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It is easy to think about how we would like our lives to turn out and we think if only....... If only I would lose weight- If only I would meet that perfect mate- If only I would get the perfect job and so on. While it is good to yearn for desired outcomes and to work toward them- it is important to enjoy each step of the journey. It is not what is on top of that mountain.............. it is the climb!
How often do you take time to do things for yourself that you really enjoy? I am referring to something OTHER than taking care of others!
We love to help and take care of our family. I am talking about doing something OTHER than that. I am talking about something that you have a passion for that can help to rejuvenate you to be a better .............mother, father, sibling, spouse, friend, Etc. - I am talking about a deeper self-care strategy. I used to think that I was being selfish if I did anything at all other than take care of my children. I learned the hard way that taking care of children REQUIRED me to take care of myself in EVERY WAY. What is your passion? What is something that you would like to do that would be part of your self- care other than.....sleeping some (BLah haha).
The most beautiful attribute to have is a good heart.
It doesn't matter how beautiful that you make yourself look on the outside. Having a loving and giving heart is more beautiful and attractive than anything that you could do to your outward appearance!
Having a "good" heart can mean different things to to different people.
What does it mean to you?
Think about all of the blessings that could come from you demonstrating a loving and giving heart more often!
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of
praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 But the LORD said to Samuel,
"Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven't
selected him. God doesn't look at things like humans do. Humans see only
what is visible to the eyes, but the LORD sees into the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Feeling overwhelmed can result in an intense emotion and turn into anxiety, anger
helplessness, panic attacks, crying, and a lack of sleep.
Tips that can help are:
Change your thoughts. Do not tell yourself that you cannot do something. Tell yourself that you CAN and WILL get through your difficult time.
Break things down in smaller and more attainable steps. If you only look at the big picture of what all needs to be done or what you have to go through, it will be very overwhelming. But if you just look at the next step or the next hour, it is more doable to mange what you are overwhelmed about.
Do what you can with what you have with where you are in life- and let the rest go. You can only do what you are capable of. Tell yourself this and accept where you are and do the best that you can do.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28