Managing Stress

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!

Teenage Drivers

I’m entering the world of teenage drivers. My daughter has recently acquired her learner’s permit & we’re off to the races, so to speak. I already bite my nails, so maybe I’ll take up chewing gum in addition to strengthening my prayer life ,)
In all seriousness, she’s doing a good job & we have no wrecks or mishaps to date. Some of the things she’s working on include:

  • Lane placement – balance & staying in the middle is a good rule of thumb for healthy living
  • Scan the intersection – don’t get into a situation without making an initial assessment, this prevents unnecessary collisions & injuries 
  • Smooth stops – let’s consider that some things in our lives need closure but let’s do this as smoothly as possible to avoid whiplash 

Seems to me that these skills have some really awesome application for our daily living & not just driving lessons 🙂