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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Here’s hoping that the picture I selected comes through! I saw this on Instagram today, Jason Gould posts the most thought provoking photos!!
The picture is how I feel taken care of and also how I care for ones that cross my path.
KISS is a good rule: Keep It Simple Silly!!
I am always taken care of and I know I am never alone. I love to take care of others. Things don’t always happen in a nice neat timeframe, but I know there is a scheduled time. Patience is so important.
Spirituality is helping each other through. Simple as can be, only looking to see if my behavior is right and letting others worry about theirs. Thank you everyone for your amazing thoughts!!!

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@lighthouseceliac

Here’s hoping that the picture I selected comes through! I saw this on Instagram today, Jason Gould posts the most thought provoking photos!!
The picture is how I feel taken care of and also how I care for ones that cross my path.
KISS is a good rule: Keep It Simple Silly!!
I am always taken care of and I know I am never alone. I love to take care of others. Things don’t always happen in a nice neat timeframe, but I know there is a scheduled time. Patience is so important.
Spirituality is helping each other through. Simple as can be, only looking to see if my behavior is right and letting others worry about theirs. Thank you everyone for your amazing thoughts!!!

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@lighthouseceliac What a great word picture, thanks for sharing! Teresa

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@abida

I agree one hundred percent with the fact that spirituality helps people out from the darkest fears and inconsolable losses.I lost my eldest child 5 years back few months after his twenty second birthday.My world turned upside down but I was always a spiritual person so even such a big loss could not drag me down to a place where I could not climb out.Granted I have days where I do feel low and listless but these moments don’t last for long. I have survived it only because of spirituality

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@abida You have been through a tragic and significant loss, abida. Would you care to share more about your spirituality and how it helped you through this time? Teresa

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@abida

I agree one hundred percent with the fact that spirituality helps people out from the darkest fears and inconsolable losses.I lost my eldest child 5 years back few months after his twenty second birthday.My world turned upside down but I was always a spiritual person so even such a big loss could not drag me down to a place where I could not climb out.Granted I have days where I do feel low and listless but these moments don’t last for long. I have survived it only because of spirituality

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Teresa it has been and still is a difficult task like I mentioned I have days of struggle in which I have to muster every ounce of strength that I have left to get up and get going. It’s been five years but I still feel as if he is going to say to me mom I am home what have you made for lunch;I smiling laughing teasing his sibling.Yes it has been difficult but I am a believer and God gave me strength to understand and not to question His decision.Besides His calming influence I was and am.an avid reader and a music lover so that has helped also in a way.I just wish that no one ever has to go through what I went through.May God always keep you and your loved ones in the palm of His Hand .Healing takes time but such a wound is always ready to bleed

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@abida

I agree one hundred percent with the fact that spirituality helps people out from the darkest fears and inconsolable losses.I lost my eldest child 5 years back few months after his twenty second birthday.My world turned upside down but I was always a spiritual person so even such a big loss could not drag me down to a place where I could not climb out.Granted I have days where I do feel low and listless but these moments don’t last for long. I have survived it only because of spirituality

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@abida We all appreciate the very lovely response you provided us. I see that you included many forms of spirituality – faith in God, literature, sweet memories of your son as well as music. You have been blessed with so many strengths! Teresa

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Well, I just came home from “overnighting” the papers for sale of my condo in MD, and also wired the money necessary for me to add to sell it. I feel just a bit like I’ve just given away my dog …. my close friend and companion. Odd, I didn’t think I’d feel like this. But, it’s over now, and I’m moving on to another apartment too, so it’s one of those days you just put one foot in front of the other and move ahead.
abby

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@amberpep

Well, I just came home from “overnighting” the papers for sale of my condo in MD, and also wired the money necessary for me to add to sell it. I feel just a bit like I’ve just given away my dog …. my close friend and companion. Odd, I didn’t think I’d feel like this. But, it’s over now, and I’m moving on to another apartment too, so it’s one of those days you just put one foot in front of the other and move ahead.
abby

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@amberpep I appreciate your sharing with us, Abby. It is hard to know how we will feel when we go through the process of selling a home that we have enjoyed – our homes do become part of us with their own memories and experiences. Take it easy today and do something that will make you feel relaxed and continue to “just put one foot in front of the other and move ahead” as you so aptly said! Teresa

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@amberpep

Well, I just came home from “overnighting” the papers for sale of my condo in MD, and also wired the money necessary for me to add to sell it. I feel just a bit like I’ve just given away my dog …. my close friend and companion. Odd, I didn’t think I’d feel like this. But, it’s over now, and I’m moving on to another apartment too, so it’s one of those days you just put one foot in front of the other and move ahead.
abby

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Thank you Teresa for understanding …. at times I feel a bit looney! I think I’ll take a nap and go to Target and I need to get some new sheets. I’m not pushing it today ….. just sort of going with the speed of the motor, which isn’t much! Lots of wonderful memories in that place …. it was my safe haven and nest when I left my husband …. I felt totally at home.
abby

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@amberpep I understand my friend! I am praying that your new apartment will become your next “safe haven.” Teresa

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@amberpep

Well, I just came home from “overnighting” the papers for sale of my condo in MD, and also wired the money necessary for me to add to sell it. I feel just a bit like I’ve just given away my dog …. my close friend and companion. Odd, I didn’t think I’d feel like this. But, it’s over now, and I’m moving on to another apartment too, so it’s one of those days you just put one foot in front of the other and move ahead.
abby

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@amberpep @hopeful33250 We really should be getting our house on the market, it’s way too big for the two of us, particularly when you consider the upkeep and that we are not young. The task of clearing things out is daunting though, plus I know it will be very sad for me to give this house up, this is where most of my memories with my son and daughter are and since neither lives close by it makes it even more difficult. I still consider this to be their home.
JK

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Spirituality is something difficult to share and speak about for me, yet sometimes as disconnected and unable to know who I am as I get, spirituality brings a slice of hope and ease to the sadness. One “helper” that I’ve used to connect with myself would not be what many might call spiritual. It is a guided meditation app for phone, etc. Its name is HEADSPACE and it is simply lovely to use for coaxing me through meditation…drawing out the connection to a path of peace.

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@4loss I appreciate this new perspective and idea. Could you share more about this guided meditation? Teresa

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