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DAVIDSON: Reducing Stress Through Prayer, & More

Solid advice.

Jeff Davidson

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*Originally published September 2020* Since people first believed in God, prayer has been an effective method for soothing the soul. For some people, the payoff comes with sitting still, and being quiet. Many feel a direct connection with God which, in itself, is calming. Those who attend a place of worship every Sunday find that praying with others is comforting. Reverence to God, fellowship, and familiar chants and hymns can all aid in reducing stress and bringing inner contentment.

If you haven’t prayed in a while, in addition to the religious aspects, the stress reduction can be magnificent. Even if you never attend a formal prayer service, informal prayer, by your bedside, in a comfortable chair, or somewhere in nature can work as well. Some of the most accomplished and admirable people who have ever walked this earth have been deeply religious and have found great comfort in prayer.

What Else Works

In our fast-paced society, your ability to take a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility. The majority of stress we experience is a result of the daily deluge of information and communication we come in contact with on top of the amount of tasks we need to accomplish. If you have been experiencing severe stress, it might mean the difference between a long life and a shortened one.

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People have long used drugs (prescribed and otherwise!) and medications to achieve certain effects. I’m not knocking all of these substances – some of them probably live up to their mystique; however, there is no need to engage in drugs, considering there are so many other ways to effectively reduce stress.

Amidst the flurry of reports from medical researchers, many people also rely on a glass or two of wine each day to relax. If this is your habit, and it works for you, you’re probably on reasonably safe ground. The latest research, however, paints a less rosy picture about wine’s beneficial effects. I’m concerned, as well, about the long-term effects of having two glasses of wine, 365 days a year, for 10 or 20 years.

Change for Real

It often seems like people around you are enamored by some techniques such as meditation or yoga, but in reality, most people who practice these or other techniques do so a handful of times, or the length of the one course for which they signed up. Then, they revert back to what they did previously.

The changes that you implement need to come without too much pain, to be subtle, even natural and easy. Otherwise, you probably won’t stick with them. Lasting and effective change can come from small incremental change. So, keep in mind that not every technique will strike your fancy. Enough of them will fit your lifestyle, and will work for you enough of the time for you to stay with them and to ultimately exercise control in ways that you have always wanted.

Talking to Someone – The mere act of talking to someone about issues confronting you can be stress reducing, and certainly more effective than mentally stewing over things alone. In The Psychological Society, author Martin L. Gross concluded that “the modern industry of psychology in America was no more effective in treating patients than witch doctors in Africa were in treating people who came to them.”

The key was whether or not the patient believed that the doctor had healing powers. Hence, if you believe that a witch doctor can help you, then a witch doctor can be as effective as a psychiatrist. A trusted friend or relative, with whom you can discuss your problems, can be equally effective.

The idea of talking to someone about what is stressing you is not so much that you will find a solution then and there, but that the mere physical act of discussing the stressor moves you closer to resolution, perhaps using one of the techniques discussed in this article.

Using Humor – Throughout the ages, humor has also been a primary tool in helping to reduce stress. Don’t discount the power of humor before trying it. If it’s been a while, or forever, since you’ve engaged in humor to reduce stress, you’re in for a treat. I’m not talking about jokes or side-splitting belly laughs, but rather a gleeful, playful acceptance of the inane and absurd situations that you encounter, and as a business owner you have your share of them.

The ability to laugh at yourself or to laugh at your situation might spell the fundamental difference between entrepreneurs who show resilience in the face of hard times, and those who face nervous breakdowns.

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Schaftlein Report: Biden and Harris are a ROLLING Disaster

Join Mark Schaftlein to review all the issues of the day, from Biden’s failing presidency to the Democrats’ disastrous agenda.

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Topics:
1) The debt ceiling fight is a lie – Democrats can pass this on straight party line vote – They don’t want to do that – It exposes their overspending
2) Pelosi continues to hold hostage the $1.2T Infrastructure Bill that 80% of Americans want – Why? – I’ll explain
3) Biden want the IRS to have access to YOUR bank account for any transaction over $600 – The current limit is $10,000 – This could be part of the $3.5T bill
*Pelosi: “No $3.5T bill on the House floor until it passes the Senate”
4) WHERE IS VP HARRIS? Biden acknowledges the Border is NOT under control – 117K migrants were release last month into the interior of the U.S. – That’s 50% folks – He is sending them to swing states in a diabolical plan
*A Democratic Texas border judge claims Biden caused ALL of this and he must be held accountable – “He is alienating us”
*Haitians hijack multiple buses
5) Initial Jobless claims increased to 351K, Continuing claims are at 2.8M, 11.25M are getting benefits but that’s down 856K from last month
*The good news is that 7.0M benefits are being completely cut out as a result of expiring benefits – It’s about time
*3.0M more will lose the extra $300 monthly benefit paid by the Federal government – That’s also good news
*We have about 11M job openings in this country – Maybe now the jobs can begin to be filled
6) Democrats and the Media FEAR Trump – first it was Russian Collusion lies, now they are pitching a non existing narrative that Trump was going to attack China despite ZERO evidence
*They are trying to deflect blame from Biden’s humiliating performance in Afghanistan, embarrassment with France and Haiti and the Border crisis
7) Biden delivers an incoherent weak speech at the UN – He literally could not read the teleprompter – It was a debacle
8) Stock market up big on continued easy Fed policy

Topics: 1) The debt ceiling fight is a lie – Democrats can pass this on straight party line vote – They don’t want to do that – It exposes their overspending 2) Pelosi continues to hold hostage the $1.2T Infrastructure Bill that 80% of Americans want – Why? – I’ll explain 3) Biden want the IRS to have access to YOUR bank account for any transaction over $600 – The current limit is $10,000 – This could be part of the $3.5T bill *Pelosi: “No $3.5T bill on the House floor until it passes the Senate” 4) WHERE IS VP HARRIS? Biden acknowledges the Border is NOT under control – 117K migrants were release last month into the interior of the U.S. – That’s 50% folks – He is sending them to swing states in a diabolical plan *A Democratic Texas border judge claims Biden caused ALL of this and he must be held accountable – “He is alienating us” *Haitians hijack multiple buses 5) Initial Jobless claims increased to 351K, Continuing claims are at 2.8M, 11.25M are getting benefits but that’s down 856K from last month *The good news is that 7.0M benefits are being completely cut out as a result of expiring benefits – It’s about time *3.0M more will lose the extra $300 monthly benefit paid by the Federal government – That’s also good news *We have about 11M job openings in this country – Maybe now the jobs can begin to be filled 6) Democrats and the Media FEAR Trump – first it was Russian Collusion lies, now they are pitching a non existing narrative that Trump was going to attack China despite ZERO evidence *They are trying to deflect blame from Biden’s humiliating performance in Afghanistan, embarrassment with France and Haiti and the Border crisis…

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POTUS Finally Recognizes That Border Crisis Isn’t ‘Under Control’

Took him long enough!

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From the very moment that Joe Biden was elected President, it was rather apparent that there would be ruble eon the southern border.  The already-unsustainable migrant surges were sure to increase in both size and frequency as those looking to enter the country illegally believed that a Democratic President would surely be more lenient than his predecessor when it comes to enforcement.

Spoiler alert:  They weren’t wrong.

Now, as many in this nation are hoping and praying that the Biden administration would get their head out of the sand and actually address the issue, there appears to be at least some understanding among the Biden-ites as to the severity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Texas and beyond.

President Joe Biden admitted on September 21 that the U.S. border with Mexico has slipped out of control under the watch of pro-migration zealot Alejandro Mayorkas.

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The admission came when he answered a reporters’ shouted question: “Mr. President, what is your reaction to the images coming from the southern border? ”

“We will get it under control,” Biden replied testily.

The admission comes as Senator Ted Cruz lashed out at New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her hypocritical approach to border advocacy, and just days after a disturbing images went viral, depicting Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing migrants, and threatening them with the reins of their steeds.

From the very moment that Joe Biden was elected President, it was rather apparent that there would be ruble eon the southern border.  The already-unsustainable migrant surges were sure to increase in both size and frequency as those looking to enter the country illegally believed that a Democratic President would surely be more lenient than his predecessor when it comes to enforcement. Spoiler alert:  They weren’t wrong. Now, as many in this nation are hoping and praying that the Biden administration would get their head out of the sand and actually address the issue, there appears to be at least some understanding among the Biden-ites as to the severity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Texas and beyond. President Joe Biden admitted on September 21 that the U.S. border with Mexico has slipped out of control under the watch of pro-migration zealot Alejandro Mayorkas. The admission came when he answered a reporters’ shouted question: “Mr. President, what is your reaction to the images coming from the southern border? ” “We will get it under control,” Biden replied testily. The admission comes as Senator Ted Cruz lashed out at New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her hypocritical approach to border advocacy, and just days after a disturbing images went viral, depicting Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing migrants, and threatening them with the reins of their steeds.

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