10 Stresses That Hold Us Back


Nourish yourself.

“Don’t forget to pause and nourish yourself a bit along the way. When you’re born to help others sometimes you forget to help yourself.” ~Paula Heller Garland

As women in today’s world, there are many stressors in our life. The challenge is to cross new thresholds to more nourishing ways of living, moving and being.

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11 NIV)

Stress that hold us back.

Becky Johnson and Rachel Johnson took an informal survey with a group of women and they compiled a list of what stresses Christian women today. Here’s what they came up with.

10 Stresses that hold us back and bogs us down: 

  1. Stress of chaotic surroundings: Feelings of being overwhelmed, cluttered house and surroundings =cluttered brain and thoughts or living in surroundings that really don’t reflect our personalities or don’t inspire us.
  1. Stress of Schedules: Too busy, too many needs, too many tasks, difficulty saying no, or accepting our own limitations.
  1. Stress of Negative Body Image: Inability to love our bodies the way they are and the angst of aging. Stress of not being a sexy model.
  1. Stress of Negative Self-Talk: Our old thought patterns are exhausting to live by and offer no grace.
  1. Stress of Food Issues: Pressures to eat healthy while being bombarded with commercials and billboards for ice cream and burgers.
  1. Stress of Fitness: Guilt for not putting in the time, or limited results or the energy to be fit.
  1. Stress of Friendship: Making and keeping meaningful friends and figuring out those you keep or those you need to end.
  1. Stress of Marriage: Finding time and energy to stay in love with the demands of family, work and stresses of life.
  1. Stress of Raising Children: We want to do our best, but we feel we fall short. Energy and stamina to keep up with young children and our emerging adult children making life decisions.
  1. Stress of Feeling Like a Spiritual Slacker: Doing enough for God, spending enough time with God.

One. Step. At. A. Time.

One of my goals through my blog posts during the series, “Living a Nourishing, Healthy Life,” is for us to step up, acknowledge what stresses us and then no longer let it control us. I know it’s not easy. I’m going through my own personal journey and implementing what is important to me. One. Step. At. A. Time.

As we strive to live nourishing lives, we can go about making small steps of change. Small steps of movement. Small steps of living healthy not just for our families, but for ourselves. Unless we strive to be healthy for ourselves, we will not be any good to anyone else.

My post tomorrow is “How to Better Nourish Through Change.” When we want to make changes but we often can’t or don’t know how to go about implementing change in our lives.

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Notes were taken from “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.”~Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

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