3. The chaos of disrupting our normal work/school/home routines is stressful. How can we have more peace?
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Stress is a normal part of this journey. Now is the time to create some beautiful memories to combat the conflicts and balance it out with positive experiences. Break out your favorite board games, take out your old art supplies stashed away from college, learn a new instrument (there are online music lessons), borrow e-books from your local library, play online Pictionary with friends – ask your friends on social media for ideas. Use social media to spark sharing and conversations!
Truth from Scripture to Meditate On:
“Whatever is lovely —think about such things. Whatever you have learned… put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
Soul Care Tip #4: Enjoy Doing/Making Something with Your Hands
We are such strong thinkers. Sometimes it leads us to easily ruminate, which means to obsess about situations or relationships, leaving us feeling depressed or anxious. One way to reduce rumination is by enjoying activities that use our hands. It turns off the part of the brain that goes into the “what-if” loop.
Our nervous system was created to handle processing only a certain amount of information before we’re overwhelmed, triggering a “fight or flight” response of stress and anxiety. Research shows repetitive motions of creating with our hands—whether drawing, playing music, cooking, playing an instrument, photography, or gardening— returns calm to the nervous system. We enter a state of “flow,” similar to meditation, easing stress, increasing happiness, and activating dopamine, a natural mood enhancer.
Soul Care Tip #5: Put God’s grace into practice: Play a game
When we panic, anxiety shuts down the part of our brains that gives us our God-given creativity to handle stress. Play isn’t just for kids. Tap into the powerful benefits of play, shown by neurophysiology research: improved mood and well-being, reducing anxiety, depression, stimulating creativity, and enhancing relationships.
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