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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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