Stressed, Anxious or Worried?

How do you define stress/anxiety in your life?What causes stress in your life?Can you avoid the cause?Why does this cause you stress?Does the stress you feel come from within or from external forces?Is stress beneficial? Or is that what we call ‘concern’?How do you overcome stress?

Discussion 1/12: Stressed, Anxious or Worried?


  1. How do you define stress/anxiety in your life?
  1. A state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
  2. Any experience that taxes an individual’s energy or well-being; stress may be physical, mental, or emotional
  1. What causes stress in your life?
  2. Can you avoid the cause?
  3. Why does this cause you stress?
  4. Does the stress you feel come from within or from external forces?
  5. Is stress beneficial? Or is that what we call ‘concern’?
  6. How do you overcome stress?
  1. Time pondering the rational solution
  1. Drinking
  2. Advice from friends/family
  3. Prayer
  1. How should you overcome stress?
  2. Why is stress bad?
  3. Common Causes:
  1. Driving
  2. Relationships
  3. Deadlines
  4. Health
  1. Parallels:
  2. Short-term stress -> long-term happiness (eg: working out to be healthy)
  3. Short-term happiness -> long-term stress (eg: neglecting responsibilities – skipping work)


  1. Definitions:
  1. concern: something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
  2. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
  3. A lasting preoccupation with past or future bad events.
  4. Assuming responsibility that God never intended us to have (to play God by trying to control what we don’t have the ability to control)


  1. Dr. Walter Calvert reported a survey on worry that indicated only 8% of the things people worried about were legitimate matters of concern. The other 92% were either imaginary, never happened, or involved matters over which people had no control anyway.
  2. I (Jason) think stress comes from an emotional attachment to something that isn’t entirely in your control.

Alleviating Stress:

  1. List people, circumstances, things thankful for
    Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  2. For the past 30 years, Harvard scientist Herbert Benson, MD, has conducted his own studies on prayer… All forms of prayer, he says, evoke a relaxation response that quells stress , quiets the body, and promotes healing.

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