The dictionary defines stress as a physical, mental, or emotional strain/tension. In fact, the Bible talks about stress in different forms: anxiety, worry, and trouble. As imperfect humans, we form this bubble around us when we wallow in stress. Inside this bubble we feel closed in, drowning in all the things we are stressing about. We can see outside of the bubble; therefore, we do not know that we are in it nor do we know how to get out. Thankful we have a God that does!
Ask yourself: how did I get here? What caused all of this stress? Once we know what caused our stress, we can give it to God. Matthew 6:26-27 says “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Basically this verse is saying what is stressing out doing for us? Is it causing any good? Is it helping us get rid of the things we are stressing over? No, it is not. Only God can help take away what is troubling us. Matthew 6:33-34 goes on to say: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
My life, like everyone else’s, has stress of its own. I am flawed, I forget to trust God will take care of me and my littlest of worries. That is why it is so important to take a day off and rest. The Bible even says to break away from your daily routine and spend a day in his joy and peace. He calls that day Sabbath day: Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you” During this day, take some time to do what relaxes you. I enjoy reading a book or going on little adventures with my friends. Some more advice of ways you can distress can be found in this video!
Lastly, please remember to listen to your body. Treat emotional pain like physical pain. If you need a mental break, take one. Do not disclaim it because you cannot see it. Do not brush it off, just because it is not an obvious injury. What is causing pain on the inside is just as important as what can be seen on the outside.