In the past few years, health has become a huge part of people’s lives. With the rise of social media, waist trainers, corsets and vannabelts are the latest crazes in fitness all aimed at helping women achieve their ideal body shape. People are so obsessed with looking good that all they do is tend to their exterior. When health is mentioned, B.M.I (Body Mass Index) and weight are all that pop into the mind. What about mental health??? Who is helping women get over their post-partum depression? their suicidal thoughts and their somatic diseases?
The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control and peace. Having to worry about job assignments and the family, women are more prone to suffer from somatic diseases (mostly caused by stress) and depression. How can one lead a peaceful life when all they are is anxious about one thing or another? What do you do to be peaceful?
Living in a society that focuses more on primer, concealer and contouring it is not easy to take care of the core of who we are as women…..our souls. Most people find themselves looking “on fleek” but feeling empty inside. Some find themselves feeling ill but with no diagnosis to help them ease the pain. What if the answer to your migraine, or amnesia, or insomnia is that you have no peace?
You cannot pour from an empty cup
Women are so busy taking care of things and other people that they often forget to take care of themselves. One of the most inspirational female power houses that i adore usually says that you can not pour from an empty cup. Women give until they have nothing more to give and even then they continue to give, draining themselves.
How about taking some time out from the stressors of your life? Have a glass of ice cold mazoe orange crush, watch the sunset, take a walk or even get some decent sleep. Clear your mind and replenish your soul. Instead of giving to other people and doing for other people, take care of yourself. Treat your self with something other than shoes, lipstick or foundation. Buy a book, not a magazine or a tabloid, but a book for your soul. A book from an author that helps you grow, that helps you identify the peace within you.
Before you pick up your eyeshadow palette or bronzer or your superfoliant ask yourself, “What will I do for myself today?” Listen to your favorite song, say a prayer or meditate. Just do something to help you find the peace within. I hope you realise that – YOU DESERVE THE LOVE YOU GIVE TO OTHERS, LOVE YOURSELF.
Making time for exercise
“I really want to drop the kilos but I don’t have the time”. This is a thought that has jogged through the mind of every woman. In between work, changing diapers and assignments there never ever really seems like there is an extra second to spare to rest, let alone exercise. That, however, is a lie from the enemy himself. The perks of exercise can never be overstated, from the release of the happy hormone endorphin that will make you go through life more happily, to the feeling of confidence and self-assuredness. Surely the good book says “we are wonderfully and fearfully made”; however it is absolutely up to us as women to keep our wonderfully crafted mortal being beautiful and functional. To keep the body functional one therefore has to find the time and the energy to exercise. These 3 tips if religiously followed may be your salvation in answering that Herculean question: Is there really time for exercise?
Overcome the grip of your mind. The mind is a very powerful force and influence in our lives. It is what presses the snooze button when our alarm rings at 5:30 am for our morning jog. It is what says “next Monday” week after week till the year ends and it is what keeps us from achieving that healthy body that could help us attain peace and serenity. Therefore, once you loosen and overcome the grip your mind has on you, you are well on your way to achieving your goals. Telling your mind that there is time for exercise will make you make time for exercise. Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think of such things.” Certainly exercise is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Therefore redirect your mind to thinking that way, get yourself new running tights and get ready to go!
Exercise in the morning. Morning is the best time to exercise as this leaves no room for excuses. So much happens during the course of the day that makes us justify our excuse of having no time. Sealing your workout out early morning before work or university guarantees that you will have time for exercise and everything else that follows.
Variety is the spice of life. Let’s face it, running endless miles on potholed roads is not for everyone. Just because running is not for you does not mean you are not meant for exercise. The reason you are not making time could be due to your lack of interest in the type of exercise regimen you want to take up. There are many options to consider, however. There is aerobics, horse riding, swimming, dancing, cycling or just walking. A different activity after every two days can therefore keep you motivated and interested in finding time to exercise.
Equipped with these tips and one less big excuse you are ready to buy yourself a pair of trainers and get working out. If there is time for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter there is definitely time for exercise.
Let’s get moving for Jesus.