So I have to be honest in today’s post. I feel like my recent posts have been a little “lackluster,” if you will. I’ve been writing them quickly and not putting a lot of thought into them. The main reason for my less than stellar posts?
Brandon and I are both incredibly excited about the move to Atlanta, but let’s be honest … there’s also some stress involved. Not only do we have a lot to do in a small window of time, but we’re trying to sell our house in a suck-y economy.
So I thought today would be a great time to share how I deal with stress, worry, and anxiety.
1. I pray and get in the Word.
This is so important, friends. God wants us to share our cares and concerns with Him.
Here are a few of my favorite Scriptures that I turn to in times of stress:
- “In anguish I cried to the Lord; he answered by setting me free.” (Psalms 118:5)
- “I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.” (Psalms 120:1)
- “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
- “Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.” (Matthew11:28-30)
- “I have told you all this, so that in me you may have peace. You will have trouble in the world; but, courage! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him, whom he has called according to his plan.” (Romans 8:28)
- “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
- “Place all your worries on him since he takes care of you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
2. I exercise.
OK let’s be honest. What I really want to do in times of stress is eat. Ice cream. And lots of it.
Let’s be a little more honest. Sometimes I do. But I know it’s not healthy and doesn’t solve anything.
Exercise, on the other hand, helps clear the mind and gives me energy to get through the day. It’s good stuff.
3. I spend time with loved ones.
Brandon and I are planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day early, by going out to dinner this weekend. Why?
Because we need some quality time together that doesn’t involve talking about counteroffers, moving companies, and cancelling the cable bill.
4. I laugh.
If that video doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!
Question for ya …
How do you handle stress?
Any funny youtube videos to share?? Post a link!
What are you up to this weekend??
Have a great weekend, everyone!