Stress is something that can undermine our wellness goals. How do you and your family deal with stress? We all handle it differently. In order to stay on track in our lives we have to handle stress and not let it handle us. It is inevitable, something will not go our way today; our brother’s will use our tooth brush, our sister‘s will tell on us, our Dad’s will be late and our Mom’s will have too much to do. Each family, each person will always have things come up that have the potential to steal our joy. We each also have the power inside of us to stay joyful and peaceful no matter what life throws our way. We have Jesus!!! I heard Joyce Myer say, “Don’t go to the phone go to the throne!” Brilliant! Today and each day forward let’s practice good ways to handle our stress instead of being reactionary. When we are reactionary the stress builds a simple;” picked up the wrong tooth brush” can turn into a major family brawl. If we are busy fighting stress instead of handling it through Jesus we will lose track of our wellness goals. Today and each day forward rest in your stress!!
Here are some ways to cast your cares, please share how you and your family rest in stress;
1. Call on Jesus. Say a quick prayer ask for His help! Then exhale and accept His help.
2. Count to ten.
3. Remove yourself from the situation.
4. Meditate and pray daily.
5. Read the Bible daily.
6. Take good care of your physical body. (the better you feel the easier it is to deal with stress)
7. Go for a run! Physical exercise is a great way to release stress.
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Philippians 4:11 “ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content;”
Be fit and be blessed,
Comments day 3
On Tuesday night , on the way back from Milwaukee and our vacation, I had
a discussion with my husband about how I want to lose weight in the next
several months and I outlined some of the changes I wanted to make. I
asked for his help in attaining my goal. He was all for my plans and
promised to be supportive.
When I came home after work Wednesday evening, my husband greeted me with
a plate of cheese and crackers. a glass of wine, and shrimp cocktail and I
saw the table set for a nice dinner. At first, I felt angry that he was
derailing my plans on the first day but then I realized he was just showing
his love and care for me. Thank goodness I realized this before I snapped
at him about it! While having extra snacks before dinner was one of the
things we had talked about cutting out, I felt that I could not acknowledge
the effort he had taken to make a nice dinner and work towards a nice
evening at home. I did eat some of the snacks and limited my portions at
dinner and felt that having a loving husband who puts forth extra effort is
better than shedding a few pounds.
We will have some more discussions to see if I can direct his caring into
activities like taking a walk after work rather than eating appetizers!
Linda Haywood Olson