According to some recent statistics, roughly 40% of Americans report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress. Do you agree with that statistic? Do you think it should be higher or lower?
I used to be the absolute worst at handling stress. I would either crawl in to a hole and hide, i.e. avoid the situation, or I would just respond poorly, typically this is when the Irish temper in me would show its ugly face. Not exactly the best version of me.
A few things have changed that have helped me to handle stress better:
➕ Gratitude journaling: often my stress was a result of not having the right perspective. It felt a little awkward and forced for me at first, but then it started to flow because I was paying more attention to my joyful blessings.
➕ In a moment of stress and upset, I will stop and think, "what is God teaching me? what do I have to be thankful for already?" Again, shift your mindset and perspective. God is working for you, not against you.
➕ Pray. Ask God to calm your heart and get you through the situation. If it’s a situation with my kids, I stop and ask them to pray with me. It’s a powerful example that we mess up too and need to rely on God. ➕ Oil up, sister. This little blend here called Balance is applied over my heart every day after my shower. Oils have the powerful ability to support our emotions and help us to feel calmer and more at peace. Apply consistently, and I guarantee you will notice a difference.
I still have my days. This isn't a post claiming that I'm perfect now! Just ask my husband and kids about my grumpies last week. Give yourself grace, and remember, progress over perfection. ❤️
And 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