All in Wellness
Self-care is a hot topic these days and there is good reason for that. We are probably more stressed and stimulated than we’ve ever been as a society before. We work a lot, sleep a little, and are exposed to and experiencing traumatic events what seems to be every. single. day!
This past weekend my daughter and I ran the DC Wonder Woman 5K Race. This race was held in downtown Denver and it had an awesome course. It was an inspiring time and was great to see so many strong women running together. I am so proud of my daughter and myself for completing the race. Here are some photos my husband took of us.
God cares about us and our health. He wants us to take care of our bodies. I have searched the scriptures and compiled some of scriptures that I reflect on to stay encouraged along my health and self-care journey. I hope they can help and encourage you as well. Some of these scriptures may not have been written with health in mind, but I am a firm believer that Gods word is timeless and can be applied to any area of our lives when we need it to be.
My best mornings begin the same way. I wake up, say a prayer thanking the good Lord for another day, get out of bed and slip into my coziest house shoes and robe. I head downstairs and let the dog out, then I proceed to make my first cup of coffee of the day. I am usually up before everyone else in the house so I get to enjoy a few hours of silence to read, write or just think. This may seem mundane to some but to me its the best form of self-care.
I vividly remember being a child and having to walk in front of the church to place money in the offering basket. I would put my hand on the side of my face to cover it as I walked by because I did not want people looking at me. I am an introvert and I really don’t like the spotlight on me. Back then to me, that was the scariest thing ever, I was extremely shy!
When flipping through the news you can't help but ask yourself what is happening to this world, and what is it going to be next? Another murder, scandal, crisis? Sometimes it can get to be a bit much. I personally believe the bad news is overinflated by the media, but still overwhelming at times, to say the least.
When we hear the word "fitness" our minds often brings us to think about physical fitness. We might envision someone who is in great shape or a person that can complete demanding physical activities without a problem. Physical fitness is not the only fitness we should think about regularly.
What I have come to find over the years is that mental fitness is just as important if not MORE important than physical fitness. Our mental fitness is the thing that gives us the courage to try things that we may be afraid or hesitant to try. It helps us to think through tough decisions, and stay sane through tough circumstances. It is also what helps us to stay sharp and quick thinking.
The thing about depression and feeling low is it can hit you out of nowhere! Sometimes, I feel moody, anxious, irritable and annoyed for no reason at all. I've cried several times for I don't know what... my life is pretty great and I am blessed. I have a great family, a great job and a wonderful home. The Good Lord has kept me and I am thankful! But even with all of this sometimes I get sad.
There comes a time every now and then when I feel down or my mood is low. During these times I don't feel like doing much, and I don't feel like being around others. There are times when I know what the cause is (diet, monthly cycle, stress) and times when I do not.
After 38 years of life I have found a few things that help me to boost my mood during these time and feel better. Today I wanted to share some some of these ideas with you and hopefully they can help you as well.
Back in 2009 life was going well for me. I was Active Duty Air Force stationed in beautiful Okinawa Japan. My work life was good, home life was good, and I felt my spiritual life was pretty on point. Fast forward to September of that same year, I found out with a 5 days’ notice that I would be deploying for a 6-month tour thousands of miles away from home.