3 Positive Ways to Deal with Stress

During a chaotic move, learning to detach and step back from emotions makes a huge difference.

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Posted in , May 22, 2018

Moving day

We are moving this week. The packing has gone relatively smoothly, though the logistics of getting things from one place to another are complex. 

1)  I remind myself: Expect glitches.
If I anticipate that there will be bumps in the road, I’m less likely to be rattled when unanticipated problems arise. 

Boxes are everywhere and our daily routines are a wreck. My kids are stressed by the upheaval.

2)  I remind myself: Expect irritability.
 Almost everyone reverts to old habits in times of stress, and if I remember to view flaring tempers through the lens of their need for stability, I’m less likely to get stressed, myself.

I feel so encouraged when I read the Daily Guideposts’ Devotionals. I love looking for ways to share these tidbits of faith with others. Thank you Guideposts, for sharing God’s love with more people than we can ever know!

-Rhonda V, Diamondhead, Mississippi

We can’t find things we need, and I’m physically exhausted and emotionally drained. My brain is fried from making decisions.

3)  I remind myself: This is a short-term problem.
Nothing moving-related is a matter of life or death. It is not even dangerous. Yes, it’s annoying and inconvenient and complicated and crazy-making. But whatever difficulties I encounter this week will be largely gone and forgotten by next month.

For me, stepping back to view challenges with a bit of detachment makes a huge difference. It helps me remember that resolving sticky situations usually isn’t about control, but about flexibility and perspective. And besides, God is with me. He is with me wherever I go, whether things move smoothly or not. That much, at least, is certain.

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