Thursday, March 17, 2011



How are you doing today? 

How to destress is what I'd like to discuss this day.

One of the most popular search phrases for my website is 'how to destress,' and so I thought I would write just a little bit about how to destress ;)

Got several questions for you ;)

Do you believe in God? 

I mean, believe in God deep down in your heart?

Do you believe that He is there for you and answers your prayers?

Do you have faith?  Faith that He is in control and will take care of you?

Man, oh man, I wish I was a Scriptorian. I would cite every verse that tells us to believe that God will answer our prayers and take care of us. 

When I was a young single mother, I struggled with money.  When my son was around 8 years old, I had barely enough money to survive, and I happened to be challenged with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

I was having anxiety attacks and crying with depression all the time.  My stress level was so high my blood sugar was dropping as low as 35 (80 to 120 is normal).

It was a long time ago but a very desperate time for me.

I am telling you this because it is helpful to know how to destress in the most desperate times.

My faith in God and that He would always care for me got me through my difficulties.

What I used to do, and still do sometimes, is every night, I would kneel on the side of my bed, put my forehead on my folded arms on my bed, and I would imagine that I had my arms and forehead on His lap, like He was right there, listening, and supporting me.  It may sound crazy, but it totally works. Meaning, I show my faith and comfort and strength comes.

One thing I know about my faith in God is that it is REAL!!!  It is not the superficial FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY, only when I am at church or when I can serve conveniently.  It is REAL all of the time!!!

My most excellent teacher is God, and my next most fantastic teacher is stress.  Believe you/me, I have had some severe stress in my life, and I know that I live a destressed life because of it, no matter what is happening.  Sure, I get stressed, but it is a fraction of what it has ever been because I learned how to deal with it through my faith, patience, trust, and relationship with God.

So, how to destress yourself?  Do you REALLY, TRULY believe in, and turn to God? If you have faith and are having difficulties in life consider trying the prayer described above, down on your knees, with your arms and head on His lap. He is listening, He loves, and He is there for you. I know this with all my heart and soul.

Another thing you may think about is spend some time daily with Heavenly Father. Sit, walk, and talk with Him like He is by your side. Use your imagination and you will see what happens to your faith in Him, in life, and in yourself. After all, faith is shown in thought first, and then action. 

I truly believe that the exercises proposed above will help anyone destress their life, especially if turned into daily habits.

But please, please, don't believe me, try it yourself.

That's all I got...

Have a great day, and don't forget to have fun and be playful.

Elizabeth Stanfill

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