On the blog this week we are talking all about self care! In order to pour out to others and live the life the Lord called us to we have to first take care of ourselves. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies our a temple that houses the Holy Spirit. If my body houses something as holly as that then we know it must be important to take care of it.
The blog today is in collaboration with Love From Faith, a blog and social media platform that equips girls with tools for health and wellness from a biblical standpoint. You can follow along on their instagram here and see their website here! We are so excited to here some of the fun tips and tricks to honor our bodies the way God intended us to!
We also have a giveaway included in this collab that you can find on instagram so enter in and good luck!! Cheers to wellness!
Starting off I am so excited to share with y’all the power in spiritual care. I came to know the Lord at a pretty young age so from the age of 9 Jesus was my reality. I knew that having a relationship was essential to having a stable life despite the circumstances that came. As I got older I learned that spiritual care wasn’t something that just happened on its own but it was something that needed to be worked on every day. I heard a pastor say one time that you may not remember all the words of the bible that you have ever read but they were still spiritual meals that kept you nourished. Spiritual care is work that happens in the trenches to see the result in the light.
I want to share 3 ways I like to care for myself spiritually, these are simple things that lead to a deeper relationship with the Lord.
- Have a moment with Jesus everyday. This moment doesn’t have to be an hour long, it doesn’t have to be 30 minutes, just 1 moment in God’s presence to fuel your soul. You could open up your bible and the first verse you read could be it for you but make sure you get something. Our hearts were created to be fed by the spirit, it’s one of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you had it. So get it, this could look like a moment in your car, a moment on a walk, a moment with a friend, but make the moment happen.
- Journal. I am not a huge journal-er. When I was a kid I loved the idea of having a diary. I would save up my allowance to buy a cool notebook and I would write about my crushes for maybe 3 days before it got old. I’m not saying journal all the details of the day but there is power in journaling what you are learning. Journal what God is speaking to you, journal special moments, journal bad moments. One day you will look back through these journals and see the fruit that God was working to grow during those days. Journaling brings healing because it brings out honesty. When we journal about where we are at it opens up the lens to have confidence for where your heart can be.
- Be intentional about biblical community. I know you read the blog for “self care” not “others care” but doing life with other people is a crucial part of spiritual growth. There’s the saying “show me your friends and i’ll show you your future.” It’s a quote that has proven true for many years. When you want to take care of yourself spiritually you need people who can encourage you in it. People will either lead you closer to the Lord or further away, so be intentional about the biblical community around you so that you can check spiritual self care off the list!
Physical Health: SELF-CARE WEEK! LET’S GO! It’s crucial to recognize the connection between your physical health and overall well-being. It’s also important to make changes in your life to support that connection. Everyday activity can improve your brain health, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen your muscles and bones, and improve your mental health. Physical activity can look like a variety of things and every day will look different depending on how you feel and your goals. This giveaway is to encourage you to adopt your own healthy movement and self-care routine. Just watch what happens! Here’s some ways to get started:)
Step 1: Set attainable goals. What is something you want to work on in regard to your physical health? Maybe this looks like going on a walk every day or adding weights to your gym visits 2-3 times a week. Make sure your goals excite you to work towards them but aren’t impossible to accomplish.
Step 2: Create a schedule. This is the first mental step to getting the ball rolling. Write down your schedule for the week, day by day, and set aside some free time to devote to your physical health. This way, you don’t procrastinate or delay your movement, but know what time works for you. Stay motivated to stick to your schedule!
Step 3: Take Action. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that tells you you can’t do it! You will feel accomplished! The more you make movement a priority, the easier it gets mentally and physically, I promise!
With all that being said, it’s also completely okay to take days off and to listen to your body. No matter where you are on your journey of physical health, treat yourself with kindness and love! And always remember to thank God for your ability to move and for your good health! It’s such a valuable gift. Here’s to health!
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This week, we chose to focus on all things self-care for many reasons. One being, that it’s back-to-school season which means awkward first impressions and following people on Instagram we’ve never met but saw in class one day. It also means full-time schedules. From balancing academics to social lives to clubs and sports, it’s a lot and it can be mentally draining. With this, comes a lot of emotions. This is normal and listen to this: it’s healthy!
However, if we’re being completely honest, I think we all struggle with how to handle these highs and lows. Personally, it’s taken me years to figure out what works best for me and what doesn’t. The key phrase there: best for me. We are all individuals with different, beautifully made minds that all think in amazingly unique ways. So, what one comment makes you feel may not even make your best friend blink. Remember that. And remember it is okay to feel. The first step to understanding your emotions is to accept them, all of them. The second step is to face them. Create a mood journal or a mood list in your notes app, when something makes you feel anxious one day write it down, and get it out of your system. The third step and my favorite step is to create space. For me, that’s alone time. I thrive on my hot worship walks. Maybe that will work for you, or maybe it doesn’t. Just know, other people’s space doesn’t always look like yours.
At the end of the day, our emotions are an extension of who we are. Suppressing them suppresses a part of you and God didn’t put you on this earth to hide who He made you to be. Be grateful for that, ground yourself in that, and love with your whole heart.
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I hope you enjoyed this collaboration blog as much as we enjoyed creating it! If you loved hearing from the girls at Love From Faith follow them on instagram and see there page at lovefromfaith.com! Know that you are prayed for and that you are loved. Happy self care week, you deserve it!
Xoxo Bets, Whitney, and Scarlet