This helped me when I found myself triggered by the past some call it (Post traumatic stress disorder) I call it both kids got married with in a year of each other and I had to see family that brought bitterness up that I didn't resolve. So a good friend helped me through and gave me the following which is why I'm here:
1. Get a complete physical checkup. Luke was a physician. Only take medicine when advised by a physician. Avoid the use of alcohol, drugs, etc. (1 Timothy 5:23).
2. Start an exercise program at least three times a week for twenty minutes. Jesus walked daily (I Corinthians 9:27).
3. Accept the fact that everyone has stress. Change your attitude about stressful or anxiety producing situations (Philippians 4:11; Hebrews 13:5; Hebrews 12:6-7).
4. Find a friend or counselor to talk with about your problems (James 5:16; Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 24:6). Husbands don't count! Jesus had 12 friends......
5. Develop a constructive outlet for your stress (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 9:27). Tension or stress repressed inwardly can result in sickness.
6. Have a specific procedure for dealing with problems that arise. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best (Proverbs 2:9-12).
7. Work at maintaining a balanced lifestyle and eat properly (2 Timothy 1:7).
8. Renew your mind with Scripture (Romans 12:1-2; Psalms 1:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5).
9. Have several hobbies or activities to participate in when anxiety or depression starts to set in. Paul made tents. Make a list of ten things that you will do whenever you start to get depressed.
10. Get adequate rest and sleep (Matthew 11:28-29).
11. Plan daily activities ahead of time and try to stick to your schedule even though you may not feel like it (Galatians 5:24; James 1:22; Proverbs 6:6-8).
12. Join a social group or plan activities involving other people. Participate in planned recreation activities (Galatians 6:2).
13. Set aside time daily for prayer, Bible study, and Scripture memory (2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 119:11).
14. Attend church every week unless physically ill (Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians. 16:1-2).
15. Participate in some ministry where you can help others (Ephesians 4:26; Matthew 5:23-24).
16. Resolve anger in relationships before the sun goes down (Ephesians 4:26; Matthew 5:23-24).
17. Confront your fears in an appropriate manner with courage and strength (Proverbs 3:25; Psalm 27:1).
18. Set high enough standards for your habits and behavior. Set limits for your life and learn to be assertive (Psalm 119:105; 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter 1:6-7; Ecclesiastes 12:12; Proverbs 4:14-15).
19. Set realistic expectations for yourself and those around you and look at the positive aspect of circumstances (Philippians 4:8; Proverbs 3:8-9).
20. Avoid any substances that you may be allergic to such as corn, wheat, eggs, tomatoes, citrus, or chocolate.
21. Establish specific priorities of things to do for the day by writing them down and placing a number of importance next to them with (1) being the most important and (10) being the least important. Delegate to others what others can do.
22. Try to limit major changes in your life to reduce stress.
23. Develop a sense of humor (Proverbs 15:13; Proverbs 17:22).
24. Learn to forgive (Matthew 6:12, 14, 15).
25. Do not dwell on the past but set goals for the future and work towards them (Philippians 3:13-14; Romans 12:1-2).
26. Trust in the Lord to help you with problems that you cannot solve by yourself. Stop trying to control everyone and everything! (Proverbs 3:5-6).
27. Get up and do something constructive (James 1:22).
28. Stop assuming what others think and do, and simply ask (James 4:3). People often assume how the other person perceives of an event, what mood they are in, how they feel, the meaning of the words they use, their values (how important something is on a scale of 1 to 10), their motives, the meaning of their body language or tone of voice, how they think others will respond before given them a chance and giving them their personal preferences.
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