Glitter Down! Send HELP!
I. Am. Stressed. I have been stressed for a few months now. My hair is falling out, my face is breaking out. I can’t get quality sleep, my head hurts. Work is killing me. I don’t have the support I would like. Get me out of here. We have all been there but I refuse to be here any longer.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. –Psalms 37:5
I find myself praying more than ever now. I wake up and pray (Thank you, God, for waking me up this morning. You did not have to do it but you did..). I pray in the car before I walk into work (Lord… give me the strength to not choke out.. J/K). I pray before I go to bed (Lord, thank you for blessing me with another day I had not seen before and the lessons that I learned today…). Old people love saying prayers are powerful and I truly believe they are. I can notice the difference when I forget to pray and thank God for the gifts he has given me! When I remember I drop down and pray instantly and things seem to look up for me.
Find Your Happy Place & Be Still.
My happy place is outside of my apartment in front of the lake (Yes, I live in front of a lake. No, I am not balling I just happen to find a deal on an apartment). I go there after running to relax but mainly to BE STILL. Many times we ask Him for help or direction but we REEEAALLLLYYY listen when He answers? Do we even know his voice? Do not be intimidated by the silence.
Peace! Be still! –Mark 4:39
Most people know of Be Still from, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 or from the above scripture from Mark but a lot of people do not know both. Two different meanings of be still. So I challenge you to dig a little deeper and know them both and really analyze “Be Still.”
A few weekends ago I found myself in a dumpster fire at work while on call. In the middle of it all, I stopped and prayed and when it was all said and done I went to get my nails done. Random right? Not really. Self is care is so important. I find joy in getting my nails done every two-ish weeks. It helps me zone out for an hour or two and think about deep decisions such as, nude polish or pinkish nude or white? I had to learn to take time out for myself. I am busy. I am a full-time employee, full-time grad student (who maintains an A average/GPA), volunteer and try to have a personal life. It ain’t easy. I also make it a point to read every few nights. I am currently reading, “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst and I have the workbook as well. I will do a review once I finish but it’s also ties into this post…
Learn To Say “NO”.
I have problems saying, no. I am getting better at it but it’s hard because I try to be a people pleaser and I want to help everybody and do everything. I can’t. It’s hurting me because I am over extended. The book is helping me 1. learn to say no more and 2. not feel guilty. I typically go above and beyond and I am learning it’s ok to stand in the background at times and not be the first hand up volunteering. Guess what? It helps with my stress, too.
What are your ways of dealing with stress? Drop them in the comments! I am always willing to try other suggestions.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” — Romans 12:2