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This is much easier said than done as an adult with the responsilities that life brings. We really have to renew our minds on purpose to not worry and be happy.
A 2017 New York Times article points out that “There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body.” The bible states this in Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.
While there is so much emphasis on eating right and exercise when it comes to wellness, our thought life should be paid attention as well. After all, everything we do begins with a thought. It makes sense that healthy thoughts could lead to healthier choices.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on things that are just, pure, honest, lovely, and of a good report. Earlier in chapter 4 it is saying to be anxious for nothing and pray with thanksgiving. It would be wise to heed to our creators instuctions.
We all know that we are influenced by the things we give our attention and time to. A great practice for helping encourage right thinking is eliminating the negative inputs. I don’t believe we were created to be constantly stimulated by all the entertainment we are exposed to with our fast paced world.
I find personally, that taking breaks from all media is a great way to quiet my mind! I would put in question that the rising epidemic of mental health issues would some how be connected to all information we are being bombarded with. It seems as if alot of fear is projected. Struggling personally with anxiety, hearing all the bad news has had a direct affect.
Here are a few practical suggestions to apply right away to help exercise your mind to think good thoughts.
- Make a list and speak out loud things you are thankful for!
- Take a walk and be grateful for nature and all it provides(oxygen from trees)
- Expect good things(faith)
- Take time to encourage another
We are happier when we take the time to put a smile on someone else.Everyone has struggles and we all make the choice daily what we focus on. What we focus on grows, good or bad. The more we allow the wrong thoughts the more they seem to mulitply and spiral out of control.
The bible also tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 the word says to cast down imaginations take every thougtht captive to the obedience of Christ. Take time today to exercise your mind and think good thoughts. I have found this very helpful in my perosnal journey! Dr. Caroline Leaf has a great information that assists in making this change! If you have any questions or concerns add to the conversation by commenting.
To Your Health.
Sources = Dr. Axe.com, Drleaf.com, New York Times.com
First of all, I want to ask for your forgiveness. I really dropped the ball with the blogging..I have been in the process of writing a book called “ A Battle Plan For Fear, Anxiety, and Depression.” In starting the blog, I was asking the Lord to give me a platform to help women. I was not really sure what I was asking for, but my heart was to be a part of God’s plan and be faithful to where He has entrusted me.
I had just published a book called ” A Battle Plan For Cancer” hoping to give some helpful tools for those fighting that battle as well as sharing my own personal testimony with a scare I had with a breast lump. This is where things started to get really hard. I had been running full speed ahead for years.
I had major “Martha syndrome”. This is a woman from scripture Luke 10:38-42 that God said was concerned with too many things. I would recommend reading this passage. She spent more time working for God and serving others, while her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet learning of Him and resting in His love. Jesus told Mary she had chose the better thing, but Martha was upset that Mary had the audacity to let her do all the serving and sit at Jesus feet This thought was so foreign to me, because after all to be successful at anything it takes hard work, right?
The society we have all been raised in fosters this idea of women trying to be a real life Wonder Woman when she is a fictional character. We are told we are not only to be the keepers of our home as the Bible tells us our roles are, a helper to our husband, taking care of our children, but we should also go out and have a career and find time to serve in the local church! We are made to feel that if we are not everything to everybody that we have somehow failed to be a success in life.
So I ran my gym, had a husband, and two kids, tried to serve in the church, and the
community as well. I thought God and everyone else expected me to be a success and to keep plugging along. Well, with the challenges of marriage, children, and all that it
brings, I began to feel the effects of having minimal downtime and all the demands I
placed on myself. When I had to close my gym and come home, I was pregnant with my 3 rd baby. I felt like I had missed it or failed since the gym did not succeed ( at least
according to the world’s standards), but I will share more about that later.
I came home and had my baby, and then found out I was pregnant again a few months
after having my third child. This was a sure sign I was not going anywhere for awhile. I
had no idea how exhausted I was. My adrenals were shot. My stress levels had been way too high for way too long, and I was burning the candle at both ends so to speak. I was at burn out and my body started experiencing the effects. Anxiety started to plague me.
I don’t mean an occasional bought as I had experienced on and off with panic attacks, but anxiety that debilitated me from living life the way I once had and stole joy from so many days.Fear that haunted my thoughts and kept me bound. I was afraid to exercise, and for me being a personal trainer it was absurd. I was afraid to leave my house and even drive at times. If you had ever known me, this is everything opposite of my personality and who I had always been.
I know now what a demon mental illness really is. I begin to feel so much compassion for those trapped in its prison. I will begin sharing with you in a series
of blogs about my journey to healing. As I reveal my weakness and where the Lord’s
strength has been able to come through and lead me down a road to understanding my
body, my mind, and how the health of both have an effect on each other.
Digestive health plays a role and simple obedience to doing things God’s way can have a profound effect on our health and wellness. If any of this hits home, then I invite you to join me as I will be sharing my pain, my tears, and my overcoming through seeking the great physician Jesus and submitting to His ways of thinking and doing things. I am still a work in progress and realize how much I really don’t know. I am thankful to be able to be a small part of helping others find tools to implement on their road to health and wellness! Be sure to check out the next blog post that will begin with some practical steps to initiate the bodies healing.
To Your Health,
Fun in the Sun: The Best Way to Get Your Vitamin
It’s summertime! There’s lot’s of sun–maybe a bit too much lately with the heat and drought already this year. So there is no need to fear a vitamin D deficiency epidemic, right?We can’t be any more wrong.
According to this post deficiencies in vitamin D are at an all time high–this post were stats in 2014, so we can expect them to be at least that or higher.
According to the CDC 32% of children and adults were vitamin D deficient
- The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 50 percent of children aged one to five years, and 70 percent of children between the ages of six and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D
- Researchers such as Dr. Holick estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency
Even eating vitamin D fortified foods are not as helpful in receiving and processing vitamin D as the sun is. But they do help, so don’t not continue to consume these foods or supplement! Any little bit helps, but always remember the sun is the best!
What Does vitamin D Do for Me?
One of the most commonly known things it is known for is promoting bone health and the processing of calcium in the body. This process of the body helps prevent soft bones, osteoporosis, and rickets.
Another big advantage is that it aids in the prevention of disease and boosts the immune system. This essential vitamin helps the body ward off cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive problems, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.
For more benefits and sources for this article check out:
Common Signs Your are Vitamin D Deficient/Insufficient You’re feeling blue: If you are feeling depressed and/or anxious, you may just need to step outside for at least 5-15 minutes and get a little sun. I can tell you this from first hand experience.
Fatigue: If you are feeling tired and having a hard time concentrating seemingly out of nowhere, having some time in the sun will also help.
Your bones and joints ache
You seem to “catch everything”: Vitamin D not only helps with autoimmune disease, but it helps with keeping viruses and bacteria at bay by boosting the immune system. If you are already taking plenty of vitamin C and still having trouble staying well try checking out your vitamin D.
Gut Trouble: It appears that probiotics are not the catch all/end all for your overall gut health. Combining some sun exposure with your probiotic or gut health regimen. It may just be what the Great Physician ordered!
Where Do I Find Vitamin D
The first and best choice is the sun as we have mentioned. Our bodies were created to absorb light since we are made in God’s image, and He created the sun which is much like basking in his presence. Some of the foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D: egg yolks, fish, and fish liver oils. Other foods have been fortified in vitamin D: grain and dairy products. Of course natural vitamin D supplements and multivitamins like Reliv are other great places.
Avoid Too Much of a Good Thing
It goes without saying that you can spend to much time in the sun. Everything has its proper balance. If you haven’t been out in the sun in a while, try building up your exposure time.
To Your health,
Thanks to Amanda Taylor with Soaring Eagle Publications for this article!