Stress is an unhealthy disadvantage of living in this fast paced go-go culture. While most major translations of the Bible don’t specifically use the word stress, Scripture does speak to things such as anxiety, worry and trouble and gives us clear answers on how we should deal with them. We get so caught up in work, family, children’s activities, grocery store runs, and keeping the household running smoothly that we end up creating a daily routine full of unhealthy habits. It does not have to be this way, however. We can make better choices, overcome stress, and a live a life that allows us to breath and enjoy each minute. Here are some tips.
Quiet time – Begin the day with a quiet time. It doesn’t have to be extremely long but even 10 minutes of quiet time alone with God will make a total differnce to your day. Wake up a half hour earlier and make time to speak with God, read his Word and commit your day to Him. Ask him to guide you in the decsions that you will make. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Journal – Writing down your thoughts for the day help to rid your mind and body of unwanted stress that bog you down. Getting it all out of your head and down on paper has a calming effect. It also allows you to record how God is answering prayer and working in your life. You can do this in the morning or when you are unwinding during the evening hours. Buy a nice notepad and pen, or download an app. Just pick a time that feel comfortable for you and make it a daily routine.
Sleep – This may seem like a no brainier, but it’s surprising how many people don’t allow themselves a good night’s sleep. If you deprive yourself of this time of rest you will begin to let stress creep in and issues that come along will seem bigger than they really are. Remember to let yourself unwind a little bit before going to sleep. This will prevent you from laying in bed thinking about the events of the day and in turn, not being able to fall asleep easily.
Read – This is a great way to let your mind unwind from a long day and get you prepared for a restful nights sleep. If you’re not into reading that much you can always choose the audio version of the book and listen while you relax. You can also get up early and the morning and choose this time to read if that is what fit’s your schedule. If your stuck in a situation, reading biographies of other people who have been in the same situation as you can often help.
There are many ways to maintain a set of healthy habits in your daily routine. It just requires a little bit of planning and the will to take action to make your life calm and overcome stress, as you want it to be. Find out what activities fit your family life and schedule and set some goals for everyone involved. Your whole family can benefit from this and you will see a noticeable difference in the stress level all around.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27