Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Stress buster: The stress within

posted by mpratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicSo often, we talk about stress as something that comes to us from without. Traffic, work, a new diagnosis, disappointment over how a loved one reacts to our illness, or other factors happen outside of us and can stir up a mound of stress that has all sorts of ill effects for us and our lives.

But, there’s also stress that is generated within us, and it, too can have a negative impact – if we allow it to. How we react to external stresses, how we set our expectations, how we view our lives with illness, and even the “food,” spiritual and physical that we feed ourselves with can bring on stress. Why, it can even be stressful to think we are stressing ourselves! :)

Self-awareness is a huge key to understanding what stresses we cultivate internally, and how we can ease them or even eradicate them. If we listen to ourselves and truly hear the negative thoughts and language we use, we can begin to stop the flow of stress-inducing words and replace them with more positive ones.

If we recognize negative things that we do that work against our emotional, physical and spiritual health, we can put the brakes on them, too, and move into a more nurturing and health-filled way of life.

Worry is a huge stressor in anyone’s life, and as people with serious health conditions, we probably worry more than most. When I catch myself worrying, I try to turn it over to God in prayer immediately. Sometimes, I feel as if we play a game of catch, God and I, where I lift up my worries to Him, and then moments later they’re back in my proverbial baseball glove only to be tossed back up to Him. But after a few  moments of “catch,” I realize what I’m doing and heave those worries heavenward and don’t take ‘em back. It’s very freeing – and de-stressing!

We cannot do without stress (unfortunately). But the more aware we are, the more we’ll be able to take control of some of the stress that builds up within, and be all the stronger to withstand the stress without.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Three
When we enter a darkened room, what do we do? Turn on a light. There's an often complicated set of actions that takes place "behind the scenes" that we probably don't think about

posted 11:17:18pm Dec. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Too Tired Too Soon?
Wow, I am behind. Behind in decorating, doing, and all else having to do with the holidays.  Too soon this Season, I'm feeling that bone-deep fatigue that comes with lupus, anemia (just found out about that), and activity.  Steer me clear of the furniture section of the stores! I'm a goner if I co

posted 11:05:26pm Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Let a Song In
I like to drive with music on. A CD or a radio station - doesn't matter as long as the music is good. But when I really want to benefit from the power and inspiration of mu

posted 10:59:20pm Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Revisiting Rudolph
I feel a particular affinity for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the claymation television special. It aired for the first time 50 years ago and has been a favorite for millions since. I even have a Christmas tree ornament depicting Rudolph, red nose all lit up! Rudolph has meant diffe

posted 10:49:07pm Dec. 08, 2014 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Two
  Anytime we confide in someone, however close we are to them, we need to have lots of trust. Trust that they will listen truly and faithfully. Trust that they wi

posted 10:48:49pm Dec. 06, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.