“Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.” — Jonatan Mårtensson

Stress. The mentioning of the word makes us stressed. 

There is really good news about stress, however. 

While we cannot always decide what stressors will rush upon the shore of our lives, we can decide to ride the stress wave or be crushed by it.

We’re glad you’ve decided to join with SouthBrook to experience how you can ride the crest waves of stress.

We all experience them, those white-foam breakers that hit our emotional ride from time to time. 

They threaten to wash away our accomplishments, our well being, and, yes, even our faith.

Our fiveonfive Challenges are designed to walk you through SouthBrook's 5S Journey: Solitude, Scripture, Service, Support and Significant Events.

Each week we will challenge you to focus on one of the “S’s”.

This works best in community so grab a few friends and walk through it together.

As a resource I’ve used the research by Kelly McGonigal of Stanford and expressed in her excellent book The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good For You and How to Get Good At It.

So, grab your faith board. Surf’s up!

Charlie McMahan
Fellow Stress Surfer


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