5 Ways to Fill Yourself Up From the Inside Out
5 Ways to Fill Yourself Up From the Inside Out
What do you do to fill yourself up from the inside out?The importance of cultivating positive habits for a joy-filled life is paramount to living well. It’s easy in our day and age to get bogged down with the things of life that don’t truly matter in the long run. There might be times where you find yourself thinking, “Am I really living the best life meant for me? I’m so burnt out and run down. There has to be something more.Finding different ways to fill yourself up isn’t too difficult. However, finding things that fill yourself up from the inside out with things that matter is a lot harder. They tend to not be the glamorous things of life.
Change Your Habits for YOUR Benefit
A habit, according to Wikipedia is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously… of course, there are both good habits we should all wish to develop and there are bad habits that many of us wish we could cease.There’s an entire series on cultivating good habits that you can check out. However, we’re going to be talking about taking care of ourselves.Related: Morning Routine Series
The Self Care Movement
I know there are a lot of opinions on the self-care movement, especially among Christian circles. I understand that some view self-care to be selfish and not outward looking, towards Christ. While I agree that it can definitely become selfish and self-centered, I look at it differently.I see self-care as a way to allow Jesus to work in and through you so that you become a better vessel for His Glory. If we are sick and ragged all of the time because we are constantly going going going, we are going to be “useless” to the world. We aren’t going to be able to be used as Jesus’ hands and feet to those that are hurting and lost.
Hold Your Horses
Now before any of you become offended by my use of the term “useless”, I think I have to explain my reasoning for a little bit.If you’re constantly sick and hurting, it’s hard to go out and physically be able to help those that are in need. I’m not saying that you can’t use your talents and gifts around the house or by being a prayer warrior in bed. You might be sick and hurting because of selfish decisions that are made to get you there. (Speaking from experience, I’ll get into that another time.) If you need further clarification on what I mean, please, let me know. My intent isn’t to offend or hurt anyone by my statement, but to admonish if necessary. I’m also speaking to myself, in case you were wondering.
I think other countries do a better job of creating a work and life balance so that you DON’T need self-care because they live a slower paced life compared to our go-go-go life in America. The world seems to be suffering from an epidemic of low self-esteem, low self-worth, and low-confidence that’s making people act out in all sorts of harmful ways… many of which are self-destructive and harm society at large.It would appear, that resting in the Lord is the remedy to all emotional challenges, yet in today’s fast-paced and hyper-stimulated world we often forget to take better care of ourselves and turn to Him.
Fill Yourself Up from the Inside Out
Indeed, we often look to external solutions to solve internal challenges; be that in the sense of consumerism, materialism or the emotional need to overachieve and create takes over. Often, when we adopt this approach we lose our connection with the real meaning of things - take marriage for example, whilst it’s okay to spend time perusing websites such as https://www.whiteflash.com/wedding-rings/tacori/, it’s imperative that this isn’t at the cost of reflecting on the true value of marriage and partnership.Related: Romance SeriesThe point is that we need to start filling ourselves up from the inside out… rather than the outside in... whether that’s from the love of Jesus or simple acts of self-care, it’s imperative that we focus on our inner world equally as much as the outer world.Here are five tips to help you fill yourself up from the inside out rather than the outside in.
Stop Trying To Fill The Void
It’s very easy to chase after things, or people, in order to fill the void within - but the best way to fill that void is to look for nourishing ways to flesh out your life rather than being dependent on a particular aspect of your life (e.g. relationship or work).Practical Tip: Start attending a Bible Believing Church and getting involved with volunteering with church events or other events that you care about.
Stop Doing Activities That Hurt You
Think of the metaphor of having back pain; there’s normally a trigger that causes this pain - there are things that aggravate this physical pain; there are also things that reduce the pain. Similarly, there are activities you engage in on an emotional level that cause you emotional pain. Avoid these activities and stop doing that which hurts you.Practical Tip: It might not be practical to up and quit your job if it’s an environment that facilitates physical pain. Perhaps start going to a chiropractor or massage therapist. Work on your posture or get better sleep.
We all have toxic people in our lives, it’s just a natural part of life. There is scientific research that demonstrates how energy is contagious in that it rubs off on you - if you’re around negative people you will become negative yourself. The same applies to positive and nurturing people of course.I have FIRST-hand experience with this when I was in the military. Not everyone I was around was negative, but the stress and the high tempo could cause lots of frayed nerves and angry words. Much of this rubbed off on me and I was almost a completely different person when I was in the military. I was just a shell of myself. Practical Tip: If you can’t change jobs or if you’re just going to be in an inevitable situation where you physically can’t distance yourself from negative people, immerse yourself in things that you love doing and pray for grace and wisdom when it comes to dealing with those toxic people.
Surround Yourself with people that support you
As I mentioned in the above paragraph, find yourself a tribe of like-minded people that love and support you. They can share your vision or your favorite hobby. This group of people can also just be an encouraging group of mentors or friends that want to see you succeed in life.
Read Your Bible and Pray
This is last not because it’s least important but because I wanted you to have it be one of the last things you see before you close out of this post. In addition to attending a Bible-believing church and surrounding yourself with positive and nurturing people, you can fill yourself up from the inside out in the best way possible by spending time in God’s Word and praying.Practical tip: Get involved with a Bible study (that would pair nicely with surrounding yourself with positive people). Set aside time to read your Bible every day and pray. I prefer to do so in the morning just because it sets my day up so nicely and I want to give God the first fruits of my day. However, it has changed with the different seasons in life. Make it a habit, whatever time you choose.
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Fill Yourself Up From the Inside Out
Here are 5 ways you can start filling yourself up from the inside out. You can start off by filling yourself up with things that matter and not material objects that will eventually fade away. With that said, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some #retailtherapy every now and again. Just be wary that it doesn’t turn into a bad habit that can spiral into other bad habits. It can be a slippery slope. Also, taking care of your physical body and mental and emotional well being is super important. Remove toxic people from your life the best you can and surround yourself with people that love and support you. Last but not least, spend time in the Word and pray. In my humble opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of these steps to fill yourself up from the inside out.