No one has a perfect life. Even Jesus had trials and tribulations. Moreover, we all experience our own personal “Will This Cup Pass?” moments, where we fervently want the struggle to end. Wherever and whenever we are suffering, be it spiritually, emotionally, financially, or relationally, we need 3 P’s to get us through.
- Prayer – there is no doubt that prayer works. As a devout Christian, I have experienced it first hand. Dr. Roberta Lee, author of The SuperStress Solution, explains, “[People who pray are] better able to cope with stress, they heal faster from illness, and they experience increased benefits to their health and well-being. On an intellectual level, spirituality connects you to the world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself. When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.”
- Pressing – Faith is the key to pressing through your struggle in order to get to your solution. A discipline in this is key to handling stress and anxiety. In fact, Therese Borchard of PsychCentral states, “faith attaches meaning to events. It gives folks hope, the ultimate stress reducer. Hope, doctors say, is about the best thing you can do for your body. It’s better than a placebo.” Wow. ‘Nuff said.
- People – having a good support system is such a strong asset to overcoming challenges. Have those in your corner who can push you to stay strong, and prep you to build strength. For example, if you are going through a hard breakup or are involved in an abusive relationship, build a support system where you can go to in order to push you to freedom and motivate you to be proactive. You can’t handle things like that on your own, nor should you. The University of Oregon Counseling Center suggests that you “seek out support, validation and assistance from friends, family and others” when going through depression. Great advice.
TODAY’S MISSION: Do not walk through the valley on your own. Pull on your support and let them use their flashlight to help guide you out. DO NOT be ashamed. The strength is in the admission.