From the Parish Nurse

Article from the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     Happy New Year!!!  Let us make 2018 as positive and joy filled as we possibly can at The Presbyterian Church in Geneva.  It is hard to be positive in this time of unrest that seems to encompass the entire world.  Some of us in the past year have lost loved ones, some had health or financial issues.  Some of us can’t bear to watch the TV news anymore without making plans to leave for Mars.  What can we do to combat this?

     Mayo Clinic has some good articles on how to combat stress and depression.  Keeping active, socially and physically, are two things that are always mentioned.  Helping someone else in need is also something that comes up frequently.  Getting enough sleep and eating well-balanced meals are also in there.  I was glad to see Mayo Clinic wrote an article about spirituality in stress reduction, Spirituality and stress relief: Make the connection-Mayo Clinic.  The article states “Spirituality has many benefits for stress relief and overall mental health.  It can help you:  Feel a sense of purpose, connect to the world, release control (realize that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in your life), expand your support network, and lead a healthier life.”  I dug a little deeper into my internet search and found an article by Clay Routledge, Ph.D. professor of psychology at North Dakota State University.  He wrote the article 5 Scientifically Supported Benefits of Prayer in which he states: “Prayer improves self-control, Prayer makes you nicer, Prayer makes you more forgiving, Prayer increases trust, and Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress.” (Wow, if this is true, can we make all of our political leaders and news broadcasters pray several times every day?!!)

     I would encourage you, as people of faith, to put prayer in your toolbox of things to do to combat stress and depression.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  People pray and expect God will answer the prayer immediately, just the way they want.  Nope!  It doesn’t usually work that way.  Prayer does draw you closer to God and helps you focus on which path you should follow to deal with whatever is stressing or depressing you. Ask someone to pray with or for you.  I will end with what the bible says about stress and prayer.  Philippians 4:6, 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God,  and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God Bless, Beth