Stress is a natural part of life. However, chronic stress is not healthy. In Islam, we are sure to be tested in this life:
“Be sure We will test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, but give glad tidings to those who are steadfast, who say when afflicted with calamity: To God we belong and to Him is our return. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from God and mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance.” (Qur’an 2:155)
As humans, it’s only natural to get stressed about these trials. But a practicing Muslim will learn to overcome these feelings of stress. Trust me, I am still working on this myself!
But whenever I get stressed, I find myself turn Allah (swt). Here are my tips for learning how to cope with the stress in your life:
Avoid the triggers: We all have certain situations that make us stressed. The next time you are stressed, think critically about what is causing it. Is it being late? Make sure to start getting ready earlier so you can avoid that situation.
Pray: There is a reason why yoga is taking off. It’s a great way to tune out the daily drone of life and balance yourself. Allah (swt) gave us the gift of praying 5 times a day! That is 5 chances for us to forget the stresses of life and focus on what is important.
Read Quran: Never underestimate Allah (swt)’s words to soothe you. When I get stressed about life, I read Surah t-ul Inshirah:
Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him))?
And removed from you your burden,
Which weighed down your back?
And raised high your fame?
So verily, with the hardship, there is relief,
Verily, with the hardship, there is relief (i.e. there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs).
So when you have finished (from your occupation), then stand up for Allahs worship (i.e. stand up for prayer).
And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your intentions and hopes and) your invocations.
Just hearing Allah (swt)’s promise about ease after hardship always calms me.
Do what makes you happy: For me, it’s blogging. For you, it may be painting, singing, cooking, sewing, etc. Take a walk if you need it. Once you occupy yourself, things are easier to deal with.
Remember, stress happens. But make sure to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.