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EP. 97 Ten Habits That Reduce Stress and Anxiety


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SHOW NOTES


Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. Last week we discussed seven signs it may be time to take a break. This week we are piggy-backing off that conversation by discussing ten daily habits that can reduce stress and anxiety. Keep reading or listening to find out what they are.


1. Protect both your body and mind and create rest for both. If you are burning the candle at both ends, you will eventually burn out.


2. Don’t compare your work to others. Kimberly commonly says to “stay in your own lane.” Focusing on where other people are can rob us of the unique plan and design that God has given each of us.


3. Start each day with biblical meditation. Build margin into your daily life for time with Jesus. This can look different for each person because of lifestyles, careers, and family matters, but it is equally important for everyone. Pour your heart out to God, and take time to listen for His response.


4. Plan fun activities each week you can look forward to. Intentionally make time for fun.


5. Stop talking and listen. While there is catharsis in speaking about what you're feeling and experiencing, it's also important to really hear what other people have to say.


6. Stop trying to be seen as right all the time. Tim explains that this is something he has personally struggled with in his past, but when he is able to release that desire it frees him to live his life without worrying about the opinions of others.


7. Don't concern yourself with your reputation. Focus on doing the right thing, despite what others will say or think.


8. Serve someone else every day, even if it's only in a small way. Seek for ways to impact another person’s life each day.


9. Give thanks in and for everything. Make a practice of being grateful for even the little things.


10. Connect with positive people about things other than work and politics. When we feel connected to another person, our bodies respond in a way that helps us feel calmer.


Psalm 46:1-3 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” When our world feels like it's crumbling beneath our feet, God is a present help. Our refuge and strength.


Psalm 46:8-10 says, "Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Often, the idea of “being still” is thought of as just sitting with an idea. In this context though, it is specifically talking about setting aside all our war-like strategies and trusting God. He will destroy the enemies that are out to attack us. Relax, be helpless, and know that God is God in the midst of active trouble.


Kimberly closes out the podcast by sharing an acronym that she has created to remember what to do when we are in a forced pause.


P - Pursue peace and practice patience.

A - Align your spirit with His will through prayer and submission.

U - Unshackle your heart from offenses.

S - Serve one another through random acts of kindness.

E - Embrace what is coming next.


Join us every Monday for a new episode of the Hope Rescue Podcast! We are thankful for each of you.


QUOTES


“When our world feels like it's crumbling beneath our feet, God is a present help. Our refuge and strength.” -Tim


“We often attach our personal desires to what we trust God for as the outcome. Even if the end result looks different than our expectations, God is faithful.” -Kimberly


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Psalm 46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”


Psalm 46:8-10 "Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”



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