How can I have less stress when the world is in such a mess?
I came to a roadblock in my writing when I finished the “Why Depression?” category. There were so many positive suggestions I wanted to make that I didn’t know where to begin. Obviously there is no “one size fits all” kind of solution. I am convinced that we all need good nutrition to have a healthy nervous system. But if nutrition is not optimal, we can still work on the other side of the equation and find ways to have less stress.
For a starter I suggest you read the book Hope and Health for your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. Another book you might read is Adrenalin and Stress by Dr. Archibald D. Hart. Both of these books describe how your nervous system works and give practical suggestions for lowering your stress level.
If you are taking an antidepressant and still “don’t have a life” you might try the Anti-depressant Survival Program by Robert J. Hedaya, M.D. Dr. Hedaya covers both sides–good nutrition and lowering the stress level. A good way to find out if any of these books, or the ones I mentioned in the nutrition-reading chronology, might help you, I suggest you read the book reviews on http://www.amazon.com. I find those reviews very helpful.
I personally find peace in a stressful situation by using a suggestion the apostle Paul made to the Christians in the city of Philippi in the first century. He wrote “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I take that as conscientiously as if it were a medical prescription. It is pretty difficult to “not be anxious” but if I set my mind on prayer and petiton and requests, the anxiety slips to the background. I find that often my anxiety is like a nameless gray cloud, but if I have to “present a request” I have to focus on what would be the best solution for all concerned. Naming the one request dissipates some of the peripheral stress. Asking God to do something about it calls in the highest power. Paul promises a “peace that passes understanding” after following the prescription. Sometimes I may have to apply the remedy several times a day, but I’ve never experienced any negative side-effects.