Stress can cause flares for people with autoimmune disorders. According to the National MS Society, one of their articles about MS and stress states,
“It’s important for people with MS to know that there have been a lot of studies, but we still don’t have conclusive evidence that stress causes exacerbations.”
If you are living with MS, then you will know if stress and anxiety causes you exacerbations. I know that with my own autoimmune disorders, stress causes flares for me. I had one last week and it was because I knew there was going to be a confrontation with someone and I was not looking forward to it. Being stressed out about everything doesn’t do anyone any good. Think about the last time you worried over something that was happening in your life. When you look back did you accomplish anything during the time you worried and were anxious? Probably not.
3 Verses for When You Feel Stressed
Matthew 6:34 Common English Bible
34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Isaiah 41:13 Common English Bible
13 I am the Lord your God,
who grasps your strong hand,
who says to you,
Don’t fear; I will help you.
Matthew 11:28-30 Common English Bible
28 “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. 30 My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”
Do You Have an Attitude that Creates Stress?
Can your attitude create stress? Yes. Can your attitude relieve stress? Sure. Can your attitude bring stress or relief to others? You bet!
Our attitude is a powerful thing. We can choose to have a good or a bad attitude. No one can make you have a bad attitude. Someone may do or say something that causes you to feel insecure or causes self-doubt. How you handle it is up to you. You can make the decision to let it ruin your day, or you can brush it off and move on.
Have you ever met someone who is having a bad day and then they let everyone know why they have a bad attitude? Get away from that person. They are an energy leak. You can be flying high with a great attitude and then you encounter a person like this. Give that person an encouraging word and then move on. Don’t let them drain your energy.
JOHN HAGEE SUMS UP ATTITUDE WITH THESE FOUR STATEMENTS:
Your attitude is an inward feeling expressed by outward behavior. Everyone can see your attitude; you don’t need to say a word.
Your attitude is the “advance man” of your true self. The source of your attitude may be buried down deep, but the effect is always visible.
Your attitude is your best friend or your worst enemy. You will either draw people to you or chase them away.
Your attitude determines the quality of your relationships with your husband, wife, children, employer, friends, and God.
One of my favorite philosophies is the FISH philosophy. One of the four practices is to choose your attitude.
CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE. IT STARTS WITH INTENTION AND AWARENESS.
You choose your attitude the moment you wake up. Is it a conscious choice or are you on autopilot?
Ask yourself, “Who do I want to be today? What impact do I want to have?”
When you are aware of your choice, you control your attitude—it doesn’t control you.
Attitudes that trigger the stress response:
- and attitude that might be described as “pushy”, “grumpy,” and “contentious.”
These attitudes can cause behaviors that many people hate in others, but don’t often see in themselves:
- whining – to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way
- murmuring – a mumbled or private expression of discontent
- grumbling – to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly
- backbiting – to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present
- and arguing – to contend in oral disagreement; dispute:
Attitudes that trigger the relief response:
- gratitude – the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
- appreciation – gratitude; thankful recognition and thanksgiving the act of giving thanks;
- grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors,especially to God.
These attitudes not only make you feel good, they make those around you feel good too.
Resources for Help in Changing Our Attitudes
Based on the #1 New York Times Bestseller Every Day a Friday, the DAILY READINGS FROM EVERY DAY A FRIDAY is designed to help readers see every day of the week as a gift from God, and to live each day with gratitude, good humor, and faith.A 90-day devotional, the book will incorporate excerpts from the original book that emphasize a faith-building messages day to day; along with additional supportive and encouraging material in the form of key Bible verses, daily prayers, and daily thoughts.
This is one of my all time favorite books! I have this as an audio book and I have listened to it at least twenty times! – Brenda
Find out where the root of your unhappiness is coming from. Learn about the power of appreciation and how a positive mind lowers stress and unlocks happiness that you never thought possible.
Stop being a victim of negativity through work, school, news, social media, friends, family, and toxic relationships.
With Lorena’s simple steps to rendering negativity powerless, meditation, affirmations, appreciation journal and her famous 30-day challenge, you will come to see the world in a whole new way.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude
Every cloud has a silver lining. And the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive will encourage readers to stay positive, because there is always a bright side. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that each day holds something to be thankful for.
I love the Chicken Soup books! – Brenda
Action Step: How has changing your attitude helped you?