Before I share my stress management activity that is simple and quick with good results, I want to list some of the most common physical symptoms stress causes.
Top Physical Symptoms Caused by Stress
- Low energy
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
- Frequent colds and infections.
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
Would anyone want to sign up for those “effects”? And this list is just a few of the many physical symptoms stress causes.
When experiencing long-term physical, mental, or emotional stress, the body stays in survival or fight flight response where the body’s energy is out of balance. The majority of the body’s energy moves into the legs and arms in preparation to run or fight. God intended the survival mode mechanism to kick in on a short-term basis for protection and safety purposes; however, in today’s fast-paced environment, a high percentage of people are living in fight flight response on a daily basis which is robbing valuable energy that is needed for the body’s organs to grow and repair cells. This state of being is very unhealthy for the body and can lead to serious health problems.
I wrote a blog titled “Fight Flight Response Won’t Turn Off” if you would like to read more details about this response.
All are Affected by Stress
We all are affected by stress. Since we can’t get completely away from stress, we have to learn to deal with it. Complicated or time-consuming solutions to alleviate stress often end up causing more stress. It is best to choose a stress management activity that easily flows into your day but yet is effective.
Stress Release Activity Simplified
Our “to do” lists are always longer than the time we have to complete them. A stress management activity needs to be a simple, quick solution, or it most likely will not be helpful. The best stress release activity I have found to deal with stress is to take a couple of deep breaths, and then say a quick stress release prayer. It resets me, and I am able to cope moving forward with focus and strength.
Stress Release Prayer with Quick Calm Deep Breaths
I like to say this short stress release prayer with quick calm deep breaths. The breathing technique Jordan shares in this video is helpful in stopping runaway thoughts by quickly breathing and praying to calm my inner being.
Easy Short Stress Release Prayer
By the power of God, I command and release any stress stored on all layers and levels of ___________’s body, mind, and spirit and to go to the light of God to be healed. Thank you.
The words of this prayer can be changed to fit your personality and what feels comfortable to you without changing the meaning of the prayer. Strive to pray with heartfelt emotion.
God hears and answers prayers. All we have to do is believe and ask.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Photo by Ben White
Another short stress management activity that may be helpful
If I have a hard time falling to sleep or if I wake up during the night and can’t fall to sleep, I listen to this short guided prayerful meditation to release fear. Most guided meditations don’t work for me but word choices in this prayerful meditation calm me right to sleep in less than 12 minutes. Hopefully, it will work for you too.