Many of us don’t know how to manage our stress and this can cause serious long-term implications. According to the Sucessories blog, 76% of workers cited that their job was the leading cause of their stress. 54% stated that stress caused them to fight with people close to them. 73% regularly experienced psychological symptoms caused by stress while 48% reported loss of sleep due to stress. Fortunately, there are many activities we can do to help manage our stress.
10 Healthy Activities or Tips that Reduce Stress
Finding a healthy way to manage your stress will not only prevent long-term illness, but also promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy habits. Some healthy ways to manage stress include:
- Positive re-framing
- Turning off electronics
- Getting a good night’s rest
- Squeezing a stress ball
- Don’t eat at your work space
- Go outside during breaks
These are just a few activities that you can do to relieve stress. But, sometimes that isn’t good enough. It may ease some of the stress, but doesn’t eliminate it completely. What I do in this situation is give up my stress and give it to “someone else” to deal with. I do this because worrying about it doesn’t have any benefit to it. So, whatever is stressing me out, I pray and let God take over. Sometimes you just have to let it go. Praying and giving it to someone else to deal with takes the pressure off me and helps me feel better.
Getting Involved is a Great Stress Reliever
My church has not only helped me improve my relationship with God, but also reduced my stress. Before attending this church, I didn’t really care about going every Sunday to worship. I never stopped believing in God, but going every Sunday was a chore. All that changed once I found a church I enjoyed attending. The people are kind, caring, and understanding. The pastor doesn’t make his sermons seem like lectures, and is very passionate about his relationship with God. There have been many times when I was truly motivated by his sermons and it brought me to tears. I never experienced anything like that with my past church experiences. They don’t even come close in comparison with my current church. I love going to church and no longer think about it as a chore. Another great thing about my church is they host Celebrate Recovery.
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery, also known as CR, is a Christ-centered recovery program. It is a 12 step program with accompanying scriptures and 8 principles based on serenity which offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship. It brings hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 steps and 8 principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless biblical teaching. The 12 step program is structured to follow the Celebrate Recovery books. Once you complete the 12 step program, you receive a certificate and can essentially become a leader with your CR group. Leadership is not mandatory, but it is a possibility if you are interested. You would have to find out how to become a leader by asking a leader of your local CR group.
My Personal Experience with Celebrate Recovery
I have yet to finish the 12 step program myself, but the little participation I have done with CR has definitely contributed to my spiritual well-being. It reminds me that God is always in control and allows me to openly speak about my struggles. I always feel like a weight is lifted off of my shoulders after attending CR. Like all my stress is gone because I have given it over to God to deal with. The group discussions help me realize I am not alone and I gain advice and wisdom from the others openly discussing their problems. I cannot put into words how meaningful and helpful this is, it is that awesome.
So, don’t be alarmed if any of the mentioned stress management techniques are not helping. I’ve only listed a few and there are plenty more to try. But, consider seeking something that you enjoy doing that would help take your mind off of your stressors. Find out what your church has to offer, they may offer something like CR that may be just what you need.
If you are interested in finding a church near you who hosts Celebrate Recovery, visit the Celebrate Recovery Website. Today, I will conclude this post with one of my favorite Christian songs:
What ways do you relieve stress? Can you come up with any other ideas can you add to my list? What did you think of Chain Breaker?