Stress

Clock TowerPhysical and mental pressure from the demands and requirements of daily living

Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older. Hans Selye   

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.  Lily Tomlin

Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.  Danzae Pace    

 It is an unusual person who does not suffer from some stress in their life. Stress is all around us. We are much like the ‘rats in the maze’; not knowing where we are going, but trying to get there as fast as possible. We are always under pressure with demands on our time, energies, efforts, finances; virtually every moment of our lives. Our family, jobs, homes, churches, organizations, friends and others are demanding more and more. When we idle and relax we feel guilty because things go undone. As technology advances, the opportunity for more stress increases. This is unhealthy, damaging and is reducing our quality of life.

Stress causes all kinds of physical and mental health issues. It causes relationship problems. The list goes on and on. The percentage of the population taking medication to help them cope with life’s stresses is always growing. A pressure cooker is an appropriate image of stress. When the lid is on, the pressure builds, the temperature rises, eventually something must give; if the pressure is not relieved the cooker “blows its top”.

How do we escape the effects of stress? If it were easy, it would not be the problem it is. It is the various pressures and demands of life on the outside that we are allowing to adversely affect us on the inside. These things pile up and load us down. The “buck” stops with us; we are choosing to allow stress and pressure to get to us. We cannot blame others. We are responsible for our own stress. It is on our shoulders. Part of being an adult is to be responsible for our choices. We subconsciously choose to allow the effects of stress to get to us.

There are those who have learned to control stress. They accomplish this in various ways. Some have simplified their lifestyles. Others choose mental approaches and learn to control stressful situations by not allowing things to get the best of them. Some do it through various mental controls; others find ways to vent. They learn how to let steam escape from their internal pressure cooker. The key is to proactively learn to control the effects of stressful pressures. A stress free or even a reduced stress life is a much healthier way to live. It is something everyone should learn to do for themselves. It is well worth the effort.

Challenge: Think in terms of a stress scale; from 1 to 10. How high does your stress get? How close do you come to blowing your lid? You should learn to control the stress from getting so high. When it starts going up, an alarm should sound, telling you to release the pressure. Invest time and effort in finding ways to keep stress under control. It is crucial and vital. Find something that works. Your physical and mental health is at stake.

Wisdom: Here’s a two-step formula for handling stress. Step number one: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Step number two: Remember it’s all small stuff.  Anthony Robbins

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:7

We are our own worst enemy. Life affects us the way we choose to allow it to. Whatever is happening in our lives is a function of both the event and how we choose to respond to it or how we choose to allow it to affect us. Many of us have problems with being slaves to the pressures and demands of life. We allow life to enslave us. We do not have to live this way. God will help free us from the pressure and stress of worldly living.

 

Prayer: Thank you giving me the strength and the courage to find ways to reduce stress.

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