What does stress look like? It can look like and acted out in SO many different ways! It can be displayed by crying, yelling, overeating, under eating, or a number of different ways. None of us express our stress in the same way. But, no matter how you express yourself when in a great deal of stress it is real! Stress can become anxiety…which is real and it can become depression…which is real. We live in a world that can become so overwhelming. Our bodies react by releasing hormones and chemicals that will affect the way our bodies feel. They can cause us to sweat, our heart rate to increase, to feel lightheaded or dizzy, to have a foggy brain and and numerous amount of other functions that make us feel awful!!
It’s happened to me. I didn’t want my body to react that way, but it just did!
I am so thankful God has given us a way to combat stress, depression, and anxiety! He has given us doctors who can help. But our first line of defense should be the tools the Lord has given us to fight with. Here are just a few. 1) The Word. The Word of God is alive and powerful to use in a fight against stress and its symptoms. (Heb 4:12) . Find some scriptures you can meditate on and memorize to speak out loud before stress becomes overwhelming. 2) Put on the armor of God every day (Eph 6: 10-18) 3) Contact elders to pray for you. There is nothing stronger and more powerful then praying in agreement. (Jms 5:14). 4) Find fellowship and a tribe you can trust. It is a proven fact that you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. (Col 3:13,14).
There are also some things you can do to help with stress, anxiety and depression you can do at home to help. 1) Take deep breaths. In count to 6; out count to 6. This will help calm down stress hormones and release hormones that that relax you. 2) Do grounding therapy by walking barefoot on the ground. We have electrical impulses that will change when walking barefoot. The earth has a mild negative charge to it and over time, especially now days, our bodies build up a positive charge. Direct contact with the earth can even out this positive charge and return the body to a neutral state.
God is so good!!
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