When a person lacks coping skills, daily stresses may become overwhelming and lower one’s energy level. Avoiding problems causes them to build up, compounding their negative effects. Facing issues quickly and wisely allows the peace of God to reign in the heart and mind (Phil. 4:7), maintaining strength within the body. Relaxation skills allow the parasympathetic nervous system to be dominant instead of the sympathetic system being under stress and anxiety. Developing coping skills contributes to better emotional stability and overall well-being.
Coping is the conscious effort and process of dealing with and overcoming obstacles and stress in one’s life. Developing coping skills builds the ability to successfully deal with challenges and difficult circumstances.
Maintaining strong spiritual mindedness through prayer is the best coping skill of all! Having confidence that with God all things work together for good according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28) brings trust into everything that happens during each day. Every situation contains an opportunity for following God, continually praying for direction in each situation.
The Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) supplies power, love, and a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). The Holy Spirit supplies strength in nine major areas called the fruits of the spirit that are outlined in Gal. 5:22. See Speaking Events for a discussion about each individual fruit of the Spirit and their benefits to health and well-being. The fruit of peace and self-control are especially beneficial for coping with stressful situations.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
Taking time to reflect on a situation and deciding how to deal with it is called meditation. Pondering a thought until it is resolved in the mind and spirit is an excellent coping skill. The quiet of the early morning, or the peacefullness of late evening are perfect times for meditation. For a simple meditation technique see the post Heart is Emotion Center. Take time to identify a negative emotion and believe that it is possible to overcome it through prayer and meditation.
Soothing music naturally calms the body. Don Campbell popularized the concept in his 1997 book: The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit. See the post Sound Therapy for more information on this topic.
In our Store there are two wonderful harp music CDs for sale featuring relaxing music for balancing the body’s energy. Each CD does a tremendous job of recovering peacefulness. Regularly listening to relaxing music truly aids in maintaining calmness. For more info about healing music, see the posts Music for Balancing Frequencies and Balancing Energy with Music and Color Frequencies.
In the post Laughter Improves Energy the beneficial effects of laughter on energy production are discussed. Laughter is a wonderful stress releaser, diffusing even the toughest situations. For laughter therapy, get together with a light hearted friend, watch a comedy, go for a walk and meditate on humorous situations, or ponder how funny the stressful day had actually become.
When a person becomes overwhelmed, stress hormones like cortisol build up in the body, raising blood sugar and blood pressure. Exercise is a excellent method for reducing high cortisol and flushing the system of stress hormones. The post Detoxing Through Exercise brings light to this subject.
A build-up of static electricity in the body short circuits the nervous system, often stimulating the feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. See the post Earthing Energy for simple methods of grounding for reducing the pressure and stress of static electricity. EMF Safety explains the hazards of strong electromagnetic fields and methods for avoiding over-exposure.
Listening to relaxing music while soaking in a warm bath containing sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda is amazingly therapeutic. See the post Detox Bath for the recipe. Mildly exercising before a soak to start flushing stress hormones out of the body adds to the amazing benefits of hydrotherapy.
Besides these outlined methods for coping with stress, here are a few more ideas:
- Talk to an uplifting friend
- Engage in an enjoyable hobby
- Walk in quiet nature
- Spend time with a favorite pet
- Take a nap
- Eat a healthy meal with protein
- Enjoy chamomile tea
- Help out a needy person
- Make a schedule and keep to it
- Express yourself peacefully
- Cut back on excessive activity
- Cut out caffeine
- Go to bed on time