Tuesday, January 08, 2013
No, it's not my birthday. Just a little trick I learned. I read an article about teaching one's kids to manage stress. One of the suggestions was to make pretend they are blowing out birthday candles. Just take a deep breath in, then blow it out. I have been using that trick when I feel my anxiety arise. When I feel depressed or anxious about my work and family problems, I just remind myself: blow out the candles, blow out the candles. The deep breathing helps me calm down. Worry is not going to solve my problems, but maintaining a level head will definitely help me get through these tribulations. I will overcome this. And when it's over, I will get a nice cake and blow out the candles in real life to celebrate.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sometimes we go through life hoping and praying that our circumstances will change soon and remaining hopeful and optimistic that God will "make it better". Even though every one stumbles and falls on hard times, we just need to look around and thank God for what we DO have. Unfortunately, there are people going through even worse situations. These past few years have been exceptionally difficult for me. As I reflect on those hardships, I realize that even though I am still not where I want to be, God has me exactly where I need to be. Growing pains; excruciating, yet many times necessary.
Proverbs 20:24 (NIV) A personís steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?
Monday, December 10, 2012
Today was a good day. I was able to sleep in a little bit. Even though I had some disheartening news, I did not let that defeat me. I just took some deep breaths. Then I talked to a co-worker, who helped put things in perspective. I did not rely on my 10-minutes-at-a-time philosophy; I made it through the whole day. I don't know how long I will have my job, but I am trusting that God will continue to provide for me and my daughter. Thank you, God, for providing all my needs.
Deuteronomy 3:16 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Matthew 6:25-27 25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The darkness has subsided. I feel stronger, wiser. I am mindful that there will be many more storms in life. I am mindful that I have all the tools necessary to remain strong during those storms. I actually made it through the whole day; did not need to get through today 10 minutes at a time. There is hope. There is healing.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
WARNING: POSSIBLE TMI ALERT
I have noticed a pattern. I realize that my depression and anxiety "flare up" when I am premenstrual. Now that I know the problem, I am implementing solutions. Nutrition plays an important role in physical AND mental health. Exercise is equally as important. Usually around "that time" I just succumb to those feelings of hopelessness and put myself on auto pilot; just so I can make it through the day. At night I would cry myself to sleep. This past weekend I DID NOT allow that to happen. I forced myself to go out with a friend Saturday night. I have been blogging and listening Spark Radio and watching Joyce Meyer ministries videos online. I will continue to use the tools available to me to overcome premenstrual depression and anxiety. Even though I did have a brief crying spell this past weekend, I am claiming a victory in this battle. I am mindful that the war is not over yet; but I will continue to be victorious. Thank you, God, for giving me a strong healthy mind and body. Thank you, God, for providing all I need to live the life You ordained for me. Thank you, God, for the victory.
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