8 Ways to Deal with Stress, By PI Girl, Allison

    My whole family has been through a lot the past few months. My dad became very sick and was in critical care for a month before he passed away. This whole situation has been very draining and stressful to all of us. I thought I would share some of my tips to cope with stress.

    1. Make yourself a cup of hot tea. You can choose from hundreds of different kinds. I would suggest chamomile before bedtime or if you are really stressed out. Green tea is said to ward off anxiety and be a mood lifter. Make sure you brew your own cup instead of buying bottled tea because you will receive more antioxidants from freshly brewed.
    2. Write down your thoughts. Pick up a journal and start writing down anything! Writing is a great way to unleash your feelings and develop creativity. You can write stories, letters to God, prayers, or general thoughts. Also, drawing or doodling can help take your mind off things.
    3. Don’t overdo the caffeine. I know up there I wrote about tea, but coffee drinkers beware! Limit the amount of java you consume daily. Consuming too much caffeine can increase your anxiety and send nerves over the roof. Stay away from energy drinks!
    4. Be still. Find a quiet place in your home, backyard or a park. Sit or lay down and relax. Pray about what’s bothering you. Sometimes you need a little solitude to calm down. Bring your Bible with you. Take everything that’s bothering you before God. Here’s a little scripture about quietness: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
    5. Talk to a close friend or relative. Having heart-to-hearts with loved ones can really lift your spirit. Make sure this is a person with whom you can be 100% honest and open.
    6. Exercise! Go for a walk, swim or any type of movement. Turn on some favorite music and dance around while cleaning up your room.
    7. Try to eat a balanced diet. Add in fresh veggies and fruits to your diet if you don’t already eat them.
    8. Read the Bible! Dig into Psalms–they can be very comforting to read. Check out Psalms 23; this is a good passage to memorize. And remember to put on the full armor of God every day!

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:10-18).

    Written By PI Fan, Allison

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    1. All of this is very good advice! Not everything will work with everyone, but a combination I like is tea, a york mint/chocolate patty, a drawing pad/notebook, and having a heart to heart with someone I trust and care about.
      Added benefits with a notebook are that you can sometimes learn to understand what’s going on around you a bit better, and learn patterns to your mood, which can help you identify and learn to avoid/minimize stressors.
      I’d also suggest you watch what you eat, not just caffeine. All foods have an impact on your mood. For instance, a handful of blueberries or almonds kicks up my mood pretty fast. Bananas’ potassium helps to combat stress. Green veggies keep you healthy, minimizing stress. Tuna helps to keep your adrenaline from kicking in at the wrong times. Milk’s calcium can help to relax you. Oranges replenish your stores of vitamin C, which is kicked down by stress. A small piece of dark chocolate can help your body in so many ways, including boosting your mood.
      Smiling helps too. The muscles in your face can trigger your emotions. If your muscles are arranged in a happy way, it’s easier to BE happy. And smiling is contagious. If someone sees you smile, that often brightens their mood. 😀
      Music is a natural mood enhancer if you listen to the right stuff, cause certain sounds trigger your mind to feel different ways.
      Another trick I’ve found is listening to someone else’s problems or performing a random act of kindness. If you have a friend who needs your to listen to them, agree to do so, even if you aren’t feeling the best. For some reason, this really helps me. Writing an encouraging surprise note to someone that you love boosts your mood as well. It makes you feel better about yourself. Seeing them find it and read it is great, because you might catch them smiling.
      There’s a LOT of methods for improving your mood. Each person is different, and each person will react to every situation differently. Thank you for this article. 😀 It’s really accurate, and I needed the reminder. Thanks, Allison.

    2. Something that I’ve found works for me is turning on some relaxing music(Lothlorien and Memory of Trees by Enya as well as Up In Flames by Coldplay are all good ones) grab a glass of warm herbal tea(the normal stuff has caffine) and just relax. Just breath deeply, and remember how much God loves you.

    3. my favorite thing to do to help with stress is to go to my room and blare some christian music and sing,I love singing so it really helps! plus nobody can here me singing over my radio,so I don’t have to worry about anyone hearing me miss those note I didn’t hit:)

    4. my favorite thing to do to help with stress is to go to my room and blare some christian music and sing,I love singing so it really helps! plus nobody can here me singing over my radio,so I don’t have to worry about anyone hearing me miss those notes I didn’t hit:)

    5. Very incouraging, I will remember to pray for you! It may not be the best thing, but I clean the kitchen and bake homemade cookies when I am upset. It helps use up some of the negative energy I am feeling. Also Volleyball, just something that can block all thoughts except to focus on my current task. <3

    6. These are some really great tips!! I have similar ways to deal with stress, and now even more to add to the list! And also, I just want to say that I’m really sorry for the loss of your father, Allison. I’m praying God will be with you and your family during this time. <3

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