Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast
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Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

Bonnie Gray

Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast hosted by Christian author Bonnie Gray is dedicated to refreshing your soul with rest and sparking joy, so you can feel God’s love and peace. We'll walk you through scientific, scripture-backed methods of restoring calm, in order to help you stress less, take better care of yourself, and create new rhythms to rest in daily life.

Here are some topics covered in this podcast: 

🌸 Feeling Anxious? Cast Your Cares on God Because He Cares For You
🌸 3 Ways to Break Free from Stress, Worry & Anxiety
🌸 How to Say No to Fear & Yes to God PLUS What's the Difference Between Secular & Biblical Meditation?
🌸 Is It Burnout Or Is God Stretching You? 4 Signs to Know the Difference PLUS 4 Mental Health Benefits of Stories
🌸 3 Surprising Ways to Stop Overthinking, Improve Your Mood During the Day, & Get the Sleep Your Body Needs
🌸 The Antidote to Stress & Fatigue + The Surprising Causes – Plus Raising Stress-Resilient Kids

FOLLOW BONNIE:
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray
Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray
Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com

 

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Toxic Positivity vs. Hopeful Faith: Finding Balance in Your Emotions" #126
July 8, 2024 - 22 min
In this episode, Bonnie explores the fine line between toxic positivity and hopeful faith.  Learn to recognize and avoid the pitfalls of dismissing genuine emotions, and discover how to cultivate a faith that embraces honesty and comfort.  Tune into this episode to understand the difference between toxic positivity and hopeful faith, and learn how to foster a more balanced, faith-driven approach to your emotional well-being.Key Takeaways:- Understand the concept of toxic positivity and its impact on mental health.- Learn how hopeful faith differs from toxic positivity and how it can lead to true emotional healing.- Discover practical soul care tips, such as the power of music, warm baths, and aromatherapy, to bring comfort and reduce anxiety.- Reflect on past victories and how recalling these moments can build confidence and reduce stress.- Learn the importance of God's comfort and how it can be a source of strength and peace in challenging times. Breath Prayer:  (inhale/exhale) For the love of Christ compels us 2 Cor 5:14Scriptures: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Rom 15:13 LINKS & RESOURCES- Have a Question about Wellness? Ask Bonnie at https://bit.ly/askbreathe- Get Bonnie's Bestseller book Breathe: 21 Days to Stress Less: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your wellness assessment!- Soul Care School: http://mysoulcareschool.com- Join the Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Faith and Politics: Finding Peace Through Prayer #125
July 1, 2024 - 18 min
Feeling overwhelmed by the stress of the political season?  In this episode, Bonnie explores practical ways to find peace and lower anxiety through the power of prayer. Learn to breathe in God’s loving word of affirmation and breathe out your stress with biblically-based soul-care techniques. Tune into this episode to discover how you can experience God’s peace and joy amidst real-life challenges and political turmoil.Key Takeaways:- Breath Prayers: Techniques to use breath prayers for immediate stress relief.- Scriptural Guidance: Key scriptures to help manage anxiety and stress.- Practical Tips: How journaling and walking can aid in lowering stress levels. Breath Prayer: Learn two powerful Breath Prayers to find peace in this political season.Scriptures: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 2 Peter 5:7LINKS & RESOURCES- Have a Question about Wellness? Ask Bonnie at https://bit.ly/askbreathe- Get Bonnie's Bestseller book Breathe: 21 Days to Stress Less: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your wellness assessment!- Soul Care School: http://mysoulcareschool.com- Join the Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Overcoming Perfectionism: Embrace God's Perfect Love with The Love Dare #124
June 24, 2024 - 20 min
Do you struggle with perfectionism? How does it manifest in your life, and what helps you feel less critical of yourself? In this episode, Bonnie Gray explores the roots of perfectionism and provides a loving, practical tip to help quiet that critical inner voice.Learn to understand the negative impact of perfectionism on your emotional and physical well-being and discover how God's unconditional love can help you embrace your imperfections.Tune into this episode to gain valuable insights and practical tools for turning down the volume on perfectionism and embracing a more nurturing, love-filled approach to self-care.Key Takeaways:- How Perfectionism keeps us from enjoying life and increases our stress.- Learn the Love Dare to overcome the fear of making mistakes.- Lower stress and cortisol with Anticipatory Joy - Practice this week's Breath Prayer to calm emotions and body.Breath Prayer: (Inhale) We rely on the love God has for us. (Exhale) Perfect love casts out fear.Scripture: "We rely on the love God has for us. God is love. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear." 1Jn 4:16, 18 LINKS & RESOURCES- Get Bonnie's Bestseller hit Breathe: 21 Days to Stress Less: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment!- Take Bonnie's Soul Care courses: http://mysoulcareschool.com- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Find Peace in Uncertainty & Thrive While Waiting #123
June 17, 2024 - 20 min
Do you struggle with the uncertainty of waiting for something important?In this episode, Bonnie explores the emotional and spiritual challenges we face during periods of waiting, especially when the timeline is unknown. Learn to shift your focus and find peace through practical soul care tips and inspiring stories from Bonnie’s own life and the Bible.Tune into this episode to discover how to transform waiting into a time of growth and joy, benefiting your emotional and spiritual well-being.Key Takeaways:- Understand the importance of soul care during waiting periods.- Learn practical tips to reduce stress and anxiety.- Discover the power of walking and nature in soul care.- Gain insights from biblical stories and personal experiences.- Embrace a simple, yet profound, breath prayer to center your thoughts.Breath Prayer: (Inhale) I trust in your unfailing love. (Exhale) For you have been good to me.Scripture: "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD's praise, for he has been good to me." Psalm 13:5-6LINKS & RESOURCES- Summer Reads: Grab Bonnie's best-selling books: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment!- Check out Bonnie's Soul Care courses: http://mysoulcareschool.com- Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Unlocking Joy: The Single Key You Need & 3 Life-Changing Reasons Why #122
June 10, 2024 - 20 min
LINKS & RESOURCES- Summer Reads: Grab Bonnie's best-selling books: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment!- Check out Bonnie's Soul Care courses: http://mysoulcareschool.com - Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join the FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Finding Peace in Your True Identity: Letting Go of Critical Voices #121
June 3, 2024 - 20 min
Ever wondered how your name shapes your identity and how God renames you with love? In this episode, Bonnie explores the profound significance of names and the labels we carry, whether given by others or ourselves. Learn to uncover your true identity as God's beloved and delight, shedding the stress of false labels.Tune into this episode to embrace the peace and joy of knowing your God-given identity, and discover practical ways to activate your rest response, calm your mind, and live in alignment with God's love.Key Takeaways:- Understanding the impact of names and labels on your stress and identity.- Discovering God's renaming process and embracing your identity as His beloved.- Practical breath prayers and worship music tips to alleviate stress and enhance peace.- Reconnect with your true self, find peace in God's delight, and breathe out stress Breath Prayer: (Inhale) No longer will you be called forsaken // (Exhale) You are called my delight Scripture: "But you will be called "My Delight is in her." Is 62:4LINKS & RESOURCES- Summer Reads: Grab Bonnie's best-selling books: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment!- Check out Bonnie's Soul Care courses: http://mysoulcareschool.com - Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join the FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Escape Burnout: 3 Keys to Refill Your Emotional Tank on Vacation #120
May 27, 2024 - 19 min
Feeling overwhelmed with summer plans? Not even sure where to start? In this episode, Bonnie explores 3 simple tips to break free from stress and truly enjoy your summer break. Learn to overcome decision fatigue, embrace simplicity, and create memorable experiences that refresh your mind, body, and soul.Tune into this episode to discover practical soul care tips based on science and scripture, ensuring your vacation is both restful and rejuvenating. Whether you need a peaceful retreat or an adventurous escape, Bonnie’s insights will help you make the most of your time off.Key Takeaways:- Overcoming Decision Fatigue: Understand how too many options can paralyze us and learn strategies to simplify your choices for a more enjoyable summer- Embrace Novelty: Discover the power of trying new things to create lasting memories and boost your joy.-  Do Less, Enjoy More: Focus on one main activity each day to enhance your experience and lower stress.- Create Meaningful Memories: Learn how to savor moments using your five senses, ensuring your vacation memories bring peace and joy long after you’ve returned home.- Spiritual Refreshment: Find out how spending quiet time with God can rejuvenate your spirit and bring deeper relaxation.Tune into this episode to gain valuable insights and practical tips that will transform your summer vacation into a time of true rest and renewal.LINKS & RESOURCES- Summer read: Grab one of Bonnie's bestselling books: https://amzn.to/4azae1K- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment!- Check out Bonnie's Soul Care courses: http://mysoulcareschool.com- Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Gift of Rest: Why Leisure Isn't a Waste of Time #119
May 20, 2024 - 17 min
LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus" course http://mysoulcareschool.com- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing - Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Healing Toxic Ties: Breaking Free from Relationship Guilt #118
May 13, 2024 - 20 min
LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus" course http://mysoulcareschool.com- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing - Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
4 Ways to Heal from Toxic Mother Relationships: A Mother's Day Special
May 6, 2024 - 19 min
Mother's Day is around the corner. How are you feeling? In this heartfelt episode, Bonnie explores the complexities of navigating Mother's Day when you have a difficult or toxic relationship with your mom. Drawing from her own experiences and faith journey, Bonnie offers invaluable insights and practical tips for finding healing and peace, even amidst challenging family dynamics.Learn to Navigate Mother's Day with grace and peace. Explore four powerful ways to find healing from toxic mother relationships:Tune into this episode to celebrate Mother's Day with peace and joy, regardless of your circumstances.Key Takeaways:- Gain practical tips for navigating Mother's Day with difficult family dynamics- Release Shame: You are not responsible for fixing your mother's faults. - Embrace Grief: Allow yourself to grieve the loss of the ideal mother-daughter relationship. - Redefine motherhood: Create new memories towards healing and healthier relationships.Join Bonnie as she guides you toward healing and restoration this Mother's Day season. Remember, you are loved, cherished, and worthy of all the joy this world has to offer. LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus" course http://mysoulcareschool.com- Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing - Get Bonnie’s bestseller hit "Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm" https://bit.ly/thebreathebook- Join FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/- Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Bonnie Gray is the author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured at Relevant Magazine, (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons.
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