Ready for a crazy fact? Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations. Yikes! And you thought biting your nails when you're stressed was bad?! Thankfully, I don't eat my arm off, I tend to eat chocolate! What do you do when you're stressed?
We all have reactions to stress. Most of our reactions aren't exactly healthy though. We can get angry, irritable or depressed. Or, maybe we tend to overeat or under-sleep! Some of us get so overwhelmed when we are under stress that we just run to the nearest escape.
Experts suggest lots of ways to deal with stress like exercise, prayer, humor and even cleaning (one of my personal favorites). But, after reading all their advice, it boils down to finding ways to either manage stress or reduce it. Sure, those are ideal strategies — reduce or manage it, but I contend there is a third, and far wiser, reaction to stress and it will let you keep all your limbs intact!
I found it in the book authored by the ultimate expert on stress reduction ... the Bible! Psalm 94 helps me redirect my heart and mind when I'm stressed. Verse 19 says, "In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul."
Did you see the Psalmist's reaction to stress?
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