Over the years I’ve come to know what helps me with stress. My recipe follows the ESP approach we’ve used in our health initiative, Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls.
For the E, my emotional health, I need to limit my critical nature, give and seek forgiveness, and let go of my all-too-prevalent need to control things. For the S, my spiritual health, I need to ground my days in worship and prayer, come to the communion table regularly, and study God’s Word in community. For the P, my physical health, I need to limit carbohydrates, exercise more and laugh a lot.
Let’s face it, there’s going to be stress. But when I’m paying attention to my ESP, I’m better equipped to handle the stress. I put the challenges in perspective, turn to God for guidance and find comfort and solace in community.
This message is an excerpt of a Women of the ELCA blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky.
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