Stress is not your buddy. In fact, he is your enemy. While some stress can serve to motivate us to meet deadlines and complete projects, excessive stress is one of the major triggers for addiction. There are two kinds of stress. Acute stress is caused by a significant event or dilemma. Chronic stress is tied to ongoing situations such as poor health, poor relationships, economic trauma, or other long-term challenges.
While some periods of stress are inevitable, and can even be beneficial, living in an extended state of stress can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders such as PTSD.
Tips for managing stress successfully include meditation, exercise, setting new goals, and healthy interpersonal connections.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Recovery Step: God has a roadmap to find your way out of stress. But you won’t be able to read that map from a distance. You must get really close to the one who has the answers.