5 Tips To Stay In Peace
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know the recent circumstances have shifted us into a "new normal" way of living. Social distancing, mask-wearing, video chatting, and toilet paper hoarding...Fear of the unknown could certainly lead us to worry. But, let's not forget - we have a power within us that is not dependent upon circumstances outside us. A peace that surpasses all understanding.
Here are 5 tips to help you stay in peace, throughout this pandemic. Remember, take this season day-by-day...this too shall pass.
1. Fix Your Focus
You have the choice to think/meditate on whatever floats into your mind...good or bad. You also have the power to change your thoughts. Like a television, change the channel! Do not let unhealthy, negative thinking bring down your mood. Like a mosquito, smack fearful thoughts away immediately. Do not let "false realities" steal one second of your joy!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
2. Detox from the media.
Although it is good to stay informed, we recommend keeping it brief. We all know the media aims for our attention. But, imagine what too much bad news can do to your mental health. Instead, try any of the following! Reading, writing, cooking, photography, running, coffee brewing...Reposition your day with less screen time and more “breathe” time.
3. Sharing is Caring
It may be hard to share your worries, but talking it out can be healing. Don't mistake this time to vent or complain about bottled emotions...However, share your concerns responsibly and work through the troubles with those you trust.
Most importantly, turn every fret into a prayer. Share your feelings with God and seek His guidance for comfort.
4. Serve Others
Think of ways to become a blessing towards others. Send a kind text message, pay for another person's groceries, donate to those in need, go the extra mile in any situation, and of course pray for them! Just because we have to be physically distant does not mean we have to actually be socially or emotionally distant.
2 Corinthians 9:6
"Remember this - a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop."
5. Find Balance
It is important to find rhythm and rest. Do not overwork yourself...this leads to more stress and burnout. Start off small and eat three clean meals a day. Move every 30 minutes. Create less screen time and more people time. Rest. Go to bed early. Drink more water and again...rest! Do not feel guilty for relaxing. A well-maintained vehicle can withstand a journey over hundreds of thousands of miles.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Edwin & Joel