How to Cope With Stress
By Gertrude Flynn-White
Stress is a common condition that creeps upon us unannounced. It affects our physical and Spiritual wellbeing. If this condition is not detected in its early stages and is allowed to become severe, it can result in depression.
Stress is sometimes a result of the choices we make, unresolved marital problems, disobedient or rebellious children, job-related issues, poor interpersonal skills, economic conditions , and the list goes on and on. When we experience stressful situations too often or they last too long, they can negatively impact our helath. Sometimes we experience headache, nausea, insomnia, or a weak immune system. If a health condition already existed, stress may make it worse. It may cause mood swings, tension, fatigue, poor concentration, temper tantrums, stroke, cardiac arrest, depression or even death.
Stress can affect our personal relationships, interactions with others and productivity in the workplace. It not only affects our physical and mental state but it also negatively impacts our Spiritual wellbeing by compromising our relationship with God.
Signs of Stress and Depression
1. Inability to concentrate or relax.
2. Constant feeling of sadness, loneliness or worthlessness.
3. Changes in eating patterns.
4. Changes in sleep patterns.
5. Becoming easily frustrated.
6. Feeling tired or drained of energy too often.
7. Sweating more than normal, shortness of breath and pounding heart.
8. Feeling of restlessness or irritability.
9. Worrying all the time.
10. Experiencing panic attacks
11. Overwhelmed by negative thoughts.
12. Fear of public settings or crowded areas.
13. Muscular fatigue, twitching and trembling.
14. Avoidance of everyday activities.
We can avoid stress or try to overcome its negative consequences but we first have to take control of our situation instead of allowing it to control us.
Treatment is effective when it is applied to every aspect of one’s life – the physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual. This is guaranteed to heal one’s mind, soul and body and can only be effective when it is allowed to work through all the components in your life that had contributed to the present condition.
When can use the attributes of the fruit of the spirit ( love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) to build bridges over our stressors and experience peace and contentment. The Bible declares, “Be anxious about nothing, but by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” We can build this bridge when we understand how to trust God and use the tools (God’s word, prayer, and praise and worship) He has given us.
By: G. Flynn-White