Psalm 107:28-29 - Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
There are days when life just seems to be fighting against us.
Every little thing upsets us.
Every phone call ends with both parties upset.
Every move our body makes causes pain and upsets us.
Every thought we think pushes depression’s rain to fall on us and upsets us.
Every moment in our day that upsets us can be a waste of time and energy.
Yes, every day life just seems to be fighting against us. But some of the things that fight against us are not as bad as we think they are and it causes us to waste emotional energy on them. We can stop that train of thought and realize it’s not helping anyone.
However, there can be days when big decisions are sprung on us.
When a phone call brings serious news about a loved one.
When our temporary health challenge turns into a chronic condition.
When we are left behind by your friends and families.
These types of circumstances are real reasons for our emotional energy to be drained. It’s not because you’ve wasted that energy by worrying. It’s because a hurricane of out of control events has blasted their way on the shorelines of our minds.
This calls for us to become students of our emotional makeup. Some things will bring us down while the same things have no effect on another person. This doesn’t mean that it’s our fault if we feel like this. Each person when faced with the small and large drains on our emotional energy react in different ways.
If we can learn how to stop the emotional drain when it first begins, we may be able to prevent that hurricane from washing up on shore. Take a look at the article, “8 Ways You’re Wasting Your Emotional Energy,” on mindbodygreen.com. In the article, it gives examples of ways that we allow ourselves to be revved up and drain our emotional energy. One way is ruminating instead of taking action by thinking over and over about a conversation that hurt us. Also, we can stay in relationships out of fear of being alone instead of seeking healthy relationships, which can cause stressful and exhausting drains on our bodies and minds.
Learning to react differently by choosing suggestions from the article above can help us not only save our emotional energy, but help us think more clearly about situations that are causing that hurricane to flood the storehouses of your mind.
One sure way is to cry out to God. He can bring us out of our distress, calm our emotional storm and help us reserve our emotional energy instead of losing it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.