It’s true if you’re discouraged your strength will be meager. Focusing on every problem that comes along and wallowing in it – then creating more problems in our minds that doesn’t even exist is not healthy. Stress kills. When it scares you to wake up each morning because you can’t mentally and emotionally face the day, or when you can’t quiet your thoughts at night to rest then you need to pause and examine what’s going on.
Do you need encouragement? Let your family and friends knows. A good word spoken at the right time is comforting.
Do you need some time off? Take it. “A live dog is better off than a dead lion”
Do you need professional help? Seek it. Mental and emotional health is as important as physical health. They work together.
Everyday we have to face life’s challenges, and it’s hard not to carry the weight of the world when we care. I find that turning off the news and all the negative stories on social media is sometimes necessary.
I caught a glimpse of the sun setting as I drove; Instantly I felt calmer because I saw the beauty in creation and remembered to be thankful for being able to experience it. I was at the beach and as we walked along the shore I felt awe at its majestic power. Where does the sea begin and where does it end? How much life is really down there? I felt so small in comparison, but thankful for its existence. How unimportant and futile some things seemed at the moment – like the $2000 purse I recently saw at a mall. There’s beauty in creation- so much knowledge to gain by studying it.
So I’m choosing to focus on these things. Yes, we have to deal with issues that arise, yes we have to problem solve and quench life’s fires, but we don’t have to dwell in negativity and lose joy, peace, or health. There may be truth to something I read: life is 20% what happens to you and 80% how you react. Training our minds to remain happy and hopeful despite trials can build resilience. Then we’ll be better prepared to cope with challenges.
Take time to care for yourself
Count your blessings
Focus on the good