Finding Peace In A Time Of Turmoil.

Make A Choice To Turn Off The Panic

I felt like my peace was being taken from me, that each day I felt more anxious and worried about my family and myself. I would look outside and wonder if it was the beginning of the end. I realized that fear not faith was entering my life.
I found myself falling back into old habits that gave me false comfort. I had worked hard to get past these and improve my health and wellness for a while, so it made me sad to see myself using them as a crutch again. (Nothing more sinister than too much chocolate and chips) But I knew it was for the wrong reasons.

I woke up this morning and the sun is still in the sky, the birds are chirping and its a new day. Just because we are staying home more doesn’t mean we can’t find the good in each day. What will bring you more joy and happiness in your day? Creativity!

Find Your Creative Inner Child

Remember when you were little and you sat in the grass making a daisy chain, creativity in your life brings joy and hope. Creativity can come in many forms. It can be listening to music that you like, going for a walk and really noticing nature around you. It might mean cleaning out those closets that you have been meaning to for so long and getting rid of old clothes, making room for the fresh and new. For a long time I thought I wasn’t creative, because I came from a family that has artistic ability, such as drawing and painting. I can’t do either very well, but I am a part of creation, therefore I am creative. So now I am walking each day listening to podcasts or youtube videos that inspire me. I have jumped on the old treadmill in the basement that used to be a clothes hanger, and listen to my favourite music. I may even try some yoga at home later today. There are a lot of videos online that you can use! What about that hobby that you keep looking at in the basement but don’t do anything about? I have a sewing machine and fabric downstairs that has been there for 10 years. Maybe since I have the time, I should actually try and sew something. I also like to create inspirational posts for my pinterest board. These things lift me out of any kind of low mood, and make me think upward. This is not a time for panic, but to have faith in something bigger than yourself.

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Stay Connected With Others

The 2 meter rule feels so odd at times. People you would normally walk up to and have a conversation with, you are simply waving from a distance and walking the other way. It can feel very lonely. Make sure you call your friends, facetime, talk to your neighbour even if its over the fence. In times like these human caring and friendship is needed the most. There is always man’s best friend!  Thankfully dogs can’t get sick with this, so feel free to hug them many times a day!

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Choosing Faith over Fear

I feel like I have flowed in and out of faith my whole life.  Sometimes going to church, sometimes feeling like I have fallen away.  Ultimately there is a river that flows deep within me that is the truth of what I believe.  I need faith and God in my life to bring peace and especially in times of fear and panic.  I haven’t gone to a church building in quite a long time, so watching videos of services or listening to podcasts is not new to me.   I really enjoy listening to

The Journeywomen podcast 

Leon Fontaine Podcast and youtube.

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Letting God into your Fitness Plan!

 

Source: By Sean Foy, MA
Daniel Plan Health and Fitness Coach

Daniel Strong = “A pursuit of excellence in body, mind, and spirit for God’s glory.”

We all want to be healthy, fit and happy…but it can be challenging to achieve with our hectic lives. Follow these ten steps from Daniel Plan Fitness Coach Sean Foy to help you become Daniel Strong and make a fitness plan that will work for you. Here are Sean’s tips to help you start and stick with your fitness plan:

1. You can do it!! The first step in reaching your health and fitness goals of an active, physically fit, Daniel Strong lifestyle, is to begin by believing that you can change. Forget about yesterday – no matter what your previous experiences or attempts to change your fitness habits in the past have been….today is a new day and with God’s help and strength you can do it – one day at a time!

2. Take Fitness Baby Steps One of the best ways to “ease” back into a regular fitness program is to “start small”. Set small realistic goals allowing you the opportunity to “fit” exercise into your daily schedule-as well as increasing your confidence as you accomplish small measurable goals.

3. Select exercises you enjoy I get asked all the time, “What is the best exercise to help me lose weight, get in shape or improve my health? And my answer is always the same – “The best exercise to help you get fit and stay fit is THE ONE YOU WILL DO!” In other words, choose activities you enjoy – not exercises you find to be boring or drudgery. Begin with exercises or movements which bring a smile to your face. Whatever brings joy to your heart and soul, you are much more apt to continue.

4. Get in touch with your “fitness personality”… Ask yourself: Do I like to exercise outside, inside, on machines, with others or by myself? Do I like to do other activities when exercising such as reading, praying, worshiping, watching TV, and listening to music? Do I prefer exercising at home or at a gym? Do I like to compete when I exercise (e.g. playing a sport or training for an event)? By asking yourself these questions, you’ll get a better sense of what your “fitness personality” is all about.Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 6.27.39 PM

5. Forgive!! Be aware of statements that produce self-blame, shame or guilt. “Oh, there you go again missed another exercise session!!” or “You will never change!” Typically, self-blame can spiral into a demoralizing way of thinking that can sabotage even your best efforts. If you miss an exercise session or were inactive for a short period of time, which will happen, don’t beat yourself up! Simply assess your lifestyle at the time and plan to get back into your new Daniel Strong active lifestyle. Maintaining an active healthy lifestyle requires patience, persistence and most importantly forgiveness.

You don’t have to be perfect to be physically fit and Daniel Strong!

6. Take Charge!!”Responsibility can be defined as the ability to choose your response”. Individuals who begin and maintain a Daniel Strong lifestyle recognize their ability and the freedom to choose their response in any situation. But remember, taking personal responsibility for your health and fitness does not imply that you have to do it alone. In fact, taking responsibility for your health and fitness should encourage you to proactively build a support team of good friends around you to encourage, assist and support you along your journey.

7. Plan your exercise before your week begins Good exercise habits happen because we make them happen. Take a few minutes before your week begins and plan out your week. Schedule “non-negotiable” appointments with yourself – jotting down on your phone or calendar the exact day and time you are committing to move your body. Soon enough, your regular exercise program will be something you cherish, protect and look forward to!

8. Increase your training slowlyTo help your body become Daniel Strong, slowly and incrementally begin to increase your training by 5-10% every week or every other week, based upon how you are feeling. Progression of your exercise routine is the key to getting into Daniel Strong shape. There are a number of ways to progress your workout such as:

Changing the number of repetitions
Increasing the duration of exercise
Increase the speed of exercise
Increase the number of exercises performed
Increase the number of sets performed
Increase the intensity of exercise-increase the elevation, RPM’s revolutions per minute.
Changing equipment or apparatus
Decreasing your rest interval
Change your position
Going from bilateral to unilateral –training one arm or leg at a time vs. both at the same time
Add a balance factor-when exercising such as using a ball, BOSU or foam roller.

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9. Track your progress Use a small notebook or your mobile device to keep track of your exercise duration, number of exercises, sets, repetitions and weight completed. Also, make note of how you feel before during and after your activities or workouts. If you want to simplify your tracking, check off the day you completed your exercise-and give yourself a pat on the back!

10. Fitness and Friends: Get a workout buddy who is at your level! Getting back into shape and becoming Daniel Strong is always easier with a friend who is at a similar or higher fitness level to you. Enlist the help of friends, family members (even your dog) who you know will be consistent and faithful to exercise with you….this will help you progress together as well as encourage you and keep you accountable.

It doesn’t matter where you begin – what matters is taking that first step and discovering the exercise you enjoy. Start small and make it a regular part of your life.

Just remember to take it one step at a time and win today!

11.Don’t forget to take your Supplements!  You need to put the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants back into your diet, that are missing in todays nutrition.

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