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So how do I cope with stress? I think there's probably a few things I do. First thing that comes to mind is I like to verbalise things. I'm a sort of a verbal processer. So Sally will tell you that every day. So talking to her and talking to great friends and family that will listen is a great way of me getting things out of my mind and helping me to unpack stuff. But also, you then get something back in terms of their perspective on the situation. Probably telling you it's not quite as bad as you thought it was. So yeah, that's fantastic. Secondly, just switching off switching my brain off doing something like mundane tasks, you know, mowing the lawn is brilliant, you know, listening to music, watching movies, hanging out with family, and doing stuff doing crazy things. And also during lockdown, I set up my drum kit in the garage which is just the the best stress reliever ever. Although my neighbours might not always think that and appreciate that. And last but not least, just coming to God, whether it's simple, quick, fire prayers of cries for help, for God to kind of help me and all whether it's more kind of God, mindfulness type of stuff, where but on some worship music, I'm just trying, just trying to get his peace, I think that's the main thing that I seek is God's peace for a situation that I know that it might not change. And he's probably teaching me something through that situation, but it's just getting God's peace, to know that he's there. And he's with me. And, and the, I'll come through the other side of it. So yeah, those are my top tips.

— James

So I would say some of the things that have been helping me in terms of, you know, when you're going through a stressful thing would be definitely journaling. And so, writting obviously, all the things that is happening, but also the emotions that, you know, I'm freely allowed to do those situations. And I think from the health suite, you know, to decide things like if I can do it myself, or you know, you know, seek for help, you know, from someone, but obviously, definitely prayer I do think, you know, praying for especially for things like peace, you know, in the situation, have, you know, seemed to really help me as well.

— Diana

Hello, my name is Alister. Sharons asked me to share what I do. Every day when I get stressed. If I get stressed. I used to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie. But now when I get stressed, I tend to practice the breathing and silent prayer which consists of saying, the Our Father or a sacred word like Jesus. And that's what I do when I get stressed.

— Alister

I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God, isn't God, love? Shouldn't divine love be beyond wrath? God is love and God loves every person and every creature. That's exactly why God is wrathful against some of them. My last resilience to the idea of God's wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the region from which I come. According to some estimate, 200,000 people were killed and over 3 million were displaced. My villages and cities were destroyed. My people shelled day in and day out, some of them brutalised beyond imagination. And I could not imagine God not being angry. Or think of Rwanda in the last decade of the past century where 800,000 people were hacked to death in 100 days, how'd it God react to the carnage by doting on the perpetrators in a grandfatherly fashion, by refusing to condemn the bloodbath, but instead affirming the perpetrators basic goodness, wasn't God angry with them? So I used to complain about the indecency of the idea of God's wrath. I came to think that I would have to rebel against a God who wasn't wrathful at the sight of the world's evil. God isn't wrathful in spite of being Love. God is wrathful because God is love. God is angry about wrong and injustice. And being God, his standard is so much higher than ours. Being a God of justice, he can't just turn a blind eye. But none of us could survive his judgement. No one vaguely spiritual dirty could survive in his presence. And yet, he made us for relationship with him. How does he solve this problem? By taking his anger onto himself, so that we get a new start and can get connected with him again, and then he gives us the power to live right through His Holy Spirit. This is one of my favourite verses, but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of god.

— Miroslav Volf