Many people find the Christmas and New Year to be stressful times for a wide variety of reasons, so this article covers 10 spiritual tips for managing stress.
Before looking at these spiritual tips, it's important to understand that stress is neither good nor bad. Rather, it's neutral, a bit like a gun. It's what you do with it, how you manage it, that determines whether the outcome will be positive or negative.
Spiritual Tip 1. Break the Stress Cycle
Relieve your symptoms of stress by exercising, meditating, sleeping etc. Take care of your body by eating well and getting enough sleep and exercise. Besides, you can try observing your reactions to stressors and whether they are appropriate for the situation. Observation alone is a great way to manage stress.
Spiritual Tip 2. Look for Grace.
Keep an eye out for little miracles in your life.
Spiritual Tip 3. Find quiet.
God talks when we listen. When you reconnect with yourself, nature and your Higher Power, the ways to manage your stress naturally appear. Our little human worries seem inconsequential.
Spiritual Tip 4. Do Whatever Makes You Feel Close to God.
Put yourself in the environment where you feel God. If you don't at the moment, go to where you used to feel sacredness. You can try going back to church or any sacred places to sit and relax.
Spiritual Tip 5. Remember what you Love.
For mothers, loving our children can reconnect us to the Divine. This includes nature, life and your partner.
Spiritual Tip 6. Find a Trusted Person or Persons to Support your Desire to Reconnect.
This person could be a priest, minister, your partner, friend or grandparent. Discuss about ways to manage your stress spiritually.
Spiritual Tip 7. Remember when You Used to be Connected and Make it a Practice to Remember That Every Day.
When stress approaches, recall that peaceful time and imagine actually being there. Remember how protected you felt then.
Spiritual Tip 8. Mindfulness
Practice being fully present and mindful. Give yourself the assignment of being mindful for 1 day, 1 hour or 1 minute. Really be present. Observe yourself and the events around you and fully participate with your heart.
Spiritual Tip 9. Choose to Change your Patterns
Make a choice to find yourself again. However, do not force it nor stress about it. It is not advisable to manage stress by creating more stress.
Spiritual Tip 10. Be Grateful
Remember to be thankful every day for everything that you have in your life