This Month's Feature Article
Surviving Seasons of Stress!
Is it possible? Maybe yes , maybe no!
Do you know the difference between anxiety and fear? When you know what you are afraid of you are actually experiencing FEAR.
True ANXIETY is being afraid but having no idea what it is that you fear.
Someone once said:
A gallup poll stated that 30 to 40% of all Americans suffer from anxiety and stress, and 15 million are treated professionally for it! What are the issues that have you "Stressed out"? How are you handling relationships, children, finances and health issues? Have you given up on having a "stress-free" life?
Don't give up yet - there is some practical help for you! Stress is a fact of life, but God has given us some KEYS in scripture to well-being under stress.
Now some stress is good for us. We wouldn't want to remove all the stress in our lives. But there are some stress issues that cause us great pain. For those issues, it is important that we learn how to handle stress and make it work FOR US instead of against us!
Not long ago I came across a stress chart that measured the effect of different stressful events on our lives. They had listed 100 stressful events and given each event a "Stress impact" point value from 100 for the death of a spouse to 11 for a minor traffic violation.
In this study it was stated that if a person were to accumulate 200 or more "stress units" in one 12 month period they were a likely candidate for a psychiatric disorder or a medical problem.
As a brief illustration I took a 12
month period in the life of my mother - Vi Walseth, and
tallied the points she accumulated during the period after
the death of her husband, my dad. We began with the 100
stress points for the death of a spouse and her chart read
1. May 1991 Death of a spouse 100 stress units
2. June Loss of a job 47 stress units
3. June Change in Finances 38 stress units
4 Change in number of arguments/spouse 35 stress units
5. Sept. 1991 Bought Condo & Mortgage 31 stress units
6. Change in living conditions 25 stress units
7. Change in residence 20 stress units
8. Change in social activities 18 stress units
9. Change in sleeping habits 16 stress units
10. Change in eating habits 15 stress units
11. March 1992 Major illness/total knee replacement 53 stress units
To my surprise, in less then one 12 month period my mother tallied 398 stress units!
Remember it was said that if you accumulate over 200 stress units in one 12 month period you would be a likely candidate for a psychiatric disorder or a medical problem.
Now you may ask "How was your
mother doing during that time?" I am pleased to say that she
was fine. There are three key reasons for her well-being
She learned to LAUGH
Can laughter reduce Stress? YES!
Laughter is a great stress reducer. Some physicians say they
can cure tension headaches by getting patients to laugh.
Laughter is good exercise too. Some have called it "Internal
Jogging". So laugh - it's good for you!
The 2nd key to well-being under
stress is just as important.
Talk to Friends
We all need a safe place - one or two carefully chosen people - that you can share your heart with. Don't isolate yourself. Talking about issues relieves stress. Remember this:
Secrets is to Sickness
In scripture we are encouraged to ". . . bear each others' burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." ( Gal. 6:2) If there is no one in your life right now - ask God to send someone. Don't be afraid to allow others to help you walk through stressful times.
The 3rd key to well-being under
stress is also very simple:
Have a Positive Life Philosophy
As a Christian, mom always had a positive life philosophy. What a great example she was! Regardless of how tough things were - mom always knew that God was in control. Everything would be fine.
It's Not Easy . . . .
...but - it always pays!
Mom always recognized the silver lining and because she was a Christian, she trusted in God and waited for Him to "Work all things together for good!" Romans 8:28
But how would I do?
As a single parent raising two children alone, my life was full of stress. I was caught in a vicious cycle of fear, anger, and stress. One day I decided to trust God and re-commit myself to His purposes and things began to change.
We cannot eliminate all the stress
in our lives but there are several helpful things you can do
to recognize the stressful situations and turn them around
and make them work FOR you instead of against you.
Here are 5 ways to make stress work FOR you!
1. Remind yourself of past victories
At Mohr Ministries we are committed to helping you in any way we can.
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Joyfully Serving Jesus! Naomi :-)