Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both. Proverbs 20:12 NIV
According to google bubbles defination: “used to refer to a good or fortunate situation that is isolated from reality or unlikely to last.”
Bubbles don’t last but our Humanity will last. In the UK we have our little bubbles or not depending on what is said.
How we react now will either be regret later or praise?
Things that you can do to change for the future and to know that it is never too late to be committed to the people around you.
We might be in a bubble but we can have a phone call. Sometimes a phone call is all we need.
Things to do while it is getting darker and the clock has moved forward and you need that motivation to get out of bed, also knowing that anything outside the duvet is not welcome except a cup of coffee or tea.
Get a journal or book near you so that every morning you write one word that will set you for the day.
Always think of one thing in the morning that you will do, write it down and that gives you a purpose and meaning to get up. Set the day with one word – ‘healthy’ that could mean physical, mental or eating. But it will be a word to set your day and your focus. It could be ‘worship’ but setting our mind on that word means we focus on one thing.
Call someone: One of the things I have learned is not to wait for someone to call you but be the first to do it. If anything COVID19 has taught us this year it is not good to be isolated.
Listen: Listening is action and requires our full attention and also a very good skill to have and practice daily. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” James 1:19b
That also includes listening to what our body is saying to us, like you need to sleep now and we ignore it until we actually can’t function anymore and fall asleep on the couch. Yes that is bad and should be avoided, I know sometimes we think we cannot help it but we can intentionally switch off and have rest. My motto is “Work can replace me if I die, so why kill myself over it” give it your all and have a break as well and don’t fall for the trap that says I will take a break when I need to because five hours later that one email needs you more than the break and you are still sitting down. Take a break regularly especially if you are on the screen always.
But be careful “Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.” Proverbs 20:13 NIV
I have purposeful sets alarm for breaks because I was that person I will do and never did it, and this has helped me to focus and know that when it goes off it is breaks time. Me time to just relax, eat or just close my eyes.
Thanks so much for stopping by and below is a picture of my weekend of fun.
Hannah-Michaela. We can cannot change what happens around us but we can change our responses. Have a wonderful day and be blessed.
To end the theme of Mental awareness, today and any day. It is amazing to just glorify the Lord our God if not the stones will, that will not be good.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
Psalms 19:1 - 4 NIV
The harder we work at something, the more rewarding it is. Taking the time to go for walks makes me feel better. Clears my head and I am away from the house. Whatever makes you feel good, do it. Find the time to relax.
Dont forget that your mind is yours and always do something that will make you happy and the people around you happy. No one likes to be sad all the time, there’s a time and a season for everything.
One tip as you enter your weekend, mild dehydration can affect the mood and focus so make sure you are hydrated this weekend. Nothing like a bad mood. We all get it and we can choose to stay in it or we can purposely choose a path that is real, positive or negative. The path is yours to choose. This weekend, I chose real Hannah (your name), smiling if I am happy and if I am sad I will be sad and I am ready for whatever is in front of me. I know the Lord God is right by me walking every step with me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” — Lori Deschene
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV
Hannah-Michaela Vandi – We cannot control what happens around us but we can control our responses. Have a wonderful weekend and remember to have fun life is short and we only have one.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:13 NLT
Gifts from God, through Jesus Christ – Looking after One’s well being is a gift that we sometimes ignore:
Our Father has given us so many gifts, some are still unopened, some opened not used and some used, or very overused.
Don’t make change too complicated:
Saturday 10 + 10 = 20 very special world mental health day: Someone asked me a very simple question? What is the one thing that has worked for me this year?
This got me thinking on what has been implemented this year that has made an impact to my mental wellbeing. It can be so easy to rush things in life and forget the present moment. “Think about what you think”
Most of us spend so much time in front of the screen that we forget to take breaks in between. This led me to my answer:
Focus on the active minutes:
In the lock down personally my focus was on active minutes.
What does that mean? Fitbit defines Active Minutes as: “Periods of moderate activity done for 10 minutes or more.”
Spending ten minutes walking around and getting 250 steps every hour. “Any activity is better than none and more is better still”
You can perform multiple activities of at least 10 minutes throughout the day to increase your total of 30 minutes exercise in the day.
Below are the list of creative ways to get the 250 without seeing it as chore but a fun activity that you get to complete:
For 10 minutes, pick a book or the Bible, read it, or meditate on it while walking around.
Another 10 minutes, you can also call a friend and talk while walking around. If this friend is a ten minutes conversation person.
Putting on music and dancing around for 10 minutes to just relax your body and mind and just enjoy the body movement and listen to the sound of the music and words.
Also you can spend 10 minutes praying, worship and praising, interceding. Great way to spend time with God and listen to him.
Lastly just listen to your inner thoughts or be aware of the noise around or lack of. This is a great way to walk around with no sound. I find this very important as it has helped me concentrate and be attuned with my emotions. How i’m feeling and what thoughts are going through my head at the time. Just to recognize it and acknowledge.
So if it’s anything to take away, what gifts have you never used or have overused. Time to look at all gifts and make use of the ones that are still wrapped up and ready to be opened.
Remember all good gifts come from the Father.
Thank You for reading and I Pray you have an amazing week and you get to open a gift from God that you have never used or used once and put to the side.
To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” Daniel 2:23 ESV
O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your Name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1
Mindset right: See the distraction around the bed of lovely flowers. That how our mind gets distracted with everything around us. Picture wanting to do something and all the notifications on the phone and the untidy desk all calling for our attention. How to get the mind right?
Just wanted to share how I have learned to be healthy intentionally at home. Please note that these have helped me and continue it is a journey and you will need to find what helps for you and to be honest anything to do with serious health conditions I personally will always speak to my doctor first. Thanks for stopping by and I pray you will be inspired to get on your journey.
Before starting to think of getting into the habit of a healthy lifestyle, we have to start by clearing everything on our mind and surrounding. If you have ever had the term “Spring Clean” then that needs to happen to our surrounding as well as our mind. What I mean is that, we have so many distractions around us from our phones to the books on the table all looking to catch our attention. If you are like me that gets distracted very easily then completing one task at a time is a must.
Thinking multi-task is good, forget it, what it does is add more stress to the existing one. “Better a handful with quietness Than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind-Ecclesiastes 4:6” You have to completely shift your thinking, it takes a while to get into it but it is totally worth it. ONE thing at a time is my motto.
If you decide to be healthy then you have to refocus and where possible and when possible only one task at a time. Healthy mindset to me was as simple as clearing the desk, tidying everything around me and that amazingly removes some stress out of my mind. What I learned from this was that with all the books around me it was very distracting and my mind kept looking at it. So just spending five minutes to pack it all up made a huge difference to my thinking.
Tip One: To clear everything in your eye sight, especially the space you spend most of the time in. Why should you clear it up? Because it is very distracting and doesn’t help with your focus. This is a physical and tangible thing to help you get your mind ready for better things that require your attention, not a pile of books on the table, or dirty dishes or laundry clothes that needs washing. They actually take some mental space and it doesn’t need to be.
Solution: Taking time out, let say an hour to do these things on a regular basis has helped with focusing on other things.
Tip Two: The next thing to do is the notifications on the phone, yes all those notifications. When we open the phone and all the notifications come up and we get so distracted from the purpose of why we use the phone in the first place. Why give such power to our phone? The last time someone tries to impose their thinking on me I switch off asap then why will we let our phone do that, think about it. We are giving our phone the power to tell us what to do.
In order to just focus on one thing at a time I had to stand up to my phone mentally and physically whatever you call it. I took the remote control back metaphorically speaking. Yes we are giving that much power to the phone to tell us what to do, switch the channels every second literally. But seriously don’t be like me, the first time I did it, I just switched everything off including text messages and no one could get hold of me. To be honest it felt good with the silence for twenty-four hours, before I got told off the next day and saw all the missed calls was not good but somehow good. So be sensible and only have the ones that are necessary on and the rest off. It felt amazing to open and do exactly what I want to do and not have things coming on the screen every five second. It was also weird and took time getting used to.
Once the tangible things are cleared the next thing is to help the mind to be clear and focus. Find something that will help you and stick with it for a while. One of the things that has helped me is kickboxing to calm my busy mind and make me focus on that task at hand. Some people do yoga, I do sometimes but it doesn’t help me. One other thing that I have learned is cleaning my teeth with my non-dominant hand daily helps me to focus on that task and my mind doesn’t wander off because I want my teeth clean.
At work when I can’t get away from it all and do some kickboxing. Two things I do is to close my eyes and breathe belly breath, pray or go outside and get some fresh air. Change of environment helps clear the mind. Whatever helps you to clear your mind, do it, far better than sitting down and stressing about it.
One of the things to remember is to adapt to the situation around you and not be overwhelmed by what goes on.
Always complete one task at a time, example your emails or any task that needs completing. The workload will flow and you will see that the work or emails starts to get down every hour and every minute. From ten down to zero. Keep that in mind as you do one task at a time. Visualise it and celebrate that you completed a task makes it worth it.
One more thing, this will not always be perfect for we live in an imperfect world. But we have a perfect God. So when you fail, please don’t beat yourself up, and never give up. But learn from your mistake and move on.
You cannot sit back and wait to be happy and healthy and have a great thought life; you have to make the choice to make this happen. You have to choose to get rid of the toxic and get back in alignment with God. You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life, or you can be energized by the possibilities they bring.
~ Dr Caroline Leaf.
Takeaway: Decluttering your mind and surrounding has a massive effect on your productivity.
Thank you for taking the time to read, pray you have a wonderful day. Come next week for another nugget. You are also welcome to leave any comments.