What happens when you repeatedly rev up an engine to 4-6,000 rpm’s or higher? The engine gets overworked and it quits working altogether.
Your body is the same way. Our bodies are designed to take a certain amount of stress. Our bodies can typically be pushed a lot further than we push them with exercise. But stress, that is an overworker that remains unseen.
We were not made to lead overly-stressed lives, and yet, we do. We cause ourselves undo stress with worry about things we think are happening. I have this problem. My wife continually tells me, ‘Don’t overthink it!’ and yet, I do. I have a hundred different scenarios going through my head of any number of events and outcomes at any given moment. And it’s not good for me.
So, what do I do when my brain is overworked? I breathe. Breathe in deep, and exhale deep. I bring focus back to my breathing and my heart rate. You can, in fact, control these two things. An elevated heart rate for exercise is good for you. An elevated heart rate due to stress is doing so many harmful things to your body that you won’t have a clue is happening until it is too late.
The Bible even tells us not to worry about things we will eat, or wear. God takes care of the birds of the air and the beasts of the fields and they don’t stress over jobs, or what will come about for them. They simply live. We, as human beings, need to do that more. Just breathe. Just live. Take control of the things you need to take control. If you can’t control it, don’t worry about it and let it be what it will be. Your heart and workload will thank you.