Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Faith, God, Grateful, Gratitude

~My Tools For Life~

Tools for Life

Living by Faith When Your Body Hurts or When You Are Stressed To The Max

When we have chronic stress it can bring on chronic illness and also make our pain worse.

The pain people feel with chronic conditions or chronic pain can make us feel isolated and sometimes helpless, especially if its cause is an illness or physical condition for which there’s no cure or really any effective medical treatment. Chronic stress also can be debilitating.

It seems that in times of despair, that’s when we have to keep finding ways to nurture our spirit, to help us not only cope with the pain, and worry but also discover moments of peace and at times grace so it can allow us to move us through and beyond the helplessness and hopelessness we may feel.

Here are a few life tools that can help you get started toward more peace in spite of and in the midst of pain , worry and stress.

1. We have to just breathe

The act of breathing is not only a physical process, but it can also be a tool to cope with pain and worry .

Go to a quiet place, breathe in slowly and deeply, then let the breath out, expelling stress and pain with it. You will feel the sharpness of the pain start to subside as relaxation and calmness move in its place.

I have used this for physical pain, emotional pain. I do this as I pray.

I give it all to God .

I do think for a few breaths in and out and then I just sit in quiet and thank God for helping me , removing any pain or worry I may have.

2. Place some music

Put on your favorite piece of music – instrumental or vocal – sit back, and close your eyes. Let the music carry you away from your immediate pain to a place of calm.

3. Take a walk or go out into nature

Pain can be son isolating and make us feel alone. Enjoy the outdoors, a glance outside at a garden, a quiet moment surrounded by flowers or trees or ocean any of these things can renew our senses. It will make you see you are part of this big beautiful world God created. Be grateful.

4. Laugh more

When have you laughed your ass off? Has it been that long ago? Put in a good comedy. And it will release tension from your entire body.

5. Never give up or lose hope

Each day, there are new advances in medicine and in therapies to ease pain, inside and out. New cures are on the horizon.

In closing I don’t ever want you to pray and then as soon as your finished worry about it.

When you pray give it to God.

Allow him to work in your life.

Trust in him.

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Grateful, Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

I’m sitting at my favorite coffee shop The Coffee Shops at Ridgewood , I drink my coffee, look outside, and smile. I have so much to be thankful for.


Positive thoughts make us all feel good. Even the simple act of smiling or laughing when you need a little boost can work wonders.

Yet we are so negative and critical  with ourselves probably more than we realize. We complain constantly and always find something wrong with something. We say were grateful but are we really?



Pay attention to your words for 1 day and see if your more positive or negative in your words and thoughts….

You can always work on yourself -becoming more positive.

I find time every day to take a moment and practice gratitude.

Maybe things aren’t perfect in your life, but we have a lot to be grateful for, just look at that flower , or the sky and clouds, your children or grandchildren’s face puppy or kitten you.

Or if you’re in pain that cozy blanket or heating pad makes you feel better.

You woke up that’s something to be grateful for.

You could begin with one-sentence in a journal entry of something you’re thankful for each day, or you might take a moment before sleep to think of one good thing—no matter how small.

Wondering why this practice might make a difference in your day to day?

Here are a few reasons why.

It reduces anxiety and stress  : By  just slowing down and  looking for  the beauty in the world, you slow down the negative thoughts that can easily take over, especially when you’re in pain. Not only will you increase your positive feelings, but you now can reduce the negative ones .

Gratitude helps us slow down and enjoy the moment right now. When you take a moment to be grateful for that salad or peach, you’re more likely to pay attention to the way tastes. Taking a moment to savor the taste of a piece of fruit or dinner and to really take note of how delicious  it is and also realizing it is nourishing  your body.



We can so easily get lost in all negative thoughts and the end result  giving us more anxieties, we live and worry about far too many things a job, health ,the future, school  we have to stop that.  Joy comes when you allow joy in. I am not saying not to care about the above things, but stop thinking the worse and be grateful for the fact you have a job, you can go to school etc…