Shed the Layers of Stress

Have you ever had a shower head get so plugged up with minerals from the water that it eventually gets to the point that the water nearly stops coming out? It makes for a lousy shower. If you clean off the shower head things are as good as new.

Stress is very much like the mineral buildup on that shower head. But instead of blocking the water, it blocks our ability to be resilient and weighs us down with pounds of regret and “should-have-beens.”

We’ve all done things that we aren’t happy about or had experiences that are not pleasant. It’s good to work through them but it’s not good to continually revisit them over and over again.

I once had a friend who would bring up things that happened to us in high school over 35 years ago that he was mad about or troubled about. He hadn’t managed to clear off the buildup of those bad experiences.

Much of the work we do, begins to take those bad experiences and start to layer up on us until soon, without a good cleaning, our spirit gets plugged up and we can barely function.

If you are weighed down by stress and things in the past, find a confidant to talk things through. You can ask God to help rid you of those extra layers of buildup that keeps you from flowing freely.

If you have serious issues about past experiences, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

Regardless of how you address them, you will be amazed how much better you feel once you get rid of the buildup and can let your inner self flow freely and be all that you can be.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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