5 Ways to Lower Stress
by Angela Breidenbach
November 7th is International Stress Awareness Day. Did you know that was a thing? Stress seems to be all around us in ways beyond our expectation. My grandson said if he could vote for anything, it would be to make election ads on TV illegal. Made us laugh . . . and then the family around the table stopped laughing because his little boy wisdom struck a chord in each of us. Whether we agreed on politics or not, we all agreed that we’d like to outlaw political TV ads because they’re so strident and stressful as they invade the peace of our homes.
For my grandson, the political ads sound mean and distract from the fun show he’s watching. We all agreed we’d like to know what a politician will do instead of what his or her opponent is against or lying about or whatever other negative thing that can be thrown around to sully them. Those ads seem more about distraction and accusation than representation. My stress level, and that of those around me, elevates each time we’re faced with the harsh nature of that societal negativity. I don’t want to be like that, do you? We’re supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves. But in this emotionally super-charged society, it’s not easy.
How do we lower stress for ourselves and others as we strive for success?
- Entrust our desire for achievement to God.
- Determine to avoid rancor, caustic accusations, and harm to another’s reputation.
- Focus on where God leads, rather than angrily reacting to an opponent.
- Build up one another in love.
- Remember to love others as we love ourselves.
Proverbs 16:3 If you entrust all you do to Adonai, your plans will achieve success.
Angela Breidenbach is a radio personality, genealogist and bestselling author. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Angie is the author of “Fanned Embers” in the Second Chance Brides Collection from Barbour. Find Angie on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach or on her website at http://AngelaBreidenbach.com. To read her newsletter, click here.