Stress Management

In the language of physics, stress is a term used by engineers to describe both the external force applied to a material and the internal strength required to resist the pressure. These combined stresses will cause the material to change size and shape. For example, a metal like iron will have a yield point at which outside pressure increases the density of the metal, making it stronger. But when the strain exceeds its load bearing capacity, a failure point is reached and the metal breaks. When a blacksmith heats and hammers a horseshoe, he not only shapes the metal but also increases its strength.

  • Stress is external pressure that causes physical, mental or emotional strain: “A large truck puts a lot of stress on the old wooden bridge.”
  • Stress is internal resistance in response to outside pressure: “The stress in my lower back was brought on by lifting heavy boxes.”
  • Stress is negative pressure that results in distress, danger or destruction: “The stress from many harsh winters destroyed the fruit trees in our backyard.”
  • Stress is positive pressure that results in motivation and movement: “The stress of having to support a family caused the father to seek a better job.”

Here are a few articles on Stress Management:

  1. Using Scripture to Dealing with Stress
  2. Spiritual Implications of Stress
  3. Four Stages of Stress
  4. The Causes of Stress
  5. Signposts Regarding Stress

Hunt, J. (2008). Biblical Counseling Keys on Stress Management: Beating Burnout Before It Beats You (1–3). Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart.

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