The Ladies R&R ministry exists to help renew the mind and refresh the soul of the women at Fellowship. In November, Hannah Rinehart, a board-certified counselor, wife, and mother of four, joined our most recent gathering to help answer the following question: How do we, as moms who love Jesus, handle our emotions and the emotions of others with grace-filled resilience?
Resilience is defined as the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties or the ability to spring back into shape. Who doesn’t want that every day, but especially as we approach the busy holiday season? The good news is there are things that we CAN do that will create change and growth in this area in our minds and hearts, which will set us up for better relationships and more enjoyable experiences. Here are a few suggestions Hannah offered:
1. Starting your day with prayer and time in the Word is the best tool to fight against anxiety, depression, stress and increase your own emotional resilience. Hands down. If you do nothing else, do that.
2. Have a positive yet realistic outlook on life. Don’t dwell on negative information and look for opportunities in bleak situations to find the positive within the negative.
3. Have a moral compass; highly resilient people have what they consider to be right and wrong, and this guides their decisions. For us, our moral compass is going to be God’s Word as truth. If we do not know His Word and don’t spend time with Him, we will not be guided by this as we walk through our days.
4. There is a lot of research that shows that volunteering and caring for others reduces depression, relieves stress, and improves relationships.
5. Accept what you can’t change and focus energy on what you can change.
6. Have a mission, meaning, and purpose; this gives you courage and strength.
7. Create a social support system of community and friendship.
Practically speaking, she also gave us some exercises to use in those moments where we need to add some calm to an otherwise emotional situation. When any of the parties involved, whether child or adult, are in a heightened state, good communication isn’t possible.
Grounding exercises like “5,4,3,2,1”, “box-breathing,” and “breath prayers” are very effective ways of calming when our brains are feeling overwhelmed, and we need a break to reflect and reconnect, manage our emotions, and make informed decisions about our response to the situation.
Hannah and the whole team at Simplify Life are available to answer questions you might have about these exercises or to help if you are looking for some additional support in any of these areas. They are a faith-integrated practice that specializes in navigating anxiety and depression, and they see clients ranging from ages four through adult.
Accepting New Clients:
Children and Adults ages 4+: Brooke Bourne: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adolescent Girls/Women: Sara Durrance: email@example.com
Adolescent Boys/Men/Couples: Andy Batcheller: firstname.lastname@example.org
As moms who deal with the emotions of so many in our lives: our own, our husbands, our kids, our parents, our friends…. It can feel overwhelming at times to juggle all that comes our way. The FCS Ladies R&R ministry wants to encourage and remind you that God wants to meet you in the midst of your thoughts and feelings.
We love to celebrate all that it means to be a mom and hope you will join us for the next fun morning of equipping women in wisdom and joyful fellowship on January 18, 2024.