Our research shows that individuals who actively practice some type of faith are significantly less likely to suffer from the effects of stress. The number 1 spiritual practice among first responders is some from of prayer or meditation; yet research conducted by Call for Backup shows that 22% of first responders say they never meditate or pray about things that are beyond their control, versus only 12% who say they always do.
Prayer and meditation are proven to help people make it through stressful moments, find connection to a source of peace, and help them to stay calm. Prayer and meditation can help those who practice them stand firm when waves of uncertainty come their way. Prayer is an act of faith that reminds us that there is someone bigger than us who cares for us.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities? Do you ever need to just clear your mind and organize your thoughts? Praying for relief from confusion, fears, thoughts, and anxious feelings can help shut out the noise from the world around you and build up your faith.
When you meditate, you can strengthen the core muscles of your being that keep you from drowning in fear and stress. You can strengthen your mind against negativity by thinking about things that are pure, and lovely, and right. The more you meditate about goodness, the more it becomes a part of you. Think lofty thoughts, because you have the potential to become whatever your mind is set on.
So find and engage in a spiritual practice that helps bring you a sense of peace. While we are not here to endorse any particular religion or faith tradition, it is certain that having a spiritual component in your life – especially prayer or meditation – will aid you in managing the stresses associated with the work you do.
- How can I increase the time I spend in prayer and meditation?
- What is an important prayer that I have today?
- What have I set my mind on?
If you’d like to speak to one of our peer support specialists about how to manage the stress of work or life in general, feel free to reach out to us at m.me/callforbackup.org/ and someone will be happy to chat with you. If you are in crisis, please text the keyword BADGE to the National Crisis Text Line where you can be connected to a trained crisis counselor, 24/7/365. Always free. Always confidential.