Christian Stress Management: 3 Helpful Tips to Handle Pressure
Christian stress management is needed in the times in which we live. Stress is something we all claim to know something about. We have felt it in our body in various ways.
When it’s good stress, we feel a natural chemical flowing through our body, which causes us to feel good. However, when the stress is bad, it can have effects on the body that can cause pain and other negative effects.
Two Causes of Stress If you are serious about Christian stress management, you may want to be familiar with what causes stress. There may be many factors that cause stress. For the sake of this article, let’s look at two causes – physical and mental.
Physical – Some of our stress can be caused by illness, pain, exercise injuries, and fatigue. In Christian stress management, we recognize that the list can go on about our physical stress. It can happen suddenly or slowly.
Mental – Some stress is mental. It is important to remember when trying to de-stress that we let people or things get into our head and it can cause us to feel stressed.
People have a way of irritating us to the point that it bothers us mentally. This can be stressful. Things such as jobs, houses, cars, and the like can be a source of stress. When things don’t go the way we planned for them to go, it can cause stress.
Stress is Popular As we learn more about handling our stress, the following facts about stress should be helpful. According to Mountain State Center for Independent Living (www.mtstcil.org),
• Millions of Americans suffer from stress each year.
• In fact, 3 out of 4 people say they experience stress at least twice a month.
• Over half of those people say they suffer from 'high' levels of stress at least twice a month.
• Stress can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes, and make you more likely to catch less serious illnesses like colds. It can also contribute to alcoholism, obesity, drug addiction, cigarette use, depression, and other harmful behaviors.
• In the last 20 years, the number of people reporting that stress affects their work has gone up more than four times. (Whereas the number of people reporting that other illnesses affect their work have gone down.)
• One fourth of all the drugs prescribed in the United States go to the treatment of stress.
As you can see, stress is very popular and we must learn to deal with it. Some deal with stress in negative ways – drugs, sexing, withdrawal, become a victim, lashing out at others, and many other negative ways. I would like to suggest three tips for effective Christian stress management.
Three Tips for Effective Christian Stress Management: 1. Make Sure Your Identity is Established – If Christian stress management is going to be effective, it is vital that you know who you are. This process only helps Christians. To be a Christian you must have accepted Christ as your savior by faith (see Jn. 3:16). Once you have accepted, you become a child of God.
This relationship entitles you to all the perks of a royal child. God is our royal Father, the King; therefore, we are His royal children, princes, and princesses. It is vital that you first establish that you are a child of the King.
2. Pray for Discernment – The next step in Christian stress management is being able to discern or recognize that you have a situation that is causing you to feel stress.
Not everyone has the ability to look at a situation quickly and acknowledge that it is causing stress in their life. Praying to God, your royal Father, will help you gain this invaluable gift of discernment. Once you have discerned, it is time to do something about the situation.
3. Remember your problems are always smaller than your God – If you allow your problems to overwhelm you, it can cause you to focus on the problem instead of God.
In handling our stress, we must learn to look at our problems being smaller than God. If your God is too small to handle a situation that is causing you stress, He is not as big and royal as you claim He is.
In conclusion: Remember that Christian stress management can be an effective way of handling stress. Let’s remember our identity, pray for discernment, and remember that our problems are smaller than our God.
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