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Have you ever had a day where you felt like it would never stop? Test after test, friendship and relationship struggles, projects, practices, games… you get the point. I’ve experienced days like that and they are insanely busy, tiring, and just kind of annoying. Often times I wondered, “What if I just ran from all of it?”

For a long time, it was not just a metaphor for me. I literally ran and ran and ran. Instead of facing anything, I simply ran.

When my friend said something mean to me at school, instead of communicating my feelings, I ran.

When the guy I was dating dumped me before the prom, I ran.

When my grandmother died, instead of talking with my family about my hurt, I ran.

The problem with my “running” is that I ran away from my feelings, from people who cared about me, and from my faith and hope in Christ.

When we keep running away from our problems, our pain, our disappointments, our challenges, and our issues – the world we live in becomes false. We lose awareness of the present situations and we become comfortable with our illusions. St. Teresa of Avila says, “fear is the chief activator of our faults.” Often times our fears are unfounded or exaggerated. We need to recall Jesus’ words, “do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God and faith in me” (John 14:1).

We need to constantly remind ourselves that rest and peace of mind doesn’t come from running away from our problems (either literally or figuratively). Jesus said, “come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Here are four suggestions to help you run towards Jesus when your heart is heavy and stressed.

1. Kick fear in the face it & own it

Part of the reason that we don’t want to deal with the issue at hand is because we are scared. What’s going to happen if I say something? What will they think if I cry? At some point we get tired of the running and we stop. If you’re reading this and you’re running away from something, STOP and face it. Give it to Christ. Pope Benedict says, “The world offers you comfort, you were not made for comfort; you were made for greatness.”

You were born to be great and in order to live out the life Christ is calling you to — own whatever is trying to take control of your life and hand it over to the One who has your back.

2. Trust Him

Remember that everything happens for a reason. God can and will bring good out of negative experiences. We have to make the effort to surrender all of our grace filled moments as well as our hurt, pain, and disappointments to Him and ask His help. Look at the crucifix and remember that from this the greatest of evils, God brought about the greatest good – the resurrection and our salvation.

3. Embrace the silence

From the moment we wake up in the morning, we are inundated with noises – alarm, music, texts, snaps, tweets, etc. The environment combined with our day-to-day life leaves little room to experience silence. If you are like me, silence may not come natural to you or you might not like still silent moments and/or appreciate them. However, I challenge you to make even a small adjustment in your daily schedule to include 5 minutes of silence and if possible before the Blessed Sacrament. This will leave you changed. He will change you.

4. Run to Jesus

What direction are we headed? While running isn’t always a bad thing, we need to focus our run towards Christ. Instead of running away from something, we need to run to someone – Jesus Himself.

After simply brushing off the several situations at hand thinking they would go away – I came to the realization that they didn’t. They got worse. The reality is it catches up. You will continue to be overwhelmed and stressed out if you don’t make it a priority to go to Jesus and allow His love to refresh you and calm your fears.

“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart… don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love…” (St. Therese of Lisieux)

About the Author

Kelly Colangelo

I got an award for having the neatest hand writing in second grade, my mom did my homework. I’m not a morning person; I love ketchup, blueberry cake donuts and mint chocolate chip ice cream. I want to go to heaven… and take as many people with me with as possible. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram at Kelly Colangelo.