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How to Deal with Stress in Islam

Stress has unfortunately become a normal part of our lives. In modern society, it is one of the silent culprits that affect anyone. Continuous stress can cause negative effects on your mind, body and overall life. Our soul is conscious or aware of Evil, resists it, asks for God’s grace, and pardon, repents and tries to amend and hopes to achieve salvation. A satisfied soul is the state of bliss, contentment and peace. Allah says:

فَقَالُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا رَبَّنَا لَا تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

“Then they said, “Upon Allah, we put our trust. Our Lord! (Do) not make us a trial for the people – the wrongdoers.” (Surah Yunus 10:85)

Stress is the body’s natural defence against predators and danger. It causes the body to flood with hormones that prepare its systems to evade or confront danger. People commonly refer to this as the fight-or-flight mechanism. Stress is the most common ailment of the modern age. It has been implicated in the causation of peptic ulcer disease, coronary heart disease, depression, autoimmune disease, hypertension, diabetes and even cancer. None of us is free from stress but some deal with it better than others. Allah says:

إِذْ هَمَّت طَّائِفَتَانِ مِنكُمْ أَن تَفْشَلَا وَاللَّهُ وَلِيُّهُمَا وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

“When inclined two parties among you that they lost heart, but Allah (was) their protector. And on Allah let put (their) trust the believers.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:122)

We must have faith that Allah is sufficient for us. In various situations, you find yourself helpless because you cannot control everything. That is the time when you should call upon Allah because He has control over everything. You must rely on the fact that Allah is the most merciful and He loves you when you ask Him. Don’t feel alone and stressed out as Allah is with you and he sees you. Ask Him, and He will provide you surely. You do not have control over what has happened to you but always remember that Allah has full control. He can change your sorrow into happiness.

Here are some practical tips that helped you keep stress away:

  1. Make allowing to break the cycle of negative thoughts
  2. Make moving in new  tactic and start to feel better
  3. Make time with people who improve your mood
  4. Make breathing techniques promote relaxation
  5. Make an act of talking face-to-face with others
  6. Make a priority to build stronger connections
  7. Make relax, and pursue their own interests
  8. Making a short walk can boost your mood
  9. Make goals for your day, week and month
  10. Make alert for any change in behaviour
  11. Mak feelings and concerns with family
  12. Make your ability to stay calm
  13. Make your ability to handle stress
  14. Make good care of your body each day
  15. Make attention if you feel overwhelmed
  16. Make your disrupt sleep in a healthy way
  17. Make talk to others in healthy work together   
  18. Make a talk, listen, and encourage expression
  19. Make the sensory input that uplifting feel calm
  20. Make calm yourself when you’re feeling stress
  21. Make the fears and worries into positive activity
  22. Make an experiment to find what works best for you
  23. Make go of worry about situations you cannot change
  24. Make rhythmic exercises like walking, running, swimming

Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events. These demands can come from work, relationships, financial pressures, and other situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to a person’s well-being can cause stress. Stress can be a motivator, and it can even be essential to survival. The body’s fight-or-flight mechanism tells a person when and how to respond to danger. Allah says:

فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّكَ عَلَى الْحَقِّ الْمُبِينِ

“So put your trust in Allah, indeed, you (are) on the truth manifest.” (Surah An-Naml 27:79)

Muslims must never become fatalistic. Although we know only Allah is in control and that He has decreed all things, we are each responsible for making the right choices and doing the right thing in all situations of our lives. We must take action, work to alleviate the hardships, our families and our communities face.

How to Deal with Stress, Depression and Anxiety According to the Quran:

  • “Seek help through Sabr and Salat.” (Quran 2:45)
  • “For indeed, with hardship comes ease.” (Quran 94:5)
  • ” If you are thankful, I will give you more.” (Quran 14:7)
  • “Allah burdens not a soul beyond its capacity.” (Quran 2:286)
  • “Seek help through sabr (patience) and salat (prayer).” (Quran (2:45)
  • “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest.” (Quran (13:28)
  • “When you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah.” (Quran 3: 159)
  • “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (Quran 2: 152]

Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and ready to avoid danger. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. Know that whatever hardships come the way that cause you to stress, Allah either wants to make you strong or He wants to absolve you of your sins and raise your ranks. Allah says:

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ 

“Remember Me, and I shall remember you; be grateful to Me, and deny Me not.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:152)

In a panic, non-believers behave differently than believers. They have no one to return to, to ask for mercy and forgiveness, their life is this life, which they cannot control, thus get more depressed and increase in their state of wrongdoing. Then we will see that if they are used to casual drinking, they will start drinking more and become alcoholics, criminals or resort to suicide. Allah says:

وَكَأَيِّن مِّن دَابَّةٍ لَّا تَحْمِلُ رِزْقَهَا اللَّهُ يَرْزُقُهَا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ 

“How many are the creatures that carry not their sustenance? It is Allah Who feeds them and you, for He hears and knows all things.” (Surah Al-Ankabut 29:60)

On the other hand, inner peace can only be achieved by believing in God, the All-Mighty, remembering Him frequently and asking for His help and forgiveness in times of difficulties. In reality, it is difficult to avoid all sources of stress as we encounter a myriad of situations on a daily basis, but do not let stress control your life. Try to make a little time every day for your health and well-being, as they are blessings from Allah.

Ways To Deal With Depression, Stress and Anxiety:

  • Stress & Depression In Islam. Stress and depression are two of the most common illnesses in our society. It can be defined as a situation that causes physical, mental and emotional worry.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is one of the most effective treatments against stress.
  • Start with small changes: Try being active whenever the opportunity arises.
  • Eat right: Certain types of food and drink can increase stress levels, such as fast foods, butter, cheese, meat, shellfish, sugar, tea, coffee, and soft drinks.
  • Sleep well: Sleep is a vital part of our life. To reduce stress-inducing hormones, a good night’s sleep is exceedingly important.
  • Laugh well: Laughter is the best medicine and not only is it good for the body, but also for the mind as it can reduce stress hormones. Try to enjoy the blessings of a good laugh.
  • Track your Mood: Our level of personal awareness is crucial for our mental health! Knowing the cause is half of the solution.
  • Allah Puts His Loved One Through Tests & Trials: Strong faith in Allah protects us from all sorts of physical and mental stress, sorrow, anxiety and despair.

Allah loves those who put their trust in Him and believe in His timings. Make dua intensively and work towards your betterment. Make yourself involved in any voluntary work that focuses on bringing positivity to society. Allah will take care of all our worries. A man who believes in Allah knows that this life is nothing but a test. Doing zikr reduces stress and depression. Allah says:

فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

“When you have made the decision, then rely upon Allah. Verily, Allah loves those who trust Him.” (Surah Al Imran 3:159)

Turn each worry into a Du`a and each Du`a into an action plan. That will show your commitment to your request and will focus your energy in the right direction. So do as much astaghfar as possible and ask your Lord to forgive you for any sins that you have done intentionally or unintentionally. You should not skip any prayer as it is a shield. It will protect you from shaitan. Allah says:

قُلْ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ آمَنَّا بِهِ وَعَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ مَنْ هُوَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ

Say, “He (is) the Most Gracious; we believe in Him, and upon Him, we put (our) trust. So you will know who (is) it (that is) in error clear.” (Surah Al-Mulk 67:29)

Seek those people who need help, assistance and charity. Help them by all means. In this way, you will find inner peace. We should be thankful to Allah for everything. Indeed, we are in much better condition than millions of others in terms of all the necessities. May Allah protect us from all grievances, worries, stress and depression and make us among those who walk on the right path and obey Allah, Ameen.