Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Learning a healthy way to cope with stress is important as a Christian and as someone in recovery from addiction. Stress is an inevitable part of life and, if left unmanaged, it can threaten your sobriety and your faith. When stress dominates your life, it’s a good reminder to depend on God for daily strength and to remember His word.
In addition to regulating stress in practical, everyday ways – like getting enough rest, eating a proper diet, exercising, and keeping a healthy balance between work, ministry, and family time – it’s also wise to turn to prayer, meditation, and the promise of scripture. These practices will help take your mind off of yourself and your problems and instead refocus on God.
Here are a few more ways to manage stress as a Christian:
- Contemplate God’s creation. Smell the flowers, go for a long hike, head to the beach, star gaze – any activity that will allow you to unwind and admire His work.
- Worship. Singing songs of praise can help you put your worries into perspective and focus on what really counts.
- Spend time with loved ones. There’s no better stress reliever than giving and receiving love from your family and friends.
- Listen to Christian music. Music can have a profound effect on your mind, spirit, and behavior.
Mental Health Services for Christians
Whether you struggle with mental illness as your primary concern or as part of a co-existing drug and alcohol dependency problem, Christian Rehab Network offers programming and rehabilitation for mental health conditions and dual diagnoses. To learn more, call: 877-310-9545.