The professional literature makes it a point to distinguish between “good stress” and “bad stress.” God encourages us to let our burdens fall on Him. Realizing He is in control and then taking the steps that will lead us to balance will go far in keeping us away from the stress that is destructive.

Key concepts related to emotional health are:

  • Balance and boundaries
  • Adequate rest
  • Sabbath and sabbaticals
  • Wise use of time

Activities to develop:

  • Meditation on scripture
  • Anger management
  • Cultural and recreational diversions
  • Supportive interpersonal relationships (mentoring/spiritual direction)
  • Large doses of good, old-fashioned laughter

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