How to Manage Stress at Work



How to Manage Stress at Work

To effectively manage stress at work follow these simple tips:


Pray
Begin each day by thanking God for your job even if it is full of stress because we are to Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. (Psalm 100:4)

Then, ask Him to bless your work. For this you can pray, Let  the beauty of the Lord my God be upon me and establish the work of my hands for me, yes, establish the work of my hands. (Psalm 90:17)  

Finally, petition Him to intervene in your workplace so that you can work in peace. To do this effectively, read How to Pray for your Stressful Situation.
How to pray for your stressful situation


Work for the Lord
Regardless of whether you are working for a secular company or a religious organization, working as if God is your employer is a great way to manage job stress. This is because it helps you to look up to God for your reward even if your earthly employer ignores your efforts, places unreasonable demands on you or stressed you in any other way.

Therefore regardless of your actual job, Whatever you do, do it well as if you are doing it to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance because you serve the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)



Tithe
Give God 10% of the total amount of money you make from your job because He tells to “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. 

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field. ” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:10-11)  

We can see the effect of a person's tithe ensuring that his vine bears fruit in his field even if he is working in a stressful field from Isaac. This is because he promised to give God a tenth of everything at Bethel if God would be with him, keep him and give him food and clothing. (Genesis 28:20-22)

Isaac then landed a very stressful job working for Laban because Laban cheated him and changed his salary 10 times. (Genesis 31:7) However, God blessed Isaac in the midst of his stressful job because when Laban set his salary to be the speckled flock, all the herd bore speckled animals. If he changed the salary to streaked animals, all the flock bore streaked animals. Regardless of what Laban did to ensure that Isaac did not succeed at his place of work, God ensured that he prospered so much so that by the time he was leaving, God's Angel told Isaac to look at the flock and see that all the rams were speckled, streaked and spotted. 

God did this for Isaac because He had seen how badly his employer was treating him for He said, "I have seen all what Laban is doing to you.(Genesis 31:12) God had also remembered Isaac's promise for He said to him, "I am the God of Bethel, the place where you anointed the pillar and made a vow to Me.(Genesis 31:13) 

Therefore, ensure that you pay your tithe by giving a tenth of all that you make to your Church so that God can bless you and help you prosper even if you are working in a stressful place. 

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Meditate on God's Word
Meditate on Bible verses so that you can renew your mind and stop feeling stressed because of the things going on in your workplace. You can meditate on job Scriptures as you commute to your job and during your breaks at work.

Bible verses that you can meditate on to manage stress at work include:
Isaiah 49:4 which declares Surely, my just reward is with the Lord God and my work is with my God. 

This means that even if you are not being remunerated fairly at your place of work, you have to believe that God will reward you fairly for the work that you are doing.  

Therefore do not work half-halfheartedly because of the meager pay you are receiving. Put in your best effort with the expectation that God Himself will reward you.

Ecclesiastes 9:1 which declares that the work of the righteous and the wise is in the hands of God. 

This means that even if the source of your job stress is a supervisor scheming to terminate your services unjustly, the final say is not from them. It is from God. 

Therefore, do not let the fear of being sacked stress you as long as you are doing the right thing in the sight of God and behaving wisely at your workplace.



Psalm 75:6-7 which states that promotion does not come from the east or the west or the south. It comes from God. 

Therefore, if the source of your work stress is a boss who has refused to promote you or who ignores your good work or takes credit for it himself, remind yourself that God can still cause you to be promoted miraculously. 

So, keep working faithfully and keep believing that God will promote you.



Jeremiah 31:16 where God tells you to stop weeping and dry your eyes because your work shall be rewarded. 

Therefore stop crying and complaining because you are not being rewarded for your good effort at your place of work. 

Continue working while being certain that your efforts shall be compensated by God.





Wear your Armor
When Nehemiah and the Israelites were working on the walls of Jerusalem, they faced such strong opposition from their enemies that they had to be armed as they worked for he says, The builders who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem had swords girded at their sides as they built. (Nehemiah 4:17-18) 

Therefore put on your spiritual armor before going to your workplace so that you are ready to fight back spiritually. To learn how to do this read How to Put on the Armor of God
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Exercise Regularly
Commit to exercising for at least 30 minutes four times a week and preferably each day, and you will be able to manage stress at your workplace more effectively. This is due to the fact that aerobic exercises cause the body to release endorphins which make you feel good even if the situation at your workplace is still far from good. 

Physical exercise also helps your body reduce the levels of circulating stress hormones which lowers your risk of developing stress related illnesses.

Therefore ensure that you exercise regularly by walking briskly, spinning, jogging or even by dancing and gardening. 








Christian Blogger Nylse Esahc of Life Notes Encouragement

Christian Blogger Nylse Esahc of Life Notes Encouragement

This Christian Bloggers Interview with Nylse Esahc of Life Notes Encouragement is part of our Christian Blog Series.

Tell us a little about yourself 
Nylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from the Bahamas, she lived in New York prior to relocating to the West Coast. 
She is a Christian Blogger who writes to encourage others from a Godly perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. 
When she’s not busy with her family, or writing, she is actively involved in the Women’s Ministry at her church. 
Nylse recently published her first book on marriage: My Best Marriage Advice: How To Thrive In Your Marriage. Nylse never turns down the opportunity for conversation over a hot cup of tea. 

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

What is your favorite book on Christian living? 
Outside of the Bible, I don't have a favorite

What inspired you to start your blog? 
I started blogging after my brother passed away but quickly realized that writing was my path to encourage others with Christian principles for living.

What are the goals of your blog? 
Spread God's love and encouragement one word at a time.

What is your favorite blogging tool/book/plugin/app/resource and why? 
Buffer - it automates posting.

How do you keep yourself motivated during difficult times? 
I sing, I read, I run, and I meditate on God's Word.

Do you have any giveaways/contests you would like our readers to know about? 
I'm a newly published author and I would love to get my ebook into more hands. The book is a practical guide on having a thriving marriage and is located here on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/My-Best-Marriage-Advice-Thrive-ebook/dp/B079TK4L94/ 

What advice would you give a new Christian blogger? 
If this is what God is calling you to do, be obedient and keep writing. It won't always be perfect but be consistent; do what you are called to do and let God do the rest.


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Mother's Day Bible Verses




Mother's Day Bible Verses

Mothers Day Bible Verses that can teach us lessons from mothers in the Bible include:




I prayed for this child and the Lord granted me the request which I asked of Him.
1 Samuel 1:27
Hannah asked God for a child and God answered her prayer by giving her baby Samuel. 

Therefore, if you would like to increase your family, pray for a baby while believing that God will answer your prayer the way He answered Hannah's. 





If all is well with me, why am I like this?
Genesis 25:21
After Isaac prayed because his wife Rebekah was barren, God answered his prayer and she conceived. However, the twins struggled withing her womb and she asked why she was feeling that way if everything was okay. Rebekah then did the right thing and Went to inquire from God (Genesis 25:22) who told her that she was carrying two nations in her womb.  

Therefore emulate Rebekah when you have any concerns about your health and inquire from the Lord why you are feeling the way you are feeling even as you ask your doctor. 

This is because gaining the spiritual insight to your problem from God will help you cope better with the physical effects of the problem. 





It is well.
2 Kings 4:23
The Shunammite woman conceived a miracle child after Elijah had prophesied to her and one day, the boy died. She then asked her husband for a donkey to go and consult Elijah and when her husband inquired why she was going, she told him "It is well." (2 Kings 4:23) 

When Elijah saw her approaching, he sent his servant to inquire of her and she replied, "It is well." (2 Kings 4:26) 

When she finally met with Elijah, she told him of her problem and he prayed for her son and his life was restored.


This mother therefore teaches us that we should not speak negative words about negative situations that we do not want to be entrenched in our lives. She shows us that we should continue making positive confessions about our situation until we get to the presence of God or meet with His servant.

So continue having faith by believing that what you are hoping for is what will happen since Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1) and speak out this faith whenever you are asked about the situation that you are believing God to help you with.


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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day Activities



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day Activities


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day is celebrated on May 12 each year.


If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or you just feel tired, this is a good day to do something to improve your symptoms.



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalitis (ME).

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not known but it is thought to be triggered by viruses, stress, hormonal imbalances and poor immune system functioning.


Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms include extreme fatigue which does not improve with rest and which is not caused by a medical condition like diabetes, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), anemia, anxiety or depression.


This extreme fatigue which can last for 24 hours after physical exertion, can also be associated with muscle pains, joint pains, headaches, insomnia and "foggy brain" (memory loss and inability to concentrate).



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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day Activities
There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its treatment aims at relieving the symptoms. This can be achieved by using the following natural therapies:
1. Aromatherapy
2. Bible therapy
3. Cognitive restructuring therapy
4. Nutrition therapy
5. Relaxation therapy
6. Sleep adequately
Aromatherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Aromatherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Aromatherapy oils that are used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome include clary sage essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, peppermint essential oil, Roman chamomile essential oil and rosemary essential oil.

The following are some aromatherapy recipes that you can use to treat the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome:

Aromatherapy recipe for physical fatigue treatment

Mix these essential oils in a small dark bottle.
Add 12 drops of this essential oil mixture to a cup (250ml or 8oz) of sweet almond oil to create a body massage oil.
Apply this mixture on your body to relieve physical exhaustion.


Aromatherapy recipe for insomnia treatment

Mix these essential oils in a small dark bottle.
Add 3 drops of this essential oil mixture to a cotton ball and place it inside your pillow case.
Enter your bed, inhale the soothing oils and drift of to a restful sleep.




Bible Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

Bible Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Bible therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment includes:

Praying

The Bible offers prayer as the answer for suffering for it asks, “Is anyone of you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13)

Therefore pray if you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome because it is the Lord Who heals all your diseases. (Psalm 103:3)

Studies have also confirmed this by showing that prayer can reduce the symptoms of some diseases so Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

As you do so, ensure that you use Scriptures since the sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). 

Scriptures that you can use as prayers for chronic fatigue syndrome include:
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to heal me because my body is troubled by chronic fatigue syndrome. (Adapted Psalm 6:2)  

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to heal me and I shall be healed of chronic fatigue syndrome. (Adapted Jeremiah 17:14)

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to heal me because it is written that if I serve You, You will take away sickness from me. (Exodus 23:25)


Believing

When you pray, believe that God can heal you because we are told to Ask in faith, without doubting because the person who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Let not that person suppose that they will receive anything from the Lord because they are double minded and unstable in all their ways. (James 1:5-7)

Having faith is also important because Jesus told many people who had been healed of their conditions that Your faith has made you well.”

Therefore, since Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), you have to feel the substance of the thing you are praying for in your heart and see it with your mind's eye when you are praying. 

So as you pray to be healed of chronic fatigue syndrome, feel yourself becoming energized and visualize yourself as strong and healthy.



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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Cognitive behavioral therapy includes cognitive restructuring and behavioral therapy which is changing the thoughts and actions that contribute to the fatigue  respectively.


Cognitive Restructuring 
Cognitive restructuring is changing the wrong thoughts (cognitive distortions) that contribute to feeling fatigued.These wrong thoughts include:  

Shoulds and Should Nots

This wrong thinking pattern causes a person to hold themselves to a set of strict rules of what they must and must not do. Failure to keep those strict rules results in feeling guilty and frustrated.

For example, they can think, "I should walk for 30 minutes every day."
Questions to challenge the validity of the cognitive distortion:
Is this a case of ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’?
Am I holding myself and others to a set of strict rules of what I must and must not do?
What facts support my opinion?

Positive, rational thoughts to replace the cognitive distortion include:

I could walk every day. 


Mental Filter

This wrong thinking pattern causes a person to magnify the negatives while ignoring the positives.
For example, they can think, "I am a total failure because I sat down three times during my walk."
Question to challenge the validity of the cognitive distortion:
Is this a case of using a mental filter?
Am I magnifying the negatives while ignoring the positives?
What facts support my opinion?

Positive, rational thoughts to replace the cognitive distortion include:

Even though I sat down three times, I finished my 10 minute walk. 


Behavioral Modification
Behavioral modification is changing the actions that contribute to the excessive fatigue. This behavioral therapy can include:


Setting Weekly Activity Goals
Setting goals of the activities you will do each week helps you increase your level of activity since you have a target to work towards.

Therefore write down the activities you would like to accomplish each week and work to achieve them. Once you have achieved them, increase your goals. 
For example you can set an activity goal of exercising for 5 minutes each day and once you have achieved that goal, increase it to exercising for 10 minutes each day.

Setting Daily Activity Periods
Scheduling periods of activity and rest the day helps to maintain a balanced level or activity. Doing this also helps avoid boom or burst cycles which are short periods of relatively intense activity followed by long periods of rest. It also helps avoid long periods of rest during the day since this can lead to poor sleep at night.
Therefore divide the hours of each day into activity periods and resting periods. 
For example, you can decide to work for 45 minutes each hour and rest for the remaining 15 minutes.

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Relaxation Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Relaxation Techniques for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Psychological stress is one of the factors that is strongly linked to CFS. 

Regularly practicing relaxation techniques like the following can therefore help in its management:



Abdominal Breathing 
Abdominal breathing is one of the easiest ways to counter the body's stress response. It is also the simplest relaxation technique since all it involves is taking a deep breath through your nose, holding your breath for a few moments and then exhaling completely.

Therefore, sent a timer and take 5 abdominal breaths each hour you are awake to ensure you remain relaxed throughout Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day and all the other days. 




Meditation

Meditation is another effective relaxation technique that has been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

To meditate, loosen your clothing, lie down in a quiet place and focus your mind on healing Bible verses like the following:

I have been made well. (Adapted Matthew 9:21)
By His stripes I am healed. (Adapted Isaiah 53:5) 
He sent His word and healed me. (Adapted Psalm 107:20)


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Exercise Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Exercises for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Gentle exercises can help you feel more energized. 

Therefore schedule at least five minutes each day to do stretching exercises and low impact aerobic exercises like walking and swimming.


As your energy levels improve, increase the minutes you spend doing the exercises until you are able to work out for 30 minutes four times a week.





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Nutrition Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Nutrition Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Diets that are said to be beneficial for managing chronic fatigue syndrome include those which are rich in the following nutrients:


B complex vitamins 

Since studies have linked low levels of the B complex vitamins to chronic fatigue syndrome, increase your intake of:
Vitamin B12 rich foods like chicken, eggs, fish, milk and cheese.
Vitamin B9 rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli and oranges.
Vitamin B6 rich foods like bananas, beef, sweet potatoes and wild salmon.
If that is not possible take a Vitamin B Complex Supplement.


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another important nutrient for a CFS diet and it can be obtained by eating oranges, tangerines,lemons and other citrus fruits as well as red bell peppers. if you are unable to take adequate amounts each day, take a Vitamin C Supplement.


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Sleep Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment



Sleep Hygiene for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
Chronic fatigue syndrome day is the perfect day to improve your sleep hygiene so that you can sleep promptly at night and wake up refreshed in the morning. 

To do this:

1. Dedicate your bedroom for only sleeping and making it conducive for sleeping by getting a comfortable bed, reducing noise levels, keeping it dark, maintaining it at your ideal temperature.

2. Restrict sleeping during the day and set specific times for going to sleep each night and waking up in the morning.  


3. Establish a relaxation routine to help you wind down before you sleep each evening. This can include turning off electronics, lighting aromatherapy candles, taking a warm bath and listening to calming Christian instrumental music.




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