It’s official: Pets benefit our mental health

A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort.
โ€” Read on www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/amp/320950

Love this….I love how my pup calms me๐Ÿถ

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Good Morning…Start Your Day in Prayer

Lord, I donโ€™t know what lay before me today, but I commit it all to you. Please give me strength and courage to get through the joys, challenges and happenings of the day. I thank you for my life and for all that I have; I commit this day to you. No matter what happens, I know you have me in the palm of your hand. In Jesusโ€™ name I pray, amen.

“Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” –

Have an awesome day friends ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Surprising Signs Your Anxiety May Stem From Your Family History

If you worry excessively just like your mom, or have a few nervous habits just like your dad, it may be a sign you got your anxiety from your parents. Because โ€” while there are many causes โ€” anxiety can be genetic, and it can be learned. Andโ€ฆ
โ€” Read on www.bustle.com/p/7-surprising-signs-your-anxiety-may-stem-from-your-family-history-17040757

Hmmm, what an interesting article!!

Morning Prayer…..

Dear God,
We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running all different directions and spinning our wheels to find help, when true help and healing must be found first in You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you, above everyone and everything else. We come to you and bring you the places we are hurting. You see where no one else is able to fully see or understand. You know the pain we’ve carried. The burdens. The cares. You know where we need to be set free. We ask for your healing and grace to cover every broken place. Every wound. Every heartache. Thank you that you are Able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your Mighty Power that acts on behalf of your children. We reach out to you, and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We love you. We need you today. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Have an amazing day friends….

Your Morning Prayer ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

Precious Lord, I know You want this for me. I want this for me. Help me to retrain my thoughts and reframe my perspective. I marvel at how often my thoughts take me downward. But like an eagle that soars in the sky, You call me to set my sights on things above. I need supernatural help with this! Fill me afresh with a strong sense of Your presence and Your peace. Help me to remember the great things You have done. May I one day marvel at how my thoughts reflect a heart and mind that are healed and whole, just like You always intended them to be. Do a miracle in me, Lord. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If it gets hard and you can’t seem to hold on, please go to God in prayer!

Prayer has done wonderful things for my mental health, this week I’m struggling really bad with my thoughts but I know I can get back on the right track soon.

I constantly ask God to change these awful thoughts! Wishing and hoping the same for those of you who are struggling as well.

Wellness Wednesday…Anxiety

#wellnesswednesday

#beatinganxiety

Studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. One can relieve

tension and manage stress better by what a person does and does not eat.

Everyone experiences anxiety. In fact, being unable to do so can be a sign of a serious psychological problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy the body uses to help the mind recognize danger and keep well out of its way. As with most mental illnesses, it’s not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in oneโ€™s way of life or quality of living.

Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives.

However, only about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety and rarely seek professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what

psychologists call the โ€œfight or flightโ€ response.

When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or remain focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope with the tasks and demands of everyday life. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder.

Fortunately, effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives.

However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Although food can’t cure an anxiety disorder, consider some diet changes and that would benefit a severely anxious person:

โ€ข Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible. Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just in tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupt sleep — which later on become prevailing signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking

more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse.

โ€ข Avoid too much alcohol. Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia, and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink. In excessive amounts, alcohol can actually act as a depressant, making the drinker feel sluggish or more anxious.

Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol increases hypoglycemia symptoms. It also causes mood swings.

โ€ข Eat complex carbohydrates, also known as carbs. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming

neurotransmitter in the brain. Complex carbs such as potatoes, wholewheat bread, and pasta take longer to digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread.

That way, one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety.

โ€ข Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well-hydrated and

drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety.

โ€ข Take multivitamins and mineral supplements. B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial. Vitamin B-6 helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals.

Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by watching out for what one eats and what one does not eat. Remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are often one and the same thing.

Changing my diet has worked wonders for me, hope these tips bring you some relief as well!

Olivia

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