• Renee Bethel

One Thing YOU Can Control

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Are you feeling like you don't have alot of control right now . . .


So much information is being thrown at you.

So much information to decipher what is true and what is a hoax.

So many decisions to make.

So many regular activities have changed.

So many things are regulated.


When the world seems to be going crazy and things seem out of your control, there is ONE THING that YOU can control.


One thing YOU can control right now is YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH.


As the author of the Finding Me, A Woman's Guide to Learning More About Herself journal, I address emotional, spiritual and physical wellness throughout the journal. Following are THREE TIPS for Emotional Wellness when things around you seem out of control.


THREE TIPS for Emotional Wellness


1. SET BOUNDARIES


  • Limit Social Media

A lot of information currently on social media can send you into anxiety and freak

out mode!


Action Item: Decide how many times you will read information on Facebook and Instagram each day and then PRACTICE SELF CONTROL.

1-2 times per day at most is my suggestion.


  • Limit Negative People

It's easy to be influenced by people who are negative and in panic mode.

Action Item: Distance yourself from people who create fear in you with what they say.

Surround yourself with people who SPEAK LIFE into you and provide encouragement

and positivity.


  • Be Quiet and Still

Your mind has been taking in alot of information lately.


Action Item: Schedule 15-30 minutes into your day to be quiet and still. Your mind and

body need time to relax and refresh.


2. Find the Good


  • Have a Paradigm Shift

Change the way you view your current situation as you adjust to a "new normal."

Many people are working from home for the first time, children are doing school at home for the first time, and some people have alot of free time for the first time.

Action Item: View these "new normals" and possibly inconveniences as

OPPORTUNITIES. Opportunities to have a picnic outside for lunch, opportunities

to take a walk together, opportunities to cook dinner together, opportunities to talk together in person or online, opportunities to play games together, opportunities to think about how you can encourage someone else - so many POSSIBILITIES - be CREATIVE!


  • Laugh Out Loud

Laughter relieves stress, relaxes your entire body and can boost your immunity.


Action Item: Watch a funny video, watch a funny movie or just force yourself to LAUGH OUT LOUD.


  • Practice Gratitude

We all have SO MUCH to be THANKFUL FOR!


Action Item: WRITE DOWN three things you are thankful for every day. Review the

previous day's list before you write down the next three things you are thankful for.


  • Fill Your Mind with Positive Thoughts

Have a positive attitude and believe that things will get better.


Action Item: Read Bible verses OUT LOUD that remind you that God does not give you a spirit of fear or anxiety. Think about the good things you see in your family members and friends and TELL THEM.


3. Journal

Get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. Journaling can improve your mood and your happiness. Research shows that writing by hand can stimulate the brain in a way that typing on a keyboard does not. I encourage you to find some fun colored pens (if this is something you like) and start writing.


Action Item: Find a notebook/journal and write down all of the things that are weighing

on your mind right now. If you are feeling fearful, list what you are fearful about and what could possibly eliminate your fear. This is a great way to process your thoughts and release those emotions.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

YOU have control over YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH.


What ONE THING will you do TODAY to work on YOU?


The Finding Me journal has an online community where the focus is on EDUCATING, ENCOURAGING and EQUIPPING YOU so YOU can HELP OTHERS. I would LOVE for you to join us there.







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