According to the experts, there are four types of stress.
is what most people identify as stress. It makes itself felt through tension headaches, emotional upsets, gastrointestinal disturbances, feelings of agitation and pressure.
Episodic acute stress:
is more serious and can lead to migraines, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, anxiety, depression, serious gastrointestinal distress.
is the most serious of all. It’s the stress that never ends. It grinds us down until our resistance is gone. Serious illnesses such as diabetes, decreased immune system, and perhaps cancer are its hallmark.
is the result of massive acute stress, the effects of which can reverberate through our systems for years. It’s commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The type of stress that you experience is different for each person,but we all experience some form of stress.
Experts have come up with a number of suggestions for dealing with stress:
(1) Identify your triggers,
(2) get a massage,
(3) practice breathing exercises,
(4) do some aerobic exercising,
(5) develop a support network through friends, family, and co-workers.
While all of those may be useful suggestions, for Christians, we have a much better method of coping with stress.
In Psalm 4, David gives us the Lord’s prescription for dealing with the stress in our lives…
Psalm 4:1-8 (NIV)
1 Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah
3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD will hear when I call to him.
4 In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent. Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the LORD.
6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
Many scholars believe that David wrote Psalm 4 as he was about to retire for the evening. He couldn’t do much about the war around him, but he could do something about the war within him. Instead of lying in bed fretting, stewing and worrying, he committed himself and his situation to the Lord. Through David, God teaches us some important lessons about peace of mind during times of stress.
Come back tomorrow for part 2 of stress relief.
God bless you,