We cannot hold on to anger—it makes the stress in our lives build until we can’t control it and we end up doing something for which we are very sorry. People who allow anger to build in them do irrational things. We hear of shootings all the time where people just went crazy, and often it stemmed from anger and un-forgiveness.
By Joanne Putnam
If I could ask you this question, “Do you ever feel stress?” what would your response be? You’re probably thinking, Do I ever feel stress? That’s the understatement of the year!
I recently taught on stress in our Radiant Life classes, and twenty-one of the twenty-two ladies who attended chose to come to my class! Singles, retirees, mothers of toddlers, and mothers of teens! It doesn’t seem to matter what season of life you are in, you feel stress.
We know stress as tension and pressure.
Stress is something that we all experience, especially in these last days. It’s a “fact of life.” The question is: how can we deal with it and what is the best way to relieve it in our lives? The first thing we need to understand is where the stress is coming from.
What makes us stressed? Many things cause stress in our lives. In this chapter, I would like to help you pinpoint where your stress is coming from and share positive ways to deal with it. Ask the Lord to help you understand where your stress is coming from and how He can help you manage it.
This is a list of some of the major stressors of the day. I’ll describe them in more detail as we go on:
- Painful emotions – guilt, fear, envy, and jealousy
- Low self-esteem
- Job stress
- Financial pressures
- Unmet needs
- Parental pressures
- Unexpected events
- Hormonal changes
We all experience stress and we react to it in one way or another. Stress, also known as tension, is energy. Energy will always strive to be discharged, just like a teapot being heated on the stove. When it gets to the boiling point, it sends out a jet stream of pressure that must escape or it will blow the lid off.
We are all kind of like a teapot. Some people have a very small storage area in their teapot and the lid is never on it tightly. It doesn’t take much stress/tension/pressure for them to explode. They immediately discharge their stress no matter whom it hurts, taking out their stress on others. Some would say they have a short fuse.