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Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

with Bonnie Gray

Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast Episodes
Episode 10: Choose Peace in the Storm
April 08, 2020 - 16 min
So much stress in life happens like stormy weather: suddenly and unexpectedly. What are the actions we can take to experience God’s peace in the storms of life? Bonnie shows how to lower stress and experience God’s presence to carry you through hard times. *This episode was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic. We’re grateful that these words of encouragement and advice are applicable more than ever. Let Jesus take you through this storm, and know his peace will carry you through. Stay well, friends. Scripture: “Take heart. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Listen to worship songs as meditation and learn about the calming & energizing benefits. Links + Resources in This Episode: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence: http://urlme.cc/B0Yl Bonnie's Soul Care Package: http://urlme.cc/aLlB Bonnie's book, Whispers of Rest: http://urlme.cc/5n4o Sign up for Bonnie's Weekly Wellness Beloved Newsletter: http://urlme.cc/Zod9 Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 9: Lower Your Stress by Getting Out in Nature
April 01, 2020 - 18 min
Bonnie explores how God invites us to vulnerability and lower stress levels through Jesus’ favorite way to recharge: being out in nature, letting others in, and asking for help. *This episode was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic. We’re grateful that these words of encouragement and advice are applicable more than ever. Get outside, marvel in creation, and trust that the God who cares for the birds in the air and the flowers in the field is caring for you. Stay well, friends. Scripture: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Research shows that spending time with people in real life instead of social media makes people happier and renews vitality. Take a digital break. Choose a real experience. Links + Resources in This Episode: Bonnie's Soul Care Package: http://urlme.cc/aLlB Bonnie's book, Whispers of Rest: http://urlme.cc/5n4o Sign up for Bonnie's Weekly Wellness Beloved Newsletter: http://urlme.cc/Zod9 Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 8: Let Go of Perfectionism to Unlock Joy
March 25, 2020 - 18 min
Joy is found (and stress is lessened) when we unlock our creativity and pursue something new. But perfectionism can rob us of joy when we’re not willing to take a risk. Is there something new God is inspiring you to do, but perfectionism is holding you back? Bonnie exposes the 5 lies of perfectionism and empowers you with 5 truths to move forward. Scripture: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” - 1 John 4:18 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Create new experiences and discover the benefits of new experiences to boost your mood. Links + Resources in This Episode: Bonnie's Soul Care Package: http://urlme.cc/aLlB Bonnie's book, Whispers of Rest: http://urlme.cc/5n4o Sign up for Bonnie's Weekly Wellness Beloved Newsletter: http://urlme.cc/Zod9 Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Special Coronavirus Episode: How to Stress Less When Everyone around You Is Panicking
March 17, 2020 - 25 min
In just a few weeks, our world has changed dramatically. COVID-19 has shut down huge cities and even major countries. Many of you might be listening to this at home, unsure of when you’ll be going back to work or school. It is a frightening time, but God does not want us to live in fear, even in such a fearful time. In this special episode, Bonnie shares how we can defuse panic and stress in our lives as we live with the reality of coronavirus. Links + Resources in This Episode: Bonnie's Soul Care Package: http://urlme.cc/aLlB Bonnie's book, Whispers of Rest: http://urlme.cc/5n4o Sign up for Bonnie's Weekly Wellness Beloved Newsletter: http://urlme.cc/Zod9 Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 7: Making Decisions without Stressing Out
March 11, 2020 - 17 min
Making decisions is often a source of stress in our lives. We can overanalyze our choices to the point of analysis paralysis. And yet, the decision to add more joy in our lives (like we talked about in the previous episode) is having new experiences and adventures with God. But how do we get to the point where we can say a confident yes to those things? That’s what we’ll unpack in today’s episode. Scripture: “I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” - Psalm 119:32 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Create new experiences. Learn the benefits of taking a break. Links + Resources in This Episode: Bonnie's Soul Care Package: http://urlme.cc/aLlB Bonnie's book, Whispers of Rest: http://urlme.cc/5n4o Sign up for Bonnie's Weekly Wellness Beloved Newsletter: http://urlme.cc/Zod9 Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 6: Figure Out What Brings You Joy and Pursue It
March 04, 2020 - 17 min
Maybe you've felt hesitant to commit time, money or resources to something that brings you joy, because you’re afraid that if it’s not something you can market or can help others with, that it’s a waste of time. It’s not true. Joy may feel selfish, but it isn’t. It’s your heart’s response to God as a beloved child. He wants us to feel joy. What gives you joy? Do you know? In this episode, Bonnie asks some great questions to help you figure out what gives you joy, and gives you permission to put resources toward pursuing it. Scripture: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” - John 15:11 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Take a step toward figuring out what gives you joy and find one way to pursue it this week. Links + Resources from This Episode: • Get Bonnie’s Soul Care Package: • Brigham Young study shows sharing joy improves your energy and wellbeing. For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter here. (http://thebonniegray.com/subscribe) • by Henri Nouwen • Grab a copy of Bonnie’s book for more encouragement Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 5: Why Sharing Our Stories Relieves Our Stress
February 26, 2020 - 17 min
Bonnie shares the importance of emotional honesty and how sharing our feelings helps us process what has happened to us, instead of holding it all in, trying to carry the burden alone. Scripture: “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13 Soul Care Tip: Have coffee with a soul friend and open up about what is stressing you out. Links + Resources from This Episode: Richard Swenson: The Overload Syndrome - http://urlme.cc/7gPx UCLA study shows simply naming negative emotions calms the mind and body. For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter at http://thebonniegray.com/subscribe. Grab a copy of Bonnie’s book Whispers of Rest for more encouragement: https://bit.ly/WhispersofRestbook Find Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com
Episode 4: Rest: The Antidote for Stress
February 19, 2020 - 18 min
“Even if I had time to rest, I wouldn’t know what to do.” Sounds familiar? You’re not alone. Bonnie shares how to take better care of yourself with specific types of TLC. Which kind do you need most? Physical rest (unplugging/doing less), emotional rest (reconnecting with friends), or spiritual rest/encouragement (time with God)? Scripture: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Try making something with your hands. Learn the benefits of lowering anxiety with repetitive motion. Links + Resources from This Episode: The of “Be still (raphah) and know (yada) that I am God" means to loosen your grip, relax to personally experience God. Studies show the repetitive motion of creating with our hands returns calm to the nervous system. For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter . Grab a copy of Bonnie’s book Whispers of Rest for more encouragement: http://bit.ly/WhispersofRestbook Find Bonnie on , and .
Episode 3: Release Guilt and Receive Grace
February 12, 2020 - 16 min
Bonnie encourages us to let grace in, instead of allowing guilt to hold your heart back. Next time those critical voices start whispering, imagine Jesus loving you today and take steps to let grace nurture your heart and lift your day. Scripture: “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.” Psalm 73:28 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: I’ll share the benefits of journaling and encourage you to try journaling for 10 minutes a day. Links + Resources from This Episode: Research shows journaling for just 10 minutes increases happiness. For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s . Grab a copy of Bonnie’s book for more encouragement. Find Bonnie on , and .
Episode 2: Lift the Burden of Busy from Your Days
February 11, 2020 - 17 min
We can only pour out if we fill our tank. We need space to let God touch us and refill us, so we can feel His peace. Having space for you to be you is important to God and to your wellbeing. Scripture: “Come to me all who are weary and burdened…I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Take a 10-minute walk. Learn the benefits of a walk in nature. Links + Resources From This Episode: Scientists discover the best way to boost your mood is a 10-minute walk in nature. For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s . Grab a copy of Bonnie’s book for more encouragement. Find Bonnie on , and . Episode Image Credit: Getty/mspoint
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