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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3 Surefire Ways to Nurture Peace of Mind & Quiet Stressful Thoughts #116
April 29, 2024 - 18 min
LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for the NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus" course at http://mysoulcareschool.com - Read "How to Be Less Busy & More Happy" by Arthur Brooks, The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/04/busyness-boredom-happiness-worklife/678085/ - 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.
How to Be Less Busy, Less Mentally Fatigued & More Peaceful #115
April 22, 2024 - 20 min
Ever wondered how to find peace in the midst of life's chaos? Soul Care Mentor Bonnie Gray explores the science behind relaxation and the spiritual significance of finding solace in God's presence.Learn to cultivate a peaceful lifestyle and the importance of accessing your brain's Default Mode Network for true relaxation, and explore creative ways to meditate on God's word, fostering a deeper connection with Him.Tune into this episode to embrace practical strategies to improve wellness by incorporating rest into your daily life.Key Takeaways:- Rest isn't just about inactivity; it's about finding peace and joy in God's presence.- Quietness plays a vital role in mental and emotional rejuvenation.- Cultivate a daily practice of rest and meditation to experience God's peace amidst life's busyness.LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for the NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus" course at http://mysoulcareschool.com - Read "How to Be Less Busy & More Happy" by Arthur Brooks, The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/04/busyness-boredom-happiness-worklife/678085/ - 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.
I Stress, Therefore I Am: 4 Ways To Pursue Rest & Lower Stress #114
April 15, 2024 - 22 min
Are you caught in the whirlwind of stress, constantly battling against the tide of anxiety and worry? Join Bonnie Gray on a journey to find solace and rejuvenation in the midst of life's chaos.In this episode, we delve into the heart of rest and restoration. Have you ever wondered how to truly experience rest amidst life's demands? Well, wonder no more. Bonnie explores the transformative power of rest, diving deep into the intersection of scripture, science, and soul care. Learn to unlock the secrets of rest as Bonnie guides you through practical tips and spiritual insights.Tune into this episode to learn 4 Ways to gain freedom from stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. Reclaim your joy, rediscover your purpose, and refresh your soul as we journey together toward a life of rest and renewal.Key Takeaways:- Discover how even a 10-min brief moment of pause can shift your body's stress response and restore calm - Cultivate soul care creativity: Engage in creative activities to relax your nervous system, lower rumination, and boost your mood.- Embark on adventures of learning: Explore new experiences as pathways to breaking unhealthy habits and finding joy in God's goodness.- Find strength in community: Share your journey with others, nurture resilience, and find mutual encouragement in the company of fellow travelers.- Renew your spirit through soul care: Connect with Jesus in moments of quiet reflection, allowing His presence to satisfy and replenish your weary soul.Breath Prayer: (Inhale) For I will satisfy the weary soul //  (Exhale) And every languishing soul I will replenish Scripture Promise: "For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jer 31:25 ESV)LINKS & RESOURCES- Sign up for NEW "Breath Rest with Jesus: Create Rhythms of Rest" course at 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.
Discover God's Rest, Wellness, & Wonder By Doing This 1 Simple Surprising Thing on Your Walk #113
April 1, 2024 - 23 min
LINKS & RESOURCES Listen to all 6 Guided Prayer Meditations to heal the soul : https://bit.ly/3TP9Pm Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm 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.
Journey with Jesus: A Holy Week Meditation to Heal Your Soul
March 25, 2024 - 17 min
Ever wondered how to heal your soul in the midst of life's chaos? Today we have a special healing show for Holy Week. Soul Care Mentor Bonnie Gray guides you on a prayer meditation to walk with Jesus to the cross to new life on Easter. In this episode, Bonnie explores the ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina, a profound form of prayer meditation. Learn to engage deeply with scripture as Bonnie gently guides you through the four sacred movements to heal your soul: reading, reflecting, responding, and resting in the loving presence of God.Tune into this episode to experience:The power of intimate prayer meditation to draw you closer to God's love.Healing from stress and anxiety through the timeless practice of Lectio Divina.A soul-nourishing audio meditation to refresh your spirit with Jesus.Key Takeaways:- How use this spiritual practice of prayer to bring peace and healing to your soul.- Learn how to create sacred space for prayer meditation in your daily life.- Experience the unconditional love of God as you journey this Holy Week and beyondListen & feel God's healing love more deeply as His beloved child. Breathe deep. Embrace grace.  Scripture Promise: "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18LINKS & RESOURCES Listen to all 6 Guided Prayer Meditations to heal the soul : https://bit.ly/3TP9Pm Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm 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.
Feel Guilty For Taking Time for Yourself? 6 Signs of Codependency & How to Break Free #111
March 18, 2024 - 20 min
Ever felt like you're constantly pouring out, yet your own cup remains empty? In this episode, Bonnie Gray delves deep into the labyrinth of codependency, exploring how it stifles our joy and peace. Through personal anecdotes and poignant scripture, Bonnie invites us to reassess our relational dynamics, daring us to seek friendships that nourish rather than deplete.Learn to identify signs of codependency, embrace boundaries, and embark on a journey towards genuine connection. Tune into this episode to reclaim your emotional autonomy and foster friendships that bloom like never before.Key Takeaways:- Recognize the 6 signs of codependency- Understand the power of boundaries in fostering healthy relationships.- Embrace the concept of the "cord of three strands" friendships: mentors, companions, and mentees.- Find courage in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, knowing that true companionship uplifts and strengthens.Breath Prayer:  (Inhale) God comforts us in all our troubles //  (Exhale) so that we can comfort others, exhale. Scripture Promise: "God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others." 2 Cor 1:4. LINKS & RESOURCES How to Spot the Signs of Codependency: https://bit.ly/3TP9PmN Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing Register for Bonnie's Lent Wellness Study at: https://mysoulcareschool.com Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm 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.
Glow from Within: The Science of Beauty and Emotional Wellness #110
March 11, 2024 - 20 min
Have you ever wondered how taking care of your skin connects to nurturing your soul?In this episode, Bonnie explores the profound link between skincare, inner beauty, and emotional wellness. Drawing from her personal journey and expertise in soul care, Bonnie shares insights on how simple practices like skincare routines and experiencing beauty in art and nature can deeply impact your emotional well-being.Learn to prioritize self-nurturing habits that not only rejuvenate your skin but also nourish your inner spirit. Discover the transformative power of mindfulness, the restorative effects of appreciating beauty, and the profound sense of wonder found in God's creation.Tune into this episode to unlock the secrets of radiant soul care and embrace your true beauty from within.Key Takeaways:- Prioritize self-nurturing practices like skincare routines to foster emotional wellness.- Experience the restorative power of mindfulness and appreciation for beauty in art and nature.- Embrace your inner beauty as a reflection of God's creation and nurture your soul with love and care.Breath Prayer:  (Inhale) Whatever is lovely //  (Exhale) Think on these things Scripture Promise: "Whatever is lovely... think on these things... Put them into practice and the peace of God will be with you." Phil 4:8,0LINKS & RESOURCES-  Visit Bonnie's Soul Care Store here: https://amzn.to/3IB7Iw4 filled with products to boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety levels  - Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing - Register for Bonnie's Lent Wellness Study at: https://mysoulcareschool.com   - Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm - 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.
Feeling Heart-Sick? How Nurturing Your God-Breathed Dreams Nurtures Your Wellness & Joy #109
March 4, 2024 - 23 min
Have you ever stopped to ponder the dreams you've tucked away? Those sparks of inspiration that stir your heart? In this episode, Bonnie delves into the significance of those dreams and how nurturing your creative whispers plays an important part in wellness with Jesus.  Learn to recognize, nurture, and prioritize your God-breathed dreams, because you'll cultivate a deeper sense of rest and joy in your life. We explore the beauty of seasonal change, both in nature and within ourselves. From the dormant winter to the blossoming of spring, we'll discover how to awaken our dormant dreams and bring them to life. Learn to embrace your God-given ideas, regardless of their size or stage of development. Through practical soul care tips and reflective exercises, we'll uncover the power of nurturing our passions and pursuing the desires planted deep within our hearts.Tune into this episode to learn:- Your dreams matter: Honor the God-given ideas for holistic soul care.- You are worthy: the truth that your ideas are valuable to God and worthy of pursuit.- Trust in God's timing: Just as seasons change, stay faithful and patient in nurturing your dreams- Confidence in God's provision: Your adequacy comes from God alone. Lean on Him as you step out in pursuit of your dreams.Key Takeaways:- Cultivate confidence in God's ability to bring beauty and growth to your aspirations.- Explore the significance of nurturing God-given dreams for holistic soul care.- Embrace the truth that your ideas are valuable and worthy of pursuit.- Discover practical steps to tend to and prioritize your creative inspirationsBreath Prayer:  (Inhale) Not that we are adequate in ourselves. //  (Exhale) but our adequacy is from God. Scripture Promise: "Such confidence before God is ours through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves, but our adequacy is from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5LINKS & RESOURCES - Register for Bonnie's Lent Wellness Study at: https://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 ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm 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.
Gripped By Anxiety? Return to Joy & Release Tension with the Power of a Song #108
February 26, 2024 - 20 min
LINKS & RESOURCES- Register for Bonnie's Lent Wellness Study at: https://mysoulcareschool.com Healthline Article on the Conversation & Mental Health: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-one-conversation-with-friends-per-day-can-help-your-mental-health#1  Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing- Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm-  Join the FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Join Bonnie this week as she guides you through practical strategies and spiritual insights to cultivate love, joy, and resilience in your relationships.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
7 Types of Conversation to Rekindle Love in Relationships & Boost Emotional Wellness
February 19, 2024 - 22 min
Have you ever wondered how to keep the spark alive in your relationships, especially when it comes to romance? In this episode, Bonnie explores the art of nurturing romance and strengthening bonds in relationships, drawing insights from personal experiences and biblical wisdom. Learn to cultivate new experiences, foster meaningful conversations, and prioritize positivity to reignite love and friendship in your life. Gain insights from biblical teachings on love, friendship, and the power of shared experiences.Tune into this episode to discover practical tips for nurturing romance and intimacy in relationships. Explore the significance of experiencing new things together to stimulate joy and connection. Understand the importance of positive communication and its impact on mental health and well-being.Key Takeaways:- Novelty activates the brain's reward system, releasing dopamine and enhancing positive emotions.- Engaging in new experiences together strengthens resilience to stress and boosts happiness.- Prioritize positive conversations and experiences to nurture intimacy and deepen connections.- 7 simple but key conversations can significantly improve relationship dynamics.Breath Prayer: (Inhale) I have loved you with an everlasting love//  (Exhale) I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.Scripture Promise: "I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jer 31:3LINKS & RESOURCES- Register for Bonnie's Lent Wellness Study at: https://mysoulcareschool.com Healthline Article on the Conversation & Mental Health: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-one-conversation-with-friends-per-day-can-help-your-mental-health#1  Take FREE Soul Care Quiz at soulcarequiz.com – your personal wellness assessment – to learn which area of wellness you’re missing- Get Bonnie’s ECPA bestseller Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm-  Join the FREE Breathe Newsletter!  https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie at www.instagram.com/thebonniegray & www.facebook.com/thebonniegray Join Bonnie this week as she guides you through practical strategies and spiritual insights to cultivate love, joy, and resilience in your relationships.  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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