and as soon as you check one thing off, another item is added.
You begin feeling like there’s no end in sight…
Unfortunately, stress is a normal part of life. But it can wreak havoc on your mind and health. To know more about that, read my article, 10 Ways Stress Affects Your Body.
Stress can affect your sleep, your immune system, your work day, your parenting…just about everything.
So how do you kill stress? (Or at least some of it – because we all know eliminating any stress can help a lot!)
When life is stressful and hectic, you can begin feeling like you don’t even have a spare second.
But all that stress can wait until tomorrow, you can take a day off, it will wait for you.
A day to relax, to unwind, to detox, to just enjoy life…
In fact, taking a day to clear your mind may even help give you clarity on what needs to be done and how to get those things done.
Too much on your plate? There’s no better way to begin to clear your plate than to ask for help.
If one of your close friends or a family member was extremely stressed, and you had some extra time,
I’m sure you wouldn’t mind offering to take something off their checklist.
So often when we are busy and pressured, it can be easy to focus solely on our stressors. When this happens, the meaning of important vs. necessary & invaluable can get swapped.
What I mean is the things you’re stressed about begin to take precedence over the truly important and necessary things.
Things like spending time with your family, doing something you enjoy, talking with friends, etc.
Those things are important and necessary and aren’t meant to be put on the back burner which is a normal thing when our stress begin to take over our mind.
What you are stressed about may be very important, but don’t let it take over your time and energy.
No one on their death-bed thinks, gee I wish I had done that project for my boss and had time to mow the lawn. Just keep that in mind.
For more help with this, quotes, and encouragement read my article, Remembering what is Invaluable in our Materialistic World.
This was something my doctor actually suggested to me when I was really stressed and had a lot on my to-do list.
I’m a mom, that’s who I am and that’s what I enjoy. But it’s not something I’m doing for myself. So when my doctor asked me what I do for myself, I really didn’t have an answer.
And I didn’t discover what my ‘something for me’ was until I started this website.
The most stress I’ve ever been through (which is what I’m referencing to in this post) is when my parents passed away.
I was grieving both my parents (and my cousin who died 2 days before my dad) and had a TON on my to-do list. There was no will so I had to take care of everything on my own in the way that I thought was best.
A year after my parents passed, I was doing a little better and wanted to help people who were feeling like me or experiencing what my parents did when they had cancer.
I wanted to find a way to spare other people with the cancer experience that I watched my parents go through.
I also wanted to encourage healthy lifestyles and help others who might feel their faith needs a boost like I did for a long time.
So Health.Faith.Strength was born – I found my ‘something for me’.
What is your something to kill stress? Reading, writing, fishing, hunting, hiking, yoga, running…? Whatever it is, do it.
Kill stress by remembering God is for you and He can give you peace. To see Bibles and devotionals I recommend, read my article, My Favorite Bibles & Devotionals.
Here are a few verses to remind you He loves you:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
And if you’re feeling like God has left you, read this poem:
To kill stress:
– take a day off
– ask for help
– take a few minutes to remember the difference between important and invaluable
– do something for yourself
– and read your Bible
If you are very overwhelmed and need encouragement to keep going, read my post, What to do when you feel like giving up (from someone who has felt that way too).