Philippians 4:6. We don’t have to be anxious when we can freely talk with God about our needs.
I think we can get stressed out over everything, and if we don’t have anything to stress about, we will make something up.
As adults, we can really stress out about something and make it so big and terrible in our minds that when the time comes around to face the stressing situation, the situation ends up not being as bad as we had imagined. Getting stressed out about the “it” ends up being for nothing.
5 Things that Causes Us Stress
- Finances. Not having enough money can be very stressful. Living paycheck to paycheck can cause stress. When we live paycheck to paycheck we can become stressed just waiting for something catastrophic to happen. For example, the car breaks down. Someone in the family becomes very ill. The main breadwinner in the family is laid off. I have found that having an emergency fund will turn an emergency into an inconvenience.
- Our Health. We can become stressed when our health isn’t as good as it should be. And then the stress can make our health issues worse. It is a vicious cycle. Worrying about our weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, borderline diabetes, etc. can take it’s toll. It would be easier to start living a healthy lifestyle instead of stressing about what is happening with our health and not doing anything about it.
- Family. The daily adventures of having children can cause stress. There is their education, health, activities, etc, to deal with. When we are older, like those of us who are in my age group, we have parents who are getting up there in years and their health can cause stress for us.
- Our Job. The problems that come with having a job can cause stress. One thing that I have found that will help eliminate a lot of stress, is eliminating gossip. If you don’t participate in listening to gossip and you don’t talk about other people, life can be more enjoyable at work. Here are a few other things that can cause stress at work:
- Getting a promotion or being turned down for one.
- Commuting to work.
- Unproductive meetings.
- Poor communication between the boss and co-workers.
- Poor time management. There are twenty-four hours in everyone’s day, but for many people that is not enough. Laundry isn’t getting done, the battery isn’t charged for the phone, your hair didn’t get cut, and the kids don’t have anything to eat. Getting everything organized in the home, office and vehicle can make a big difference in your life. Creating a “to-do” list a great way to begin getting organized. Being able to check things off as you accomplish them will give you a boost of energy. If there are other people in the family who can pitch in, leave the list where they can see it and give them the opportunity to choose how they are going to help. If everyone does their part, then everyone will have time to relax.
We can make ourselves physically ill by dwelling on things. Stressful thinking can over take our minds and cause us to:
- have a very bad day
- treat people poorly
- imagine the worst case scenarios
- lose sleep
- eat more than we should
- spend money we don’t have
10 Things You can do When You are Feeling Stressed
- Take a break from the situation.
- Splash cold water on your face.
- Get a nice cold bottle of water and take long sips.
- Take a deep breath in and slowly release it.
- If you are stressed out at work, try not to take it home with you. If you do and you need to share it with your spouse, make it quick and don’t dwell on it.
- At the end of the day go for a walk to unwind.
- Treat yourself to a bubble bath or nice hot shower to wash the stress away.
- Don’t listen to the news. Listen to calming music or an uplifting audio-book or podcast.
- Light a fragrant candle that helps to reduce stress. Lavender is a good scent for this.
What gets you stressed and how do you deal with it?