Reclaiming Carpe Diem: Living in the PresentBetween work, heavy traffic, busy schedules, stacks of bills, and relationship problems, let’s face it: Life is stressful.

As a result, heart attacks, migraines, depression, and addictions are also a part of life, and many research studies have concluded a link between stress and these physical ailments and struggles.

God designed stress to keep humans motivated. Before grocery stores, motels, and clothing outlets, people worked in the fields in the summer to be clothed, fed, and sheltered in the winter.

Most Americans do not have to worry about their next meal or clothes on their back, yet they are more stressed than ever. Social media applies much pressure to look, feel, think, and behave in specific ways. It’s not unusual to strive to live longer, maintain a beautiful body, drive a faster car, raise perfect children, and manage successful careers; however, one can become overwhelmed with trying to do it all.

Nothing is wrong with wanting a comfortable life, but at what cost? Every choice one makes has an emotional, physical, and spiritual price tag. Many work long hours, care for others, and focus on what they don’t have, yet the cost is the neglect of God, family, and their health.

God doesn’t want an individual to live all stressed out! One can’t do their work when tired, sick, or depressed. So, how can God’s gift of peace and serenity be reclaimed? Here are some tips that may help. If one can’t de-stress on their own, if they can’t pull out of depression, or if they worry constantly, they can find a New Life Counselor or New Life Coach to help them.

Most people are living in the past by feeling regret or disappointment. If not, they are living in the future by feeling stress, anxiety, and worry. Why not live right now? Right here? “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34, NLT).

“Carpe diem, seize the day” is as sound a philosophy today as it was 1,000 years ago. One must learn from the past and prepare for the future, but living is right now.

By Julie Davis

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