We can maintain a healthy soul by simply practicing the art of stopping, even if it’s once a day for just a minute. Intentionally create moments of silence and stillness during the chaos of your busy life, or take time to notice the naturally still and simple moments. This can be just a quick walk to the mailbox, a minute in between binging episodes, or waiting in the doctor’s office.
Erin told me that she has learned to accept herself for who she is. She has let go of her need to “fit in”, and instead fully embraces her true self. She said that once you learn to be yourself without concern for judgement, life becomes much more freeing.
Whenever you feel yourself slipping into a pattern of hopelessness during this next month, stand up and do the next thing for that moment. I know it’s easier said than done, and sometimes the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. However, getting into the practice can immensely improve your mental health.
To me, real courage and strength is letting go of what we do to feel secure. Real courage and strength is setting ourselves free and taking a leap of faith.
Victories can be as small as sliding out of the warm covers of my bed and putting my feet on the floor. They can even be as small as simply showing up to work or keeping plans with friends. We tend to put so much weight on our “failures”, but most days we have even more successes.
You have the power and control to live a joy-filled life. The first step in gaining that control is the practice of gratitude.
I’ve outlined my refocusing process in three simple steps. Hopefully these three steps can help you the next time you face an anxiety-provoking moment :).
You may feel like you’re settling for a mediocre life. You may even feel completely confused about your life’s purpose. But here’s good news: the answer to finding a life of intention is already here. Step out of bed and take one little action at a time. Do what feels right for you. Your answers will reveal themselves through going forward and living. Have the courage to follow your gut, and you will live a journey of intention rather than a life on automatic pilot.
Anxiety will keep your focus on the future. Depression will keep your focus on the past. Your constant fight is for the moment. The moment is worth fighting for, and you have the strength to win every day.
Mercy and reconciliation is a homecoming. Even when you feel like you have strayed so far from home, so far from who you truly are, you can always find your way back. Home is so much closer than you believe. Through God’s mercy, you can soar back into the loving arms of your creator, where you truly belong. Once you are home, kill the fattened calf and celebrate who you are. Celebrate where your feet are now, even if there’s a chance you may stray from home again.