Anyone Else Tired?
Anyone else tired, and just ready for an emotional break? Us too, sisters. We see you raising your hand. Life is already overwhelming, but add in a pandemic, crazy election, and winter coming, we need to hit the reset button. Some days there isn’t much left to give anyone else.
Are you ready for an emotional reset? Let’s review a few ways to start back on the road to being emotional healthy, as well as Bible verses to help you along the way:
Start and end each day refueling your soul.
“. . . Humbly accept God’s Word planted in your heart. It is able to save your souls.” James 1:21
The Word is a great place to do this. It doesn’t have to be long, but carve out a few minutes at the beginning and end of your day to let God refuel you from the inside out through reading your Bible, following a devotional, worshiping, or writing in a prayer journal.
Make a routine and stick with it.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Begin your day by reading your Bible, then make a pot of coffee and put on fresh clothes. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, but getting into a routine that gets your mind and body moving is enough to keep things going.
Schedule a daily connection with someone.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
It can be a friend, relative, or even a co-worker who’s in need of some company as well. This person should be an encouraging resource to you, as well as you should be to them. Sometimes just a simple, “Really, how are you doing?” is enough to allow someone space to really open up.
Stop watching the news so much.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your vision is good, your wholebeing will be full of light. But if you’re focused on the bad, your life will be full of darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
Yes, it can be as simple as that. Turn off the news! Take a social media break! YOU ARE ALLOWED! There is no one saying you have to stay current with everything going on. If you’re having a hard time removing yourself, everytime you want to check the news or social media, stop and pray instead. Not only does this give you a distraction, these quick little conversations with God can really put you in a better mood.
Give you, and the people around you, extra grace.
“God loves to give us more grace. He opposes the prideful, but he gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
This. Is. Hard. It’s ok to admit that, but it’s not ok to beat yourself or other people up over it. Everyone handles stress differently. Find a way to pause, take a breath, and give lots and lots of grace.
Take control of what you can, but leave the rest to God.
“We see that his faith and his actions worked together. His faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:22
You will drive yourself crazy trying to control what you aren’t meant to. When in a situation, assess if this is something where you can change the outcome, or if God will take this one. If you can control it, do so with prayer, grace, and reasoning. If God’s got it, then let him handle it. That’s it. Stay faithful, and let Him do what he designed you for: leading you according to His plan for greater good. God is good.
These really are changing times, and it’s hard to keep up with everything going on from one day to the next. Your emotional health should be a top priority right now. Remember that you are not going through this chaos alone. Reach out, pray often, and keep singing His praises!