Managing Stress Monday: Let It Go

If we don’t develop the habit of decompressing after every stressful day, and even during each day, we will carry that stress with us everywhere. And the effects will devastate our ministries and our family lives.

In order to decompress effectively, take these opportunities to decompress during each day:

  • Alternate between high-stress and low-stress activities. Whenever possible, schedule activities you enjoy in between those that cause you stress.
  • Leave the stress from your last meeting at your last meeting. Visualize yourself leaving your stress, like a package, at the site of your last meeting. And don’t bother to pick it up again.
  • Use the natural times during the day to decompress. Take advantage of the natural breaks in the day to do some of the things we recommend to let go of stress.
  • Be sure to decompress before you go home to your family. This is the most important time to decompress. Have a decompression time between the office and your home — even if you’re working from home! The time you spend with your family is sacred — don’t ruin it with the stresses of the day.

Those are the natural times during the day when you can let go of the stress that has accumulated. Now remember these tips that will help you decompress effectively:

  • Write down your stresses and frustrations in a journal. 
  • Pray honestly, passionately, even angrily to God about the things that are stressing you out. 
  • Change your way of thinking. Try to find what God is trying to teach you in every difficult circumstance. Think of your stressors as challenges that can be overcome.
  • Approach every concern with an attitude of positivity and gratitude. No matter how large your troubles, God is always bigger.
  • Make changes in your behavior. Exercise to get your frustrations out. Get your mind off your present stressors. Decide to take action against your stress.
  • Remember to leave tomorrow’s troubles for tomorrow. You can fight only one day at a time. You will only drain your time, energy, and focus if you try to fight tomorrow’s battles today.

Keep these tips in mind as you face each new day. Make the commitment to let stress go so that it doesn’t weigh you down and steal your joy. Ministry is never easy. But if we learn to let go of stress, we can keep the stress from robbing us of the joy God desires for us.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from p. 107-108 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

Pastors Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman share their secrets to effective stress management with practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately! God wants you to be a fruitful, faithful minister of the gospel. He wants you, as a Renegade Pastor, to rise above average as you pursue God’s best for you, your family, and your ministry.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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