By Gilian Bethel
How would you like a vacation on a palm-fringed tropical island right now? Would it remove your stress?
Temporarily, no doubt, but the stress would be back. More practical for most of us would be an evening spent in a relaxed setting, doing something we enjoy. But for how long would that relieve our stress? When it comes to lasting stress management, we definitely need something beyond quick fixes.
A wealth of websites, articles, and books already exist to help us conquer stress, but they often treat stress like a virus that can be isolated and remedied.
Each one of us is unique, and our personal stress levels depend on how we react to the events of our lives. Because stressors—the triggers of stress—are interwoven with the fabric of our daily experience, true stress management requires a change in the way we relate to life as a whole
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Gillian Bethel, PhD, worked in stress management for many years. She is passionate about making Christianity practical for daily challenges. Excerpted from her pocketbook From Stress to Joy.