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Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety.

That’s what I wanted to talk to you about today.

Stress and anxiety.

I was reminded of something that’s an old habit for me, but has been really critical in helping me manage stress and overcome anxiety.

I had kind of forgotten about it, but it’s really important – and I think it’ll help you deal with your stress better.

All of us has stuff that stresses us out personally, professionally, relationally and financially.

Maybe you’re dealing with some anxiety right now.

Maybe you’re nervous about something that’s coming up in your life, like a new job or having a baby or moving to a new city.

There are all these things that cause us stress and anxiety – and we don’t feel we intentionally choose to feel stressed, right?

We wouldn’t actively choose to be stressed or anxious.

Yet, it just happens.

So this one idea has been so huge for my life: I’ve noticed 100% of the time in my adult life that if I’m experiencing stress or anxiety, it’s because one of two things isn’t happening.

The first one is that I haven’t been going to the gym.

I’ve worked out every day for the last few years, and one of the reasons I got into that habit is because working out is so key to stress reduction.

The other is that if I’m stressed or feel anxious, it’s because I haven’t been going to church.

I don’t know if you’re religious or spiritual, but for me personally, if I’m stressed or upset, or feeling pressure or tense, not going to church also causes that.

Those moments have often been the toughest and hardest in my life.

Those times when I haven’t been going to the gym and church have been the roughest.

I don’t know if the same is true for you, but if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, uncertain, pressured, scared or tense right now, ask yourself: Have I been working out? Have I been going to church?

And if you’re not doing those two things, start there.

Do those two things immediately.

Get in the gym – whether it’s in your home or an outside facility.

And if it’s not Sunday, maybe you won’t go to church, but you can watch pastors on TV. Or you can get on your knees and pray, or read the Bible.

Do these things immediately.

You will feel better.

You’ll start overcoming your stress and anxiety right away.

Hopefully, you’ll be in the gym and in church – and you’ll stop feeling so stressed and anxious.

This does work. Give it a try.

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