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STRESS, ANXIETY AND YOUR BRAIN
HOW TO PROFIT FROM STRESS
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS TEACHING
In this podcast teaching we will discuss the current sociological threat of stress, the influence of anxiety―its harmful effects AND how to use it for our benefit―and how to protect ourselves from panic so that we can improve our brain function. Plus … healing! Does this sound impossible? Hang on for the ride … and watch things improve in your life!
STRESS, ANXIETY AND YOUR BRAIN
HOW TO PROFIT FROM STRESS
In my 2018 teaching “Anointed Slowdown: Preparation for Your Future” I told people to:
Get involved helping others.
Do NOT overload yourself with schedule.
Cut out in your mind's eye what you want to do in the future.
Write down your Holy Spirit goals and claim Mark 11:24 regularly.
I told my subscribers, “SLOW DOWN NOW!” I warned them, “The reason you need to slow down NOW is because stressful times are coming. You will need all the “preparation” you can get to maintain spiritual equilibrium.” If you have not done so, study my teachings below:
My definition of “balance”—the micro one—is to maintain a “peace zone” out of which you refuse to wander. That is, stay in Area 14 where you refuse to be bothered: by Satan, by demons, by people … even by Christians.
As a graduate industrial engineer, I was required to study and know such subject matter as: Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, and, in addition, upper level Physics and Electro-Chemistry. I find it interesting that the physical (or, physics) definition of stress is two fold and more correctly applicable to the human genome:
An applied external force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body.
The internal resistance of a body to such an applied force or system of forces.
as pertains to the human condition, we could accurately say that
stress (either from external or internal forces)
is: “a mentally, physically, or
emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response
to adverse external
influences and capable of affecting
physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a
rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and
Since we are a tripartite being (body, mind, spirit) we can reasonably assume that stress can affect us: physically, mentally, and spiritually; and that, since all three are interconnected, either one may also influence the others. The synergistic effect of which could produce total wreck, or breakdown! This is WHY some people who come to me for help seem to at first be manifesting total meltdown.
THE BAD NEWS
One psychologist reports that the average high school student today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950's.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW
Anxiety related issues are #1 health issue in the
The #2 issue for men after alcohol.
Over $48 Billion spent yearly in USA on stress.
Over $300 Billion if loss of productivity is included.
95% of teenagers have a friend dealing with stress.
USA is #1 nation in world dealing with stress.
THE GOOD NEWS
Stress is essential to brain health. Paul Bendheim, M.D., states that, “Neuroscientists have discovered that, in order to learn, we need a certain amount of short-term tolerable stress to stay sharp and grow our brains.” Moderate, occasional stress promotes new cell generation. Enjoyable forms of self-induced stress (like physical exercise) can help our brains by improving short-term memory. Also, our overall health benefits from moderate stress by helping our immune system to stay on guard to protect against infectious micro-organisms and cancer.
me give you four KEY curatives to stress and anxiety-related
STOP the activities that seem to be
causing you stress. If you
can not stop them completely, then force yourself to take
pre-scheduled breaks for rest or recreation. (A non scheduled break
could be as soon as you feel the outset of anxiety or stress.)
2. DO something you enjoy. Find a new hobby or recreation … do something you have always wanted to do: Ride a motorcycle. Fly an airplane. Build something. Learn to dance.
3. SPEAK affirmations to yourself. Write them on paper, or record them and play them back. The importance is TO SAY them to yourself. The speech mechanism is vitally associated with your central nervous system. You can bring healing and strength to your whole system, especially if you are saying the Word of God. Find scriptures that pertain to: Your situation; and, Your new goals (recreation or desires). One great resource available is my book, Total Person Toolbox: Words That Work.
4. PRAY in tongues: the language of the Holy spirit.
When you pray in
tongues, you are
praying according to the will of God, even if you do not understand
it. “He who,
when speaking, uses the gift of 'tongues'
is speaking, not to men, but to
God, for no
one understands him; yet in the
Spirit he is speaking of hidden
Also, when you even just sigh (or
groan) in tongues, you are
allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for you according to the will
of God, and thereby bring you therapeutic
“Likewise the Spirit also
helps our infirmities: for we know not what
we should pray for as we
ought: but the
Spirit itself makes intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the
he makes intercession for the saints
according to the will of
C. One of the great advantages when you praise God in tongues is that you are engaged in pure worship. There are not enough words in your native language (Hebrew, English, Spanish, etc.) to tell God how wonderful He is, and how much you love Him. However, when you praise Him in tongues, the Holy Spirit (the Ruach HaKodesh) is praising the LORD through you, and God comes on the scene with healing power. The Bible tells us God lives in the praises of His people. “But you are holy, You who inhabit the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
If you would like to know How to Receive God's Power with Gifts of the Spirit, study my book shown below.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Learn to make stress work for YOU. Monitor the daily (or weekly) events that cause stress and anxiety. Pray and ask God to help you recognize chronic stress levels that are UNhealthy. These can affect memory and judgment resulting from impaired nerve cell growth and their cable-like connections. Also, too much high, chronic, stress affects the “executive center”―prefrontal cortex of frontal lobes―of the brain causing bad decisions.
Other problems that can result from “skewed” brain instructions are increased risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, cancer and intestinal problems (lke IBS) and ulcers. A five year study showed that those with “high stress proneness” had twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease. Listen to your body: frequent stomach sensations, tension headaches, muscle tension and soreness, especially in the neck and shoulders … AND chronic fatigue can all be signs … in addition to FEAR. Do NOT accommodate fear.
WHAT ABOUT FEAR
Another “sign upon the road” is FEAR. The basic stress response is “fight or flight” and is genetic. However, chronic stress can damage memory formation and weaken the immune system. Love is stronger than fear. The Bible says, “Love casts out fear.” The next time fear knocks at the door of your heart, let faith answer it. Remember … the Bible says to followers of the Messiah: “For God has NOT given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Fear is a spirit. You've received a Spirit NOT of fear. Resist fear. Just speak to it and say, "I won't take you. I refuse you. God says I've received not a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Fear knocked at the door … faith answered … and no one was there. If you allow fear to linger it rewires your brain and bypasses the prefrontal cortex.
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Proverbs 27:12) I have done lots of investing through the years by day trading and investing in commodities and futures where I operated with large margins for the advantage of leverage. Of course, if the trades went “south” the margins worked to my disadvantage. But, here, I want to illustrate the good use of margins. The definition of “margin” is “An amount available beyond what is actually needed.” One source describes it as, “The space between our current load and our limits.”
WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MARGIN
*** Notice: Relationships only start … or are nourished … during margin.
In Luke 17:1, Messiah Yeshua taught: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come ...” This is where “margin” can be a buffer to protect you from stress.
HOW YOU DEVELOP MARGIN
Give yourself SPACE. Don't make things too binding … too tight … too limited: Plan for MARGIN in your time, your financial dealings, your work, your relationships!
Good News: there is a Physician whose name in Hebrew means “The LORD Who Heals.” He can heal your stress, your body, your soul and your spirit. All you have to do is ASK Him. Just pray this prayer:
“Messiah of God and of Israel,
I need healing. Please forgive my sins. I turn away from them and
turn to YOU. Please come into my life and take over NOW. Save me
and heal me. Give me Eternal Life. Help me to live for YOU here on
Earth, and take me to Heaven when I die.”
am the LORD that heals you."
Torah: Exodus 15:26
Baruch haba b'Shem
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