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Stress Is Optional




Angel's Guide to Healthy Stress Management:

by Doreen Virtue -

One day as I was complaining to the angels about a stressful life event, I heard their collective voice say: "Stress is optional." This startled me so much that I stopped my complaining and asked them to elaborate. "Stress is optional," they said, explaining that there were no outside forces causing my stress.

I was perceiving the situation as frightening and imagining what I might lose or what pain I may experience. The angels gently nudged me to recall other stressful situations from my past. "Always, you’ve learned something valuable and have made healthy life changes in response to that stress," they reminded me.

And it’s the same with you! Every part of our life movie has a happy ending, as we find hidden blessings and lessons within each change that occurs.

Since change is a constant which we can count upon, the angels have suggested these ways to ride the flow in non-stressful ways:

Take a Nap

Give yourself permission to rest when you need it. A well-rested mind and body can find and act upon creative solutions to any problem.

Turn it Over 

Are you stressed because you’re battling something single-handedly? Prayer is a powerful process to bring solutions to light, as you work in concert with the Divine. Let go and let God handle the details, by praying about the situation. Remember: worry never helped anything or anyone, but prayer always helps everything and everyone.

An Apple a Day

Healthful, balanced eating keeps our moods stable, so we’re more apt to see situations as opportunities instead of obstacles. And when you’re energy’s high because you’ve eaten meals with vitamins and minerals, you’re more apt to take positive action steps.

Hit the Road

Sometimes the best solution is to walk – or run – away from a problem by going for a stroll or a jog. The endorphins generated by exercise help you to see the possibilities and opportunities, instead of focusing upon the issue-at-hand.

Squeaky Clean

Chemicals (alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and drugs) make for wavering energy levels and roller coaster mood swings, which isn’t fun for you or the people with whom you live and work. Detox yourself of chemicals, and you’ll be better able to focus, concentrate, and feel the beautiful range of life’s emotions (especially love!).

Phone a Friend

We all need support, especially during life’s darker moments. Book an appointment with a counselor, join a support group, put your name on an Internet prayer request site, call your best friend... and talk with God and the angels about your situation.

Look Over There! 

If you’ve been obsessed with an issue, it’s often a good idea to take a break and think about something else for awhile. Create a healthy distraction that will put your mind upon something else. Then, when you go back to thinking about your situation, you’ll have gained a fresh perspective and new insights.

Unleash Your Inner Picasso

There’s no better outlet for stress than creativity! Do something colorful, fun, and artsy. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, as long as you enjoy yourself in the process.

Ahh... Fresh Air! 

Nature’s healing properties are profound, immediate, and all-encompassing. Get outside, open your windows, feed some birds, sit at the park, or stroll by a lake. You’ll be interacting with the nature angels, who are famous for clearing away stressful energies from our auras.

Ask, Ask, Ask

Ask for human and angelic help, and then accept it when it’s offered... guilt-free! We’re all in this together, and there’s strength in asking for other people’s help. After all, when you ask someone to help you, you’re giving them the opportunity to be a giver... which is Divine.

Interview the Issue

Ask the situation the following questions, either out loud, silently, or in writing: Why are you in my life? What are you here to teach me? What is the blessing within this situation? Listen to the answers, which will come to you as thoughts, feelings, or visions... because they contain helpful nuggets of healing truth.


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