Welcome to the new year! It’s time to put 2021 in the rear view mirror and start putting ourselves first with a self-care routine that gives us the inner strength to deal with whatever the new year brings.
It’s no secret that people who don’t give themselves the care that they give to others will usually end up stressed and burned out. To stop this happening to you, develop an attitude of nurturing - take care of your mind, body and soul every day, in small ways and occasionally (but regularly) bigger ways too. Self-care is non-negotiable these days, but you have to make an effort to make space for it. Here are a few ideas for things to do that rebalance, reenergize and replenish.
Do something physically energizing
Whatever floats your boat, make time for it if it makes you feel good. This could be a series of stretches, Pilates or yoga, a run, a swim or a walk in the park. Just get that activity up.
Stretch it out
Hunched over a desk or in a car? Bodies aren’t meant to be cooped up so stretch it out. Find a set of effective stretches that stops your body feeing like it’s ten years older than it really is. Your muscles will thank you for it. If you want to do even more for yourself, get a professional involved; book a massage!
Take a bath
It’s a self-care cliché but for a good reason. If you have the time, shut the door, put some music on, and take a magazine or book in with you. Lie back and let the stresses of the day dissolve away into warm, sweet-smelling water.
Try a mini-meditation
Begin or end your day with just one minute of deep breathing, while focusing your awareness onto your body, inner thoughts, and feelings. This is an exercise that’s also useful to do during the day when you feel stressed and need to take time out.
Find a quiet place outside, find somewhere comfortable to sit and be still. Pretend there’s nobody else around and focus on the quiet and stillness.
Unplug just for a day
We always used to manage without social media and instant messaging, so just for a day, switch them all off and embrace a notification-free existence. It’s very freeing and you may end up wanting to do it for even longer.
Write a Gratitude List
Focusing on all of the things that you're thankful for will put a happy spring in your step. Try to think of three things every morning or evening. Or when you feel down, refocus with three things to be happy about.
Dance like nobody’s looking
They aren’t! Dancing is incredibly freeing, so stick on a few dance anthems or whatever makes you want to move and shake your booty.
Take a walk
Have you really taken the time to explore the area you live in/ Walk around, slowly, and really notice the details. Be curious about your neighborhood.
Make an appointment with a counselor
Find someone non-judgmental to talk to about your innermost thoughts; It doesn’t have to be a therapist or psychologist; it could also be a spiritual mentor.
Are you getting enough? We suspect not. Why not take a quick nap if you feel tired, or try an earlier bedtime give your body a bit more downtime?
Do something new
That thing you’ve always wanted to try? Do it.
Journal your thoughts
It only has to take you 10 minutes – get whatever is on your mind down in writing and out of your head.
Spend quality time with people you love
Hanging out with the people you love most in the world is good for your soul. If they're far away, give them a phone call.
Take a full day of rest every week
You deserve it and your mind and body will thank you for it.
Do an activity mindfully and slowly
Pick an everyday activity, like laundry, and focus on it while you’re doing it. Savor the moment, it makes dull things much more absorbing if you’re prone to zoning out.
De-clutter your life
You don’t have to do it all at once, but decluttering is very therapeutic. Start with an email inbox, work up to your desk or a closet, feel the benefits of less clutter.
Make a personal mission statement
If you don't have a personal mission statement, create one. Think about this year and what you want to do with it. Who do you want to be?
Enjoy a piece of chocolate or a glass of sparkling cider
Even better, have both…while writing your mission statement. In the bath!
Book a massage or a spa treatment!
We may have mentioned this before but taking the time to invest in yourself is a supreme act of self-care, and we think you should indulge in it as often as you can.
Check out my new self-care planner as it helps you not to get overwhelmed and keep focused on making time for you. Get it here.
I would love for you to join us in our community where I share more thoughts and information about self-care while also making sure we are living by Biblical principles. If you want to learn more, please join here today.
Have a great 2022!
In this Scripture, we find that the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and told him John’s mission would be to make people ready and prepared for the Lord’s coming. He would turn their hearts around and those who are disobedient will be turned to the wisdom of the righteous. Fathers’ hearts are being turned back to their children.
As I think about how I have been so focused on all the seriousness and busyness in my life, I have lost track of the main important people in my life—the blessings God gave me to disciple-my children. I tend to lose focus of having fun and being free and enjoying life with them because I have been so busy trying to be super mom and taking control into my own hands where I lost control at some point and was deceived by the enemy in believing everything was okay in my life. My prayer is for the Lord to help me teach my children and disciple them as John did in his day and prepare their hearts for His return.
We, the body of Christ, must continue to teach the wisdom of God so that disobedient mankind can see Jesus in us. Hearts need to be melted with the love of God by truly believing in the Lord Jesus. Just like the prophet Elijah in the OT, John the Baptist’s role was to encourage people to turn away from sin and back to God. John did heart transplants as he foretold the coming of Christ and he turned stony hearts into soft, pliable, trusting, hearts while being open to change. Is your heart opened to God or are you open to the possibility of an open-heart surgery so a change of heart can begin transforming in you?
Zechariah was punished because he did not believe the angel and he was fearful. He was doubting what he first believed. Being an old man, set in his ways, he did not have the response of a child that we all need to be aware of needs. Before we can come to Christ, we must recognize the need to humble ourselves and recognize that it is important to reach children, whose minds are most receptive, with the Word of God. While children do not have to become adults to be saved, adults must become like children and believe as you once did. The Bible says, “verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15). While growing and developing is something we must get to after becoming a child of God, it is important to leave our cleverness and sophistication and great knowledge that we sometimes boast of and return to the simplicity of childhood to be shaped into the clay the Potter can use.
What do you believe? In my community, we are beginning a journey in the Bible so that we learn how to completely “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean on Him and not on our understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). So, as we go through this journey together, I would love to invite you to join us here. Look forward to learning more and growing together as we begin to believe in more in this new year!
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Before I came to know Christ, I was utterly lost. I had no hope and felt like I was alone in this world. I suffered so many hardships: rejection, isolation, physical and emotional pain, fear and anxiety, depression, and much more. I went to church and joined the church at nine years old but had not grown to spiritual maturity until old. While I desired to know more about Him, it wasn’t until I began to realize the need to die to my flesh daily that I began to know Christ and have a relationship with Him.
What do I mean by dying to my flesh daily? I began to see the need to stop living life as if I was the one in control, and I began to see a need to surrender my all to Christ. I wanted nothing more but to be closer to God, but I was unwilling to let go of the things in this world that I felt I needed to survive. I worked so hard every day to support my children, but I never knew how to rest and take time to be in Christ. I often ate when I felt the need to comfort myself from all the emotional traumas in my life until I realized that is no longer serving me.
Why? Because I found a place in Jesus where I can belong and be loved. I no longer felt like I was alone in this world. I began to have peace, and I learned to rest in God’s presence. While I am not perfect, and never do I claim to be, I now see that when I mess up, I can confess my sins, ask for forgiveness, and forgive myself so that I can continue enjoying my relationship with the Lord. My heart has been changed to see that it’s not about perfection but allowing Christ to abide in me while I abide in Him.
I am not declaring that there will be no more suffering or hardships, but there is an opportunity to go through them with Christ by your side. You no longer have to go through what you’re going through alone.
On this Christmas morning, I am so ecstatic because I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I have seen the need to let go of control and turn my power over to Him so that He can do the heart work I so desperately need in my life. I am genuinely thankful for the birth of Jesus Christ as He came into this world so that you and I might be free from the curse of this world.
NOW is the acceptable time if you have not opened your heart and invited Christ into your life. On this Christmas Day, why not remember the Lord Jesus who came into this world knowing no sin but died on a cross (a tree) so that we might have a right to eternal life with Him in heaven. Try Jesus today! He is willing and ready to aid you on your journey if you give Him your life today!
If you have a hard time speaking up for what you believe and sharing your story with the world, I have a community where I teach and share new ways to learn how to come away from being afraid to share and speak up with confidence and boldness. If you are interested in joining my free group, I welcome you to join me here!
Merry Christmas! As you open up your presents under the tree, I challenge you today to think about the baby that was wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger over two thousand years ago, and He became the Gift for you and me. Enjoy the One who came to be THE GIFT and bring His presence into the world so that we might be free to live again with Him.