Ten Tips to Make it Through This Crisis
We are all getting weary as the crisis and adrenalin that comes with a crisis, wears off and we find ourselves in a “new normal”. We are all experiencing the mess our world is in, and it’s not going to be over for a while. We are not in a sprint, but a marathon.
We are in lock-down and we are experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress in a way we have never experienced it before. We are in a hostile environment, as politics is getting nastier (like it could get worse than it was), homes are stressed, children are struggling with out to process their emotions, and people have lost their jobs and security.
We are all grieving. Grief is the emotion of deep sorrow because of loss. We are all experiencing loss. We have lost a lot. We have lost some of our freedoms, our schedules, our security. Our world is grieving the loss of lives, jobs, and peace.
The Lord wants us to move through this. I tend to be very practical. Let me give you some ways to survive during this time.
Ten Strategies to get through this time.
- Limit news and screen time: So much information can overwhelm us with hopelessness and fear. Too much time on your phone and social media, just cause you to think other’s thoughts and take on their fear and offenses. Be free of screens to have your own thoughts.
- Do what the specialists are telling us to do. Wash your hands, social distance, and save lives, stay in.
- Lean into each other. Help each other out when one is down, fill in and show great love, grace, and empathy.
- Sleep well and eat well. Eight hours of sleep is necissary. Lack of sleep is linked to many health issues and will cause emotional, spiritual, and physical troubles. If we eat the diet of Elf, we will be in trouble as carbs are linked to depression and lack of energy, emotional, spiritual, and physical. Eat your Broccoli!
- Exercise. Get moving and you will get a new view and attitude. You will feel better.
- Watch your speech. Being around family all the time, can make us relax on how we communicate. Don’t lash out at people and say things you will regret.
- Apologize quickly and accept apologies quickly, then move on.
- Play worship music in your home. It will change the atmosphere of your home, and bring strength to your heart.
- Lean into Jesus. Read his word, pray and talk to him throughout your day.
- Don’t ration love. This isn’t a good time to withhold love. Let the love flow.
Some Verse to Strengthen you
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8, NLT)
“These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” (James 1:15–17, NLT)
“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” (Colossians 4:6, NLT)
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:22–25, NLT)
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:9–15, NLT)