Love Better: Learning to Love Yourself

Unless you are an English or Marketing major, you probably haven’t put much thought into the ways advertising affects the human psyche. Because I don’t want to go into a massive diatribe on this, I’m going to need you to trust me when I tell you the images we see, the messages our brains and bodies receive from the media, and the way our brains have been trained to think about ourselves has a ginormous impact on how we view ourselves. It isn’t just how we view ourselves physically, either. There are messages we ingested from our parents, our teachers, our pastors, our Sunday School teachers, our coaches, our youth pastors, etc that affect how we think about all aspects of our person–mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Too often, those messages we received, and might still be receiving, are negative. They influence our thought life, our emotions, how we see and treat our bodies, and how we view our mental abilities. If we aren’t careful, those negative thoughts and negative behaviors can seep into our actions, our relationships with friends and family, our relationships with God, and even how we parent our children. We have to do better. We have to love ourselves better.

Holiday Boundaries: Self-Care

Before we even know it, the most joyous time of the year quickly becomes the most stressful time of year. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that just maybe this is not the way God intended the Christmas season to go down. For most of us, though, this is the way we have always done things. We run ragged attempting to create the perfect Christmas season for our friends and family at the expense of our sanity, mental health, and even physical health. May I suggest we do the entire season of Christmas differently this year?

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