Ten Ways To Beat Stress
Ten Ways To Beat Stress
We are now living in a fast-paced world where there are many sources of stress that could cause us some health problems, or some fatigue or simply weaken us and make our life terrible. In this article I included top ten ways to beat stress in our daily life. Here is an excerpt from the book BEAT STRESS,
(1) Let God Be God.
Psalm 55 :22
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the
Feeling ultimately responsible for your own life and the lives of others can be very stressful. In each day that passes by there are so much troubles toencounter and endure. None of us really have much to say about what life brings our way. So start tackling the biggest step toward beating stress –make good, informal choices, plan and prepare, work hard and leave the rest to God.
After exerting all your energy and effort in doing your best, you have to leave everything in God’s hands and let him take charge.
(2) Have A Chat With Your Heavenly Father
Psalm 5 : 3
“In the morning, O Lord you hear my voice.
In the morning, I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation. “
Talking over problems with a friend has been shown to reduce stress. And God is a good and faithful friend. The one who actually has the power to help.Share the details of your life with Him, He cares.
God is the most concerned person to you in the world. More than your friend’s and relative’s concern, God’s concern is much greater. Before starting each new day, it is best to have a chat with your Heavenly Father.
3) Contemplate Heaven.
Colossians 3: 1-2
“ Since then, you have been raised with Christ , set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.
Fix your vision on heaven. Everything on earth is temporal. Be reminded always thatmomentary trials are fleeting, earthly troubles are not here to stay, it is very refreshing to think one day in heaven all our sorrows will be gone.
What your heart ‘s really saying is “There is no place like home.” God created usto live a life with Him where there is no more death, tears, mortgage, deadlines orstress. And God’s character suggests that Heaven will be much more like a lively wedding feast than an endless choir rehearsal. And that is something to look forward to.
(4) Forgive Others
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. “
It is inevitable in life that we get hurt by others whether intentionally or not. Holding on to that hurt forces you to carry a load that your body particularly your heart was not designed to handle.
Forgiveness is a gift. It is an act of God’s mercy. God has been too merciful to us in forgiving all our trespasses against Him. Having received God’s forgiveness, we should also be willing to forgive others for their offenses against us.
Forgiving others will release the tension or grudges you are holding in your heart therefore you will have a more stress-free life.
(5) Learn To Pause And Reflect
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
“In returning and rest shall be saved; in quietness and confidence
Shall be your strength and ye would not.”
Why wait for a catastrophe ? Just taking a moment to evaluate what you are doing and why helps put life back into perspective. If you never take time to stop and consider where are you headed , you may discover you’ve arrived at a destination you never intended to reach.
(6) Choose Life
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life.”
Each day of our lives we are confronted with a deluge of choices. And every decision, no matter how small is accompanied by some stress. But there is one decision you have to make each day to help you lower your anxiety level – and that is choosing LIFE.
Choosing life is more than just choosing to maintain eating and breathing. It is choosing to make the most of where you are, what you have, what you are doing and who you are with. It is choosing to look at the brighter perspective of life. This does not mean shutting your ears to life’s problems, just recognizing they will come to an end. It has been shown that optimists have fewer medical problems than pessimists. What ‘s more important is how much joy do you get out of life.
(7) Take God At His Word
“ You know with all your heart… that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed.”
Having someone you can trust no matter what is like finding a refuge in a hostile world. Even a devoted espouse or a great loving friend make promises they cannot keep. They cannot guarantee they will always be there for you at all times.
But God can! He is the only one who has kept every promise He’s ever made. That makes Him both faithful and trustworthy. During life’s most stressful moments, depending on God’s promises is a secure and relaxing respite from storm, God has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you, answer your prayers, forgive your sins and love you unconditionally till the end of your lifetime. These are promises you can hold on.
(8) Count Your Blessings.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord JesusChrist, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
A child living in a third world country wrote a letter to his American sponsor describing how his house had been flooded by recent storms. The “great news” he wrote “is at least now we have fish.” There is always good to be found even in the most stressful situation.
What are you thankful for today. Why not take some time every morning to reflect on this question. Then bring your answer to God with a heart full of gratitude and praise. This is the best way to start each new day.
(9) Simplify Your Life
Proverbs 13:7 ;
“A plain and simple life is a full life.”
According to an American advertising, bigger is better. But “bigger” takes more work to maintain. A bigger house consumes more time in cleaning it. A larger car consumes more gasoline which costs more money which costs more of your daily earnings. A larger “life” filled to the brim with possessions and commitments, takes a much bigger slice of your time and energy. How much are you willing to exchange for the “bigger.”
Remember this, one of the best anti-stress measures begin with downsizing your agenda. Try to schedule only 75 percent of your time instead of 110 percent. You will find that dropping some activities make it possible to receive greater enjoyment from others.
(10 ) Take Mini-vacations Everyday.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
One or two-week of vacations a year isn’t sufficient to overcome 350 days of stressful living. Try to take some mini vacations today. It does not need to involve an island vacation. You can do it right where you are. All it takes is a little attitude adjustment.
A dinner with a friend, a walk in the city park or even watching clouds roll by your office window are excellent ways to relax your heart. Just focus on the simple pleasure of the moment. Don’t allow familiarity with your surroundings blind you to the miracles hidden in every ordinary day.
If I Really Wanted To BEAT STRESS I Would
Published by LIGHTHOUSE BOOKS, Manila, 2002