It’s not like there is a shortage of possible things to be concerned about lately. For example, the outcomes from General Conference in May, the future of the churches you serve, the challenges of shepherding congregations through this process, you and your family’s future, the Coronavirus and how that impacts your congregation, community and yourself, politics, and it’s an election year, all of which may compound other issues you may already have had on your plate. Maintaining a calm and non-anxious presence can be a challenge.
For many, stress is a way of life. The idea is “I’ll just push through this, focus on others and I’ll be okay”. It’s possible, but unlikely. Stress exacts a toll. It can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. These are all entwined. Difficulty in one area affects them all and impacts your effectiveness in ministry and your relationships, to include family. Here are some things to consider reducing anxiety and being more “present”:
Here are some other “stress busters” that fit into several of the above categories:
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