11 May 2023

Chaplain's Corner

Chaplain's Corner
Chaplain's Corner
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We will all experience levels of stress at some stage. Some stress, when managed well, can actually increase performance. Yet, this is not true of all stress.

For when stress continues to build, it can be quite debilitating. Living with continuing stress will almost certainly result in physical symptoms of ill health. How can we use stress to our advantage, whilst at the same time minimising its negative impact?

  1. Take note of your breathing. When stressed, our breathing becomes shallower. Consciously taking deeper breaths and getting a regular slower rhythm will ease the feeling of stress because you have taken back some control.
  2. Ask yourself what positive steps you can take to help lower your stress levels. Maybe doing some exercise, going for a walk through a park or even writing a list of things to do helps you get back in control. Appearing to lose control often causes stress, so it is good to take some control.
  3. Some good advice to ease stress is found in the writings of St Paul. He writes ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything pray with thanksgiving and God’s peace will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ Quietness and times of prayer/meditation can ease our anxiety and give to us the precious gift of peace.

The stress and pressure of the Earth can turn charcoal into diamonds. May you rise above the stress that seems such a part of our lives to shine as diamonds and may the peace of God be your constant companion in each day.

Grace and peace,

Rev. Gerry Riviere
Senior School Chaplain


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