11 tips on how to combat exhaustion.

Good day beautiful people,

I hope that everyone is doing well, and remaining hopeful in the midst of difficulty? I am very aware that the pandemic has caused damaging effects on the economy, and has wrecked havoc upon people’s livelihood. I’ve also noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of people who are burnt out, stressed, frustrated, and low, especially within the NHS (national health service). Which is why I believe that it is vital for us to take active steps in removing obstacles which contribute towards exhaustion. In today’s post I will be sharing some tips on how we can minimise the intensity of exhaustion in our everyday lives.

1. Ask for help: (two are better than one) Formulate the habit of casting your burdens before The Lord. We will ALL need help at some point in our lives, and we have to accept this fact. You will be able to accomplish more by working with the right people, than you will when working alone and stressed. Learn to DELEGATE.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ~ “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

2. Don’t turn down help: Don’t feel embarrassed, ashamed, or feel that you’re weak for accepting the help which you need. No human being is entirely independent, we all depend on other individuals wether it be directly or indirectly, dependence is dependence. One thing we must realise is that God created us for relationship, it’s not good to live in isolation, and it’s not good for one to handle trails in isolation.

3. Don’t be afraid to say no: Don’t take on more than you can manage, even if it means losing out on a bit of money. Your health is your wealth. Don’t overwork to the point where you can’t even enjoy the fruit of your labour.

Ecclesiastes 4:8 ~ This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.

^^^ Surround yourself with others, don’t overwork and enjoy the fruit of your work.

4. Don’t isolate yourself: The devil loves to make us feel like we’re alone, but God will never abandon us. He will place people around us to uplift us. We are not to forsake the gathering of God’s children, as when we surround ourselves with others, especially true believers, they’ll be able to strengthen us.

Proverbs 27:17 ~ Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.

Hebrews 10:25 ~ “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

5. Pursue work life balance: This is one of the hardest things to do in life, yet one of the most important habits one needs to put into practice. Sometimes we take on too much, therefore it is pivotal that we learn how to prioritise our work in order of importance. This may mean putting a task on hold for an extended period of time. One thing I’d strongly advise for an individual to do, is to never place their workload above their own health and family, as this can lead to a rapid decline in ones mental well-being. If you need to get a dairy to organise yourself, get one ASAP (small changes can make big differences).

6. Actively make time for fun and enjoy rest: Have fun, this life on earth is very brief and is meant to be enjoyed. Having fun is good for your overall well-being and can help lift your mood. If you work in an intense job, try to ensure that you monitor your schedule so that you do not end up working multiple days or even weeks in a row. Aim to have at least ONE DAY off in the week if you can. God understands our need for rest which is why He created the Sabbath.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 ~ Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.

7. Get enough sleep: I speak to myself when I say this, sleep is VERY VERY IMPORTANT!!! Your body needs time to heal and reciprocate. Our cells have the opportunity to repair themselves when we sleep. Also the brain stores new information and gets rid of toxic waste. I used to wonder why I was always tired and realised when speaking to others I wasn’t giving my body enough sleep. Many a times I’d sleep for less than 6 hours, whilst some of my colleagues were getting a good 8 hours in. Don’t deprive or harm yourself by denying your body of the sleep it needs.

8. Eat well: I don’t know about you, but when I eat rubbish, it shows on my face and my waistline (acne and weight gain). When I give my body junk food to fuel on, it really does struggle to function. Help yourself by ensuring that you give your body what it needs wether it be through drinking more water, eating more vegetables or taking supplements/vitamins (Please contact your doctor concerning what vitamins you should take).

9. Seek professional help if needs be: Don’t ignore a problem by pretending it doesn’t exist (this will not make the problem disappear). If you need mental or physical support don’t hesitate to see a physician. Also if you have severely low energy levels consider speaking to a doctor as it ‘could’ be a sign of anaemia. There are also several organisations which provide mentoring or peer support for those in need within the local community.

10. Don’t compare yourself with others: Comparison is a joy killer, it has the power to further drain a persons energy levels. For example it should not discourage you if your friend is able to work full time throughout the majority of her pregnancy, and you cannot. Everybody’s circumstances are different, and God created humans uniquely, therefore our genetic makeup varies too.

Galatians 6:4 ~ Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

^^^ Focusing on your own God given tasks will help satisfy your soul. It’ll help you remain focused by eliminating the distraction of comparison, which can cause stress and lead to burnout.

11. Take time out to pray: Prayer is the fuel which the human soul needs in order to flourish. Stay in constant communication with God, cast your burdens onto Him because He cares for you. He knows you better than you know yourself, and can provide you with the wisdom which you need to live a life that is not weighed down by exhaustion. Take EVERYTHING to Him in prayer including any stressors within your life (an unfair manager, a broken family bond, a financial strain etc). When you verbalise your concerns it can bring about a sense of comfort (provides one with the opportunity to release pent-up feelings), and we know that the God we serve is a God of all comfort, He has the power to give us a peace which surpasses all human understanding.

Isaiah 40:29-31 ~ “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

2 Corinthians 1:3 ~ All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

I pray that you all have a blessed and productive week, continue to stay safe.

God bless.

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart 💜

Psalm 55:22 ~ Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

11 tips on how to be a better sibling.

Good day good day people,

I hope that today’s post meets you all well? These past few weeks I’ve come to appreciate the value, and importance of family A LOT more. As well as the blessing of being able to live together in unity rather than estrangement! To be able to call a person mother, father, sister, or brother is a blessing. Even though one may have the occasional disagreement, family member’s are a gift from God. I must commend my dad for always ensuring that me and my sisters reconcile and apologise after an argument. He, alongside my mother continually remind me and my siblings to strive to live in peace, and harmony.

In life, one thing which I’ve come to notice is that it’s extremely easy for us to focus on other peoples so called bad habits, whilst brushing off the fact that we have our own weaknesses too. We complain if individuals ‘nag’ us too much, but instead of complaining we should take a minute to try and see things from that person’s perspective. Nagging can be a persons way of showing that they care, and are concerned about a particular individual, or problem. Nagging can also be done due to a person feeling anxious, and feeling worried that things will spiral out of control. Anyways…… Let us try to be more understanding of each other, and a lot more patient with our family members, just as how Christ is patient with us, by DAILY forgiving us of our sins!

Ephesians 4:2 ~ Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Ephesians 4:32 ~ Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

I am on a personal journey of trying to be a better older sister to my younger siblings, through investing more TIME into their lives. I believe that quality time is one of the best love currencies. Without further ado I shall share a couple of tips on what I think can help one become a ‘better’ sibling.

Some tips

1. Love, love, love: You can never love too much. Aspire to love without limits, even when you ‘feel’ your sibling is not giving you the love you desire to get from them, love them the more. We shouldn’t do things to get things in return, that’s not a standard we should live by. We owe Christ a debt we can never repay, His death and resurrection brings us life. Even though we can never repay Christ for His love, He STILL chooses to love us, and we’re to follow in Christ’s footsteps. We’re commanded to love others by God, and this includes loving our siblings.

Mark 12:29-31 ~ “Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

2. Forgive ALWAYS: We’re called as believers to forgive those who hurt us. Forgiveness is a big part of the Christian faith. When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He encouraged them to forgive others during their DAILY prayer routine (The Lord’s Prayer). Forgiveness and reconciliation can bring about healing to broken relationships.

Matthew 6:12 ~ “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”

3. Learn their love language: I believe that understanding the way a person likes to be loved, can help one better understand an individual on a deeper level. It can help you love more effectively, and can help your relationship become more intimate and fruitful. You will be better able to meet their needs 😊.

4. Encourage your sibling: It’s so easy to feel like you haven’t gotten very far in life, which is why it is necessary to have others remind you of the great things which God has done in your life, and through your life. Formulate the habit of consistently reminding your siblings that they have an amazing God given purpose. And that they’re AMAZING human beings! Support their dreams, goals, and visions.

5. Be there for them when they need you: Never be too busy for your loved one during their time of need. Always be available to help and support them, do not isolate yourself from those who you care about.

Proverbs 17:17 ~ A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

6. Give your sibling praise: Compliment their hard work. Tell them that they’re beautiful. Use God’s word to affirm them, so that they believe the truth, and not the lies which the media feed them.

7. Be polite: Love is NOT rude, show respect to your sibling even if they’re younger than you. Respect them as a human being made in God’s image. Kindly correct your siblings when they make mistakes in a gentle and loving manner. Avoid shouting or speaking to them in a condescending tone.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ~ “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

8. Surprise them with unexpected gifts at random times: Encountering a surprise experience or gift, is always pleasant (well in my eyes). When I was younger I used to love when my mum went out shopping because on random occasions she’d come back with a sweet treat for me, or tops for me and my sisters. Giving gifts has the power to open doors. When you’re out on a trip remember your siblings, and if you’re able to purchase them an item you’ll know they’d appreciate.

9. Place empowering notes around the house: I’m sure that you’ve worked out by now, that words of affirmation is my primary love language. I truly believe that words are extremely powerful, and play a major role in uplifting a persons day/mood. Also you can regularly send a loving text message, as frequent communication is key!!!

Ephesians 4:29 ~ Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

10. Arrange dates together: Spending quality time with those you love is super important! Organise spa days, travel, get your nails done together, arrange a movie night or go to the cinema, eat together, go shopping. Talk, have deep conversations, throw a slumber party, go for a walk etc. There are SO many activities you can do to help bond with your siblings, both cost free, and paid for activities.

11. Pray for them: Sometimes we can feel powerless, or feel that there’s not much we can do to help our loved ones. But prayer is POWERFUL, and prayer causes situations to work together for the good of those who love The Lord, and are called according to His purpose.

James 5:16 ~ Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

1 Samuel 12:23 ~ As for me, I will certainly not sin against the LORD by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right.

^^^ Never stop praying for your sibling/siblings.

I hope that today’s post gave you a few tips which you can implement into your everyday life. And I pray that God gives us all the strength, grace, and wisdom to love our families better.

God bless

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart 💜