Family isn't necessarily the one you are born into, family is what you make of it. I saw a quote where someone stated:
"Family is where life begins and love never ends."
Love that! We all need love and a sense of belonging, to be connected to other humans. It's powerful. Hug your family today.
Friendship to me are those we choose and adopt them as family. I am talking about the friends that are there, through the nitty-gritty, as well as the fun times. There are different levels of friendships for sure, and all are important, but you know who you can count on when you desperately need to escape reality for a bit, to regain a sense of sanity. Friends that make us cry from laughing so hard. Friends that give big hugs, even if there are miles of separation. Friends that love us in spite of our flaws.
Faith is strength, a strong unshakeable belief. Mine is in Christ. Others have theirs, and having faith or seeking faith gives a sense of solace. A place of peacefulness. A place to draw from.
Self-care is pretty self-explanatory. Being able to listen to your body and respond appropriately to provide the necessary adjustments to keep yourself healthy. It is important when we are going through stressful, life altering times to slow down, take a break and breathe.
Give yourself permission to unplug for a while, take a walk with a friend or loved one, even the four-legged kind. It's okay to laugh; laughter is healing to the body by releasing endorphins and lifting our mood. Sleep, exercise, stay hydrated and nourish yourself with good food, clean food. You are worth it.
To my dear sweet friend, if you are reading this, please know I am here for you. Ready to do whatever you need. Lifting you and your family in prayer daily. Love, Theresa