Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Antidote to Stress

I've been feeling kinda stressed lately.  Some of it is just normal stress - deadlines, going out of town, trying new things - that kind of stuff.  And some of it I'm not even aware of yet.  But my body is sending me signals.  My neck is stiff and sore.  I'm tired.  I want to eat everything I can get my hands on.  And the headaches! Good gracious the headaches.  Last week, I woke up with one everyday from grinding my teeth.

It's weird to me that my body feels stress that my head isn't aware of yet.  But, none the less, here it is.  So, I need to decide what to do about it.  My 3 Ws antidote to stress:

URGH! Some days I do not want to work out.  I want to crawl in my bed and sleep.  My bed is so comfy and my sheets are so crispy and cool. My pillow is near perfection.  But, alas, my body cries out under stress and so I need to counter balance it.  Right now I'm doing a 31 day yoga challenge.  It's called Yoga Revolution and it's on YouTube.  It was designed to be done in January but I'm doing it now because I'm such a rebel.  (stop laughing!) I love the physical benefits of yoga.  I'm on day 10 and I've bribed myself with some awesome stickers from Etsy if I do all 31 days in a row!

My main problem with yoga is the spiritual side of it.  It can be a bit of self worship.  So, I find I need to have God's Word at the ready.  I need to mediate on His truth and not my own.  This is true during yoga and throughout the day.  Here are two verses I'm clinging to right now.  Both are on post it notes on my computer so I see them several times a day.  I also email them to myself so I get to see them when I'm going through my emails each day.

In computer programming there's a saying "Garbage In. Garbage Out." It means if you give bad instructions to the computer, it will produce bad results.  Same thing is true for your mind.  When you put in garbage, you mind turns to mush.  I love music.  I love to have music on all day.  I love to sing, although NO ONE loves to hear it!  I usually have songs running through my mind at all hours of the day and night.  So, it's important to me to put good songs into my head.

Most of you know I'm a big fan of Shane and Shane.  I knew them in high school.  They are great guys with a deep love for the LORD.  I have a huge Shane and Shane playlist of Spotify.  It's my go to playlist when I'm stressed.  I try to listen to it at least once a day so I have good info in my head.  Especially their songs from Psalms. Here's a link to my playlist.

While not a W, I also rely heavily on prayer.  I try to talk to God through out day. I ask Him to help me pinpoint the source of my stress.  I ask Him to relieve my stress.  I ask Him to take over.  I ask Him to forgive me for trying to handle everything on my own.  I thank Him for being God.

What's your best stress strategy?

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