You Can Reduce Stress Through Prayer

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m stressed out and it’s awesome”? Probably not.

And, while some research identifies certain types of stress as beneficial – the kind that comes from being excited about positive things or that helps us survive certain events – too many of us live in a perpetual state of feeling out of control and enduring more pressure than we should.  And, that doesn’t feel good; nor is it healthy.

I’ve definitely experienced times in my life where I didn’t pay attention to how I was reacting to events that seemed to be “too much”. Being aware of stress per se and what causes us to feel this way is fine, but I found it doesn’t go far enough. We need more than just awareness or ways to “manage” the stress.

Since stress is simply the way we react to certain events – not the events themselves – I’ve organized my life in a way that starts with stress-reducing activities, especially quite moments of prayer. As the prophet Isaiah puts it:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isa 26:3)

To have more of this perfect peace in my life, I’ve learned to keep my thinking focused on, and trusting, the Divine. When I can enter into the calming atmosphere of prayer, that place where I affirm all that I know to be good and where I experience a Divine presence, I am more productive, more relaxed, and unstressed. This equips me to put the challenges of life into their proper perspective and to calmly develop solutions.

Reducing stress is about more than just feeling less pressured. According to Dr. Bruce S. McEwen, director of the neuroendocrinology laboratory at Rockefeller University, research suggests that “prolonged or severe stress has been shown to weaken the immune system, strain the heart, and damage memory cells in the brain. Stress has been implicated in aging, depression, and heart disease.”

It is important to take proactive steps to reduce chronic stress. And, a daily dose of prayer is a good first step in this direction.

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