Keeping a first-aid kit is not a matter of urban living, it is a necessity for all. No matter how careful and efficient we are at home, school or work, accidents do happen and we must be prepared at all times to save ourselves from worsening the condition by having one available and accessible.
We tend to pay more attention to the parts of us that we can see with our eyes and neglect the intangible parts to take care of themselves. We forget that the health of our insides is what reflects on the outside. Whether we wake up cheerful or moody depends on our emotional state. Sometimes, our emotional fluctuations may cause certain physical discomforts like headaches and stomach upsets. We may not be in total control of these fluctuations but we can put some measures in place to keep them in check when they occur. Let’s call it the emotional first-aid kit.
So what can be put together to form this kit? We all have our unique ways to cheer ourselves up during such gloomy moments. I’ll take the opportunity to share mine.
There is no reading material that provides more comfort to a troubled soul than the Living Word. It is ever refreshing and always on point with its message. It’s the only book whose Author is present as you open to read; and His Spirit helps you to understand what you are reading. How cool is that? Whenever life’s obstacles tries to convince you that your dreams are impossible to achieve, remember and tell yourself that ‘you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you,’ – Philippians 4:13. And guess what, there’s a passage concerning every human situation no matter how peculiar. Feeling down? Pick up your Bible and start reading!
Listening to music
Music is soothing to the soul and has the power to give healing to one’s distressed heart. Helping yourself to a collection of spirit-filled Christian music is good for diverting the mind’s attention from worry and stress. I don’t think it is sound to be listening to sad, gloomy songs after suffering from a heartbreak, for example. It could further push you into a state of despair. Songs are powerful so beware of what you allow into your ears and spirit.
Inspirational books, blogs, quotes
There are countless accounts of people who made it big from nothing and can inspire us not to give up on ourselves. There are many articles online as well waiting for you to feed on. So bookmark some good blogs (like this one lol) and fill up your emotional tank with some goodies whenever you feel you’re running out.
Calling family and friends
It is prudent to have the people who care about you close so you can use them to help you keep your head in a good place when life threatens to overwhelm you. But don’t only get in touch when you need the comfort; offer to be there for them as well. As you do for others, so shall it done for you.
Keep photos and journals of good memories shared with people you love and love you back.
Taking time to reminisce on such quality time spent with significant others would remind you that you are loved and mean a lot to others. Just tell yourself that it’s a phase and will certainly pass. There’s no point taking a permanent decision based on a temporary situation. This would help lift up your spirits.
Do you have any more suggestions to add to my emotional first-aid kit? I’d love to hear it! Thanks for reading and stay emotionally healthy.
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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