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Stress, is there anyone who enjoys it? Sometimes, stress complicates life. At other times, stress helps us get things done. 

The second semester of my freshman year in college, I had three tests and two projects all due at the beginning of one week. I thought my head was going to explode from all the things I had to get done. I was stressed!

I learned that there are two types of stress; the good kind called eustress and the harmful or distress.

Eustress includes experiences such as the birth of a baby or the joy in winning a competition. It helps elevate our moods and spirits. It sets a balance between negative and positive stress. Without it, we would not strive to reach certain goals, or feel motivated to finish a task.

Distress, on the other hand, is the type of stress that comes from experiences such as long periods of physical danger or coping with a divorce. Distress can cause your nervous system to remain constantly activated which in turn wastes vital energy and makes you feel weak and overwhelmed. Your immune system may even be lowered and unable to as effectively protect your body from serious problems such as heart disease.

My entire first semester I spent in and out of the Health Center with a cold or the flu. It was a challenge to study while being sick. And then the week of tests and projects due in the second semester increased the stress levels even higher. I asked God to take my distress and give me the ability to get everything done. God helped me with the challenges of my college class workload. I found new energy to continue with the school year. I learned to let God give me His strength to deal with stress in a positive way.

Here are a few of steps that will help us deal with stress in our lives more efficiently:

1) Set realistic goals for yourself and keep track of how you are doing.

2) Set limits to the things you get involved in. Know how far you can go, and how much you can take on and when there is no more that will fit on your plate learn to politely decline.

3) Set aside a time to spend with God every day. He is your outlet, the one that will be there to hear all your frustrations.

When you make the choice to turn over to God all the stressful situations in your life, you will find yourself capable of bearing more because you have the help olf the Almighty. He will deal with it much better and more efficiently than you could ever do.

The Bible says “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3).

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By Jennifer Camps. Copyright © 2010 by
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