If you think stress is something not to deal with, you are wrong. Stress, worry, and anxiety can really affect your health, hinder you to perform well and effectively, and also steal your joy. Years ago, I found a cyst, a harmless lump on my body, and I went to see the specialist, and they took it out. But guess what? The doctor told me there was nothing wrong with me apart from being very stressed out, and because of the stress I was experiencing at the time it reacted on my hormones, and that cyst was part of the reaction from it. And to be honest, I didn’t even know that I was really stressed out. If it wasn’t for the cyst reaction showing on my body, I wouldn’t even find out that I was stressed out. Sometimes life leaves us no options, so that what is presented to us can look practically normal to us until we are so overwhelmed by it. So when the doctor diagnosed me, he told me I needed to make some changes, I needed to do something about my stress.
Whether we have busy schedules or not, we all have experienced stressful and overwhelming situations before. Believe it or not, stress can low your energy, change your mood, let alone it can destroy your health. So how do you practical handle stress or deal with overwhelming situations?
- Cast Your Care
Or like others who say, “This too shall pass…hahaha.” The Bible advises us we should always cast our care upon the Lord. There are lots of scriptures that say worrying about your situations do not help you a bit. In the book of 1Peter chapter 5 verse 7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” But also the book of Psalm chapter 55 verse 22, it says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” And if you are overwhelmed about your plans and goals, and you want them to succeed, the book of Proverbs chapter 16 verse 3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” The Lord Jesus said in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 27, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Another Bible translation, the same scriptures says, “And who of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his stature?” So cast your care and trust things will work out, and when they don’t, just remember not to stress yourself over it to make your life even worse. Proverbs chapter 3 verses 5 and 6 say, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Sometimes God may have other plans for your life, so if things don’t work like you expected, maybe it is for the best. Do you remember this Serenity Payer? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Consider what you can control, and work on that. But also keep in mind, we are all not perfect. One way or another we will make mistakes. When that happens, stop beating yourself up over your mistakes or other people mistakes. In the Book of Matthew chapter 5 verse 7, its says, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
- Take It to The Lord in Prayer
I suggest you do this and then cast your care. Because after you pray, The Lord will release you from your burden and stress. I have seen it working in my life. I will pray and then praise The Lord, maybe for half an hour. After that even if the problem or situation is still there, and nothing has been resolved or solved, I will be burden free. I will manage to stay calm, and be in a better position to think clear and figure out where the stress is coming from. There is something about spending time with God, in prayer, in reading the scriptures, and when we praise and worship Him. The Bible records in the book of Acts chapter 16 verses 25 and 26, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” The book of Philippians chapter 4 verses 6 and 7 say, “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.” But also in the book of Colossians chapter 3 verse 16, it says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
- Have Some Leisure Time
Make time in your free or busy time to enjoy and relax a little. There were times I would be so stressed out at work, so I would leave and go to the shopping mall in my afternoon break for one thing only to buy an ice cream cone. Continue reading 5 Practical Ways to Handle Stress or Dealing with Overwhelming Situations