Stress

Do you “stress” about “stress” before there’s “stress” to “stress” about?

Stress: Pressure or tension exerted on a material object or a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. SYNONYMS: strain, pressure (nervous) tension, worry, anxiety, trouble, difficulty, informal hassle.

Stress is also your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When you and I feel stressed by something going on around us, our bodies react by releasing chemicals into our blood. These chemicals give you and I more energy and strength, which can be good things if our stress is caused by physical danger. This can also be a bad thing, if our stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.

Causes of Stress:
Many different things can cause stress-from PHYSICAL (such as fear of something dangerous) to EMOTIONAL (such as worry over your family, job, and church).

Common sources of stress:
1. SURVIVAL STRESS: You may have heard the phrase “fight or flight”. This is a common response to danger in all people and animals. When you and I are afraid that someone or something may physically hurt us, our bodies naturally respond with a burst of energy so that we will be better able to survive the dangerous situation (fight) or escape it all together (flight-run). This is survival stress.
2. INTERNAL STRESS: Have you ever caught yourself worrying about things you can do nothing about or worrying for no reason at all? This is internal stress, and is easy to understand and manage. Internal
stress is when you and I get ourselves all “worked up”. This is when we worry about things we can’t control or put ourselves in situations we know will cause us stress.
3. ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS: This is a response to things around you and I that cause stress, such as noise, crowding, and pressure from family, work and church. Identifying these environmental stresses and learning to avoid them or deal with them will help lower your stress levels.
4. FATIGUE AND OVERWORK: This is caused by working too much or too hard at your job or church.

SCRIPTURES TO HELP MANAGE YOUR STRESS:
Profiting from Trials
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be patience and complete, lacking nothing.
If a (you and I) believer endures a trial, (you and I) will be perfect, meaning “having reached the end.” and complete, meaning “whole.”
Living Sacrifices to God.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Renewing of the mind: Spiritual transformation starts in the mind
and heart.

Psalm 118:5-6 I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. (6) The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. Have a Blessed Day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

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