What is Stress?
If you feel stressed out, you are not alone. According to a recent report by the American Psychological Association (APA), “75 percent of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month.” In 2014, the number of adults in the United States, per the US Census Bureau, was around 242 million. If you’re feeling stressed, this means you’ve joined almost 182 million Americans this month who feel the same way.
What role does faith play in stress? A recent Pew Research Center Religion and Public Life report found almost 71 percent of American adults identify as Christian. If 71 percent of adult Americans identify as Christians and if 75 percent of all adult Americans identify with stress, then Christians are not immune from stress. How can this happen to people who claim to follow the words of Jesus:
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27).
The six steps to stress less are based on my whole-person approach to recovery, recognizing that a person is made up of different facets. These aspects can combine for good—to promote healing and recovery—or these aspects can combine for bad—to complicate
healing and recovery.
Let’s take a look at 6 steps that you can take right now to start taking your stress down to zero! Share this with a friend if you know of someone being bombarded by stress. Just letting someone know you’re thinking of them can provide a lot of comfort in moments of great pain.
6 Steps to Reducing Stress (with Verses!)
1. Live Simply
For many of us, living simply may mean living with less–with fewer things and less stress
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. –Ecclesiastes 5:12
2. Live Organized
If you don’t intentionally plan your day, your day will plan you.
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. –Colossians 3:17
3. Live Healthy
Prying your hands off the donut box or coaxing yourself off the couch can seem like tremendous effort, especially when you’re convinced they are essential to coping with the stress in your life. Talk to your doctor and develop a plan to change the way you eat and increase your activity level.
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. –Proverbs 25:28
4. Live Present
You will have to make a daily decision to dismiss the hurtful memories of the past and concentrate on the positive things of today until the past no longer controls your thoughts.
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. –Romans 8:28
5. Live Grace-Full
Unresolved anger and conflict is a breeding ground for stress.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every other form of malice. be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. –Ephesians 4:31-32
6. Live Grateful
As you fill yourself up with positive things, stress will have a harder time reestablishing a hold in your life.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. –Philippians 4:8
These tips based off the Bible are from the NEW Six Steps to Reducing Stress book by Dr. Gregory Jantz, and there’s SO much more where that came from! “75 percent of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month” in the United States, according to the American Psychological Association. Find out how to break free from stress and how to help others find the peace God offers them with Jantz’s 6 Steps to Reducing Stress. Purchase it here!
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