April 7, 2016

10 Ways to Reduce Stress Today






Who isn’t anxious and fretful in this day and age? Some of us are more easy-going than others. However, for a few of us, anxiety seems to be lurking around every corner. So many situations in the world and in our immediate environments seem to be beyond our control.


Some lucky ones accept this fact and refuse to let it affect their outlook on life. They do what they can to minimize confusion and move on. They let it go.

The phrase, “What are you going to do?” best describes their attitude. In other words, “There’s nothing that can be done right now, so why bother worrying about it?”

The natural inclination of others is to knock our heads against a wall trying to come up with solutions. (This is me, by the way.) That doesn’t always work. Immediate results aren’t always appropriate, or possible. That’s why some of us get stuck in a loop of work and stress.

What is the Solution?

While anxiety is becoming more of a normal way of life for many, we don’t have to give in to it. There are ways to combat it. Bible teacher, Joyce Meyer, gives us some practical answers:

1. Get rid of clutter (in your mind and your environment).

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.”—I Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

2.  Make boundaries (internal and external).

They aren’t just for keeping spaces private. They also create neatness and tidiness.

3. Ask God to provide. Don’t try to do everything yourself.

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”—James 4: 1-2

4.  Be yourself and stop trying to impress people.

5. Don’t be easily offended and be quick to forgive.

6. Don’t dwell on past mistakes.

7. Give people mercy instead of trying to get revenge.

8. When you need help, ask for it.

9. Make decisions.

10. Don’t overcommit yourself.

My Conclusion

The opportunities to be stressed are everywhere. Anxiety is almost an accepted part of the modern life. The natural reaction is to work even harder for the outcomes we desire, but this can be counterproductive. Often, the deceptively simple answer lies in three simple guidelines:



  • Simplify your life
  • Get over your past
  • Trust God

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What are you doing to minimize your stress?