SIMPLE Stress Tips

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DSCN2148SIMPLE Ways to Deal With Stress

There’s nothing simple about stress. It can rob you of sleep and steal your joy. While stress may be a normal part of life, there are things we can do–things we can learn from our Amish friends–to help deal with it.

  1. Get outside. You won’t seen an Amish woman inside watching television. She’s either working inside or working outside, and when she does rest–it’s often on the front porch. Try it, especially first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening.
  2. Read your Bible. Ten minutes spent reading God’s word can definitely minimize stress.
  3. Get involved. The Amish often help one another–it’s something we love about their culture. How can you help someone? Write a card and mail it. Crochet a scarf and send it to Crochet for Cancer. Help a neighbor with their yard work. Helping someone else can certainly improve our attitude.
  4. Go to church. The Amish don’t miss church unless they’re extremely ill. There’s a reason for that–we all draw strength from the gathering together of other believers. So get up and go to church. I think you’ll be glad you did.
  5. Pray. When something is bothering an Amish woman, she doesn’t post about it on Facebook. She might talk to her neighbor, or someone in her family, or her bishop–but she also prays. Prayer can soothe your spirit in ways that will surprise you.
  6. Say No. Much of our stress comes from being committed to an overabundance of good things. We all have 24 hours a day–no more and no less. It’s okay to say no to some of the things you’re asked to do. Think about how the Amish focus on their families, then look at your schedule and see what you can cross out.

Every life has stress. A few Amish women I’ve spoken to laugh when I tell them that their life seems idealic. It’s not. Doing laundry in a gas washer is not easy. Hanging it to dry is hard work. Large families are a blessing but they’re also a lot of work. Like us, Amish women deal with stress. What’s important is how we deal with hit. I like the following Amish proverb, though I’ll admit–I’m NOT the most patient person in the world.

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

Do you have any tips for dealing with stress ? Share them with us in the COMMENT section.



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13 thoughts on “SIMPLE Stress Tips

  1. Juanita Cook

    I love the ideas you have posted to help relieve stress. Going for a walk can also help to get rid of stress.

    1. Shirley Chapel

      Years ago I herd that a good way of easing depression and stress is to spend some time outdoors each day. Supposedly Sun shine is a good way to ease your stress and depression. So I tried it .
      Each morning I would sit outside with my morning coffee and watch people drive by. Soon people started waving to me and I’d wave back. Did it lift my depression and stress? Absolutely!! And I got to know more people also. Try it. It works!

  2. Ramona

    It depends, sometimes I like to seek the company of others, yet other times I might go to the quiet places like a library or cemetery.
    Music has come a close second to religion to quieting my soul when I am stressed.
    Sewing, gardening or a nice long soak help too.

  3. Melissa L.

    Love your ideas on how to de-stress. I use some of those. I also like to lose myself in a good book. Escaping even for a short while brings things back into focus!

  4. RuthNsam Smith

    Set down on the porch swing with an ice cold diet Mt. Dew and a heartwarming whodunit Amish mystery by Vannetta Chapman!!!! Guaranteed to calm the nerves and release all your stress!!!

  5. Kristen

    Breathe! Sit back and breathe deeply for a few minutes. I believe that it helps lower blood pressure and quiet the mind. I also believe that getting a massage somewhat regularly helps. The endorphin release (happy hormones) are guaranteed with a good massage and the troubles can roll off easier after.

  6. Patricia Tucker

    I, also, love the sound of my cat’s purr. When she gets on my lap, I HAVE to sit still, for a while, and just listen…still, listening, de-stressing.

  7. vannettachapman Post author

    I’m so glad you all have enjoyed these, and THANK YOU for chiming in with additional ways to deal with stress. WE can use all the help we can get!