Social Distancing, NOT Social Isolation
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains
Exercises to manage anxiety
Breathing (Inhale for 4 seconds, hold 4, exhale 4, repeat)
Journaling - More to come on this!
Laugh!, Maybe start a chat with people where you can send funny pics to each other. Laughter can be the best medicine!
Puzzling, colouring, and reading
Create a thankfulness list
Exercise, going for a walk or a run
Limit exposure to the media
Go for a drive and listen to music or a podcast or audiobook
Bible verse and reflection
Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This Bible verse is great to reflect on at this time of uncertainty because we can hold onto the hope that God is with us. Here are 3 simple steps to discovering what God is saying through this verse:
Read the verse 3 times slowly. Focusing on your breath and every word read out.
Close your eyes, what is it from this verse that stands out to you? It may only be one word.
Respond to what stands out for you, It may be that you are fearful and you need to focus on the truth that God is with you, It may be that you are thankful and you can thank God for giving you strength. Focus on the good that can come out of the verse.
How to Pray
Pray this simple prayer when you are worried/stressed/anxious:
"Father God I am feeling _____ . Please would you give me peace in my heart and my mind. I pray that you would take away my fears and replace them with your love. Thank you for all that you have done for me and all that you will do. Amen"
Song of the Week
Helpful Prayer Apps
Soultime Christian Meditation - This App is a place where you can select how you are feeling towards yourself or towards God and it will give you helpful meditations with bible verses to meet you in your need.
One Minute Pause - This App is also a Christian App with some simple Bible verses and prayers to listen to with soothing music and breathing exercises.