This week has been one of those weeks where stress, anxiety, worry, and fear rivet through your body. I spent the week with my dad, a military man through and through, in and out of the hospital.
There have been a lot of questions and few answers since last July. This week provided small doses of answers. For this I am so grateful. But, there are still far too many questions left unexplained.
Ironically, the call he was in the hospital came shortly after I wrote last week’s blog post on the impact chronic stress can have on one’s health. It was as if God sat me on my butt and said ‘prove to me Angie that you can live the life you want your clients to live.’
Are you going to look up or look in?
Will you let worry and fear rule your heart or are you going to release control and trust?
For the first time in my entire life, I chose to trust God – completely! And what a difference it made!
Yes, I still experienced stress, worry, and fear. I’m human after all, and my dad’s health was deteriorating.
But, because I chose to look up rather than in, my whole perspective changed. I let myself ‘be where my feet were.’
I was present with my dad as he laid in the hospital bed.
I was present with the doctors and nurses who comforted him while tests and procedures were completed and answers sought.
I was present with God.
I was present in nature where I felt the sun penetrate my skin and soul while I listened to the birds sing.
I was right where I needed to be.
This presence made all the difference in the world.
Inwardly, I was calm. I was content and I was okay with the unknown. Physically, I felt at peace. In the past, these stressful situations would have sent cortisol rushing through my body. I can quite literally feel the adrenaline rushing through my legs. This adrenaline was not present this past week.
Why you ask? Because I chose to look up.
How often do you look up and give God your stress, your fears, and your worries?
When you choice to let go, I can guarantee that you will reduce your stress in the short-term, which will have a positive impact on your health in the long-term.
Make today be the day you decide to look up!
As you walk your wellness journey, remember that sometimes you need help. There is no judgment in needing help; only love, guidance, support, accountability, and a healthier YOU!
Yours in Health and Wellness,