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July 22nd, 2019 by admin

Football alone is just not enough

Euphoria! My beloved Western Bulldogs had finally won the AFL grand final.
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I was so happy. Yet, a mere 24 hours later, I was frazzled.

My family,bearing the brunt of my mood, might well have used a few other descriptors.

My husband asked: “Why aren’t you happy? The Dogs just won the grand final?”

As wonderful as that was, it didn’t offset the fact that our house – post grand final party –was a mess.

Or that my kids were also frazzled and were acting accordingly.

Or that I was physically pooped after an overambitious, week-long house painting project.

Or that I was still emotionally wrung out from recent training on grief and loss.

Or that I’d tried to cope with all of the above by consuming left-over grand final chips and cider.

So, by then desperate, I reflected on the sort of spiritual self-care I ought to have used this week.

It is hard to be spiritually robust if our physical wellbeing is neglected.

Of course, abalanced diet, exercise and sufficient sleep are key.

For example, science shows walking affects our mental health positively.

It is also crucial to nurture ours mental wellbeing by taking time to still our minds and bodies.

This is something that is so rare in our busy days.

Meditative prayer is an example.

Relationships are fundamental to human wellbeing, so social time is important though people differ greatly whether they recharge around people or alone.

I require alone time which I usually find pottering in my garden.

But now for the most important part of self-care: find strength in God.

1 Samuel 30:6 states that instead of despairing or turning to fleshy ways of coping during a time of great distress “David strengthened himself in the Lord”.

There is nothing as beneficial for human wellbeing as our living God.

Strength, peace and hope are found in our heavenly father’s love.

Plus, we have constant access to help, encouragement and comfort through the Holy Spirit.

I will try and put these things into practice more.

I hope you might these reflections useful.Because in this life, even your team winning the grand final isn’t enough to get you through.

On behalf ofthe Horsham Ministers Association.Kate Polack is chaplain of Horsham College.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训.