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Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

with Bonnie Gray

Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast Episodes
S2 E14: Combating Burn Out & The Power of God’s Promises
January 17, 2022 - 21 min
Many of us live with general anxiety, but if we get curious about what is stressing us out and can specifically name it, then we can make changes to relieve that stress. Scripture: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matt 11:28-30 Care Tip & Scientific Research: Power of Finding your One Word, Research shows how naming what bothers you reduces stress, avoidance creates more stress, and how your body reduces stress with exercise. Links + Resources From This Episode: Research shows how naming what bothers you reduces stress, avoidance creates more stress, and how your body reduces stress with exercise. For links to this study & devotional, sign up for the BREATHE Newsletter here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Order Bonnie’s book Sweet Like Jasmine: Finding Identity in a Culture of Loneliness, an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Like-Jasmine-Identity-Loneliness/dp/0736983422/ Sign up for free Stories of Faith Journal at SweetLikeJasmine.com Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/ilyaliren
S2 E13: Choosing Hope and Finding Your New Normal
December 22, 2021 - 19 min
Stress increases when we feel forced to accept changes we wouldn’t choose for ourselves. This episode explores the message of choosing hope in the midst of finding your new normal and being empowered by radically doing something different that works for you. Inspired by the wise men and Joseph in the Christmas story, you’ll be empowered to talk your way to less stress as you step into the new year. Scripture: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.” Isaiah 40:1 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Benefits of a 10-minute walk and a study on looking at trees to lower stress and anxiety. Links & Resources from this Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: https://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Grau_Art
S2 E12: Choosing Joy Isn’t Selfish: You Are Worthy of Joy
December 21, 2021 - 20 min
Many people feel guilty or selfish when they want to change traditions or plans for how to celebrate Christmas. Busyness is one of the biggest obstacles to experiencing a meaningful time with God and with family, in a way that would be less stressful. This episode arms you with you 6 different ways of celebrating Christmas that is scientifically proven to lower stress and boost happiness levels. Use these ideas to brainstorm and be reminded of how you best experience joy during the holidays. These ideas are inspired by the shepherds in the Christmas story. Scripture: "Put away all fear, for I am bringing you good news of great joy.“ - Luke 2:10 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: The healing practice of music therapy, lighting candles, enjoying hot coca, stargazing, engaging your five senses, and reading books. Links & Resources from this Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: https://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Grau_Art
S2 E11: Receiving God’s Peace During the Holiday Stress
December 20, 2021 - 20 min
Are you overwhelmed and stressed right now? Many of us are; it’s common during the holiday season. In this special Christmas episode, Bonnie looks at the story of Mary and how she received the peace of God, and the soul care practice of breath prayers. Links & Resources from this Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Grau_Art
S2 Ep 10: God Makes Beauty Out of Brokenness
December 01, 2021 - 22 min
So much of the stress and dilemmas in life happen when we feel alone when we encounter hard times. The pandemic has brought us the opportunity to look back into the past year and see what we’ve learned about ourselves. In this episode, Bonnie inspires us to stress less by sharing ways to grow into who God created you to be and allowing God to make changes in your life. Scripture: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:10 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Benefits of Prioritizing Play & Revitalizing Joy Links & Resources from this Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/biscotto87
S2 E9: Your Story Is Worth Sharing
November 23, 2021 - 24 min
One in four women experiences emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. As we emerge out of the pandemic, Bonnie inspires us to shine our lights. We can lose ourselves in our Instagram picture-perfect feed, feeling less than. Bonnie explores how God invites us to vulnerability and lowering our stress levels by connecting to each other rather than isolating ourselves, through Jesus’ favorite way of engaging with us: telling stories. Today’s Scripture: “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” - 2 Corinthians 3:3 Soul Care Tip: Bonnie talks to us about the benefits of writing a letter to your younger self. Soul Care Research: Researchers have found that creating good experiences makes people happier and give people a greater sense of vitality - “feeling alive.” Links & Resources from this Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/BRO Vector
S2 E8: Quieting Imposter Syndrome & Toxic People
November 16, 2021 - 25 min
Have you struggled with being self-critical? Or felt attacked by critical people? In this episode, Bonnie helps us begin our journey to quiet the critical voices - the self-criticism and the harmful critiques of toxic people. Scripture: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” 1 Jn 4:16-18 Soul Care Tip: Create new experiences. Benefits to boost your mood. Scientific Research: Neurophysiology research shows that play improves mood and well-being, reducing anxiety, depression, stimulating creativity, and enhancing relationships. Links + Resources From This Episode: The 8 Types of Play Personalities: https://caps.umich.edu/article/your-play-personality For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria
S2 E7: Breaking Myths and Stigma: Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Faith
November 09, 2021 - 21 min
Surviving through a worldwide pandemic has impacted all of us. Everyone experiences anxiety in varying degrees. Some more than others. Bonnie debunks common myths and stigma of suffering from anxiety and encourages us to see the beauty of faith at work in healing & renewal. Scripture: “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Benefits of Aromatherapy Links + Resources from This Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria
S2 E6: When You Need God’s Guidance and Don’t Know What to Do
November 02, 2021 - 20 min
The pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into all our plans. All of us are stuck facing situations where there are no easy answers. Bonnie explores topics of uncertainty in parenting, career, singleness, and ministry – and offers soul calming encouragement on seeking God’s guidance on the next steps. Scripture: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it” Isaiah 30:21 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Bonnie shares the benefits of Cooking Therapy. Studies show benefits of the Slow Food movement include losing weight, good digestion, and less stress. Eating slowly practices mindfulness and less worry. Links + Resources From This Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut_Somsuk
S2 E5: Getting Honest about Depression and Other Mental Health Issues
October 26, 2021 - 29 min
Bonnie shares the importance of emotional honesty about our struggles with depression, anxiety, numbness, and panic attacks. Though there might be people in our lives who make us feel ashamed of our struggles, God does not. He only meets us with his compassion and his promises for mercy and rest. The pandemic has left a lot of us with feelings of depression as we struggle feeling overwhelmed in our personal lives, parenting, our families, marriages, and the political division that fill the news. If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, this episode is for you. Scripture: “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” Is. 66:13 Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: Benefits of Decluttering (UCLA research shows stress hormones spiked with the presence of clutter.) Links + Resources in This Episode: For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book , an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies. Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at https://sweetlikejasmine.com/ Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here: https://thebonniegray.com/subscribe/ Follow Bonnie on: Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebonniegray Facebook: https://facebook.com/thebonniegray Her site: http://www.thebonniegray.com Episode Image Credit: Getty/Bitontawan
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