A Little Love For You Today!❤

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Be ye reminded; YOU get to make daily decisions about who and what deserves access to YOU !! Now that you are reminded of what fresh air feels and smells like, you have no reason to stay in anything toxic or go back to it. Just because you’re at peace doesn’t mean they’re not still toxic. No one has to understand your positive changes. As a matter of fact, don’t ever feel bad about changing for the better. Others will have you question your change but those who love you will encourage your improvement for knowing your worth and valuing yourself.

Remember, it can’t be in your space if it isn’t making you money, growing you, loving you, or giving you peace. If it doesn’t give you good vibes then kindly walk away from it. The more you distance yourself from negativity, the more you’ll see amazing things start to happen. Keep taking care of you. Be protective over your peace and always keep in the back of your mind that happiness is a choice just like being positive is a choice. I’m a biggie on self-care and this is just one of those aspects of it that I will always remind you of just as I continue to remind myself! 💕

Just thought I’d drop a little encouragement in your spirit today! (: I hope you all are having a great, fun and safe weekend!!

xoxo,

Jessica!

 

5 EASY QUICK WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS!

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In Honor of April being Stress Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my most F A V O R I T E and quickest ways to reduce stress 💙

  • GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA!!

The internet is an unsafe place for the heart. Please know when to log off. Find you some people to spend quality time with. Many of your deliverances will come on several levels from several issues, when you stop scrolling so much..

  • BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE ELSE !!

Thinking about someone else and giving back to them is a great way to make a little impact in their life, but also amazing for relieving stress!! Sometimes, your biggest test is in how you treat other people while you’re fighting your own personal battles and sometimes.. your breakthrough is depending on your {o b e d i e n c e} of being a blessing to the next person!!

  • EXERCISE!!

This one is almost cliche but exercising really does help relieve stress!! I don’t know what it is about going to the gym, walking the trail at the park, doing zumba, doing an “insanity” workout video or yoga that gets people’s stressful circumstances off their mind but it works; gets the job done every single time!

  • VENT ON PAPER!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to express myself through writing! Usually when I’m stressed, the emotion of anger is not too far from me.. if it’s not already there and to be able to put my thoughts on paper somewhat frees my mind in its own little way. Sometimes I’m venting through my writing and sometimes I’m just writing out plans and what my next move will be! Writing is like therapy. For me, writing is such a strong form of therapy that when I’m done I no longer feel the need to verbally vent to anyone.. unless it’s my Husband because I will absolutely talk his head off. But seriously, writing is an excellent way to relieve stress. I would say journaling but I don’t want you to take it too serious and think it’s necessary for you to actually have a journal. You can grab a raggedy notebook and write your heart away in it! You just need something that you can use to get all of that anger and stress out on. 

  • CLEANING!!

Okay, this is something else that I do not only when I’m stressed but when I’m pissed too! For one thing, I’m not a neat freak. I’m kind of far off from it actually. I don’t clean as often as I should. I’m not nasty, but I’m not like “OCD” either. (obsessive-compulsive disorder) I’m not gonna freak out if there’s four dishes sitting in the sink. I’ll add like seven more of ’em before I start loading the dishwasher. 😂😂🤣 My house stays clean enough to where if somebody decided to surprise me with an unannounced visit.. it’s decent enough!! The only thing they might see is a load of clean laundry chilling in the recliner 🤷‍♀️ Anyways, cleaning helps somewhat relieve my stress. I honestly don’t know how. I guess the fact that it keeps me busy, keeps me distracted from going into stress overload! By the time I’m done cleaning.. just about every room in my house is spotless, the laundry is completely done and when it’s all said and done.. I’m just tired. I am literally ready for a shower and my bed. That’s it. Whatever was bothering me at that moment doesn’t bother me anymore until the next day because I’ll be too tired to put any energy into even thinking about it! So yeah.. when you’re feeling stressed, do some cleaning! I promise there’s a healing in it! It’s a weird one but it’s there!

There are several ways to reduce stress but again these are my top 5 favorites! What are some things you to do reduce your own personal stress?

 

 

 

Work More on Loving YOU!

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I hope when you’re asked to mention many things that you love.. you mention yourself.

I’ve been big on “self-love” for quite sometime now. Lately, I feel like God has been showing me and putting certain people in my path that lack so much confidence in themselves. As a result of having no confidence, the characteristic of low self-esteem makes itself present. And sometimes people who struggle with low self-esteem are also some of the same ones that struggle horribly with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I mean, there are other things that trigger those kinds of emotions but I know self-esteem plays a big role in it!

My heart goes out to people dealing and struggling with those kinds of issues. It hurts me to see people really feel like they don’t belong here, like they don’t even deserve life at all due to the lack of self love. Some even struggle to love themselves because of things that have happened in the past but I just want to let you know that you don’t have to stay in bondage because of your past. Free yourself from it. Your past does not define where you are going. Your past does not determine who are. You are who GOD says you are!! You are not what the enemy says you are!

I’ve been saying this for the past couple of days so I’ll go ahead and share it in this post: When you learn to establish and develop a loving relationship with yourself, you set the tone for every other relationship in your life. So I figured today I could share a few ways that I personally practice self-love myself! Self-Love has become a daily thing for me. Because I’m constantly practicing it, my confidence and self-esteem stays about where it needs to be for the most part.

  1. Forgive yourself. You are always allowed to start over and show up for yourself in the best way. Work on forgiving yourself for the bigger stuff.
  2. Spend time w/Jesus in prayer.
  3. Look in the mirror everyday and speak positive affirmations to yourself. “I am amazing; I am enough; I am beautiful; I am worthy of love and healing.”
  4. Love the skin you’re in!
  5. Be nice to yourself! You will never speak to anyone else as much as you to speak to yourself in your own head. {.Be Nice.}
  6. Don’t compare yourself or your journey to others.
  7. Celebrate your highs! Celebrate your success and each milestone you reach. If don’t nobody else celebrate you, you make sure you take the time to celebrate yourself!!
  8. Accept that some people won’t like you.
  9. Say “NO” when you need to.
  10. Know your strengths and use them to your advantage!
  11. Practice gratitude.
  12. Allow yourself some down time. Remember to get some rest & relaxation. You can’t pour from an empty cup. 🙂 
  13. Take care of your body. 
  14. Be honest with yourself.
  15. Try to stay surrounded by positive, upbeat and fun people who are at the same time striving to reach their goals like you!

 

There are so many different ways to practice self love and self care but again these are just a few that I personally try to do daily and keep in the back of my mind. Indeed, I know perfectly well all my positive and negative sides and I accept them. Just because I’m practicing self-love everyday doesn’t mean I’m not still working on improving myself. Lord knows I am truly a work in progress! Loving yourself doesn’t mean that you should ever stop working on YOU though. It just helps you to realize that you are the only one with your unique traits, qualities and potentialities. It gives a great sense of confidence. It really does. When you love who you are, you accept who you are.❤

xoxo!

-jessica