How do you nurture the nurturer in you? One of the most effective ways to minimize mental stress is to take care of yourself. There's no such thing as balance, but we can be honest about our struggles and challenges by saying "no." Life is unpredictable, but we can be intentional to make sure we take action steps to preserve and prioritize our overall wellness.
Saying no is not a rejection but necessary protection of the things that matter most. As soon as you set a priority, a distraction will come (which is why you have to plan your priorities ahead of time - including yourself). Further, making decisions that create dread, disappointment, or drama isn't worth saying "yes" to.
When we prioritize our wellness, there is a greater appreciation of the rest that God gives to us. That rest is inherently relational, and it is not something we do by ourselves and for ourselves. Jesus says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me" (John 15:4 ESV). This empowers us to do two things:
We rest in a relationship with the life-giver.
We abide to bear fruit in this ancient rhythm of work, rest, growth, and harvest.
As one who has learned to practice what I preach, I encourage you to listen to your body. If your body says unplug, rearrange your schedule, or say no to some things, do it! Your mind will thank you! As you take meaningful and mindful moments to nurture the nurturer in you, you empower yourself for a greater dimension of wellness.
Fiercely Free Mental Wellness Affirmation
''I give myself permission to begin to live mindfully TODAY!'
6 Mental Wellness Ingredients
Unplug from your phone and/or social media.
Get a hug.
Use music to excite your soul.
Program your subconscious through meditation.
Create an "absolute no list." For starters:
I set firm boundaries for me. (Present)
I will say no when needed. (Future)
Saying no is a normal part of life. (Natural)
Call to Action
Based on your body's story, learning to say no and set firm boundaries with others empowers you to purposely integrate one of the fierce Mental Wellness ingredients that nurture your MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.
'Join the 'Me-Time Movement!'