The month of February we celebrated Valentine’s Day, the day of love. February is also known as Healthy Heart Month, a time to educate women on healthy living to end heart disease.
These last months we have endured the most STRESSFUL TIME in our lives as a result of COVID-19. During this stressful season we must provide self-care. We need to love ourselves before extending to others. We are reminded to provide self-care first, honoring the body God has given us. Self-care is the practice to preserve or improve ones own health. It’s not being selfish.
Often times we care for our children, spouses, parents and others dear to us placing ourselves last. It is now time that we place into action “ME TIME”. Every day is a new day and never too late for change towards building a better me. Incorporating exercise/walking is the action needed to keep our bodies healthy and strong allowing our minds to be alert, positive, and routinely build confidence. Exercise helps us develop a positive self-image. Give yourself credit when you exercise and make better healthy living choices, as movement is good for our body, mind and spirit.
Here are a few suggestion for ME TIME:
• Simply spend 30 minutes a day to rest/relax and mediate/Pray in the am or pm.
• Simply find 30 minutes to exercise or walk mediating/reflecting on your desires while listening to music or listening to an audio book for fun or self improvement.
• Simply read a few chapters of the Bible or read a novel, go to the library and check out a book or use your kindle. Remember it is the Bible that provides directives of our life.
• Simply sit on your sofa, look out the window and breathe calmly taking the time to reflect and relax. Remember to pay attention to your body, as it talks to you!
Utilize the following free resources for additional practical self-care activities:
• ten percent happier
• How to ride safely amid COVID-19 concerns
• Yale happiness course
• YMCA free online exercise class
• fitness blender
Remember It’s Me Time! Becoming the BEST ME!
Below are a few Bible verses to remind us of the need for self-care “Me Time”:
1 Corinthians 3:16: “Do you not know that you are Gods temple and that Gods Spirit dwells in you”
Matthew 11: 28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Creator of all, Thank You for embracing me as you guide and direct the change in me!
Tera Brown-Daniels, Member at Large
Christian Church of the Southwest Region
Disciples Women Ministry