We live in a fast paced world. Our minds are flooded with negativity all day long, every day. The news is negative, we see negativity and drama on social media and most TV shows. We're told how great we'll be if we use this product or wear that outfit, and how we really can't live without that sexy new car. The message is, in a nutshell, you're not good enough the way you are. The world is a mess and it's your responsibility to worry about it and share it on social media. You're only a good parent, sibling, lover of Jesus, friend, pet owner if you share the cheesy pictures on Facebook. Do you feel like you're in a pressure cooker? I do just writing about it. I think most Americans are about ready to blow their lid, if they haven't already. That's right, you're not alone if you feel that way.
I have a new message for you, a great revelation and wise words. Are you ready?
Just CHILL OUT! That's right, I said chill out. I don't believe it's our responsibility to carry the weight of what's going on in the world. We are definitely not supposed to try to be like someone else. That alone will make you a basket case and completely unhealthy.
What do I mean by Chill Out? First, take in a deep breath and slowly let it out. Turn off the TV, stop following the negative news reporters on your Facebook page, throw away the fashion magazines and start filling your mind, body and spirit good positive food. Yes, it's important to be informed but you can tune into news quickly to stay updated and then let it go. Unless it's your job, let it go. And a note to the amateur Facebook reporters, we are a smart people who are capable of staying up to date on world news. Sharing is not always caring and it's OK to set up boundaries on your news feed.
Just be yourself. God created you to be you, not the super-model of the hour or anyone else. I think it's important to work towards being your best you, but it's time to pull yourself out of the pressure cooker and chill out. You're a work in progress and part of living a healthy lifestyle is managing stress. Keep it down. Say no to the negativity by eliminating what you can and replacing it with positive, life-giving goodness.
So get outside and take a walk. Think about and ask God to highlight the things you need to let go of and change. Then do it. The little things are what add up.
You're Worth It!