In this post, I share 7 ways to deal with stress, fear, worry, and anxiety during tough times. It’s no mystery; the coronavirus has rocked this nation and the world for that matter. I’ve never witnessed anything like this in my lifetime.
Many of us are at home working while others pushed to the max with work. Those in healthcare, public services, first responders, and essential positions/businesses are on the front lines with minimal downtime.
Additionally, many small business owners, temp/seasonal/part-time workers, are being hit with mandatory shutdowns and no work. I know firsthand what it feels like to have no job (from the employee side) and no business (from the business owner side). Both reflect NO income!
The unknown can be stressful as I’ve been there while working to build a small business for many years before this pandemic.
Nonetheless, lets us not beat around the bush—this is a mess!
You’re probably fearful, uncertain, irritated, angry, overwhelmed, stressed, or maybe even sad. You’re not alone, as many are having those moments and some more than others. Therefore, when we are in a place beyond where we want to be and navigating the waters of our soul, we must inhale and exhale. We must then pull things back into perspective and remember our God is in total control.
Here are some suggestions to stay encouraged:
1. Take Time to Pray
God is here to help the righteous get through moments like this—and He will. Take a break! Go to your car, an empty room, or wherever you can. Talk to Him about your experience and what you would like to see as an outcome. Share with Him how you feel and ask Him to remedy the problem.
Additionally, pray for His will to be done and to give you the peace, strength, and wisdom to weather whatever situation He wants you to walk through. We must pray without ceasing and talk to God throughout the day. Never hold back on asking the Holy Spirit for help.
1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV says, Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
2. Write Down Your Blessings
Grab a clean sheet of paper, your journal, or pull up a blank Word document and get busy. Reflect on and write down/type as many blessings as you can. You shouldn’t have to pause and think while writing, because as you’re writing the next one will come to mind. It’s incredible how much we do have. Sometimes it takes us to see it in writing to realize it. If you have salvation, love, health, talent, family, health, food, and a roof over your head right now—thank God!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV says, Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
3. Look Through Some Old Photos
I have a box of old photos. My parents George and Lynette got me two cameras when I was around 12 years old because I wanted to take lots of pictures. Many images in my box are from that time frame to about age 25. Whenever I look through this box, I smile. They also serve as a reminder of how far I’ve come and where I once was.
Doing this will also make you laugh as you look at funny photos and recall events. If you don’t have access to old photos, look at the current images on your cell phone or on your computer too.
4. Call Someone You Can Trust
When you’re feeling low, hopefully, there is someone in your circle that is good at listening even if they don’t understand. Vent your frustrations and talk it through. In most cases, you aren’t necessarily looking for solutions, but you want to share your feelings without judgment. Just remember that people can never substitute for a real conversation with God, but it does help. Don’t count people out; lean on your support system.
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5. Go for a Walk if You Can
You don’t have to be a workout king/queen. Walking helps to get the blood pumping. It gets the heart rate moving and releases endorphins. It allows you to focus on the current activity and live in the moment. Living in the moment is to live by faith. Living in the moment means you are trusting God. If you can’t go for a walk, do whatever kind of fitness activity you can incorporate at home or in your chair.
6. Read the Book of Psalm or One of the 4 Gospels
When you read the living Word of God, it helps to soothe and calm you. It’s food for your spirit and soul. God speaks to you in fresh ways. The Word gives us specific instructions on how to deal with life.
Psalms help with stress, worry, anxiety, fear, depression, sadness, sleep, and much more. The gospels will help you get acquainted with the Savior Jesus Christ a lot more. Get to know more about Him to understand how He will get you through whatever you face in life. Build your anchor in Him so that life won’t rattle you.
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7. Help Someone Else
Many people are going through some challenging situations in life, and they need encouragement and a helping hand.
- Someone is captive against their will in sex trafficking.
- Children are being abused and molested.
- Someone is looking for a way to escape an abusive relationship.
- Someone has lost their ability to walk, talk, or see
- Someone just became homeless and lost everything they worked for
No, your situation is not to be diminished or overlooked. But, when we put ourselves in the shoes of others, that are hurting, we can then be a helping hand in their time of need.
Never forget your source. God is your source and He’s in total control. He loves and cares for all of us, so be mindful of this and pray for others too.
Help others to get through their hardships.
Be open and obedient to what God is asking of you in this season.
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