I just woke up from a 30 minute mommy nap sponsored by my son’s daily nap time and I was feeling my joy all the way through.
Such an odd way to describe my happiness, but in that moment I wasn’t feeling my anxiety like I normally do. It usually sits on my chest and squeezes my heart as if it is saying, “give me your attention because I am the only thing that matters.” In those few minutes, and even now as I type, I was able to be completely happy about the changes that are coming to my family in a few weeks (you would think it would be easy, but I do get lost in my worries).
I think we go through things in life that threaten our joy and our peace. It’s the first thing to go when we deal with a tough work situation, an overwhelming fear, grief, self doubt, or any difficult experience or season in life. But the joy we feel should be the most predominant emotion that is on our hearts. So how do we tap into that? How do we find it when we are struggling with the world or with ourselves?
I have a few recommendations:
- Take a moment to think about all that you are grateful for in the negative situation.
- Take a moment to take care of your needs.
- Surround yourself with things that bring you joy. For me it’s my family, a good book, a movie, chocolate, sugar, a burger and some fries, a nap… (chick fil a would have made the list but Hawaii doesn’t have one).
- Put on your favorite song or take some calming breaths.
- Call someone who makes you smile.
- Exercise! (Look at me giving you advice that I wouldn’t take because I’m so pregnant right now).
- Do something for someone else! It is better to give than to recieve. (This is probably one that I struggle with the most. I don’t always put others first – I’m going to make a point to work on this as much as I can).
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ‘ Romans 12:12
Recapture your joy so you can see the world through a positive lens. We only get one life and being trapped in misery is not a good way to spend it.
And remember, whatever you are walking through, you are not alone.