My daughter used to play a video game called My Sims Kingdom. She would spend hours playing this game where she could build kingdoms and travel all over the place creating things. She really only played this when we were stuck at home because of the weather or when one of us was sick and we didn’t feel like going out, but she still says it is one of her favorite games. In fact, she hooked up the Wii tonight and started playing again. (Yes, we still own a Wii. Don’t judge me.) She had kind of a rough few days and what she wanted was something familiar to give her some comfort and peace.
We all go back to things like that when we need to. Like the way I have been watching old episodes of Charlie’s Angels every Saturday morning. Going back to a time when things seemed less complicated helps to get us out of a funk. It gives us a moment to stop being so stuck in a moment we don’t want to be stuck in. But it doesn’t make the pain go away. It just removes it for a few moments. Eventually, we’ll have to deal with whatever it is that has us feeling down. It doesn’t hurt to take time out to let our minds rest, but we have to remember to get back to the heart of the issue and start making some decisions about how to deal with our problems.
Not everyone can find comfort in their past. For some, the past is the very reason why they may need to find a way to disengage periodically. For others, it may be that the present is what is causing the stress. Either way, having a familiar and safe place to go in times of trouble is important. If you’re having a rough time, allow yourself to regroup. Pick up a book you once enjoyed. Watch a favorite movie. Listen to your favorite music. Play a game that makes you happy. Take a walk. Paint a picture. Do something. Just don’t forget, in all of this, to pray. Give the problem to God and then go do the thing you need to do to work it out. Think about what is healthy and safe for you and move toward that. The hard times don’t last forever. And when God blesses you with another day, use that time to rebuild what is torn down. To mend what is torn. To fix what is broken. And be grateful that you had that chance.
47 Days of Self-Care is a blogging project that is being published between three different blogs owned by Author & Publisher, Rebecca Benston. Over these 47 days, she hopes to share thoughts and resources for better self-care. You can view related posts at Higher Ground for Life, at the Leading the Follower blog, and on the Higher Ground Books & Media blog.
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.