Stress is a very common and a natural part of everyday life, whether moving home, starting a new job or navigating parenthood, your decisions are laden with stress and worry. The best thing you can do to help find your way through difficult and stressful situations is to develop tools to help you manage them effectively. The good news is your faith can play a huge part in stress management and even in overcoming stress. Here are some ways that having faith can help you.
You will be better placed to deal with stress. Stressful situations can have a negative impact on your daily life, your overall wellbeing and even your relationships. To avoid this from becoming all-consuming allow yourself to trust in your faith to step in where you cannot actively affect change. There will be things that are out of your control and allowing your faith to take over and remind you of your limitations, over what you can and cannot do to change a situation will serve you. Going back to the house move example, you can control a number of aspects in relation to the process, choosing the best realtor or legal representative - you can research them, visit websites for more details, and talk with them. You can complete all the paperwork and documentation required, you can organize everything efficiently on your end but ultimately there will be things you cannot do and that are out of your control. Trust in your faith to help you through the stressful times, the unknown and the bits you have no say in. If it doesn’t always go to plan your faith will be there to help you navigate the next steps.
Faith can give you hope. Faith can help promote a sense of optimism and hopefulness that things will all work out for the best, things that are beyond your control. A positive mindset is one of the best things you can do to help improve your mental and physical health. Once again, if things do not work out then your faith can help you to accept the outcome and move forward in a positive way, knowing that there is hope and having faith for better days.
Faith brings people together Faith can unite communities and bring about a sense of togetherness and unilateral support. When you are part of a religious community you part of a community that is there to support one another in their time of need and having others to support you is a great way to reduce the impact of stressful situations.
Faith can help keep you calm and relaxedMany people will turn to meditation or mindfulness to help them remain calm and relaxed in a stressful situation and while these practices certainly have their place do not overlook the power of prayer and contemplation. Both prayer and contemplation can be akin to a form of mediation and help the body and mind to relax and in turn reduce stress.
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