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.

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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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12 Simple Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

These are some super simple ways to handle your stress at home.


Anxiety and stress are very common problems for many of us in today's society.

Over 70% of adults face some sort of anxiety or stress in their lives.

It can really be overwhelming and can seriously affect our mood for the rest of the day.

Pushing these feelings of anxiety and stress aside and letting them build up does nothing but cause more harm to our minds and bodies.

Sometimes, we just need a quick and easy way to help alleviate some of this stress to help us get through the day and to help us feel better.

Here are 12 ways to do just that:

1. Practice deep breathing

Mental stress and anxiety can cause your body to respond in physical ways. Since it affects your sympathetic nervous system, you might experience elevated heart rate, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness. Breathing deeply and slowly can help slow your heart and ease your body back into a calm state. When I panic or feel overwhelmed, I breathe in slowly through my nose, think of one thing that makes me happy, slowly breathe out through my mouth, and repeat until I can feel my mind and body begin to calm.

2. Light a candle or start up your essential oil diffuser

My personal favorite scent to soothe my anxiety is lavender. However, you can also try chamomile, rose, orange, jasmine, sandalwood, or whatever else might help you.

3. Exercise

This is a big one, but can also be a very difficult one. Whenever you're feeling extremely anxious or overwhelmed, it might be hard enough for you to get yourself out of bed, let alone do any serious exercising. My best advice is to be proactive and try to pay attention to when you first start feeling your anxiety creep up on you. Just go ahead and get up and go for a walk, run, or whatever form of exercise you prefer!

4. Read a book

For me, there's nothing like curling up with a good book to help calm my nerves. Whenever I am knowingly going into a situation that will make me anxious, such as traveling, I always make sure to bring a book to read whenever I start to feel overwhelmed. Reading helps me to temporarily escape my anxieties and can be a big help in giving myself some much needed time to calm down.

5. Do yoga and practice meditation

Yoga is such a helpful activity for those with anxiety and stress! It kind of is just a combination of many different anxiety-relieving techniques (exercise, deep breathing, and mindfulness). There are many different apps, books, classes, and websites you can use as a guide and help to do yoga. You can find what positions, locations, and situation are best for you. Doing yoga gives you a great opportunity to think about and reflect on your feelings and worries.

6. Spend time with loved ones (yes, even your furbabies)

Sometimes, all we need is a little love and reassurance in our lives to alleviate some of our anxieties. Spending time with your family, friends, and pets can help us to see and remember the good things we have in our lives. So many times, those of us with anxiety tend to seclude ourselves and that makes it easy to forget the good we have.

7. Drink more water

Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause feelings of anxiety. It can make you feel jittery and can be a cause for elevated heart rate. Drinking more water not only helps you physically (like hydrating your skin and body), but it can also do wonders for your mental health. When your body is unhealthy and unhappy, that can be a big factor in feelings of depression and anxiety.

8. Take a short nap

If you begin to feel overwhelmed or anxious, sometimes it can do some good to just take a short 30-minute nap. Just give yourself some time to rest your mind and body and face the issue with a new focus and fresh thoughts.

9. Journal

Even though writing down your feelings, bad or good, can be helpful, when you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try focusing on the positive! Write down a few things that made you happy today or a few things that you're grateful for. Don't let yourself be bogged down by the negative.

10. Clean

This might not work for everybody, but I know that sometimes when I'm feeling restless or anxious, cleaning and decluttering can help clear my mind. Basically, it's just good to find something to put your focus on when your anxious thoughts feel like too much. Try to pick a task and focus on that until you're finished. You'll likely find, in the end, that you feel much better than before you started.

11. Listen to happy and soothing music

Listening to music is a BIG help to some people with anxiety. However, you need to be mindful of what you're listening to. Don't put on the breakup playlist you made when you were 13. Find happy or soothing songs and make yourself a playlist of songs with themes of positivity.

12. Don't bottle up your feelings

This might just be the most important advice I can give you when it comes to handling your anxiety. The worst thing that you can do is to suppress your feelings and try to force yourself to forget about them. Hiding or bottling up your feelings might help temporarily, but that will just make you feel worse in the end. Talk to someone or try one of the other methods I mentioned to face your anxiety, but don't pretend like it doesn't exist.

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