The COVID-19 pandemic forced various institutions to shut down to help slow the spread of the virus. Recently, however, various institutions including faith-based ones are slowly beginning to open their gates to the public as well. This decision however, can place an immense amount of stress on church staff; especially because of the heavy responsibility attached to their roles.
Opening up the church to the public, according to the CDC, can go dangerously wrong if safety measures are not followed correctly. This pressure placed upon any individual can lead to stress, and it is better to address it rather than ignore it. Untreated stress can have adverse effects on health like heart conditions, anxiety or depression.
Stress cannot be helped until it is recognized, therefore, the first step is to recognize signs of stress. A few signs to look out for are:
Making changes in the way you work can help you reduce the symptoms of stress. Here are a few tips to give your congregation in combating stress this year:
Make a list of all the things you have to do. Then, prioritize the most pressing task, or the one that is most important. Finish this task first and then move on to the next. Do not do multiple tasks at once.
Stay organized. This will help you have a less crowded mind as well.
There may be disruptions in the flow of your tasks, therefore ensure that you calmly deal with them.
Make time for yourself and your loved ones. This will help you stay calm and give you the break you need.
Make sure you eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Pray. The power of prayer, of reading Scripture, is immeasurable.
While simple enough, many people let stress build up until it renders them unable to function. As a church, the focus of your congregation should be on matters of the soul as well as of the mind. Realize that while there is a time for worry, nothing beats having the peace that passes all understanding.
Further, the CDC has recently published a whole page of the rumors surrounding COVID-19. Minimizing the panic can significantly reduce stress, so make sure your congregation knows that the disease is controllable and shouldn’t control their lives.
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