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3 Keys to Overcome Second-Hand Stress: The Lord Is My Shepherd #85

August 21, 2023
00:00 20:04
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We’ve all heard about the negative impacts of second-hand smoke, but did you know there are negative impacts of second-hand stress and second hand-anxiety? For the strong ones and encouragers who help others, we experience a dip in our mental health and well-being because we’re pouring out so much.

Listen to this episode to replenish your emotional reserves as you serve others in positions of responsibility – in ministry, friendship or family – as you support others facing challenges in health, school, relationships, finances, and life.

God sees you. God knows your needs. God did not create you solely for the purpose of helping others.

Practice a simple Breath Prayer meditation to release stress. Bonnie shares a soul care tip based on scripture & science to lower your stress and avoid burnout.


  • 3 questions to ask yourself & 3 soul care actions to treat second-hand stress
  • How much time are you spending in nature? Stop cortisol and refill on God’s peace.
  • Do you have time where you are breathing in God’s word? Mindfulness and meditation are scientifically proven to calm the emotional brain. Learn how to create pockets of quietness to meditate.
  • Do you have boundaries? Learn to say no, so you can help others for the long haul instead of burning out.

Scripture Breath Prayer: Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing.”

Soul Care Tip: Breath Prayer, Lowering cortisol using the benefits of guided imagery in prayer, nature, using memories, mindfulness, meditation boundaries

Bonnie teaches this week’s Breath Prayer to restore calm, based on Scripture and the science of well-being to release stress.


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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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