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Do You Need Stress Relief

Updated on April 4, 2020
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Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy

Learning healthy coping skills will help you have a wonderful outlook!



Do you need STRESS RELIEF?

Are you stressed? Is there something weighing on your mind? Is there some inner conflict? Is there something happening in your life and you don’t know how things will work out? You are not alone! At some point in time everyone experiences a certain degree of stress. Feelings actually lets you know that you are still here! A small amount of stress is actually healthy. It keeps you on your toes and motivates you to shift. Do you need stress relief?



Life today can be quite complex at times. There are many pressures on varying diverse levels, more so at times for some. You can actually worry yourself sick. To name a few stress affects your happiness, brings on acne, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss, high blood pressure, panic attacks, anxiety, impacts your sex drive as well as hampers your infertility. If you are experiencing a significant amount of stress don’t wait until you are completely over whelmed to find some relief. Conflict and stress are a normal part of life. If your patience is getting close to nil know; you are reaching your limit. Don’t wait until you explode and get really angry to express yourself. This will only further complicate the situation. While angry and out of control you say and do things that can be destructive. Begin to shift NOW!




Whenever there a major crisis going on take a few moments to "BE STILL & KNOW!" Life will at time present some overwhelming situations. But you can make it through. Keep in mind this too shall pass. You may have to take it moment by moment. But you must not allow it to consume you. You are not helping yourself or anyone else. Know your limits. When you are on empty control your tongue. If necessary simply close your mouth This may seem cold hearted but face the fact; how you cope in stressful situations impact your mind, body & soul. Therefore, know it is important think before you react. It is better to take control and respond and proceed with caution.



Stress is defined as; “Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don't take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.” medicine net.com



When you are stressed it becomes difficult to respond properly. Many often become verbally or emotionally abusive. For some they respond impulsively and or physically, in an inappropriate manner when they lack proper coping skills. When stressed you can become quite tense. It may be harder to concentrate, you may even get a headache or your heart begins to race. This is a clear indication that YOU NEED to shift. Here is something that will help you. Take a moment; Imagine a cup of ice cubes being slowly yet gently poured over your head. Allow yourself to feel the coolness of the ice gently melting over you. Begin to Allow your anger to subside. Please! Practice learning how to;Think before you respond!



S STOP!

T THINK!

R REFOCUS!

E ENERGIZE

S STAY

S SAFE!



When the pressures of life begin to get to you it is important that you get a grip on your emotions. No, I am not saying go into denial! How you feel is important. Your feelings need to be validated. Depression will result if you don’t. Depression is anger turned inside! It is important to get to the root of what triggered it. Be persistent in finding healthy ways to relieve your depression. You cannot expect everyone to always adjust to how you feel. Depression is real... When it gets to the point you are not able to cope you will need professional help! Or maybe even medication?


Seek out resources for anger management if you have “out of control behavior.” Quite often you have learned some unhealthy dynamics that need to be changed. It may be hard for you to just say how you are feeling without being so angry. Your anger is a clear indication that you are also hurting. This will often result in something or someone triggering your anger and setting you “off.” If this is the case know that you are being controlled by remote. Learn how to stay “on” track!



Here are a few ways to relieve stress.

If you are stressed? It is important to begin to spend some quiet time to unwind. Spend some constructive time alone until you can better express yourself. Writing a letter to anyone who has hurt you is good. Express exactly how you feel candidly. In any words you want. Don't even worry about punctuation. This is for your eyes only. Then tear it up and throw it away! You can even bury it. This will give you a momentary sense of relief. You can also get an empty chair and place it in front of you; imagine that the person is sitting there, and say to whomever has hurt you how you feel. Take control and release any anger, hurt, shame or disappointment! You are now beginning to take out the trash that has begun to weigh you down.


Listen to some relaxing music; good Gospel music, classical, symphony or jazz. Do some exercising, or just taking a leisure walk helps. If you can't walk do some hilarious jumping jacks or jump rope. You can also opt to entertain yourself with a good anger free movie. The objective is; You now have decided to no longer let what has happened to sit on the shelf of your mind and ferment! You are now beginning to move towards letting it go. This also helps you move towards wholeness.



If your family is stressed? Set aside some quiet time aside from the television or any outside distractions and have a family “pow wow.” Make sure that this does not turn into a shouting match... Allow those concerned to freely talk about how they are feeling. Give everyone time to express their feelings. Then have each of them talk about how they feel things can be improved. It is helpful to have one of the children be responsible to moderate, you will be surprised. This helps them acquire coping skills as well. Never let anyone disrespect you in your own home. It is the one place where you have the right to set the tone for a healthy environment. Your objective here is to create a balanced, healthy, loving, open, nurturing, safe environment!



Is your marriage stressed? You need to set aside some quiet time where the two of you can calmly discuss what are the issues at hand. Rekindle that LOVE that brought the two of you together! Restore the JOY of just being together. When two together row a boat it gets to the desired destination faster. Having a weekly date night is great as well! This can be something ever so simple, exciting or even extravagant. What is important that you rekindle and establish more precious memories. Remember you cannot change what has happened. But you can decide to go forward. Yes, you will probably have to also revisit where you have been...But keep in mind, this is to remind you of where you do not want to stay or continue to go.



Is your job stressing you out? You need to make an appointment to talk to your supervisor, boss, employees or co workers and let them know how you are feeling. Make sure you are not angry when you do this. Find a neutral spot if possible. Writing down what you want to say will help you stay focused. If you feel that you may lose your thoughts or say something inappropriate reschedule. Graciously delay it until you are ready. The point is you want to take control not loose it. If they are not willing; it just may be better to begin looking for employment somewhere else. If you don’t at some point your health will become affected working continuously under such poor conditions. Please wait until you find another suitable position before you give them notice you are planning on leaving. Remember life is precious and important. And you do not want to spend the majority of your time stressed... Take some time and think things over. This may also be the very place that you must learn how to better deal with stress. It is always possible your boss and co workers may possibly learn to respect you...



Incorporating prayer and meditating upon the scriptures will yield much peace in your life. If you are a believer prayer should be a daily occurrence. Spending time with God is important. Knowing His word is important as well. Actively implementing the principles are key to resolving inner conflict and stress. The scriptures where meant to point us to a better way of life. To help us to develop a personal relationship with God our Creator and Maker. God has provided a wonderful plan of Salvation for all who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. God always allows us to choose. Jesus is able to save you from the power of sin reigning in your life! Invite Him into you daily life regularly...He can help you harness your anger and become much more disciplined. Jesus came to show us that better Way! To help you discover your true purpose in life!



Stress again is a normal part of life. Taking the time to communicate your feelings in a healthy manner means you care. Redemptively confronting what ever the problem is or however you are feeling is always much better for you and those around you. Everyone has a not so good day from time to time. Don’t major in the minors! Just make sure that stress has not become the theme for your everyday lifestyle. Life is too short and precious to spend the majority of your time angry, sad and or stressed! It is important to begin to work towards having a healthier balance in life. Begin moving towards creating a warm, more peaceful, safe and loving environment! Learning coping skills and ways to manage stress will also result in a healthier wonderful outlook as well as becoming healthier spiritually, physically and emotionally.


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