Stress.

Hi, friends!

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?

Stress.

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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. Annoyed

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.

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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. Thumbs up

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?

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Because we need some quality time together that doesn’t involve talking about counteroffers, moving companies, and cancelling the cable bill. Smile with tongue out

4. I laugh.

If that video doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will! Open-mouthed smile

 

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!



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30 Responses to Stress.

  1. Theresa

    Ugh. Trying to figure out how to pay for our ivf has been super stressful. I run. And blog. And read.
    Good luck with the move. Moving is such a pain.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m sorry Theresa. :( I’ll be praying for you guys … I’m sure that is incredibly difficult to go through.

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I know it may be stressful now, but I’m confident that everything will work out with the whole moving shebang :) God has you two in this spot for a reason, and it’s great that you’re relying on Him through the process!

    Best of luck <3

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Brittany!!

  3. Kat

    I go both ways with God when it comes to stress. Sometimes I do really lean on Him and seek him, and others its like Im so stressed my brain is fried and I forget all about Him and the desire He has for us to cast our cares on Him! Thank goodness I have a hubby who reminds me to go spend some alone time with God when I get cranky and stressed ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, having that husband to be our reminder is definitely helpful!! :)

  4. Theresa

    awww,moving is always stressful but i am SURE you guys will be so happy once its over and you are into the swing of things. hang in there!

    i love going for a good run if i’m stressed..cooking, baking…cleaning ;) also, dont underestimate the power of a good, long bath! feel better!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Cleaning!! No way, Theresa!! You are crazy haha! ;)

  5. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    oh girl, i can totally relate. thanks for being real – i wish you didn’t have to experience stress, but it’s nice to know i’m not the only one feeling that way these days. the hubby and i have some big decisions regarding his job and where we’re going to live this year too… it’s a lot to deal with and can be so overwhelming at times! LOVED all of those verses you mentioned. the matt 6:34 & phil 4:6-7 are two of my favorites that i turn to when i’m feeling anxious & stressed. it sounds like you’re handling it well – props to you girl. you’re in my prayers! email me if you need encouragement or just to vent! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      You and the hubby should move to Atlanta. I’m just sayin’ … ;)

  6. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    Girl, moving is frickin stressful! It made for a crazy 2011 for us, thats for sure! I will admit I cried a few times and almost had a breakdown but I got through it haha.
    When I am stressed I typically like to take a braek from stuff and do something mindless. have a day where i sit and do nothing and watch tv and play games on my phone and read magazines. Its tough knowing you have so much to do but it still helps to just sort of take a break.
    and my current fav funny video is the one i posted yesterday actually with kristen bell and the sloth haha

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    • notsodomesticated

      I haven’t had time to read blogs in the last couple of days, but I am definitely checking that video out soon haha! ;)

  7. Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things

    Usually a bottle of wine is an accompaniment to my stress. I’ve found that just going on a walk and/or talking about what I’m stressed about with my hubby helps. I also tend to throw myself a bit too much into the blog reading to avoid thinking about it too…sad but true.
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    • notsodomesticated

      A walk sounds great right about now! We’re having some nicer weather, and I need to get outside!! :)

  8. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I love all those verses! You are such a great example of leaning on Him in times of stress.

    When I’m stressed, I pray & read scripture, workout, and talk to Daniel or one of my closest girlfriends.
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  9. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I love this! I have been dealing with quite a bit of stress recently as well since we are going to have to move in the next few months as well except we have NO IDEA yet where we are going! ARGH!!!
    But I always fall back on this, there is NO problem out there that GOD is not big enough to solve. He has a master plan, He does not get surprised and He loves us. I love looking back on things that I used to be stressed about before and how they resolved and that always calms me a little as well. I know that someday soon, I will look back on what I’m stressed about now and smile b/c I will then know what God’s plan was all along and wonder why in the world I ever stressed over it in the first place! ;) I’m praying for you!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Cinnamon! I will be praying for you, as well. You are SO right … when you look back and see how He has taken care of everything, you realize that there is no reason to worry!

  10. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw honey, I’m so sorry that you guys are stressed right now! I can only imagine how it must feel to get everything done in a little amount of time- just keep imagining the awesome atlanta weather :) . Just know that I’m thinking about you! If you need to vent or anything, let me know! LOVE U <3. And this isn't youtube, but one of the funny sites I go to for a laugh is this: http://pophangover.com/
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  11. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Moving can be so stressful! But eating some ice cream and working out always helps. It’s a balance, you know. ;)

    And I LOVE that baby video – always, always puts a smile on my face!
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  12. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    Stress is no joke, you definitely don’t want to ignore it. Those are great things to do to recenter a little. I have to get some humor in my stressful days, even if that just means watching something funny. Hope your weekend is restful!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much … my weekend has definitely been restful and very much enjoyed! :)

  13. janae@hungryrunnergirl

    OH GIRL! I am so sorry that you are so stressed right now, that breaks my heart! I love the scriptures you listed and thank goodness for exercise…I would be out of control stressed all the time without it!

    • notsodomesticated

      Scriptures + exercise + ice cream … that’s my formula to relieve stress haha! ;) Thanks for commenting, Janae … I appreciate your kind words! :)

  14. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    I am so sorry to hear that you are stressed..everything will always work out..thanks for posting all those scriptures..it was exactly what I need to read to day esp. (Philippians 4:6-7) Isn’t it amazing that even though you are stressed and have a lot to do, God still uses you and your blog to touch the lives of others?! Love that :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Amy! It is amazing how He uses us to show love and encouragement to each other! :)

  15. Denise

    Prayer is always the best stress reliever for me and of course a good workout.

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  17. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Stress is no fun. I exercise…and eat (too much) ice cream…when I’m stressed :) - it happens! I hope that you sell your house soon. I’ve moved twice with my family, and I remember how much of a pain it was for my parents!
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  18. Tabaitha

    Thank you for sharing your verses that you prayed over while in The Word of God! I needed to hear those today.
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    • notsodomesticated

      You’re so welcome, Tabaitha. Praying your day gets better!

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