Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How To Keep Your Head From Exploding, Part 1

This week on my blog I'm going to share 4 steps that you can take to de-stress your life. Stress is something that can really make you feel like your head is about to explode! It can cause you to believe that your life is falling apart. Lots of stress is not only dangerous for your health, it is toxic for your relationships. All of us deal with stress. Maybe it's your job, finances, school, friends, kids...the list goes on in regards to what can stress you out. The question is, "how will you deal with it?" I recently went through these steps to help me deal with the boat load of stress that I've been dealing with and I think it may help you also. Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious (or worry) about anything..." When Paul wrote Philippians he was in prison waiting to be executed by Nero. His words were not simply fluff, he was living it daily. The 1st step you need to take is to worry about nothing. Worry is a huge source of stress. In a message I read from Rick Warren recently, he shared... "We tend to expect the worst in life. Smithsonian magazine calls this the Age of Anxiety. There are macro worries that every body on the planet worries about. There are micro worries that are personal, that you have everyday. Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended for me to have. It's playing God, trying to control the uncontrollable. Dr. Walter Cavert has done studies on your worries. He has discovered that:
40% of our worries never happen
30% of our worries concern the past
12% of our worries are needless worries about your health
10% of our worries are insignificant or petty concerns
8% of our worries are really legitimate concerns
Worry is worthless.
" Worry is worthless because it cannot change the past or control the future. It only seems to mess up the present. It sucks the energy out of you to enjoy life. When we worry about things, they seem get bigger and more insurmountable.
The Bible says, "Do not worry about anything." I have found this to be a difficult command to obey. Sometimes I have the annoying ability to find a problem in every solution. I can look only at the negative, the bad. Worry is not natural, Jesus said, in Matthew 6:6. It is something you learn; you have to practice to get good at it. If it is something you learn, you can unlearn it also. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own."
Here's one big decision you can make to de-stress your life today. Choose to relieve stress by living one day at a time.