[5 THINGS TO DO TO CALM STRESS -- what i do] + putting your trust in God and worrying less

Saturday, December 9, 2017

i've been reading in Psalms lately and SO many times it says to hope in God, to not fear, and to not worry. In Him, we should trust. basically, that got me thinking about stress and how much time we waste on it (me, anyways xP) so, we all know about stress and how just plain annoying it is so I'm not going to talk about it except to share a couple tips i've found/use on how to push back that stress!


[ 5 THINGS TO DO TO CALM THE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE ]


  • A D U L T   C O L O R I N G   B O O K S :
not that we are adults or anything *cough* BUT THESE THINGS ARE SO COOL. although, this can be counter active to the whole no-stress thing depending on your personality -- but personally, I really love this. i'll often spend around 15 mins in the evening doing this and listening to music or an audio book

  • T E A  /  C O C O A  /  C O F F E E  +  B O O K S :
plug in some Christmas lights (or even grab a blanket and sit by the tree), and read a fav book you haven't read for a while

  • B I B L E   J O U R N A L I N G  +  P R A Y E R :
so I haven't officially done this yet myself (BUT I SO WANT TO) -- but I do take lots of notes [basically I write all along the margins *cue reading upside down from continual notes that go around the whole page* ah hahaa xD] also lots of underlining and boxing in with colorful pens. its a great way to calm down and spend time in God's word while being creative. and guys, just pray, okay? that's probably the biggest "tip" I could give you. trust me

  • [ M U S I C ]   C H R I S T M A S  /  J A Z Z  /  C L A S S I C A L  /  P I A N O :
basically anything calm, and without lyrics. [however awesome they may be, they can be distracting] add a candle and a soft blanket and pillows and it'll be amazing, trust me. also, music with any of the above suggestions is basically perfection 

  • B A K I N G :
okay, so this /can/ be a stressful thing if everything blows up or goes wrong (or you burn oven mitts on the stove top -_-), BUT, it can also be really nice and calming. bake something random, or just a pan of brownies. put on before mentioned christmas music and get going! [T I P : make sure your work space is clean before beginning + clean as you go - it helps a bunch]


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so these are a couple things that I do to help calm stress -- just remember that God didn't give us life to spend our time stressing about it. in stressing and worrying about what we can't control we are basically just telling God we don't trust Him, and, even if we don't realize it, it's true. 

'...do not fret -- it only causes harm.' 'the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall i be afraid? ... though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this i will be confident.' psalm 37:8 + 27:1 and 3

so, guys, we don't need to stress and fear 'cuz God is with us. with God we can be without worry. with God we can be fearless.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO CALM STRESS?? //
WHAT HAS REALLY STOOD OUT TO YOU IN YOUR BIBLE RECENTLY? //

27 comments

  1. I SO needed this post, I feel like I've been getting easily stressed out a lot lately, and I have no idea why (???) but I love all of these tips so much. AND THAT VERSE IS SO AMAZING WHY DON'T I HAVE THAT ON MY WALL OR SOMETHING.

    And your photos...so many warm Christmas feels. <3

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    1. aww yeah okay that's probably one of the most annoying kind of stress :P aw so glad TRY SOME, K?? I KNOW, RIGHT. I REALLY NEED TO DO THAT THO

      eeeepp thank you!!

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  2. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS. I have been a huge stress ball lately and it's so asdfghjkl stressful. Thank you for this. <3

    xx Kenzie

    p.s. I really love your blog's name. <3-<3

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    1. AW SO GLAD [glad it helped, not glad you've been a stress ball xP] anyways, lol, thank you, girlie! <3

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  3. I love these tips! And don't worry, you're not alone when it comes to stress. You name the topic, and I guarantee I've already stressed about it. XD And my grandma would love your tip about the adult coloring books—she LOVES those things and is always asking me to do them with her. ;)

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    1. thanks, Ashlee!! lolol I knoowwww, thankfully I've gotten somewhat better haha. Um then yes I totally agree with your grandma THEY ROCK OKAY - so go do them with her *nods* xD

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  4. Ohhh I love this post so much!! Stress is something I struggle with on a daily basis, and I’m constantly looking for ways to relieve it.
    I LOVE adult coloring books! They definitely help me relax :). I also like listening to Pentatonix and baking biscuits (I call them stress biscuits ;).
    Great post!!

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    1. eeeepp, thanks, Allison!! sometimes it's good to keep busy with stuff like that and not dwell in it, but just remember not to shove it back too far. you gotta give it to God, otherwise, it'll come back with a force xP let me know if you try any of these out!!

      I LOVE THEM SO MUCH they take so long but I still love them haha. ohhhhh yes. omw okay that's the best idea. I need to make stress biscuits hahhahaa XD

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  5. Ok wow. This really struck a chord. THANK YOU! Usually I just pop in the earbuds and try to drown everything out until I feel better.

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    1. aw yeah I know how stressed you've been lately (and have reason for it xP) TOTALLY, CHLOE, and, I'll be praying for you <33 hahaha music helps tons tho xD

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  6. wowww girl. this just helped me so much right when I needed it!!! I've been stressing so much, which leads to crying and confusion and everything else. I'm trying to worry less, and your post was just amazing!!! thanks for sharing this Sarah <3 <3 <3

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    1. aw, I'm glad it helped at least a bit! ohh yeah that kind of stress isn't fun (although, I like.../never/ cry xP XD), I understand. confusion is no fun :P oh, I'm so glad, Paige! I'll be praying for you <33

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  7. Amen, sister! These are amazing ideas, and I have to agree with you--spending time with God, being creative, and music = the best ways to calm stress. Have you ever listened to Lauren Daigle's Behold CD? I think you would like it; it's a jazzy Christmas. ☺
    I just finished reading through 1, 2, and 3 John. 1 John 3:1a stood out to me--"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." What an amazing thought!
    Thanks for sharing what you've been learning lately. And lovely pics, as always!

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    1. UM, YAS. it's a perfect mix, honestly xD and hmm I don't think so?? But I'm horrible at knowing the names of songs, so. haha. I'll have to look it up!

      ohh yes, I just read those ones recently. sooo good. and that is an awesome verse! thanks, girl!!

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  8. Good tips! (and love the pictures!)

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  9. Your pictures are beautiful! And yes! I love to bake... weirdly enough, it does work as a "de-stresser"
    I have been reading through both John and Luke (the gospels), and seeing how the crucifixion, resurrection, and Jesus' birth all tie in together during the Christmas season. Not only does Christmas represent Jesus' birthday, but also the ultimate purpose for His coming to earth.

    Livvy

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    1. eeeeepp, thank you, Livvy!! ikr?? it's either totally de-stressing, or completely stressful *cough*

      ohh yes that's such a good idea! I def plan on going through that again this Christmas, because, obviously, you can never read it too much. and that is an awesome point, girl! thanks so much <33

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  10. Baking has become my outlet and stress reliever. I use to hate it and now that's all I'm doing. Haha.

    Great tips!

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    1. SAME THO. I used to detest it but it's not so bad haha. lately I've just been grabbing a recipe that I have no idea about and going for it - like I made homemade pizza the other day and had no idea what I was doing but was like "WELL. IT'LL BE EDIBLE." my dad liked it and ate like four pieces, so, that was good anyways XD thanks, Kara!

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  11. Wow I love this post <333 THANK YOU. (Also your photos are gorgeous. Just saying.)

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    1. eepp, thanks, Zane!! UM THANK YOU SO MUCH *grins* <33

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  12. I like how you said God didn't give us life to stress about it. I need to write that in capital letters somewhere where I'll see if often. Psalms is so good - it's probably my favourite book of the Bible for when I'm stressed. And also, I'm glad to find someone else who uses baking to destress! There's something about making a big batch of biscuits (or cookies as you call them). Unfortunately, I also use cooking to procrastinate, so sometimes my destressing only adds to my stress later, if that makes sense. Thanks for the practical post, and delightfully winter-y photos. :)

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    1. well it's pretty silly to stress about things we can't control anyways, idk why we do it but we do xP. OOH YES good idea *nods* agreed. its amaazzinngg.

      AND LOL I KNOW. it's like I bake to distress, and mentally baking I'm like "YOU SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE" but I finish it and am trying to distress and then its like "YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT AND NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TIME" and so on. so yep, I relate xP aww, totally, Jess! <33

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  13. Oh. Wow. Stress/anxiety are things that I struggle with, it’s wonderful to be reminded #1, that GOD IS IN CONTROL, and #2, just to relax and unwind! You’re blog is one of my all time favs, by the way! ❤️
    Lydia

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    1. I struggled with it a lot at the beginning of the year, but it just came to much for me...so I had to give it up to God. don't worry, stress happens. just don't let it take over. and AH girl. you are so sweet, thank you!! <33

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