Stress can be caused by many different factors that affect our daily lives. Below is an excerpt from the American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress
|Top Causes of Stress in the U.S.|
|Job Pressure||Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload|
|Money||Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses|
|Health||Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness|
|Relationships||Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness|
|Poor Nutrition||Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars|
|Media Overload||Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking|
|Sleep Deprivation||Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones|
Recently at my everyday job where I work as a manager, I was asked to fill in for our director. She was out of work for most of a month. The stress of completing her job as well as my own caused my skin to break out (acne) as well as disrupting my emotional stability.
Stress affects the way we live, our health, and the people around us. I researched a few ways to effectively deal with stress and wanted to share them with you.
- Exercise– Exercise reduces your body’s stress inducing hormones such as cortisol, the “stress hormone” and increases your body’s endorphin levels.
- Reduce Your Caffeine Intake-Caffeine increases the body’s levels of cortisol which can negatively affect your mood and lead to weight gain.
- Listen to Calming Music-Slow classical music can have a beneficial effect on your body’s mechanical functions. Relaxing, peaceful tones can slow your heart rate therefore lowering your blood pressure, and it can decrease the level of stress hormones within your body.
- Eat Healthy-Your body is your temple. If you don’t take care of it, eventually it will fall to ruin. Eat healthier, leaner portions of meat and increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetable you intake in a day. Remember that if is green, orange, red or blue, it is good for you!
“What does the bible tell us about stress and how to handle it?”
Below are a few verses I found that have helped me keep a positive outlook on my daily struggle with managing my stress.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.–Matthew 6:34
When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me.–Psalm 94:19
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.–Proverbs 12:25
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.–Isaiah 40:30-31
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.–Philippians 4:6-7
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.–James 1:2-4
Not everyone can handle their stress on their own. There are times when we need to ask for help. When you find yourself at a place in your life where you feel trapped by the weight of stress you carry, reach out to family and friends for comfort and support. If you feel that you don’t have anyone to talk to, email me. I am happy to be a listening ear.
Stress is a killer! Don’t let it rob you of your happiness in life.