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    Bible promises for a sweet sleep

    The Holy Bible has the solution for people who are having trouble sleeping. You can have victory in this important aspect of your life through trust in God. The Bible has multiple comforting promises about sleep. God knows that sleep is vitally important to our mental and physical health. As our Creator, He knows our every need. God has provided…

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    Changing unhelpful thinking

    “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a) The Scripture shows us that our thinking influences the type of person we are – the way we act and speak. Some people think prosperously, others experience troublesome, self-defeating thoughts. “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to…

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    A merry heart is good for your health!

      “… he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15b) “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22a) Joy and laughter can counteract the negative effects of stress. Having a good laugh helps us in many ways. Here’s how a merry heart improves our health: Laughter can help to build up our immune…

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    Identifying your stressors

    A stressor is something in your life which causes you stress (pressure). Those stressors, which contribute to chronic stress in particular, can disrupt your sense of coping, and make you feel overwhelmed. Common stressors contributing to chronic stress include money and employment issues, personal circumstances (e.g. health issues, trauma, loneliness, sleep disturbances) and relationship issues. Stressors can have a tangibly…

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    Simple, unexpected stress relievers

    Here are some simple ways to relieve stress: Watch fish in an aquarium – it is very relaxing! Go to an art exhibition. You can focus your attention in a calm and quiet environment. Wash the dishes or do the vacuuming mindfully – repetitive actions can trigger the relaxation response. Sing – by yourself or in a group. Singing can…

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    Beating the stress of loneliness

    Loneliness is a major risk factor for stress. Loneliness occurs when we feel disconnected from others or rejected. As social creatures, we all need to feel a connection to someone who ‘gets us’ and values us. Loneliness can occur even if you’re in a group, especially if there’s no-one you can make a connection with. People differ in how they…

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    What stage are you at on the process of change?

    Recovery from stress and anxiety requires us to adopt thinking and behaviours which are more helpful to our overall wellbeing. The process of change isn’t necessarily easy and can require consistent work, but it’s vital for improvement. Often, severe distress is the catalyst for change, however people are at different stages in their readiness for change. Have a look at the “Stages…

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    5 ways to stress-less at Christmas time.

    Write things down. ‘Mind-dumping’ onto paper helps to organise thinking and settle you down if you have a tendency to over-think things. Writing a to-do list, a gift list, and a written menu for Christmas Day can decrease stress by making you feel organised. It can also help you settle off to sleep more easily, and provide a sense of accomplishment…