Over the past several months I’ve been feeling a level of stress that is just enough to drive me crazy but not enough to bother my friends and family about. It’s easy to get lost in that anxiety and push everyone away, but I’m striving not to do that. So, in an effort to pull myself away from those stressors and deal with them in a healthy way, I’ve been looking for ways to cope. Luckily, I’ve discovered three things that are very therapeutic for me:
- Prayer – Nothing calms me down and centers me like spending time with the Lord. I’ve been letting the things of this world distract me from God lately and I believe this is the main reason that earthly stressors are weighing me down. Praying constantly throughout the day is my main remedy for being in this world but not of this world. If I have everything I want in this world, but don’t have a relationship with Yahweh, then I have nothing.
- Writing – This should have been obvious to me since I am a professional writer, but I never thought of writing as a stress reliever. This past week, while coming to terms with something I struggle with constantly (don’t pretend like you don’t have secret sin like the rest of us), I started just typing out my feelings, my actions, my fears, etc. Writing is very therapeutic and I recommend it for everyone… even if you type it out and delete it later so no one will ever see it… writing helps you explore your thoughts and see, on paper, the severity of what you are struggling with. And for me, writing it out encourages me to stop revisiting that sin so that I don’t have to keep writing about it.
- Exercise – Wow… never thought I would love exercising as much as I do! I’m not in great shape and can hardly run for more than a minute without being out of breath… but that feeling of breathing so hard that I feel it deep down in my lungs literally helps me breathe out my frustrations. I feel better after I run, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Maybe one day I’ll be able to run a mile without stopping! Here’s hoping…
So that’s where I am right now… dealing with earthly struggles and keeping my hope in the Lord.
One day at a time.