Relaxation Techniques For Stress

Relaxation Techniques For Stress

With society under stress now more than ever, it has become more important now to practice simple relaxation techniques to deal with the pressures of life. Dealing with stress is essential for every person and for every relationship because, when left unchecked, stress can adversely affect the physical and emotional health of a husband and wife. If we want to keep ourselves healthy and our relationships healthy, learning to use relaxation can be a useful tool.

Relaxation and Power naps

Relaxation Techniques for Stress related issues - can be as simple as taking a quick power nap during a stressful day.

We underestimate how important sleep is to our bodies. In Mark 6:31 it says “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (NIV) If those doing such an important work as ministering side by side with Jesus could take a moment to step back and rest, then surely less eternally weighty tasks like that next email or project deadline can wait a few moments. It doesn’t take more than a half hour to recharge your body and your mind. The emails and deadlines will not suffer if you rest, but you will suffer if you do not. In fact you will find that you are more efficient after you have rested, and will accomplish more after you have taken time away from your task.

Praying Stress Away

Another means of dealing with stress is to pray.

In 1 Peter 5:7 it says “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”  And in Philippians 4: 6-7 we are told “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  We can relax through prayer when we tell God about our relationship stress, job stress, financial stress, etc. When we come to him in prayer, we are acknowledging that we need help and that He is greater than our problems and able to save us. Moreover, we must remember not only is He able to help, but He is also willing to intercede for us. God is good and delights in caring for His children. Psalm 62:5 says “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.” And again in Psalm 116:7 we are encouraged: “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Meditation for Stress

One of the final relaxation techniques that we see in Scripture is meditation.

Meditation does not have to mean chanting or anything mystical. It simply means thinking about something over and over. The word meditate in Scripture comes from a Hebrew word which also means “to chew”, like how a cow chews on its cud. We should be “chewing on” good thoughts throughout the day, thinking about encouraging things over and over. Philippians 4:8 says “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” If you are searching for good things to think about and meditate on then what could be more praiseworthy and excellent than the word of God?! The psalmist says in Psalm 1:2 “…he meditates day and night” on God’s word.  When we fill our minds with God’s promises to sustain provide and care for us, we are able to relax and have confidence instead of stress.
With these three relaxation techniques for Stress—rest, prayer, and meditation—we can have useful tools against job stress and the pressures of this life. Practice resting, praying and meditating on that which is praiseworthy and lovely throughout your day. You will be a healthier person for it and your relationships work and life will also thrive because of it. 

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