A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” – David Brinkley

Too many people when coming under attack crumble when instead they could view that attack or criticism as a way to grow and mature and come back stronger. Brinkley nails this aspect.

Good or Positive Stress 

Eustress” – from Greek word for  “good” This will motivate us to better ourselves. Like an athlete who loses and uses that pressure to better himself to win next time.

Distress 

This is bad and causes the body and mind to FIGHT BACK OR RUN AWAY  it’s the  “FIGHT or FLIGHT” SYNDROME  If this pressure lasts over a long period  of time it can bring serious health problems. This stress is negative and harmful It makes us feel that we can’t cope. We get discouraged, depressed and we give up.

Areas that are affected

1. WORK – We need our work relationships to be good for our ….protection; survival; future  and income too.

2. HOME LIFE – This is our refuge where we find our comfort. To protect and grow our most important asset – our families. To build our friendships for the future. To provide for our old age. Destroy it & we end up lonely, unhappy, unfulfilled and poor

3. MARRIAGES – This is the most important friendship in life. We need the trust of our wives. As well as her love and encouragement. We must give that love and encouragement first – we must sow seeds to reap a good harvest over the years

Keep your sexuality safe within your marriage . Don’t destroy that friendship – you’ll find it very hard to regain your integrity.

4. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS – This means your children first – they will grow up to trust you, be your friend and support you OR be your enemy and you’ll end up very insecure, lonely and never see your grandchildren. Look after your friendships too!

“A man who has friends must show himself to be friendly, and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”  Old proverb

We don’t need these areas to suffer  because they are essential to our wellbeing

KEYS TO WIN OVER STRESS

Very important – what happens inside

Your own health and wellbeing, Health is not the Absence of Disease… It’s a POSITIVE STATE of ….

1) Physical

2) Emotional

3) Social

4) Spiritual Wellbeing

A BALANCE NEEDED IN LIFE

PHYSICAL

A balanced healthy diet; Avoid unhealthy habits and exercise three times a week – at least 20 minutes a day – walk, run, bike, swim…

EMOTIONAL

We need the 3 R’s in life …

REST – good sleep each night

RELAXATION – a hobby, reading, good music

RECREATION – family fun, picnics, social functions, sport (not long hours of TV)

To stimulate Mental & Intellectual capacity  …good reading, inspirational CDs, theater, good movies, meeting with community  leaders, learning new language….

SOCIAL WELLBEING

Make GOOD FRIENDSHIPS with people you can relate to or who will inspire and challenge you. Who can speak into your life when  you are going wrong  – THAT’S A REAL FRIEND

SPIRITUAL WELLBEING

YOU HAVE A SPIRIT – a Spiritual Life. Please DON’T NEGLECT IT & STARVE IT

You’ll get “sick” on the inside of your being

1) Read the Bible each day

2) Good Inspirational & Godly books

3) Attend a friendly, God-honoring & Bible-believing Church

4) Receive Jesus Christ into your life  ….and serve Him in serving others

Stop and think about this issue. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Then make the right decisions.

God bless you.