How Much Stress Do You Feel?

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  1. Elena says:

    I’m stressed to the braking point sometimes…
    And run to Jesus for comfort…
    Yes, often fume and mumble under my breath, cry and talk to sisters in Christ…
    My hope is in my Rock, he is my peace!…my joy comes being a helper and comfort to others and receiving from friends and family He provides.

  2. Michael says:

    Elena,

    I think we’re all feeling that to one degree or another…praying you receive a season of refreshment from it all soon!

  3. Linn says:

    There is a lot going on in the world. I limit some of my news consumption and I also pay attention to what affects me directly (like: should I stay home today because all the roads are closed due to flooding). I do pray for the stressful situations in the world, but I try hard to focus on daily tasks and the people I am close to.

    I also try to stay positive, not because I’m Pollyanna, but as a Christian I have all the promises of God at my disposal. He has promised to care for me and get me to heaven. Scripture says it won’t always be easy, but He has more than kept those promises so far.

    I also try to focus on others more than myself. If I’m having a bad day, yours might be worse. A smile and a kind word can make a big difference in someone’s day.

  4. Elena says:

    Thank you!
    I’ll be visiting son and daughter-in-law soon, for two weeks. That should be relaxing.

  5. Terry says:

    My routine is similar, including Twitter. My Twitter feed is curated by me, who I chose to follow. It’s an odd mix of economic and geopolitical experts, trusted theologians and pastors, and NBA media influencers (I’m a Clippers fan). I avoid all extreme right or extreme left voices. To be honest, the NBA/Clippers posts are the most stressful news in my feed.

    Then I go to The Drudge Report and my anxiety goes off the chart for a bit.

  6. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I think that limiting exposure and a positive attitude can be very helpful…along with a good cat. 🙂

  7. Michael says:

    Terry,

    I sample the extremists just so I don’t get caught unaware…I have a secondary Twitter I use for just sports…NFL, NHL MLB, and NASCAR…beat writers all over the country…I gave up on the NBA…may try again.

    I’ll commend The Dispatch again…conservative, but not crazy…well done so far.

  8. Michael says:

    Elena,

    I hope it’s a blessed trip…enjoy!

  9. Officerhoppy says:

    I’m retired. So, my stress level has decreased significantly. Prior to retirement, my blood pressured hovered around 158/80. Last week it was 127/68.

    My source of anxiety and depression has always been self loathing. I’ve never felt quite good enough as a pastor, preacher, musician, or a person.

    I appreciate Linn’s “resting in the promises of God” but I’ve given up thing God is going to take care of me. The only promise I truly cling to is that (like Linn) he’s going to take me to heaven.

    That thinking, which I learned late in life, has allowed me to take more responsibility for my life, rather than just “trusting God”.

    My day begins by reading the news, playing Wordle, and checking out posts on PxP. Gave up coffee a year ago.

    Not too encouraging. But at nearly 72 years of age, it’s where I live

  10. Michael says:

    Officerhoppy,

    The only promises of God I have faith in are the ones about suffering and the new heavens and new earth.

    After my studies in the prophetic books and a cursory look at the world, I have a very apocalyptic outlook these days.

  11. Officerhoppy says:

    Michael
    I’m in the same theological boat except I’m not as apocalyptic as you

  12. Officerhoppy says:

    If I start seeing Zombies I may change my mind!

  13. Michael says:

    I’ve spent my life studying theology and history…and I’m convinced that this country will not last another 10-20 years as we have known it.

    Society cannot survive without trusted institutions and community…we have set the stage for fascism and the players are ready…

  14. Officerhoppy says:

    You may be right, sir.

  15. JoelG says:

    I’ve struggled with anxiety and self loathing all of my life. Medication has helped. Music is therapeutic. Rereading a favorite book is helpful. Releasing fears in a prayer or a good cry always helps. And simply trying to remember the big picture of why we exist: love.

    I think Fr. Stephen Freeman is correct when he writes:

    “Imagine yourself in a situation of life and work in which you have no access to the internet. Nor do you have any newspapers or magazines. All you see or know is what you actually encounter. Strangely, all you could actually do would be to “live.” This, in the best of situations, is the culture of a monastery. They are not “cut off” from the world. They are on this planet. But they are absent from the “matrix” of modern concern and anxiety, the illusion of managing history’s outcomes.”

  16. Kevin H says:

    Just a note on the Dispatch – I believe they are much closer to what conservative thought was before Trump than what has become of much of conservatism since Trump.

    I confess I haven’t gone to the site as much since David French moved onto the NY Times, but they produce a lot of solid, thoughtful material.

    Most conservatives today would find the Dispatch to be a bunch of RINO’s at best or a publication gone Woke at worst.

  17. Cathy Andrews says:

    Stressed, yes!! Depressed, yes!! But there are many moments of peace and calm around me. Most occur when I am petting my 2 fur babies, knitting, crocheting or cooking for my family. I yell (inside) at God when I get stressed, but I know He can handle whatever emotions I may be feeling, after all, He walked the earth and had to feel emotions or we could not say he was fully human. I trust my faith will hold, as long as I can hold onto Him.

  18. Muff Potter says:

    Since I left fundagelical Christianity, I’ve learned to relax, live free, and breathe again.
    Stress is a natural part of life and I’ve also learned constructive ways to deal with it.

  19. Terry says:

    You eventually realize America is just the latest incarnation of Empire (Egypt, Babylon, Rome…), even if there were some God-fearing people in it’s early history. And the way this Empire controls you is by getting you heavily invested in either political party. Neither party sees America as Empire in decline, but as a future Christian Nation or a potential Utopian State. Empire sees you as a slave either way.

    Whether we are staring at another “Fourth Turning” or the actual “End of the Age”, this is our path:
    “Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16

  20. Michael says:

    Joel G,

    This is gold…
    “All you see or know is what you actually encounter. Strangely, all you could actually do would be to “live.”

  21. Michael says:

    Kevin H,

    It is sad indeed that solid reporting is scoffed at because it doesn’t reflect the views of an extremist criminal.

    This is one reason why I’m apocalyptic…we can’t survive this sort of thinking…

  22. Michael says:

    Terry,

    You and I think a lot alike…to the degree that some folks think you’re me… 🙂

    “Empire sees you as a slave either way.”

    I wonder when the masses will figure that out…

  23. Captain Kevin says:

    Most of my stress is related to health and finances. I’m filling out my medical power of attorney today in advance of my heart procedure, which is one week from today.

  24. Michael says:

    CK,

    We’ll be praying…your procedure should be smooth sailing…

  25. Terry says:

    Michael – And then we tried to throw them off track with my UFO/UAP replies, but no one was buying it.

  26. filistine says:

    I’m not very stressed–I think a lot of it is my personality profile where I’m not an anxious type person. I’ve dealt with depression over the years, primarily grief-induced and SADD in the winter, but generally pretty even-keeled. I watch the news and shake my head a lot a the political mess, but feel like so much is out of my circle of control that I can only take care of my dogs, family, and myself. My health is dubious, but I’m taking it a step at a time, chronic pain in my knees is the pits, but not debilitating. My faith has always been solid, but not fervent–I’m rather fatalistic when it comes to God doing what He’s going to do. I have a strong sense of humor and that helps keep me from getting too wound up. I deal with the stress I have by decompressing with friends, family, dogs, and nature–which are also my joy points. I am hopeful in a generic sense, not about politics, but in a gracious, good, and generous God whose eyes are on even the sparrows.

  27. Michael says:

    ” I am hopeful in a generic sense, not about politics, but in a gracious, good, and generous God whose eyes are on even the sparrows.”

    I think I need to recapture that…I’m pretty hopeless until the eschaton…

  28. Captain Kevin says:

    fil, thanks for that. I’ve been pretty even-keeled for most of my life. Along with Michael, I need to recapture much of what you shared.

    Michael, I appreciate the prayers. I know you’ve had your share of heart issues, more serious than mine. So when you say it should be smooth sailing, that gives something to lean on.

  29. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good to see you hear JoelG and great posting! Thank you!

  30. Officerhoppy says:

    Kevin
    What kind of heart procedure are you having?
    You’ll be in good hands

  31. JoelG says:

    Well thank you Dan. You’re one of the kindest people on the internet. It’s good to hear from you, as well. 🙂

  32. The New Victor says:

    My BP is higher than OH’s before retirement, and it’s on me: gained weight, still smoking. Every week is the week I’m going to quit. My D11 gets on my case. If I croak tonight, they (and my ex to an extent),will be set up well financially. There’s an emotional disconnect inside of me… sometimes I feel like George Bailey (minus the impact on a small town, and a crisis).

    As for the state of the nation… I can’t believe that Trump is still polling well. I recently talked to an old family friend who recently retired from being an editor at Bloomberg. He was a former staffer for Gingrich, and a never-trumper. He thinks that we are closer to civil war. He seems happier to have retired from his career in NYC journalism.

  33. Janet Linn, BrideofChrist says:

    We all have different ways of coping with stress it seems! PRAYER is my best remedy for stress. That said, I do believe in doing whatever I can to put my mind to ease as much as possible. We are leaving for Alabama in one week. My daughter and her husband live on Fort Rucker, as her husband is an enlisted soldier in the Army. She works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the division that facilitates the transition for Armed Forces members transitioning to private sector employment once they leave the Armed Forces! She has,a Masters Degree and was nominated this year as their employee of the year and she was flown to NY city! Anyways, we are excited to see our granddaughter, age seven, and our grandson, aged 4, who we last saw in April when they visited California. We had heard that the new Covid variant is most active in the south, so we went ahead and got our flu shot AND the latest Moderna Covid booster two days ago. As usual, the reaction to the Covid shot was worse than the reaction to the flu shot, but we felt fine two days after having received each shot., but now we feel more confident about flying, and about spending 10 days in Alabama where few people mask up or get immunized. As a teacher for 30 years in the public schools , the flu shot was a life saver for me , as I caught some truly horrendous flus before I started getting an annual flu shot.
    My school district sent nurses to teach school to immunize the teachers if they wanted it and that’s how I started with my tradition of an annual flu shot in September. Elementary teachers catch everything that goes around, it seems. So the Covid shots didn’t seem that scary to me when they came our! I know many Christians who are anti- vaxers, but not all of us are! I believe God gave us science and medicine as a gift and as a blessing.

  34. Captain Kevin says:

    Hoppy, an angiogram with possible laser or stents depending on the extent of blockages, if any.

    My ultrasound didn’t show any blockage, but dr. wants to go in anyway since I’m still feeling weak, out of breath, and some chest pressure.

  35. Michael says:

    CK,

    I’ve had three of those I think…you’ll be awake enough to understand what’s happening and can even watch on the screen if you want. I didn’t want. You’ll want to take it very easy when you get released…but you should get through with no issues.

  36. Captain Kevin says:

    Thanks Michael. I’ve already planned to take the following day off from work, and the day after that is an extremely light schedule. Hopefully I can take on more after that.

  37. JD says:

    Praying for you CK.

  38. Captain Kevin says:

    Thanks JD!

  39. Officerhoppy says:

    Kevin
    Let me know how the procedure went, pal!

  40. Josh says:

    How much stress are you feeling?
    – More than I can explain. If i told people all the things that are going on in my life, they wouldn’t believe me. It gets to the point where I think this is all I can handle, and then the next thing hits and I realize I am a lot stronger than I thought I was.

    How do you handle your stress?
    – Poorly? I see a counselor every couple of weeks. That helps. The occasional strong drink helps immediately. I make music.

    Where do you find joy?
    – In the company of others. I’ve learned to really value the people I love.

    Are you hopeful?
    – Yes, but it is sort of blind hope. I don’t have a good reason for it, evidentially. But I keep faith that relief is coming.

  41. Michael says:

    “– In the company of others. I’ve learned to really value the people I love.”

    Love this…too often we isolate when we’re going through multiple trials…

  42. Captain Kevin says:

    Hoppy, I will. It’s this coming Weds.

  43. Michael says:

    I have my share of stress…but moreso, a deep foreboding over the immediate future.

    I do not believe that our society or or country can sustain the levels of dysfunction, greed, and dishonesty that are present today.

    Our democracy is hanging by a thread and most seem unaware of the danger we’re in.

    Our families, communities, and churches are deeply divided over secondary issues while a few profit from deep deception.

    I am baffled that some of the best and brightest I know are taken in by obvious lies.

    I’m worried sick for those I will leave behind.

  44. Michael says:

    Stress release is not my specialty…it’s almost become a personal meme, but my cats do keep me from losing it completely.
    Liam has been a godsend…I thank God and my chosen family who gave him to me for just that purpose.

    I do love sports…don’t give a damn if you don’t…football is here and hockey is getting warmed up…

    I spend most of my time studying…and those who have come along side me in those studies are a gift…so grateful for brethren who I can interact with theologically without boundaries…

  45. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks JoelG! I don’t post much here, but I visit pretty much every day and right now this is my church.

  46. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael et al…I never in my life had imagined that I would refuse to attend a physical church because of secondary issues being forced to the foreground and having to basically decide if I follow Jesus or __________. It isn’t just the obvious political and cultural garbage, but the last church wife and I attended, we thought was solid…they had a person up front talk about an experience they had which was really creepy and didn’t seem to square with scripture.

    I’m basically at the point where I don’t trust most churches anymore.

    Like you and Liam, our dogs have been a joy and stress-relief valve.

  47. Michael says:

    Dan,

    Something has changed radically in our culture and in the church.

    I have theories…but generally speaking,neither are safe…

  48. Dan from Georgia says:

    Totally agree. When church members are complaining about Jesus being too “woke”…something is SERIOUSLY wrong.

  49. Officerhoppy says:

    The issue with “old age” is that “people feel helpless, useless and irrelevant.”—Mick Jagger

    “What a drag it is getting old”—Mothers Little Helper

    So true.

  50. The New Victor says:

    Last week, D11 took her children’s Bible into school. I noticed it missing from its place and didn’t think to ask. She took it to her school because her 6th grade public school had an activity where students could talk about their faiths. Being almost 85% Latino, that’s the RCC. The few Filipinos are RCC or Evangelical, the Vietnamese likely Buddhist, and there are a few Sikh families. I was proud of her. She said it was to explain our Christian faith.,This is a public school in the bay area.

    A couple of years ago, we ran into some Mormon missionaries/elders on our street. They asked her (as of I weren’t there) “do you know who Jesus is?” She replied, “He’s the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins.” They couldn’t say much to that other than congratulate her and we left in peace.

    I really need to get us back into a church, but I’m glad that whatever she’s known stuck.

  51. JoelG says:

    You’re a good dad, TNV.

    “If you could do it, I suppose, it would be a good idea to live your life in a straight line-starting, say, in the Dark Wood of Error, and proceeding by logical steps through Hell and Purgatory and into Heaven. Or you could take the King’s Highway past appropriately named dangers, toils, and snares, and finally cross the River of Death and enter the Celestial City. But that is not the way I have done it, so far. I am a pilgrim, but my pilgrimage has been wandering and unmarked. Often what has looked like a straight line to me has been a circle or a doubling back. I have been in the Dark Wood of Error any number of times. I have known something of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, but not always in that order. The names of many snares and dangers have been made known to me, but I have seen them only in looking back. Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I have gone to it mainly by way of mistakes and surprises. Often I have received better than I have deserved. Often my fairest hopes have rested on bad mistakes. I am an ignorant pil-grim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led -make of that what you will.”

    Wendell Berry, “Jayber Crow”

    I’ve not been very good at this Christianity thing. But I have to believe He’s gotten us this far and we can count on Him regardless of what lies ahead.

  52. Captain Kevin says:

    JoelG,
    That’s a lot to chew on. Thanks for sharing it.

  53. JoelG says:

    Prayers going up and thinking about you this coming week CK. My dad had the same procedure. It’s amazing what they do and you’ll feel much better over time.

  54. Jean says:

    God’s grace is unfair;
    His mercy is scandalous; and
    His longsuffering is excessive.

    I and the believers of this generation are heirs of the Kingdom only because of these three divine attributes.

    If that makes God “woke,” so be it. If people want a Rambo Jesus or a theocracy, they’ve stumbled over the cross.

  55. Muff Potter says:

    JoelG @ 9:01 pm:
    I’ve long been a Wendell Berry fan.

  56. JoelG says:

    Nice, Muff. I’m relatively new to his works. I’m working my way through the Port Williams series. There’s so many nuggets of truth in each book. The depth and complexity of each character is genius, IMO.

  57. Michael says:

    JoelG,

    We’re all a letter better for reading that quote…thank you.

  58. JoelG says:

    You’re welcome, Michael. It sure rings true. Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts in the midst of everything. Especially #7 from Mondays post.

  59. Captain Kevin says:

    Thank you so much Joel!!

  60. Captain Kevin says:

    Jean, Amen and Amen!!

  61. Dan from Georgia says:

    Jean…awesome statement. Too many people want a jerk for a savior. No wonder they are offended by who Jesus really is.

  62. Em says:

    An Alzheimer mom would be a major sttress – IMNSHO

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