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How To Stay Emotionally Healthy

February Scripture:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.~James 3:17 (NIV)



The following list is a work in progress.

1. Pray. 
Pray often. Pray when you feel anger building, frustration emerging, or ropes fraying. Pray till you can sense that the Great I Am really is with you.

This is a wonderful article on prayer by author Chip Mattis. He calls it PACT: Praise, Ask, Confess and Thank. You can find the full article here. I highly recommend it.


2. Find a quiet place (even if it’s in the bathroom) to read God’s Word, one chapter a day is fine. I like short devotionals, like Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, to accompany my Bible reading.


3.  Read fictional titles. Read anything uplifting with substance I always say.


4. Keep a journal.


5. Find one good friend who lets you vent, and be a friend to her.



6. Keep the radio on a Christian station, one that plays the music you like (in the background is good). My little portable radio is on 24/7 in my bathroom. It’s old, nothing digital about it, but it works.



7. Worship God: Sing out loud (it’s okay to let everyone in the home hear you sing). Be true to Him and yourself. Check out this video called "Happy Song," sung by my friend Crystal Purvis, and written by the wonderful late Irene--everyone's favorite Grandma.





8. Take care of yourself, because the care you receive will equal the care you give. Love yourself; you're important; you're unique; you're strong. God knows you're awesome. I do too, btw. 


9. Remember, you are not alone. Above all, God is with you. And there are over 43.5 million (this number keeps rising) caregivers in the USA alone (https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics). A lot of caregiver groups are on social networks and members have great advice, not to mention the encouragement you need.


10. Have a cup of coffee and a doughnut!
11. Start a blog. It's easier than you think. Blog once a week on anything that interests you. Use Pixabay for free images, illustrations, and even video clips. All free.

12. Get out of your pajamas, it will make you feel good.

13. If you can't make it to church, keep up with your pastor online. If your church does not have the podcast or video of their sermons find a pastor you might enjoy and listen to that. I love hearing from Priscilla Shirer or Beth Moore. YouTube is packed with great sermons. 

14. Use the internet to go shopping. 
Many stores offer free shipping. InstaCart will even do your grocery shopping. Walmart has free grocery service. You order online, they shop, bag it, send you message when it's ready, you pick up. No need to get out of your car, they'll deliver. Those ads are for real.

15. Color.
Coloring is great therapy. My mom (who has had 2 strokes) enjoys this so much. She's on her third coloring book. I'm proud to say she's loving the one I created with my friend Ginger Galloway. It's called Color! and it's based on the Proverbs 31 woman. That would be you, yes you. 

16. Use meal delivery services like HelloFresh
You won't have to think about what to have for dinner. And the meals are delicious and super easy to fix. Half an hour tops to prepare. 

17. Doodle. Stick people rule ... and you'll master it, I'm sure of it. 

18. Get you hair done. A new "do" or a trim? Watch for those coupons in the mail.

19. Better yet, treat yourself to a professional massage. It hurts only for a while. I did this once, and will definitely do it again. 

20. Treat your mind and body with essential oils. They can get expensive. However, after a little bit of research I've found Eden's Garden have the best prices for the pure stuff. 


My favorite oils
Lavender (Very calming, and gets my, and Dad's, BP down)
Frankincense
Eucalyptus
Tea Trea

21. Write a poem. This has helped me so much. Don't hold back and be free with it. 

22. Read poetry

23. Light a scented candle


My Favorite Candle Scents
Pumpkin Spice
Cheesecake
Skittles (They do exist!)
Apple

24. Eat Chocolate

25. Sit in your garden

26. Find a simple and relaxing/fun hobby; Crochet, knit, paint, make bookmarks. Check out our Pinterest board for more info on this.

27. Read encouraging Scriptures/Beautiful Memes

28. Learn the art of Bible Journaling

29. Do a puzzle
There is an amazing collection of puzzles for dementia patients. Happy patient, happy caregiver.

30. Do something sweet for someone. What else can you do with all those scarves you're crocheting, right? Present for someone? Crochet socks and beanies for the homeless? 

31. Play card games

32. Don't forget to exercise. If you can't find time to go to the gym, try a stationary bike or those colored bands. Ten to twenty minutes each day will do you good. Have a friend with a pool. Do a few laps. Check me out!

33. 7 Godly Life Hacks by fellow blogger "Inspired by His Words" with Ava James.










Let us know what works for you and leave it in the comments section below.


44 comments:

  1. Here's the link Carrie: https://www.amazon.com/Color-Coloring-Affirmations-Womans-Heart/dp/1530440203?keywords=deborah+L.+alten&qid=1537987133&sr=8-1&ref=sr_1_1

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  2. Thanks Deborah, really great advice. Care givers need lots of help and prayers.

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    1. You are so right, Yvonne. And prayer is pretty powerful. It's been a great journey, and I'm still learning. Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  3. Hi Deborah. This is a helpful list, and not just for caregivers. I think one that I use quite often is #1 about prayer. I don't consider myself at all to be a prayer warrior, but I do find myself talking to God throughout the day. So whether I'm stepping in to a meeting that will be difficult or just got cut off by a crazy on the road, I talk to God and ask Him for his help - to help me follow the Spirit's lead, etc. Thanks for these suggestions.

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    1. I know what you mean, Stephen. The most awesome thing about prayer is we have access to God anytime, anywhere.

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  4. What an important post! Thank you for this. I have a close friend who is a caregiver for his wife...I'm going to share this with him.

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  5. This is so helpful. I'm a caregiver for my mom and finally started utilizing buying online. It is a sanity saver. Now when I get respite from a nurse I can do something relaxing, like walk in the woods, instead of doing errands.

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    1. Isn't that awesome? I love shopping online. You've got to take advantages of those moments when you get time for yourself. I would love to take a walk in the woods. We live in the desert so no long walks. LOL. Thanks Kris. You're welcome to add your ideas to this list.

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  6. Thanks Joey. My reason for writing this blog was always to see if I could help other caregivers, so thank you so much for sharing this with your friend. Hope it helps.

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  7. Deborah, There are so many wonderful suggestions in this post to help ensure the caregiver remains strong and resiliant. After taking care of my Mother, prior to her death, I grew to appreciate the need to have moments of silence and prayer and Scripture. I also really appreciated your suggestions to have Christian music playing, to journal and draw, to seek companionship and attend church, and to practice self-care. Thanks for the insightful post. I am sure it will help many who are currently caregiving.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I don't think we can take this journey without the Lord. Prayer is a mighty weapon. Please feel free to add to this list. Would love to hear some of your stories.

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  8. Such great tips. Especially when you feel beaten as a caregiver. I will share with my mum. Thanks Deborah.

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  9. All good words here. We do need to take care of ourselves to better care for others.

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  10. Over 43 million caregivers? Is that just in the United States, or is that globally? Nonetheless, it’s a huge number. I had no idea! God bless you for reaching out and providing tips to help.

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  11. Great tips. I agree with all of them, and especially the one about keeping the Christian radio station on. Even when I don't feel like I'm in the "mood" for music, the lyrics and the message still sink in and influence me even when I don't realize it.

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  12. This is great stuff, Deb. And thanks for the shout out.
    I think I would add, seek support. When I cared for my dad, I needed friends to pray with me and encourage me. I needed the sanity check. Community is so valuable.
    Excellent post!

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  13. This is great! As a mom of 3, including a 3 month old I'm almost always feeling exhausted. One thing that has really made a difference in my life when I've made the time for it is self-care (#7). It seems indulgent, even selfish to me; but the reality is that when I do pratice regular self-care I do a better job of caring for others.

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  15. Great tips! Funny thing about coloring - it seems so kid-like, but it really boosts my mood for some reason!

    Thanks Deborah :)

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    1. I watch my mom color and it's like she's creating a masterpiece. I'm going to have to frame one for her. You're right, it really does boost your mood.

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  16. These are very creative suggestions. I'm going to try the puzzle one...we had puzzles ar my last job. They were great in helping us take a break from the stress and staring at our screen

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    1. It's an awesome relief from stress. I think staring at my laptop for too long makes me dizzy. Gotta step away once in a while.

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  17. Such great ideas to make a very difficult job manageable. Treating ourselves is very important. Thanks and God bless!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Yep, I found out early on in this journey that I had to stay healthy both physically and mentally in order to do this lovingly.

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  18. Great suggestions for us Men as well in your list. Thank you also for the helpful links like Pixabay!! God Bless!!

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    1. You're welcome Stephen. I should ask my Christian brothers for more suggestions. Thanks for that little insight.

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  19. Great list! I think the one that keeps me most focused on the Lord through the WHOLE day is to keep listening to Christian music. My home is peaceful, my spirit is peaceful, and I dance through my day in praise and prayer!

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    1. Ooh, I know, I love that, too. Dancing and praising and prayer. It's enough to get us through our days. Pure joy and real peace.

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  20. Great list! I go to the gym. I exercise while I listen to worship music and podcasts. It's a time just for me and a great way for me to escape my 'to do' list.

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    1. Oh yes, will have to add exercise/going to gym. I actually have a stationary bike. Helps me to stay on course. Thanks Marcie.

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  21. What a wonderful list! Going to try and share with a dear friend who is a caregiver.

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    1. Oh, I always love it when readers share this with their caregiver friends. Thanks so much Joey. Hope it will help your friend.

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  22. Praying this finds those in the most need. One you might add just happened for a friend of mine whose husband has early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. She spoke to someone at her church and they have 2 retired men who are taking turns coming to visit her husband once a week so she can get out for a couple of hours. I call that "bearing one another's burdens." It is a gift to her.

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  23. These are excellent tips! Eating well and getting enough sleep are critical for me in caring for my body, which helps my emotional health, and spending time every day in God's Word (ESPECIALLY when I think I don't have time) is critical.

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  24. Very helpful and encouraging tips for the care givers.

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  25. Being intentional in caring for ourselves is so important!

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  26. Great ideaas! I like "Get out of your pajamas!". As somene who works from home, I have to be intentional about wearing something besides jeans and sweatshirt. Wonderful suggestions. :)

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