It’s not 9am yet & I think I’ve already endured a week’s worth of stress. Ok, that’s an overreaction, but my daughter just drove me home & she’s just beginning to learn how to drive. We also just dropped off my son for his first day of high school, so I’m sitting at home endeavoring to calm my frayed nerves. Normally, I’m a relatively relaxed person but I can get pretty jittery when it comes to stuff with my kids.
Seems to me that we have have areas in our lives that make us jittery & it’s not possible to always avoid these stressors. Sometimes we have to go through stress & get better at managing it rather than stress managing us.
So here are some pointers that could be helpful to you or someone you know who’s in a stressful season:
- it can help to take a pause, close your eyes & catch your breath
- consider if you’re stressed about an event or if there’s a deeper issue that is happening in your emotions / thoughts
- stress is usually limited in time or to a situation – it can pass or get smaller when we think about the big picture
- pray & ask the Holy Spirit to help you have peace that is bigger / stronger than any stress
Sometimes stress can help us lean into God more & rely on ourselves less. In this context, God can get some excellent mileage out of stress & we can have a more intimate relationship with God. That seems to be one of the things that God does so very well in our lives – turning to broken into beautiful & stress into cozy communion with the Holy Spirit!