Dealing with Stress

Josh resting on the bed during a ministry trip in SpainMaybe I should just move to a beachtown in Spain.

I’m not exactly sure what they do there to make a living.  It looks like they just relax in the sun on the beach with their friends, play a little guitar, and then barhop with tapas (appetizers) and wine in the warm evening taking in the breeze.

Do they make swords for a couple hours when they feel like it, or maybe fight bulls?  I don’t know, but it looks nice.

I spent a couple weeks in the Mediterranean area a few years ago and one thing is clear, life is slower.  A meal is not the fast-paced eat and run we have here.  A meal is time with your friends and family.  You could spend what seems like an eternity waiting for food.  Because it’s not about the food.  It’s about taking the time to enjoy life.

When you grow up, life gets stressful, no doubt about it.  Especially around the U.S.  But on top of the usual work and dreams and everything, I now deal with relationship stuff with my girl.  But I wouldn’t trade that for being alone and “free”.

But things work out as we learn to grow.  Because we both came to the table willing to take a good look at our own issues and do what we could to give to the other, we’ve both grown through the process.

Stress is not always a bad thing.  I’ve read a bit about what they call “EUstress”, a good stress that forces you to grow.  Like taking on a challenge you feel you can conquer.  Exercise is a good example.  When you run or lift weights or whatever, it releases endorphins that make you feel good. You see the endgoal in mind and you don’t get discouraged by it.  And the results are positive.

“Distress” is the bad stress we usually talk about which causes arguments and heart attacks.  When you get discouraged and get constant negative feedback and can’t see anything positive coming out of it.  Like dealing with an unhealthy work environment or family problems that lead to breakup.

Eustress has helped me grow into who I am today especially over the last few months.

I’m trying to get back into daily Scripture reading which I’m getting better at.  To take that little extra time is worth it.  Sometimes prayer and worship is hard, when God feels like a million miles away.  It’s okay.  It’s just part of the process.  Your relationship with Him gets deeper through that.

So hey, the sun’s out.  Take it easy.  I personally like to dig out my Gypsy Kings tunes and drive through the forest.  Have fun doing whatever it is you like to do as well.

Category: Personal Growth, Relationships, Spiritual Thoughts, Travel |

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