The Stress Cycle

April 18, 2021

First Parish in Needham UU

- Sermon begins at 54:40.


This sermon was preached during the ongoing rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in the community where I was serving (and as some schools and workplaces were beginning to reopen) and was meant to answer the question, “So why do I still feel so anxious?!” The Stress Cycle explains why sometimes, when stressors fall out, others come in to fill their place, and, even still, the underlying stress might remain even once key stressors have been removed. One of the mantras of this week at church was: it’s okay to still not be okay.