Of all the posts I've written, this is most relevant to our current situation. In the midst of a pandemic😱 , an election year, so much uncertainty and all these changes😣 .
My friend I am here to offer you tips on how and where to find peace in the midst of the madness. To liberate you from your worries and keep you grounded in the here and now.
Peace is within you, and as a person of faith, you know that peace is all around you. There are a myriad of ways to find peace in the midst of a storm; if you're not quite sure if your in a storm here are some indicators: You struggle to accomplish tasks, your constantly anxious, constant miscommunication with friends and loved ones, work has become overwhelming.
I've learned that all storms are not bad, you ever noticed the rainbow in the sky just after the pouring down of rain? How beautiful it is, you look to the sky and just admire how all the colors appear so vividly after such ugly weather.
Tips for the storm
It's just water, it will not burn your skin, you will not melt (it may smear your make up). So it may leave you wet and possibly cold (depending on the temperature). A little water won't hurt you. You can still accomplish all that you set out to do, you may have to change your outfit, pack an umbrella and/or raincoat. When you see or sense the rain coming cover up!
For people of faith this means to cover yourself with the word of God, biblical scripture. God's word is filled with hope and encouragement. Each day I go to my Bible App on my phone and I read the daily verse, I also have an alarm set on my phone to remind me to read my devotional plans. Any given week I'll have 3-5 devotional plans that I read, each devotional addresses a different need/topic. There are plans that address depression, anxiety, peace, love, men, women... you name it there is a devotional plan, I encourage you to download the app (if you don't already have it) and start a plan. This is a great way to find peace in the midst of the storm. As well I have a physical devotional for the year that I read in the morning to get my day started.
Go outside and take a nature walk. Breathe in the freshness, observe the trees and the grass, listen to the birds chirping, how the wind sounds against the tress; the way the cool breeze feels against your body, the warmth of the sun, how it caresses your skin. Soak it all in
I enjoy sitting by the pond in my apartments, sometimes I'll turn on music and just admire God's wonderful creation. This is when I clear my mind of the clutter and I receive what God has for me to do. I also call this my 'Me time'
If your wondering what the background noise is, there are fountains in the pond, which are very relaxing to listen to and to look at. This video was created about a year ago, excuse the language (for those with sensitive ears) God ain't done with me yet!
Take up a dance class or exercising (you can do this in person or online). This past year I've taken up a boot camp one of my dear friends hosts, check her out on Instagram @GetFitwithHerbalDee She's a wellness coach and Herbalife distributor, currently she has virtual dance classes.
Read a book... I tell my students all the time that 'reading is fundamental' feed your mind something new and inspirational; explore new ideas and perspectives
Last year while attending Amazing Women Weekend conference at my church Sheri Riley was one of the guest speakers and I had the opportunity to get her book Exponential Living; this book has been eye opening and life changing.
Adult coloring books are another way to get peace, take a 10-15 minute break and get lost in the colors, shapes and designs.
Spend time with family/friends. Yes there is a pandemic going on and social distancing is what is being enforced; you can spend time with friends and family via FaceTime (for iPhone users) zoom, google meets, Skype, Houseparty, as well social media platforms like Snapchat and Facebook have enabled the function to video chat with multiple people.
As mentioned earlier there are a myriad of ways to find peace, find what works for you, what benefits you most. Try something new, you never know, you just might like it. I encourage you to engage in peaceful activities that add value to your life and leave you feeling light and rejuvenated. I pray that you find peace and maintain it during the storms 🙏🏽.