Tools for Life
Living by Faith When Your Body Hurts or When You Are Stressed To The Max
When we have chronic stress it can bring on chronic illness and also make our pain worse.
The pain people feel with chronic conditions or chronic pain can make us feel isolated and sometimes helpless, especially if its cause is an illness or physical condition for which there’s no cure or really any effective medical treatment. Chronic stress also can be debilitating.
It seems that in times of despair, that’s when we have to keep finding ways to nurture our spirit, to help us not only cope with the pain, and worry but also discover moments of peace and at times grace so it can allow us to move us through and beyond the helplessness and hopelessness we may feel.
Here are a few life tools that can help you get started toward more peace in spite of and in the midst of pain , worry and stress.
1. We have to just breathe
The act of breathing is not only a physical process, but it can also be a tool to cope with pain and worry .
Go to a quiet place, breathe in slowly and deeply, then let the breath out, expelling stress and pain with it. You will feel the sharpness of the pain start to subside as relaxation and calmness move in its place.
I have used this for physical pain, emotional pain. I do this as I pray.
I give it all to God .
I do think for a few breaths in and out and then I just sit in quiet and thank God for helping me , removing any pain or worry I may have.
2. Place some music
Put on your favorite piece of music – instrumental or vocal – sit back, and close your eyes. Let the music carry you away from your immediate pain to a place of calm.
3. Take a walk or go out into nature
Pain can be son isolating and make us feel alone. Enjoy the outdoors, a glance outside at a garden, a quiet moment surrounded by flowers or trees or ocean any of these things can renew our senses. It will make you see you are part of this big beautiful world God created. Be grateful.
4. Laugh more
When have you laughed your ass off? Has it been that long ago? Put in a good comedy. And it will release tension from your entire body.
5. Never give up or lose hope
Each day, there are new advances in medicine and in therapies to ease pain, inside and out. New cures are on the horizon.
In closing I don’t ever want you to pray and then as soon as your finished worry about it.
When you pray give it to God.
Allow him to work in your life.
Trust in him.