A basic definition of stress is “pressure” or “tension.” Think about it… if you apply stress to something with your hand, it means you are applying pressure. The same happens emotionally and mentally when we feel stress!
When we experience a high amount of stress, our thoughts, emotions, and bodies send us messages that something isn’t right! If we touch something dangerously hot, our nerves send us a message that says, “Stop! Danger! This is too hot!” In much the same way, we receive messages when we experience too much stress!
The following are a few examples of these “messages:”
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Feeling Anxious
- Mind Moving a Mile a Minute
- Racing Heart
- Difficulty Sleeping
Of course, this isn’t always the case, but often these are simply signals that our stress level is too high! God didn't design us to live with consistent levels of high stress!
Okay, so what do we do about that?! So glad you asked!
The first step to decreasing your stress is to assess the problem. Instead of feeling a vague and general sense of “stress” (which is oh so common in our world), we need to get specific. How does stress manifest in your life? What are your personal pain points?
A great place to start is my FREE MINI STRESS QUIZ. Click here to spend 2-3 minutes assessing the role stress plays in your daily life. Evaluating the problem doesn’t naturally resolve it, though, it’s a necessary first step!
Therefore, STEP #1: Get honest with yourself and take this Mini Stress Quiz.
You got this!