Are you baking something new every day or making chocolates a dietary staple? Being stuck at home can lead to some less than healthy habits. Showering feels a little less necessary. I really wish I only owned Yoga pants at this point in my life. The motivation to do things that keep you healthy and your days organized can wane.
We need ways to deal with the added anxiety that all this chaos brings into our lives. While we can’t go to the gym, we are lucky in that the weather is just right to get outside to walk, run, or bike. Exercise is a powerful way to “work out” some of the pent-up emotions we are all struggling to process. It also helps to balance out the effects of the chocolate.
Add a YouTube workout to your regimen or plan daily family walks. Several streaming workout platforms are offering free trials such as the Daily Burn or Crunch Live so you can give them a try without losing cash.
Don’t let the feeling of being overwhelmed in this moment fester, work it out both through prayer but also by moving your body.
More than anything, we have to surrender to the idea that we are not in control of our lives. The media wants to tell us that we somehow can control our fate, or even that if this illness spreads it's completely our fault.
While we play a part in keeping each other safe, nothing is happening in our world that God doesn’t first know about.
We can find respite in the knowledge that God is loving and that we have a heavenly hope. When our world feels insecure it’s a great chance for us to recognize that we need God.
We can repent for trusting in our well-thought-out-plans and allow God to grow a stronger faith through this hardship. God does not waste our suffering, He uses it.
Ask Him how he wants to use this season of upheaval to grow your faith in Him.
Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for the Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, also for the MOPS Blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her blog or follow her on Instagram.
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