Stress is a part of life. But it can be toxic to your health — emotional, spiritual, and physical — if it’s not managed properly. Consequently, learning how to handle it is imperative.
Here are 10 ways that I’ve found helpful in handling stress in my own life. Perhaps you can add some that have worked for you:
1. Take some deep breaths . . . six in a row.
2. Turn to the Lord and cast all your cares on Him out loud (where you can hear yourself pray). Peter gives us a clear exhortation here: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). And so does the Psalmist: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
3. Exercise. Walk, run, lift weights, or any other kind of exercise.
4. Drink lots of water. 8 glasses in a day is a good yardstick.
5. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to people’s demands and requests if it interferes with other priorities. Make sure you have time carved out for solitude and reflection.
6. Listen to music that makes you feel happy.
7. Watch a movie.
8. Do things that make you laugh. Laughter is great medicine (Proverbs 17:22).
9. Talk to a friend you trust and pour out your heart to them.
10. Take minerals and vitamins that balance the tempo of your body. And eat fruit, vegetables, and nuts each day.
What do you do to manage stress?