10 Simple Islamic Solutions For Stress
In the last five years, the world has seen a huge rise in anxiety, stress and depression. And it's evident when we see just how fast-paced and interconnected life has become; we can no longer escape from our phones, social media has taken over, and loneliness is rife.
The Islamic faith recognises and understands that stress can be common and in the Holy Quran and authentic Hadith, teaches us lessons for why that may be, and gives us solutions for how we can cope better and find inner peace and tranquility. Let's delve into them...
1. Neglecting the remembrance of Allah 💭
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to lose touch with our spiritual centre. Islam emphasises the importance of remembrance and connection with Allah through daily prayer (one of the five pillars), recitation of the Quran, and seeking God's guidance. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest."
2. Lack of trust in Allah 📝
Stress often arises from our inability to accept that things don't always go to plan. Islam teaches us to trust in Allah's divine decree and to have faith that whatever happens, happens for a reason and happens in our best interest. As the Quran states:
"And put your trust in Allah, for Allah is sufficient as a Guardian."
3. Chasing wealth in the dunya 🚗
The relentless pursuit of material possessions can leave us feeling constantly dissatisfied. Philosophers these days call this the hedonic treadmill. Islam encourages moderation and contentment, reminding us that true wealth lies in the richness of our faith and character. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Wealth is not in having vast riches, but in contentment of the soul." [Sahih Al Bukhari 6446]
4. Neglecting self-care 🥰
Taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and mentally is of the utmost importance in dealing with stress. Islam promotes self care through maintaining a balanced lifestyle, including getting a restful sleep each night, eating and drinking quality nutrition, regular physical exercise, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation.
5. Excessive attachment to the dunya 🧑💻
Our attachment to the material world (the dunya) and its temporary pleasures can lead to stress and anxiety. We can often find ourselves worried about our future progression in our careers, levelling up, or simply keeping up with friends and peers. Islam teaches us to detach our hearts from the fleeting nature of worldly possessions and focus on the eternal rewards of the Hereafter. As the Quran advises:
"Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in wealth and children." Surah Al Hadid 20
6. Neglecting the power of dua (supplication) 🤲
As Muslims, we often forget about the power of dua for stress relief. Islam encourages us to turn to Allah through prayer and heartfelt supplication, seeking His guidance, mercy, and support. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Dua is the essence of worship."
7. Lack of gratitude 🙏
In stressful times, it's easy to overlook the blessings that surround us and just focus on what we don't have. Islam drills into us the importance of gratitude and mindfulness, as gratitude shifts our focus from what is lacking to a perspective of abundance. Indeed, 'abundance mindset' is something that is taught regularly these days in personal development circles. The Quran reminds us:
"If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favor." [Surah Ibrahim 7]
8. Isolation from the community 🕌
Feeling disconnected from Muslim brothers and sisters can contribute to stress, loneliness and increasing isolation. Islam encourages building strong bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, providing a support system and a sense of belonging. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "The believers, in their mutual love, mercy, and compassion, are like a single body; when one part of it is in pain, the rest of the body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it." [Al-Bukhari]
9. Lack of time management ⏳Poor time management can lead to an anxiety-provoking build up of deadlines and commitments, causing stress to accumulate. Islam teaches us to prioritise our responsibilities and make the most of our time by seeking Allah's guidance in organising our schedules. There are a multitude of techniques to use here, including things like The Pomodoro Technique or Timeboxing. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised, "Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death."
10. Ignoring the healing power of patience ❤️🩹
We've all heard the saying "patience is a virtue" but it's true that Islam teaches us that this can bring immense inner peace. Islam encourages believers to practice patience, knowing that trials and tribulations are tests from Allah. As the Quran states:
"And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive." [Surah Al-Baqarah, 45]
As Muslims, it's important to remember that Islam offers us a blueprint to living life in a stress-free way, and it continues to offer a holistic approach that stands the test of time.
If you are going through a stressful time, remember the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear."
Embrace the strength and resilience that Islam instills within us, and trust that with faith, patience, and reliance on Allah, we can overcome stress and find serenity in every aspect of our lives. And Allah knows best.
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