Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s been a long time I shouldn’t have left you, left you without a dope beat to step to, step to…corny I know! But I pray you are all well.
First, let me apologize for my absence, when life happened it happened.
It’s funny how we can constantly tell others that it’s okay and things will be better but never truly believe those words until something happens to us… Let me explain.
December 2016 ended with a devastating loss for me. My family tried to encourage me and I was trying to convince myself that “yes I’m okay!” without actually dealing with my feelings. This, my friends was not a good idea at all!
I was trying to stay strong in my faith but to be quite honest I struggled. It was hard for me to encourage anybody when I wasn’t encouraged, I wasn’t happy, and I wasn’t positive. I was embarrassed, I was sad, and I was angry. I had nothing to give anybody because I had nothing to give myself. I felt like I had let myself down.
I still had obligations and other commitments, and I felt bad that I couldn’t do or give my best. But, that’s when my mother reminded me, it is okay to take time to take care of yourself. Taking care of your self is essential for YOU and those around you!
Here are a few steps that helped me during my low moment:
1. Speak the Word!
The word of God is alive and living. When you read and speak God’s promises over yourself it’s like a seed that is planted, watered, and grows. The fruit of those seeds are His peace, His joy, His strength, His love and so much more.
2. Misery loves company, but you shouldn’t!
Watch who you surround yourself with during this time, this can make all the difference in the world. They can either keep you down or lift you up. Positive vibes only remember that!!
3. Just do it!
Research has shown that exercise or any other physical activity aids in decreasing depression. So get out there! Zumba, yoga, weight training, whatever it is, get moving and release those feel-good brain chemicals!
4. Don’t be so hard!
Do not be so hard on yourself. Life happens but don’t allow it to break you. Work through what you are feeling, allow your self to be sad, and angry but then pick yourself back up. You may be down for the count but don’t be counted out!
So until next time, take care of yourself and don’t feel guilty! You deserve your best SELF!!