As the holidays approach our stress level increases. How can we cope? We can get through with three important steps; 1. exercise, 2. exercise, 3. exercise.
You read that right, to deal with stress we need to 1. exercise our physical bodies, 2. exercise our minds and 3. exercise our faith.
1. Exercise our physical bodies: Physical exercise does wonders at alleviating stress. Walking, stretching, lifhting weights, playing with the children all release endorphins into our bodies which make us less stressed.
2. Exercise our minds: Reading is a great exercise for our brains. It also something I struggle to do regular. When we exercise our minds, i.e. read, we become smarter and carry less stress. Read any good books or blogs lately. BTW, reading articles on ESPN does not count. Read something relevant, perhaps even the Bible.
3. Exercise our Faith: We exercise our faith through prayer and worship. Often when we are stressed we stop attending church. We also forget to pray. The times we are stressed are when we need prayer and worship most. Prayer and worship is about giving thanks to God which takes our focus off ourselves. Get to church and exercise your faith.
To cope with stress this holiday season, or any season, remember to exercise, exercise, exercise.