As the fall begins and the uncertainty of the next few months continues to affect us, it’s important to manage our stress. Here are three things you can do right now to lower your anxiety and promote health—physical, emotional, and spiritual:
- Practice staying in the moment. Stress involves thinking about the past or the future, so it’s important to think about the present. Here’s the exercise: Take a few moments to stop and breathe deeply, and then notice your environment: What do you hear? What can you see? What do you smell? What can you touch? These simple steps can help keep us grounded.
- Find (or create) a sacred space. A corner in your home, a nearby church, or simply a chair on your back porch can all become a quiet spot that calms you and puts you in God’s presence. Commit to spending at least 10 minutes a day in that space.
- Simplify your life. Go through your material possessions and decide which things are necessary and which things are cluttering your life, causing needless additional stress.Jesus had little and still lived peacefully and joyfully in God. We can do the same.
Many of the factors that cause stress are outside of our control; but if we work to make the changes we are able to make, we’ll all feel lighter, more responsive, and a great deal less stressed.