Monday, May 07, 2012

How do you handle stress?

My family and I are getting ready for a grand adventure. And in the weeks leading up to it, our calendar hasn't cleared. Instead, there seem to be at least a dozen more things to do than there are days to do them in. Right now, I wish my desk looked this doesn't.

This coming adventure is of those God I can't wait to share with y'all. But because of my tendency to stress, I risk turning it into a nightmare. Ever had something like that in your life? How do you handle those moments?

For me, I'm taking the following steps, as I try to handle the stress graciously:

1) I'm acknowledging that I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed and asking God for the grace to do what needs to be done and release the rest.

2) I've asked others to pray with me. I like to project an image that I have it all together and nothing fazes me, but this time I'm trying to be real. That means uber-excited and more than a wee bit overwhelmed. Part of that has meant becoming transparent enough to ask for prayer and let others know where I am.

3) I'm also trying to address what needs to be done versus what I'd like to accomplish. There is a difference. Maybe things wont be perfect, but the memories will be if I can keep peace and release stress.

How do you handle those moments or weeks of intense stress?


Rachel said...

This year has been a very stressful year for us. I would not be able to handle it if not for the constant prayer, Bible readings, and support of other Christians.
I do the same, I acknowledge the pressure and the damage it has done to my soul. I pray and I ask God to help me through that particular time. Next I contact my closest friends and family and ask that they pray for me as well. This is nice because they become like accountability partners. They call and ask how I'm doing, and they ask how my devotions are coming. Of course, no one likes to admit that they haven't read their Bible, so it keeps ME in check!
Finally, I release the burden and remind myself that God is in control. He knows what tomorrow brings. He knows what I can handle. He will be there, holding my hand. All I have to do is let it go.

Heather Day Gilbert said...

I am "sitting" where you're sitting right now! Just blogged about it in the Wildflowers from Winter bloghop ( We're getting ready to move, and our calendar is jamming up with everyone we want to see ONE last time (at least for awhile). We're leaving so many friends behind, but we know God has a plan in this. Love your suggestions for keeping it together. I find it hard to ask for help, but I'm finally doing so, b/c I can't do it alone!


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