59. Controlling Stress – 2

Let’s look at a practical approach to control stress. I don’t want to give a laundry list of tools for your toolbox in one blog, because then there is no depth to any of them.

The Bible has a lot to say about thinking, and we discovered in the last blog that what you think affects what kind of a life you live. Philippians 4: 8 speaks of positive thinking: Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.

You have a choice

of what to think about.  If you think negative thoughts, feel sorry for yourself, or see yourself as a victim and there is nothing you can do about it, you put stress on yourself from within. If you think positive thoughts, as prompted in the verse above, you lessen the stress on yourself from within. My friend, Tom Wootton has said, “Think in a different way. That is powerful.”

Regarding depression, you can think that you are a victim and there is nothing you can do about it, or you can accept it as a condition in which you have many choices to overcome it and become proactive about tools you can use to lessen stress. Here we see that positive thinking and positive self-talk are two ways to lessen stress and so take away the fuel that fires up depression.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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