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To Pray is to Let Go

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

To summarize, to pray is to let go and let God take over. I know this is easy to say and way harder to put into actual practice. There are times in our lives when the bills are piling up, our email inboxes are overflowing, we are injured and cant exercise or play the sport we love, our faith feels as though it is getting further and further from us, you wonder if you are secure at your job, and so many more situations that can arise. Feelings of doubt, worry, anxiety, and stress bubble up. Life’s trials are immeasurable, but so is God’s goodness.

One of the best mental health exercises I have adapted in times like I mentioned above is to think to myself “Do these emotions serve any positive purpose in my life?” The answer is no more often than not. It is in those moments that I have to consciously decide to let go of them and breathe. You come to a point in life where you have done everything you can do, and the rest is out of your control. You have to completely surrender to the Lord. Losing sleep and getting sick with worry is not worth it – especially when Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that, when we give everything to God, he will strengthen and sustain you. The Bible is full of God’s promises to us – He gives us direction and advice on how to handle what life throws at us.

Remember in these times that the Lord is working behind the scenes in your life. We just need to pray to Him and make our requests known. Stressed? Pray. Worried? Pray. Focus on the Lord instead of your problems, and suddenly your woes seem much smaller. I pray that this message is both a friendly reminder and an encouragement for you all at the same time!

Chels

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When You Go Through Deep Waters…

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2 Stress is ever-present. It is here to stay and will be part of our lives for…

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2

Stress is ever-present. It is here to stay and will be part of our lives for the long haul. That is why God gave us verses like Isaiah 43:2. He is our stress reliever- forever.

I find so much comfort in the fact that no matter what the world tosses at me, He is protecting me. Little old me! How crazy is it that the God who created the world is looking out for each and every one of us individually?

Many times we will stress about our careers our whether the person we are dating is “the one.” We try and take it upon ourselves to control the outcome. I am so guilty of this. That is why God gave us Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, the are plans for good and not evil, to give you hope and a future.” We have to let go and let God do his thing. How? By growing in our faith and staying in His word.

In the lowest points of your life are when you are in the least control. That is when it is easiest to surrender to God and say “It’s all you. The full verse of Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” We do not have to be afraid of failure because He will always be there to catch us.

With everything going on in the world, when evil is staring us in the face and knocking on our front door, it gives my heart peace knowing that the Lord still cares for us even in our brokenness. If God is for us, who can stand against us?

So, when you’re feeling like a mess of stress, know that you are eternally loved and that there is a master plan for your life. Know that with certainty.

Chels

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Stressed? Have some Scripture.

In times of transition and change, you can be sure that stress will show its ugly head. With it being back to school season, lots of changes are probably happening…

In times of transition and change, you can be sure that stress will show its ugly head. With it being back to school season, lots of changes are probably happening in your world. You may be moving away, changing schools, changing majors, changing roomates, changing jobs, or small changes may be adding up to one big ball of stress. When I feel like my world has gotten chaotic, I turn to the Bible to help me deal with it. Here are a few of my favorite stress-releiving scriptures.

  • James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Romans 16:20 – The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
  • Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Proverbs 12:25: Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
  • Psalm 23:4:  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Psalm 94:19: When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  • Luke 21:19: Stand firm, and you will win life.
  • Psalm 118:5-6 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Hopefully these scriptures breathe relief, confidence, strength, and hopefulness into your heart as much as they do mine!

Chels

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Give it to God and Go to Bed

“When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, Lord, you keep me safe. Psalm 4:8” Do your worries keep you up at night? Going to bed worried is…

“When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, Lord, you keep me safe. Psalm 4:8”

Do your worries keep you up at night? Going to bed worried is one of the worst feelings. Letting go of things is hard and putting your anxious thoughts aside can feel impossible. Worrying about the future, about finances, friendships, things that you did wrong and things that you could do better, all of these things threaten to rob us of sleep.

A great piece of advice that I was given is to “Give it to God and go to bed.” Every morning God gives you a new day, He allows the sun to shine, and He holds the world in His hands. God does everything for a purpose, and if He can run the world and knows all the hairs on your head, so He can definitely handle anything going on in your life. I struggle with anxious thoughts. My mind can get away from me and start to run wild. I just have to remind myself that He has never failed me before. God won’t fail you if you seek Him first.

Even if you aren’t going through a tough time, every day life brings enough “storms” of its own. Worry affects every part of your life and is not healthy. Worry drains you of energy, happiness, and even drains your time. What is keeping you up at night is what is important to you. But, a lot of times, those are things beyond your control.

As Christians we can have faith that God wants the best for us, His children. We might not know what His plan is or what it looks like exactly, but He says that someday it will be clear to us and it will bring us good, not do us harm. It is hard to trust in what we cannot see, but that is what we have to do. Don’t let your worry consume you or back you into a corner, and most of all, don’t let it steal your precious zzz’s.

Let’s face it, we all need to be told to give it to God and go to bed.

XOXO, Chels

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Too Blessed to be Stressed

No matter what stage or phase of life you are in, there is a pretty good chance that you are facing at least some sort of stress. Whether it be…

No matter what stage or phase of life you are in, there is a pretty good chance that you are facing at least some sort of stress. Whether it be minor or major stress, it is taking its toll on you nonetheless. How we manage that anxiety can really determine our outlook on life and also our moods. Here are a few bible verses to help you manage your stress.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope.
  2. Proverbs 29:11 – The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
  4. Ephesians 4:26: Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set while you are still angry.
  5. Ephesians 4:31-32: Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.
  6. Matthew 6:19-21:“Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  7. Hebrews 12:6: For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he punishes every son he accepts.”

We’re too blessed to be stressed!

XOXO, Chels

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Why You May Be Feeling More Forgetful

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling…

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling more forgetful than normal then something may be up with your health. Here are a few reasons that you may be feeling a bit more forgetful than normal.

  1. Lack of sleep: Sleep is vital for your brain to recharge and store memories. Lack of sleep worsens your ability to focus and learn, and sleep is necessary for storing memories so you can recall them in the future.
  2. More stress: When you are stressed or have anxiety your brain can become overloaded and discombobulated.
  3. High glycemic foods: What you eat impacts your memory. Sugary foods cause a rapid spike and drop in blood sugar, and this negatively impacts memory. Foods like this are refined grains and sugary foods.
  4. Posture: We look down at our phones way too much. We carry a lot of tension in our head, neck, spinal cord, and brain. This effects our neurotransmitters which effect memory.

If you feel like you have been frequently forgetful, then one of these things could be the issue!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Beat Bad Feelings

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out…

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out of the mood we’re in, no matter how hard we try.  Here are a few different ways you can beat the bad feelings that are bringing you down!

  • Feeling tired? Although you most likely just want to stay in bed, get up and get moving!  I suggest chugging some water and fueling your body with a snack that’s healthy and will give your body a boost.  If you absolutely need a nap, only allow yourself to sleep for 20-30 minutes for a quick recharge!
  • Feeling insecure? Instead of thinking negatively, write down a list of characteristics that you love about yourself.  Change your focus from popularity or appearance and think more about your personality and the people you surround yourself with that love you more than you know!
  • Feeling stressed out? Between school, homework, and a social life, this is an easy mindset to slip into.  Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the work you have to do. It helps me when I break down all I have to do into smaller pieces. This way, your work will present itself more manageable and less overwhelming.

I hope these tips help you snap back into a better mood ASAP! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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7 Psalms to Help Calm Anxiety

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I…

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed when I think of everything coming up, but then I remember who is in control. Going to God with my worries helps calm my heart and my mind. Here are 7 psalms to help calm your anxious heart.

  1. Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  2. Psalm 116: “The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
  3. Psalm 103: “For as high as the heaves are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  4. Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
  5. Psalm 34: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
  6. Psalm 40: “As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
  7. Psalm 62: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

XOXO, Chels

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3 Night Remedies to Reduce Anxiety

Picture this: you lay down in bed after a long day, close your eyes, and toss and turn for the next three hours.  Sound familiar?  Anxiety can affect your mind…

Picture this: you lay down in bed after a long day, close your eyes, and toss and turn for the next three hours.  Sound familiar?  Anxiety can affect your mind and body, especially when you lay down at night and try to sleep!  We’ve all been there, but we don’t have to be!  Here are three night remedies to reduce anxiety.

  • If you know you get anxious late at night or before you go to sleep, purchase a lavender candle or lavender-scented room spray.  Light your candle 30 min before bed so your room is filled with a lavender aroma when you lay down to sleep!  Chelsea Crockett - Hot BathIf you forget to light your candle or don’t want to fall asleep with it burning, spray around your bed with lavender room spray.  The scent of lavender is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety!  Maybe even put a drop of lavender essential oil on your bed, pillow, or skin.
  • Take a hot bath!  Hot baths are already known for their relaxing aromas, but adding just a simple ingredient can make them 10x more calming.  What is it you ask?  Epsom salts!  These release an inorganic chemical called magnesium sulfate which has shown to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety.  It truly calms you down!
  • Ever heard of chamomile tea?  Most people use it to make them sleep, but it works for anxiety just as well!  It supposedly releases chemicals that help you to relax.  There are many studies that have shown a dramatic decrease in anxiety for those who drink chamomile tea daily!

Which remedy works best for you?  Try them out and let me know!

XO – Chels

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5 Ways to Pray for Peace

I think peace is something we all could use a little more of.  Whether you’re in a stressful season in your life, going through a tough break-up, or even just…

I think peace is something we all could use a little more of.  Whether you’re in a stressful season in your life, going through a tough break-up, or even just feeling anxious, praying for peace can make a world of a difference.  When I sit down to pray, it’s sometimes hard to find the right words to say.  If you have this problem at times too, here are 5 ways to pray for peace!

  1. Pray for trust.Chelsea Crockett - Peace  Trust is something I think we all struggle with at times.  Praying for trust will take away any anxiety or stress you may be having because you’ll start to truly believe that God has a plan for each of us.
  2. Pray for strength.  Having the strength to get through any situation will help you through all seasons of your life.  If you have the strength to get through one low of your life, you can get through them all! 
  3. Pray to hear God’s voice.  God’s voice is real and present, and you will hear it if you listen.  Pray to hear what God is trying to tell you and you may find the direction that you’ve been searching for.
  4. Pray one day at a time.  Taking things one day at a time really does make a huge difference.  Start the day with a prayer to give you strength and trust for the day ahead!
  5. Pray for patience.  Patience is a virtue, and if you can learn to be still and patient, you will gain more peace than you could’ve imagined.

I hope this helps bring back some peace into your life.  God is good and He’ll listen to your prayers!

Love, Chels

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Why Anxiety Happens

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn…

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn to God. He has a plan.”

How true. We want to be in control of everything in our life. We want to choose what happens and when it happens, and the pressure to have everything in life planned out and figured out can be crippling. Why put all of that pressure on yourself? Turn to God. Hand Him your life and say “take it, do what you can with it.” He has a plan for your life that is more blessed and more incredible than the plans you have for yourself!

Save yourself the anxiety and stress and turn to God. You don’t have to have everything figured out! Trust God’s plan and pray for His guidance.

XOXO, Chels

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Why You May Be Feeling More Forgetful

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling…

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling more forgetful than normal then something may be up with your health. Here are a few reasons that you may be feeling a bit more forgetful than normal.

  1. Lack of sleep: Sleep is vital for y
    our brain to recharge and store 91d7edc25a31b801b7c93f6fd7ce87f7memories. Lack of sleep worsens your ability to focus and learn, and sleep is necessary for storing memories so you can recall them in the future!
  2. More stress: When you are stressed or have anxiety your brain can become overloaded and discombobulated.
  3. High hypoglycemic foods: What you eat impacts your memory. Sugary foods cause a rapid spike and drop in blood sugar, and this negatively impacts memory. Foods like this are refined grains and sugary foods.
  4. Posture: We look down at our phones way too much. We carry a lot of tension in our head, neck, spinal cord, and brain. This effects our neurotransmitters which effect memory!

If you feel like you have been frequently forgetful, then one of these things could be the issue!

XOXO, Chels

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Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a…

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a good place to start if you are wanting to learn how what you eat affects how you feel. These foods work their wonders by helping you get enough nutrients for your neurotransmitters to work the way they should to lowering your blood pressure. While food won’t solve all anxiety problems, it can definitely help ease them!

  1. Almonds: These nuts have huge health benefits because they contain zinc, which helps you keep your mood balanced, and healthy fats for your neurotransmitters, and iron for brain activity. When your brain is tired, it can cause you to feel anxious.
  2. Water: Hydrating is so important because even the littlest bit of dehydration can have a huge impact on your energy and mood! Keeping hydrated helps keep your body feeling regulated and leads to lower levels of stress.download
  3. Eggs: Breakfast is so important, especially if you eat eggs! They are packed with B vitamins that help your brain be at its best, and they contain nutrients that help keep your brain from becoming exhausted and irritable.
  4. Avocados: Avocados are a super food! They are so good for your overall health because of their fiber and healthy fatty acids and vitamins, and they are also great for your brain! They have lots of potassium which helps lower your blood pressure and provide nutrients for your neurotransmitters.

Help manage your stress by eating yummy food!

XOXO, Chels

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Habits of the Less Stressed

Odds are, you are no stranger to stress. School, work, friends, family, there are so many things vying for our time and attention and sometimes we feel like we are…

Odds are, you are no stranger to stress. School, work, friends, family, there are so many things vying for our time and attention and sometimes we feel like we are being pulled a million ways at once and that there is no possible way to get everything done that we need to. Then, there are those people who don’t seem to feel any stress at all, even though they’ve got lives just as busy as ours. How do they do it?! How do they manage their stress and make it seem so easy? Here are 5 habits of the less-stressed people of the population.

  1. Laugh lots: Laughing every day is a great way to manage stress. Laughter releases endorphins, stimulates your lungs and heart, and improves your circulation which all help calm your stress response.
  2. Be grateful: Being thankful helps you decrease your worries and increases your focus on the positive things in life which helps fight negativity.
  3. Exercise: Working out doesn’t just strengthen your body, it also strengthens your mind. It helps you stay calm because exercising is an outlet for frustrations. It also increases the hormones in your brain that make you feel happy and good.62824517
  4. Get enough sleep: Sleep and stress go together like peanut butter and jelly. Healthy people who know how to deal with stress know that sleep is a priority. Lack of sleep can make you angry, sad, mentally exhausted, and stressed.
  5. Watch the caffeine intake: You may think of caffeine as the magical substance that helps you power through the day, but it actually may be causing you stress. Caffeine can actually increase the symptoms of stress, so limit how much you take in on a daily basis.

Stress doesn’t have to rule our lives! Hopefully these tips from people who know how to stay on top of stress help you do the same.

XOXO, Chels

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Late Night Study Sesh Stress Relievers

Do you ever have one of those nights where you’re up past midnight and on the edge of a breakdown? Most of you in high school know what I’m talking…

Do you ever have one of those nights where you’re up past midnight and on the edge of a breakdown? Most of you in high school know what I’m talking about!  Late night homework sessions are the worst and can build up endless amounts of stress. I put together some tips to help you relax in your crunch times! 

  • Lavender scents are some of my favorites. They’re so relaxing and are scientifically proven to relieve stress. I prefer burning a lavender candle next to where I’m working. Try it out!
  • I’m all about living a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes stress calls for a nice helping of your favorite ice cream! Use it for some motivation or a reward for getting all of your assignments done. Chelsea Crockett - Hot Tea
  • If you’re up late studying, let your mind rest by going to sleep and waking up earlier than you normally do. This way you can still get your studying in and give your brain a break for a little while. 
  • While you’re working, make yourself a hot drink to sip on. I suggest a hot cup of tea, either black or green. This will give you a little caffeine to get you through the long hours. It’s also super soothing, too!

What advice would you give someone for late night study sessions? Leave a comment below!

XO, Chelsea

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5 Products and Activities for Unwinding & Relieving Stress

When I see the words “stress relief” on a product, I’m automatically drawn in. Under piles of homework, hours of practice, and several shifts of work… yikes! We could use…

When I see the words “stress relief” on a product, I’m automatically drawn in. Under piles of homework, hours of practice, and several shifts of work… yikes! We could use some unwinding. I’ve discovered a few things that work to relive stress and anxiety that are all they actually say they are. Here are my 5 faves!

  1. Bath products are an amazing way to unwind. Just pop in a bath bomb and hop into the tub. You can sit back, smell the scents, and relax in the hot water. Lavender scents and spearmint are excellent anti stressors, so make those your top choices!Chelsea Crockett - Stress Relief Lotion
  2. Citrus fruits are another way to help calm your nerves. Apparently, eating and/or smelling them prevents a spike in anxiety reducing cortisol. They are called Vitamin C stress busters!
  3. Outdoor exercise is an excellent way to relieve your stress. Research suggests that being in nature helps you to get-up-and-go and reduces exhaustion. So take a bike ride or go for a jog…. it’ll help get your energy levels up!
  4. At Bath & Body Works, you can find Stress Relief Aromatherapy lotion. With its variety of scents from spearmint to tangerine, I love applying it after I get out of the shower or before I go to sleep not only to vanish away the stress but to smell good too!
  5. Meditation is proven to reduce stress and negative emotions. Try taking a yoga class or do it by yourself by dimming the lights and setting a soothing atmosphere. Get comfortable and watch the stress melt away.

I could always use more ways to relax and unwind. Let me know below what your go-to product or activity for stress relief is below!

XOXO, Chelsea

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