Bible Verses To Combat Stress

Bible Verses To Combat Stress

It sounds cheesy, but the wisdom in the Bible can help bring peace of mind.
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Most college students are stressed. Shocking, I know, right? Work, paying for school, paying for food, homework, tests, papers, friends, hook ups, working out, clubs, sleep, applying for internships- literally our plates are always full. It's sort of impossible not to feel stressed.

When I feel like the weight of the world is literally on my shoulders and stress, fear, worry or anxiety get overwhelming, I turn to my Bible to bring me a little relief. I know, I know, I sound so cliche and preachy, but the verses in the Bible are beautifully written and provide a great deal of wisdom about how to handle stress. Here are some of my favorites:

Philippians 4:6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

When I feel stressed or like I have way too many thoughts bouncing around in my head, I write down everything in a clear to do list, and ask God to ease my worries and remind that everything will get done. Having a to-do list written down is much less stressful than having it all floating in my head and clouding my brain, and it's satisfying to cross things off one by one. Plus, it's good to remind myself I'm actually blessed to have this much work to do. Most people don't have the opportunity to pursue an education, and I'm grateful I get to, even if it is stressful.

Deuteronomy 31:6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."

This is a perfect verse for when you're starting a new job, new school, or going to be somewhere totally unfamiliar to you and feel nervous. Know that God is with you, guiding you through the unfamiliar, and he won't lead you into a situation you can't handle.

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.



This verse speaks to me when I am about to make a big decision or start something new. When you're about to leap into the unknown, know God will catch you if you fall or fail.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

There's something relaxing about dimming the lights, lighting a few candles (don't tell the RA), putting on some K-LOVE and turning to God. It's my own personal self-care time. The quiet, relaxing evenings I spend with God help lift the weight off my shoulders. I literally feel more at ease.

Romans 8:6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Sometimes, it's hard to say no. Whether it be friends asking for homework help, a club asking you to step up and take on more work, someone asking if we can take their work shift, whatever, it's hard to tell other people no, even if we really, truly, just don't have the time. I know I always want to help everyone I can so I can be a good friend, and take on as much leadership responsibilities as possible to boost my resume, but sometimes, you have to step back and say, "Am I taking on too much?" Instead of dishing out a thousand yeses, give out your best yes, and have the courage to say no for your own sanity once in awhile. Praying to God can help you discern what the most important "yes" in your life is.



Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can ever be against us?



This is a good verse if you're fighting with loved ones or dealing with somebody not liking you. Remind yourself that not everybody is always going to be on your side on this earth, but God will always be fighting besides you. This is also a great verse if you're feeling lonely. You're never truly alone, because God will always care for you.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is the verse I say to myself when I'm freaking out over a test or cramming late at night, or looking ahead on my syllabus and see I have a crazy week coming up. At some point, you have to stop and say, "I can only do so much, and I can only control what's happening right now."

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

If you're feeling worried or anxious, journal about it. I have a prayer journal where I write all my worries to God, and writing them out helps me think through them and process them better. Just writing about it to God helps clear my head so much.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

Remember: everything always works out in the end. Even if times feel stressful now, or it feels like your whole world is crashing down, this is all temporary. Think of all the times in your life you've gone through a struggle or felt overwhelmed: the anxiety eventually passed, and this will, too. That paper will get done, you won't remember if you failed a class or not in 10 years, and someday you'll find the one and never even think about the guy that dumped you. Time heals all, and as time moves on, so does stress.


As finals season approaches, take the time to absorb the wisdom of God, so that when stress starts creeping in, you're prepared to handle it and overshadow it with peace.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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13 Songs That Help Me Through My Panic Attacks

It's easy to become paralyzed by panic attacks, but I've found music to be the best tool to help me cope.

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Anyone who struggles with panic attacks knows just how draining and overwhelming they are. It's easy to become paralyzed by them, and once I noticed this, I made a playlist of songs that calm me down. I find that music keeps me grounded, no matter how bad the panic attack may be. Maybe the songs I have listed aren't for you. but I hope that in sharing my main songs that help me, it can spark your brain into finding songs that fit your needs during panic attacks.

In case you don't know some of the songs I have listed, I put a link to each song from YouTube. I hope you enjoy my interesting variety of music!

1. "Weightless" by Marconi Union

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This song is my go-to song for panic attacks, especially if it's a bad one. For me personally, my heart rate spikes during panic attacks (I'll go from a resting heart rate of around 70bpm to anywhere between 180-200bpm). Evidence suggests this song can slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety and let me tell you... it works 100% for me and I highly recommend it.

2. "Somebody to Love" by Queen

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I've just always loved this song. There's something about Freddie Mercury's voice that just calms me down and makes me feel like I'm not alone at that moment.

3. "Let it Be" by The Beatles

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I grew up listening to The Beatles since my mom is from Liverpool, and "Let it Be" is a song that I always associate peace and good memories with. Also, I love the lyric, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary calls to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be." It reminds me that there are things about me and this world that I simply cannot change, but I can find peace by letting it be.

4. "Lost in a Sea of Pillows and Blankets" by .anxious.

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I find this song, and really the whole album, to be extremely soothing. It literally feels like the comfort of pillows and blankets but in the form of music.

5. "1-800-273-8255" by Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

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I love this song for many reasons during a panic attack. One, it reminds me that there are other people that have felt or are feeling what I am currently. Two, it reminds me that I have a purpose on this earth, and I am not a waste of space. Three, I just love the awareness it brings to mental illnesses.

6. "Up and Up" cover by Lennon & Maisy (originally by Coldplay)

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Go here to listen to the original.

"We're gonna get it, get it together somehow." This main lyric reminds me that I can conquer this moment, and the only direction from this moment is up. Also, Lennon and Maisy's voices are mesmerizing. The Coldplay original is amazing too, I put both for you to check out!

7. "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes

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I remember the first time I listened to this; I was actually on the brink of a panic attack. I heard the first lyric, "Help me, it feels like the walls are caving in. Sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can't. It isn't in my blood." Every lyric in here, which was beautifully written by the way, describes how it feels having a panic attack and having anxiety in general. It reminds me that no matter what, I can make my way out of it. I can win the fight.

8. "Free Spirit" by Khalid

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Khalid's new album "Free Spirit" came out on April 5, 2019, and I am actually obsessed with it. I find myself immediately playing this album when I open my Spotify. When it comes to the song "Free Spirit," the music is enchanting to me; something about it just immediately calms me down. Not to mention that Khalid's voice is absolutely beautiful. Also, I just love the concept of being a free spirit. Not being tied down by mental illnesses or fear, and having this sort of euphoric peace.

9. "Intro" by Khalid

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Once again, absolutely mesmerizing. I honestly feel like I'm taken to another world with this song. Something about the music just makes my brain feel so happy, peaceful, and calm. As for the lyrics, they remind me that I need to find my worth and put me first. Sometimes, I put so much of my emotional energy into other people that I have none left for me. I need to keep some of it for me though, because I know that I have worth, but I can never see it, so I need this emotional energy to be able to put myself first and love myself.

10. "Spiegel im Spiegel" by Arvo Part, Angele Dubeau, La Pieta

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Not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for classical music. There's something about this song in particular that I feel like really captures the feelings of depression and detachment that I experience during a panic attack. It's just another reminder that I'm not alone in this.

11. "Raindrop Prelude: Op. 28 No. 15" by Frederic Chopin

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Sorry, another classical piece... I just really love it. I feel like it shows the feelings before, during, and after a panic attack. Once again, it's a reminder that I'm not alone.

12. "Cello Suite No.1 in G-Major, Prelude" cover by Yo-Yo Ma (originally by Bach)

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Last one, I swear! There's just something about this piece that makes me feel so calm and at peace... I don't know how to describe it. It's beautiful, and it makes me feel like there's hope of conquering my panic attack.

13. "Rescue" by Lauren Daigle

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First, Lauren Daigle is simply amazing. This song in particular, though, reminds me that Jesus is always by my side, and he will never give up on me. He sees me in my trials, and he's fighting this fight with me. It gives me a lot of hope that someday I might not have to deal with these struggles.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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