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In a world that never seems to pause, finding time for self-care is more important than ever. It's not just about indulging in a luxury; it's about nurturing your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Here are ten self-care activities that can help rejuvenate both your mind and body, fostering a sense of peace and renewal.

  1. Mindful Meditation: Start or end your day with a session of mindful meditation. This practice helps in reducing stress, improving concentration, and promoting a general feeling of well-being. Even just five minutes can make a significant difference.

  2. Nature Walks: There's something inherently calming about being in nature. Take a walk in a nearby park or trail, and try to really notice the sights, sounds, and smells around you. It's a fantastic way to clear your mind and boost your mood.

  3. Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a therapeutic activity. It helps in processing emotions, reflecting on experiences, and setting goals. You don't need to be a great writer to benefit from journaling—just be honest with yourself.

  4. Yoga: Combining physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation, yoga is a holistic activity that can reduce stress, improve flexibility, and enhance mental clarity. There are styles of yoga to suit every fitness level and interest.

  5. Digital Detox: Set aside some time to disconnect from all electronic devices. The constant barrage of notifications and news can be overwhelming. A digital detox can help reduce anxiety and improve your sleep quality.

  6. Creative Arts: Engaging in creative activities like painting, drawing, or crafting can be incredibly soothing and fulfilling. It's not about the end product but the process of expressing yourself creatively.

  7. Spa Day at Home: You don't need to go to an expensive spa to relax. Create your own spa day at home with a warm bath, some essential oils, and a face mask. It's a great way to pamper yourself and relax your muscles.

  8. Reading: Lose yourself in a good book. Reading can be a wonderful escape, allowing you to explore different worlds and lives. It's also a great way to unwind before bed instead of looking at a screen.

  9. Exercise: Regular physical activity is key to maintaining mental health. Find an activity you enjoy—be it dancing, cycling, or swimming—and make it a part of your routine. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally boost your mood.

  10. Healthy Cooking: Preparing and eating nutritious meals can be a form of self-care too. Experiment with new recipes that not only taste good but are also good for you. The act of cooking can be meditative, and the result is nourishing for both body and mind.

Incorporating these self-care activities into your routine can lead to significant improvements in your overall well-being. Remember, self-care isn't selfish; it's necessary for a balanced and healthy life.

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Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Abide in Me!

Ordinarily, safe havens and unconditional affection can always be found at home. When it comes to women who have experienced a tremendous deal of pain and suffering, we are always looking for places to relax and be ourselves. All victims of domestic abuse want a haven where they can rest their heads, hearts, and souls. In many ways, your home serves as a haven. We all expect to experience a sense of warmth and comfort in our own homes – rightfully so. It's also worth noting that our homes are among the rare settings where infections are not prevalent in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. It is impossible to emphasize how wonderful it is to be and to feel at home!

Nevertheless, many people find that their house is not always safe. When you're at home, it's possible that your partner will hit you the hardest—the place where you were mistreated maybe also where you call home. Everyone justifiably needs a haven to call their own, even if it is cluttered with reminders of their past trauma. How can you deal with the reality that you don't feel at home in your current situation? The search for a place to call home will eventually lead you to many unexpected places and influence your decisions. In this stage, you may find yourself turning to intimacy, drugs, the streets, or having sex with a random person to relieve your stress.

What do the scriptures tell us, though? We can "abide in" God's word, according to John 15:4-5, which says that we should do so as well as be able to produce and be surrounded by abundance if we continue to trust in him. Although a tragic event has occurred, there is no longer a sense of scarcity but rather an abundance of life in the aftermath. Christ supplies us with a haven as well as a place to call our own. Now listen to these three takeaway statements:

The most beautiful aspect of having Christ on your side is that he is constantly steering you in the right direction. Open your bible and study some bible verses about stress management whenever you feel the need to be reminded that He is leading you in the right direction during a difficult situation. Your heart may suddenly feel a little warmer, and your day may appear to be a little better all of a sudden.

In Deuteronomy 31:6, God says: “Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.” This verse is reassuring because it tells us that we can cast our burdens upon the Lord, and he will restore and help us find everything we seek, including a home.

Proverbs 24:3-4 reassures us that we can build and bless our own homes through wisdom. It reads, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

The place you call home should, in fact, be the place you call your home! At Abide, I want you to know that there’s always a place called home where you can safely dwell. NO matter where you are there are resources and supports that we help you whether it’s in the scriptures above or in a community resource.

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Many times we all struggle to process unpleasant past experiences, current life struggles, or uncomfortable emotions. Some common examples are feeling helpless, worthless, and alone. Healing is often seen as a process that requires external help. Whether it’s therapy, medication, or support from friends and family, many of us feel like we need outside sources in order to heal. But what if the power to heal was within ourselves all along? We can find strength and resilience within our own bodies and minds if we know where to look. In this blog post, we’ll explore how women can use the tools within themselves to begin the healing process.

1. Acknowledge Your Pain

The first step to finding the strength to heal is acknowledging your pain. This can be difficult because we often want to push away or ignore anything that causes us discomfort, but it’s important to recognize that whatever you are feeling is valid and deserves to be acknowledged. Instead of trying to suppress your feelings, take a few moments each day to sit with them and become aware of what they are trying to tell you. This can help you begin the healing process by recognizing that you have already taken the first step towards recovery.

2. Identify Your Feelings & Express Them Openly

After acknowledging your pain it is essential to find inner peace by understanding your own feelings and emotions. It’s important to identify what you are feeling—be it anger, sadness, fear, or joy—and express them openly and honestly. This means taking time for yourself to reflect on what is going on in your life. Once you can identify exactly what you are feeling, it will be easier for you to work through it and move forward with a clear head and heart.

3. The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment without judgment. It helps us observe our inner experience without becoming overwhelmed by it. This can be extremely helpful when dealing with trauma or difficult emotions as it allows us to accept them without getting stuck in rumination or self-criticism. Being mindful also helps us cultivate an attitude of self-compassion and acceptance so that we can move through difficult times with greater ease and comfort.

4. The Benefits of Self-Care

Self-care is another important tool for healing. Taking time out for yourself is essential if you want to stay emotionally balanced and physically healthy during challenging times. Heavy feelings can take a toll on our bodies in many ways. It’s important to make sure you are engaging in activities that bring you joy to help restore your energy levels so you can better cope with any struggles you may be facing. Examples of self-care activities include taking a relaxing bath, spending time outdoors, listening to music, reading a book, writing in your journal, meditating, exercising, or having meaningful conversations with loved ones.

5. Practice Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is an effective way to tap into that inner strength that resides in all of us. The practice of mindful meditation allows us to take a moment away from our busy lives and focus solely on our innermost thoughts and feelings. Through mindful meditation, we can learn how to be present in the moment and stay grounded during difficult times. Taking just 10 minutes out of your day for mindful meditation can make a world of difference when it comes to calming your mind and restoring balance within yourself.

6. Connect With Nature

Nature has long been thought of as a source of healing energy, so connecting with nature is another great way to help empower yourself from within. Take some time each day—even if it’s just 10 minutes—to go outside and observe the beauty around you; whether it’s taking a walk in the park or simply sitting in your backyard observing the birds flying around you, there are countless ways that nature can bring peace into our lives if we allow ourselves to be open enough to receive its gifts!

7. Uncovering Your Strengths

Finally, tapping into your inner strengths is key to healing from difficult times. Many people are unaware of their true capabilities because they have never been encouraged to explore them before—but once recognized these strengths can provide great comfort during hard times. Examples of inner strengths include resilience, creativity, courage, empathy, compassion, tenacity, and resourcefulness—all of which can be tapped into when needed most!

The journey toward healing is often filled with unexpected twists and turns—and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness along the way. But remember that you have access to powerful internal resources that can help you through any difficult patch that comes up! By practicing the above techniques consistently they will help propel your path toward healing.

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