Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Questions and uncertainty

It can sometimes feel like we’re inundated with questions and uncertainty day after day. So in these circumstances where do you turn? Who do you turn to?

If your questions are about a specific subject or topic, I’m sure there are experts around who can assist. For example if you have a problem with your laptop or mobile phone, there are many shops and companies around who have technical experts who can help solve your technology issue.

If you questions are about life’s problems, maybe you turns to your parents or other family or friends.

If you feel your future is uncertain and you’re struggling to know how to see a positive outcome, who better to turn to than God. In fact, whether you have questions about life in general, problems with life, or feel life is getting on top of you, God is the the one to turn to. He alone can give you direction and guidance which always has your best interests at heart.

There’s no need to stress about your future, instead take all your questions or concerns to God, and He will answer your questions and guide you into the best future for you.

Life can be hard to cope with at times, particularly when we have a number of difficult or stressful situations to deal with at the same time.

The best way to cope when you’re stressed or struggling to deal with life issues is to give all your stresses and problems to God and let Him take care of all of them. That’s easy to say, but can be incredibly difficult do because when we’re going through a tough time we can forget to pray, thinking God has abandoned us. The worst thing is, it’s during these times that we need God most.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 – King James Version)

Be assured that God will give you all you need when life gets tough. Give all your problems to God today.

Come just as you are by Sydney Staff Songsters

Did you get God’s message there?

I guess we’re all guilty at times of worrying about things we either have no control over, or things which, if in the grand scheme of life, are not really very important. That said, we’re only human and therefore we do worry and get stressed about things.

Maybe we just need a very visual reminder from God sometimes, that we don’t have to worry about anything, because God really is in control of our lives.

We lead very busy and stressful lives these days, but it’s how we handle the stresses and strains we face, that determines how well we cope with life. So today I thought I’d share will you a few tips I read somewhere recently about how to identify you stresses and reduce the impact they have on you:

  1. StressTry to identify what has made to feel stressed.
  2. Share your problems with a friend or family member, as talking about problems will help reduce your stress levels.
  3. Your friends and family will be the people who can help you through stressful times, so make sure you take the time to nourish and build these relationships.
  4. When you’re feeling stressed, don’t just sit back or hide and hope that the stress will pass. Instead, take control of the situation, as by doing this, you will feel more in control of the situation.
  5. Try some relaxation exercises as these may help focus your mind so that you can relax and take control of your stress triggers.

There are counsellors who specialise in help people who area suffering from stress, so it may be worth considering seeing a counsellor to discuss your stress with them.

Stress can often affect your physical well-being as well as your mental well-being, so if you feel your stress is affecting your physical or mental health adversely, please seek medical help from your doctor.

You can find lots of information about counselling at

StressSome days are days you just wish would finish almost as soon as they began. Strangely those are the days which always seem to take an eternity to end, aren’t they. Those are the days which we just want to put behind us and move on.

Thankfully we are not alone in having days like this, as we all get them.

Finish each day & be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~ R. W. Emerson

Tomorrow is a new day. It’s a day for new beginnings. It’s a day to change.

lonelinessDrop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
by John Greenleaf Whittier


I don’t know about you, but I’ve had one of those weeks where all I’ve wanted is to curl up in a quiet corner and pull a cover or a quilt over me. There has been nothing specifically that’s made me feel this way this week, just a series of situations and events that have made me wonder “why me?” and  “what’s the point?”. question myself, my worth, my intentions, as well as .

Sometimes I just need to remember my own advice to take it all to God in prayer…maybe subconsciously that’s the quietness I’ve been yearning! How about you?

No matter what age we are, we human beings all crave and need relationships in our life. If we have no relationships in our life our life is empty and we are miserable and alone. However when we have relationships in our life, although we may still feel lonely and stressed at time, we can often find life fun and rewarding.

I’m sure we all have relationships which have stood the test of time as well as others which are still in their infancy. The longer our relationships last the more likely that that very relationship has changed or developed during that time. i.e. From the moment we are born we have a relationship with our parents, starting with us depending completely on them for everything but as we grow older and progress into adulthood we become their equal and then as time passes our roles may well be reversed as our parents become more and more dependent on us for everything.

So how’s your relationship with God, has it stood the test of time?

If your relationship with God has not stood the test of time, I’d ask you to consider why that is the case – Why have you turned away from God? Do you feel God doesn’t want you anymore?

Whatever your thoughts, let me assure you, God’s love for us does stand the test of time, so please give your relationship with God another chance!


Time passes by us so quickly that when we get the time to stop and think, it’s a shock to us when we realise how much time has passed.

Have you ever promised to keep in touch with folk you met on holiday? Did you? If you didn’t you’re not alone, it’s very common for people to find friends on holiday, but when they get home, they quickly forget about them, either intentionally or unintentionally – many times it’s simply because we realise all we actually had in common with them was the choice of holiday destination!

It can also be a shock to us when our parents who have always been there for us, full of life and no health issues, to find they are not as fit and healthy as they used to be and that they are in fact facing old age. It can be difficult to cope with when ill-health hits them and we have to cope with all the stress and worry that brings with it.

Since last year my Dad’s health has deteriorated significantly and has put added stress and worry on my Mum particularly. My Dad is definitely not too well, but so far no diagnosis has been given. One of the hardest parts of it all, for both my Mum and I, is that Dad’s memory has become very bad and he’s been doing some very strange things too – All of which can be stressful and distressing for all of us.

I have wandered slightly from what I was intending to say, sorry – I was simply going to stress how important it is that we don’t let time pass without taking time to be with those we love and who love us. In other words, take time collecting your memories, as those we love will not be with us here on earth for ever.

Sorry to be so morbid tonight, but due to the situation with my Dad I’ve found myself thinking more and more about our own mortality.

Catch your memories each day, they will be priceless to you in the future!

Enjoy the music Memory played by Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army:


Posted: March 1, 2010 in life, work
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Ever had one of those days which just start bad and get steadily worse as the day goes on? If so, welcome to my world today!

Mind you having said the day started badly and got steadily worse as the day progressed, there was one things which certainly added perspective to all the trivial things which happened during the day – I got news that someone I worked for during my 1 year placement from university and then a number of years later at my current job as well, died on Friday, aged 54.

Funny how you think you’re having a bad day, until you get some specific news which just puts everything into perspective. It really made me realise that my day maybe hadn’t gone to plan but in the grand scheme of things the things that happened were mild annoyances, nothing more.

Sometimes all we need to refocus us on the important things of life, is unexpected news such as I got today – we knew he was seriously ill, but it was still a shock when we heard the news.

Keep focusing on the important things in your life.

Don’t get bogged down by the stresses and strains of daily life, they will bring you down.

It’s not easy at times to keep our perspective on what’s important, but only through doing that can we hope to cope with all life throws our way.

A-Ha sing There’s A Reason For It:

Life can be hard to cope with at times, particularly when we have a number of difficult or stressful situations to deal with at the same time. As some of you will be aware there are several members of my family that we have real concern about at the moment on top of my own continued health concerns. I’m not tell you these things because I’m looking for sympathy, I’m simply mentioning them to highlight to you that I know and understand how it feels when life gets on top of you.

So how do I cope? Well you may be surprised to hear me say that quite often I don’t cope. Mind you as I mentioned in my post yesterday, First Impressions, I’ve showed plenty of times over the last few years I can “put on a brave face” in public so those around me don’t see I’m falling apart inside.

The best way to cope of course is to put all your stresses and problems in God’s hands and let Him take care of it all. That of course very easy to say, but incredibly difficult do. When things get tough the sad thing is that’s often when we forget to pray, or turn away from God…and that of course is when we need Him most.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 – King James Version)

Be assured that God will give you all you need when life gets tough. Give all your problems to God today.

Come just as you are (Sydney Staff Songsters)…