Flourishing Faith: With Soul Care
In a world of busyness, you've likely heard the term "self-care". It is over-used but under-practiced. The idea is to physically do something to improve your mood. However, the focus of " self-care" is often on self-sufficiency. While we are called to care for our temples, we must keep two things in mind:
1) We cannot do anything without the empowering help of Christ.
2) We are comprised of body, soul, and spirit.
Strategies that cater to your whole well-being
Meditation is one of the top-cited "self-care" strategies, and in itself, is not wrong if the object of your meditation is the word of God. Start by finding a scripture, particularly a Biblical promise, and dedicate a specific amount of time to reciting (or mentally rehearsing) it and reflecting on it. "Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 about such things" -Philippians 4:8 NIV
Journaling provides both an outlet to safely express your emotions without judgment and a reference to remember the ways that God has been faithful in your life. Gratitude journaling is beneficial in helping you keep a record of all the things you're grateful for big and small!
Laughing and finding Joy in moments is one of the simplest forms of caring for yourself that is often overlooked or taken for granted.
From reducing stress to improving immunity, and creativity, and boosting your mood, something as simple as watching a funny video can work wonders on your mind, body, and spirit .“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”- Proverbs 17:22 BSB
Dancing is a fantastic act of soul care, it's also fun too! It doesn't even have to be a performance. Moving your body to express your inward emotions is a stress reliever and includes exercise. Combine this with music that praises God and you will have a beautiful act of worship that contributes to living peacefully.
Excessive busyness doesn't equal productivity and can lead to burnout. Knowing when to rest and reset is essential. Whether you're disconnecting from social media, watching your favorite movie, spending time with loved ones, or enjoying solitude after a hectic week.
God modeled the importance of resting for us so that our minds can be sharp, our bodies healthy, and our spirits light.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30
Written by Ashley R. (Flourishing Faith Ministries - Editor)