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Parish Nurse Article, April 2017

In Body and Spirit…
A message from the Parish Nurses

Hopefully as spring is quickly approaching, you are all able to enjoy the beauty of the season, along with all of the precious family and vacation time that will soon be more evident in your lives. Sometimes that can and does affect each of us in our self-esteem and self-image. It seems that in much of our lives, our problems are magnified when we fail to have God’s vision or perspective. In 2 Corinthians 4:10 we read, “…so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

A few ideas that may help to boost our self-esteem so we can make the most of who we are and what we have to offer to the world may be:

♦  Speak well of yourself and to yourself!

Give yourself positive affirmation each and every day for what you do and who you are. Positive self-talk is part of the retraining process to help you to view yourself in a kinder and truer manner. Why or why not do you like yourself? What are my strengths? What are areas I would like to improve? What is God’s perception of me? How does he feel about me?

 Do something for yourself!

When you are feeling worthless, we tend to reject the very things that would help us feel better. Make a list of things that bring you pleasure. It could be very simple, such as reading a book, listening to music, talking with a friend, or taking a walk. It may even be to do nothing!

♦  Talk to a trusted friend!

Give yourself support by talking over your feelings with a person who cares. When you are struggling with self-esteem, you may be afraid of ‘boring’ others or feeling like you are ‘wasting’ their time. Try to see this as a small worthwhile step to help yourself move to a healthier journey of self-esteem.

 Find ways to manage your stresses.

Write down the stresses you have experienced in the past year. Simply listing the stresses can relieve anxiety and help you begin to understand why you feel as you do. It will help you target specific stress points so you can deal with them. Begin by writing one thing you enjoy daily. Prioritize your day, but don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself! Reward yourself for each accomplishment.

♦  Consider outside support.

A private therapist may be able to address some of your current as well as chronic type issues. Perhaps joining a support group may be beneficial. You may feel less alone with others facing similar issues.

 Nourish your spirit!

How does God feel about me? Am I worthy of His love? When I think of God which image is most powerful to me? How do I want others to see me? Being nurtured spiritually carries over into all other areas of my life. Take time to notice all the healing sources in your life.

If you would like to contact the Parish Nurses, please call the church office, or email parish.nurse@graceofav.org.

Peace and good health to all of you!

Lois Askvig and Amy Fleser
Grace Lutheran Church Parish Nurses

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