Self-care

How to Enjoy the Art of Building and Baking

This month has five Sundays, which means this week’s Self-Care Sunday will focus on art. And freedom. Sheds, Crackers, and Art As a teacher, I have the freedom for eight weeks to go on adventures—at times, academic, at other times artistic or physical. Part of my summer vacation adventure this year includes spending time with the entire family—including my parents. By Friday of last week, everyone had arrived in Wasilla, and our artistic adventure could begin. The adventure? Build a…

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The Importance of Being Battle Ready

Are You Battle Ready? When Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting, invited me to participate on the launch team of her latest book, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously I wondered if a pacifist like me needed a book about battle preparedness. Then I really read the subtitle: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously. Who wouldn’t want to know how to do those things? Balarie walks the reader…

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How to Find Freedom from Worry in Five Steps

This month, the Self-Care Sunday series will focus on freedom. Join me each Sunday as I show how self-care can bring you freedom. The Negative Effects of Worry Worry wrapped its sticky fingers around me, threatening to pull me under a wave of despair. Big worries—my husband’s health, the mountain of debt built by cancer—that loomed giant and threatening. Small worries—what to fix for supper, grading papers, the girl at school who seemed depressed—that nagged like mosquitos on a hot…

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How to Avoid Becoming (Heavenly) Hangry on Vacation

Vacation Hangry We’ve all had a case of hangry during vacations. Routines get disrupted, no one can agree on where or what to eat, and a case of hangry breaks out. We learn to carry snacks and plan ahead more, because nothing ruins a good time more than a car full of hangry people. But have you ever considered what happens when you skip your spiritual routines while on vacation? At home, I love spending a quiet hour studying my…

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How to Avoid the Disaster of Bored, Whiney Kids

This week’s installment of Self-Care Sunday continues the theme of vacation. Not only do vacations play a huge part in our well-being, helping our kids learn to put their learning to use over vacation helps us enter into the spirit of life-long learning. A win-win situation for everyone! Bored Kids=Vacation Disaster “I’m soooo bored!” Nothing strikes fear and frustration into the heart of a parent faster than those three words. Except maybe, “There’s nothing to do!” Part of us wants…

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How to Handle a Mental Illness Disclosure

In this week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday, I’ll address the Christian’s response to mental Illness. Mental Illness is NOT a Spiritual Problem Depression. Anxiety. Schizophrenia. Bipolar Disorder. Alzheimer’s. Anorexia. Binge Eating. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The list goes on. Physicians and mental health experts have classified over 200 forms of mental illness. It stands to reason that someone you know has a mental illness. That illness may or may not be diagnosed. If you suffer from a mental illness, and feel…

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How to Achieve Balance When You Suffer From a Mood Disorder

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this week’s episode of Self-Care Sunday will focus on some of the physical aspects of dealing with a mood disorder. You DON’T need to have a mood disorder to appreciate the advice that Sarah shares about self-care! If you have a family member or friend who suffers from a mood disorder (depression, bipolar, anxiety, etc.), read this to find out what it feels like to suffer from the sufferer’s perspective. Maintaining Balance When…

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What Happens When Family Admits You to a Psych Ward?

Psych: It’s Not Just a TV Show May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Three years ago, our family went through the trauma of discovering our daughter had bipolar disorder. Don’t get me wrong, the diagnosis didn’t traumatize us any more than a diabetes diagnosis might traumatize us. But the events leading up to Sarah’s diagnosis did traumatize us. Mostly because we couldn’t understand what was happening to our sweet, talented, friendly, compassionate daughter. You can read the entire story at…

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Why You Should Know the Effects of Depression In Teens

  We highlight mental self-care the first Sunday of each month for Self-Care Sunday. Today, I’ve invited one of my students to share her opinion paper with you. Cherie Whitney wrote this as an assignment for her English class, and she has a powerful message about depression for parents and teachers. Why You Should Know the Effects of Depression In Teens by Cherie Whitney I think adults should know the effects of depression. Most adults seem to ignore that someone…

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Five Routines to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

Routines Build Relationships Face it, without routines in relationships, the relationship would slowly dry up. Back in the days before Internet, when Pedro and I first started dating, we wrote to each other on a daily basis during the long summers we spent apart. Those letters represent a routine of communication that built our relationship. We didn’t write flowery poems or repeat the same sentiment over and over again. We just shared with each other how our day had gone,…

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