Stress is something that hits us all. Left unchecked, stress can cause deterioration physically, emotionally, and behaviorally.
Physically, stress can result in tiredness, illness, irregular sleep, appetite disturbances, decreased sex drive, and pain.
Emotionally, stress can result in apathy, anxiety, depression, irritability, defensiveness, denial, and suspicion.
Behaviorally, stress can result in withdrawal, impulsivity, unhealthy self-care, combativeness, overworking, and procrastination.
So what can we do about unhealthy levels of stress in our lives?
Here are some helpful and healthy ways of “destressing”:
- Pray continually
- Practice healthy sleep hygiene
- Practice healthy eating habits
- Exercise 3-5 times a week
- Prioritize the important things in life and say “no” to the rest
- Delegate tasks to other responsible and capable people
- Practice an “attitude of gratitude” by focusing on the positive
- Don’t dwell on problems
- Simplify, organize, and declutter your life
- Schedule and do at least one fun activity per day
- Take at least 3-5 minutes a day to ponder a verse from Scripture (Read this helpful blog article, Fighting Against the Crowded Life, for more on this point)
For more helpful tips, check out tomorrow’s post and/or call CornertStone Family Services at 614-459-3003 to talk with a coach or counselor.