How Spirituality Can Help Stress

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Jul 11, 2017

I recently read an article from Mayo Clinic about Spirituality and Stress Relief. Here is how the article began:

“Some stress relief tools are very tangible: exercising more, eating healthy foods and talking with friends. A less tangible — but no less useful — way to find stress relief is through spirituality.

What is spirituality?

Spirituality has many definitions, but at its core spirituality helps to give your life context. It’s not necessarily connected to a specific belief system or even religious worship. Instead, it arises from your connection with yourself and with others, the development of your personal value system, and your search for meaning in life.

For many, spirituality takes the form of religious observance, prayer, meditation or a belief in a higher power. For others, it can be found in nature, music, art or a secular community. Spirituality is different for everyone.” The complete article can be found at http://mayocl.in/2u8FOTm.

How has spirituality helped you to deal with stress?

Teresa

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@gailb, I do believe in the presence of a higher power in my life, and pray every evening after I get into bed. THank you for your uplifting words. I appreciate them, particularly since my husband is an atheist. While a very compassionate, wonderful and generous man, his lack of faith is hard for me to deal with at times, especially in times of crisis.

AGain, thank you for your words of strength,

Julie

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As I’ve grown older I’ve gotten closer to God and his Saints, especially St. Jude and St. Anthony. They are a source of comfort to me. I, too, pray every evening before bed and include all of those who are suffering in this world, whether physically or mentally. I hope you find solace. There still may be hope for your husband; remember the saying “there are no atheists in foxholes”!

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Thank you for your reply, Shoregal. Yes, St. Jude is someone I revere and pray to each night. RIght now I am struggling with nervousness about going back to FL. I am not a great flyer, and I miss my family very much when I leave. I have three little grandsons whom I adore, and am very close to my only daughter and son-in-law. Yes, I do pray for my husband’s conversion. He had a very unfortunate experience with a minister as he was going through a terrrible time of anxiety and depression after his first wife left him for another man. I think this soured him on religion.

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@gailb, I do believe in the presence of a higher power in my life, and pray every evening after I get into bed. THank you for your uplifting words. I appreciate them, particularly since my husband is an atheist. While a very compassionate, wonderful and generous man, his lack of faith is hard for me to deal with at times, especially in times of crisis.

AGain, thank you for your words of strength,

Julie

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@user_che9abc00 @gailb I could not find the post by Gail, but this post has so many similarities to my situation. I also pray in bed every evening and also at other times during the day. My husband is not a believer. I think he is probably not an atheist but I tell him he is a heathen. It was very difficult to instill much of Christianity in our children without his support. Neither practices any religion now.
JK

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@gailb, I do believe in the presence of a higher power in my life, and pray every evening after I get into bed. THank you for your uplifting words. I appreciate them, particularly since my husband is an atheist. While a very compassionate, wonderful and generous man, his lack of faith is hard for me to deal with at times, especially in times of crisis.

AGain, thank you for your words of strength,

Julie

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First of all, I am so glad you are both content and well. Such good news. I am working my way out of a general anxiety/panic disorder slowly but surely. Have been through it before. It takes time, courage and patience, but I have been blessed in many other ways. A type A personality, my husband did very well in business, and we are fortunate to have two beautiful homes, one in PA and the other in FL. We leave for FL tomorrow. Lots of nerves. It’s a schizophrenic life and our children and grandchildren are all here in PA and NJ, but he is a huge golfer and wouldn’t know what to do with himself during those cold winter days in PA. Wish me luck! And I pray I follow in your footsteps soon. Warm regards, JC

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