Hello Reader! So you’re in a time of waiting ? Or are you ready for that long-delayed change to come? I get what both of those can be like! Typically that includes lots of thoughts, emotions, physical or spiritual exhaustion, need for isolation or a packed schedule, and lots of stress. It’s not surprising that most stress scales rate times of waiting or transition as chart-toppers.
Do these following tips and include them in your daily routine more-often-than-not over the next 7-21 days. By doing these things on a daily basis you will actually re-train yourself to approach this time differently. And doing things differently will get you a different result than you have seen so far! You might not see the ship come in or the thing you are waiting for to show up, so no guarantees there. However you will be healthier, happier and your ability to think with more creativity will more than likely increase.
- Start your day feeding your soul by affirming your identity, purpose and power
“Our souls are healthy to the extent we maintain connection and receptivity to God.”-Mindy Caliguire, Soul Care
“The soul is the engine room of our lives.”-Brian Houston, Hillsong Church
- Our souls are composed of our mind, will and emotions so the following will influence your thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and feelings.
- Schedule time without technology interruption to practice Unplugging
- Teach your soul to be quiet. Ps 62:5
- Educate your soul and preach the truth to yourself. Prov 19:2 (You can have lots of degrees or doctorates, but ultimately it is what your soul knows that directs your life.)
- Fill your soul with hope. Heb 6:19
- Teach your soul to boast and declare God’s love. Ps 34:2
- Teach your soul to be accountable. Accept responsibility and accountability for your choices and invite the Lord to lead you. Ps 119:10; 139:23
- Teach your soul to lament, grieve or mourn with confidence. Ps 42; 130
- Fuel your body with liquids and foods that are healthy for your body now
What you eat determines how you feel and also how you think! Choose your food wisely and consider being tested for food allergies. Eliminate nicotine, caffeine and decrease simple carbohydrates all of which “feed” stress.
Thinking about a cleanse? Always do a cleanse of any kind under the direction of a medical doctor or trained nutritionist.
Consider adding a multi-Vitamin, pro-biotic, or specific supplement that may be recommended as led by your doctor. During times of stress our brains can becomes depleted of naturally occurring chemicals so vitamins, supplements and whole foods help renew brain wellness.
Stay hydrated so drink water several times a day and avoid an abundance of substances that cause dehydration like caffeine and alcohol.
Want to think more clearly or more creatively? Eat healthier, take care of your gut health, and drink more water. Done and done.
- Join in life with friends who care
We are made to be in relationship. Laughter and joy with others have immediate physical, mental and spiritual effects. Telling others about Christ is part of who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ so share your story with others. Also mourning with others, comforting others and allowing them to comfort us leads to blessing for us too. Share life health-fully with trusted others and give of yourself healthfully being aware of your current limits.
This means please get OFF technology! If you feel like your phone or your access to the online world has to be with you all the time, read the sign—you need to practice “Unplugging”. Unplugging is the spiritual discipline that schedules times for no technology and instead practicing silence, solitude and reconnecting (with the human world around you). Your brain actually increases stress hormones when you stay connected virtually. Stop hurting yourself with social media and make a plan to visit friends, in–person!
- Re-frame all thoughts around identity, purpose and God’s promises
Waiting for anything can create anxiety and anxiety can make our thoughts go places that are not helpful. Re-frame all thoughts around who you are in Christ by reading “identity/I am” scripture verses out-loud. Re-frame all discouragement or lack of movement around your purpose for this season. Re-frame all other thoughts around the promises God has spoken for certain in the Bible—there are a lot, and while some don’t speak to our specific circumstances, they often speak to our deep needs. So let those re-framed thoughts be the ones that get to occupy space in your mind and emotions.
- Include physical exercise more days than not
Our bodies are made to move, so plan for daily exercise and ask your doctor to help you determine healthy options for this season. A general rule is exercise for 20-30 minutes 5-7 times a week. Do you like to walk, dance, run, skip rope….?
Need help figuring out how to incorporate movement into your days? Visit with personal trainers Martin Ewagwu at www.NeduFitness.com , Katie Lieburd at www.BeyondMeasureWellness.com , or online video guide Kelsey Lee.
- End your day with a list of gratitude
This is a proven way to increase our connection to the depths of our dreams, to our Creator God and also to healthy brain activity.
Here are a few suggestions: consider writing daily lists in your journal, writing on a chalkboard or white board, Facebook status, or using art or a music playlist instead of words.
- Five things I’m grateful for today:….. And each day list different things.
- My weekly gratitude project….
- 30 day gratitude project…Join me as I share one thing each day!
- Plan for sleep and actually get sleep
Because getting appropriate levels of sleep while experiencing stress and anxiety will greatly increase your ability to live healthfully. Guard your sleep and plan well to prepare your body for rest; that may mean setting aside time before bed to slow down. Often 7-8 hours of sleep is optimal, but some of us need less or more at certain ages or seasons/times. Sleep is critical for clear thinking, energy, relational connection to others and ability to focus in times with God.
Need some ideas on how to plan for sleep? Plan to head to bed at a fairly consistent time, as much as possible. One-Two hours before heading to bed, turn off most of the lights in your home AND most technology so you signal your body to begin to be still. 30minutes-One hour before bed, list out all the things you have to do and if possible next to each item list your immediate next step. Then for the rest of the 30 minutes-hour, do something you enjoy that is healthy for you. If you have trouble falling asleep after 20 minutes in bed, get up and sit in a low-lighted room and read something soothing (if you use a Kindle, etc. keep the light low as well). Of course these options are easier in various life stages!
To wrap it up, apply these more days than not over the next 7-21 days and then see how things either look or feel differently.
You might not see the ship come in but you might feel less anxious about it. You might not have the needed change but you might think of more creative ways to respond now.
“Remember, stop looking for what you wish was in your life and start living out your identity and purpose—then see how things look.”-Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S
Send me a line and let me know how it’s going with these tips!
Also, email me at email@example.com and I will send you a log to help you see your journey from stressful waiting to healthy resting.
Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S is counselor, coach and creative who is passionate about people. She directs the Streams Counseling Center in Austin, Texas and co-leads the non-profit Renue.Me whose mission is to invest in the dreams of leaders in underprivileged communities around the world. Connect with her at www.lizlawrencelpc.com or www.renue.me
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