5 Tips to Make Yourself Feel Better

Life is a constant ebb and flow of highs and lows, victories and losses, good days and bad days. Sometimes you just go through a difficult season of life or a series of difficult times. I’ve dealt with some rough days off and on for the last couple of weeks but, thankfully, I know myself and I know what I need to help myself cope. Today I’m going to share with you my 5 tips for how to make yourself feel better when you’ve had a bad day. If you have had a rough time, I hope you have much better days ahead! Let me know if I can pray for you, I would love to do that.

1. Take a step back from the situation. Sometimes you just need to physically remove yourself from whatever you are dealing with. I’m not saying that you should just run away or leave, but take a step back for a short time. Maybe go outside, go for a walk, go get a coffee, go some place that makes you happy. Take a breather and then come back to deal with the situation. As much as I would love to just run away, from something that’s stressful, in the real world you just can’t do that.

2. Talk to someone you trust. This is SO important. I’m so thankful that I have the parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers that I do because I know I can talk to them about anything and everything. Even though your person may not know exactly how to relate to your situation, or not completely understand what you’re going through, they might be able to offer valuable advice from their life experience or just offer much-needed support. Talk to someone, don’t keep it all bottled up.

3. Get your rest. Sometimes the body needs relaxation and sleep and you may feel so much better after a rest period. When you’re tired, everything can seem so much worse in your head and your perspective can be altered from seeing what’s going on and what’s really important. Nighttime can also make everything seem WAY worse than it actually is and so don’t dwell on your day or situation while you’re trying to go to bed. Get your rest and start over the next day.

4. Make some comfort food. While food isn’t something that should be abused as a coping mechanism, sometimes there’s just nothing better than mac & cheese and/or chicken noodle soup. I tried a new recipe for “Chicken Zoodle Soup” the other day and it was really yummy. I’ll link the recipe here. I find cooking to also be very therapeutic.


5. Meditate on scripture. I know that I can always turn to the Bible and the Lord for my peace and strength during hard times. I love to read the Psalms when I need peace because God says so many times that He is a refuge, He gives strength, He wants His children to come to Him at anytime, and He is praised for all He has done and will do.

What are some things that make you feel better after a bad day?

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For the Joyful Heart

How are you doing this evening? I hope life is going well and that you have had a good week. I hope that life is full of joy and that you can think of many things to be grateful for. Life is hard sometimes, and you might be going through something really difficult right now,  but there are always, always things to be joyful about, if you choose to. I have written some blog posts before about love, grief, worry, and suffering (I’ll link those below), but today I want to talk about joy and it’s Giver! I’m also sharing some Bible verses that give praise to the Lord for His goodness and I hope they will encourage you.

1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Joy can be found in Christ when we commit ourselves to Him and follow Him. There is no one or nothing else in this world that can fill our lives the way that Christ can, and that’s amazing.

Psalm 47:1 Clap you hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy!
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:22 So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Even though life is complex and uncertain, we can be certain that one day we will have eternal joy that cannot be taken away!

Psalm 30:11 You turned my mourning into joyful dancing; You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.
Psalm 34:5 Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy, no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Joy is produced when we trust in the Lord and surrender completely to Him!

It’s so cool that the Word of God is still alive and active today, and relevant to any life situation (Hebrews 4:12) and these words can be a guide through life. What are some verses that encourage you and bring you joy?

For the Grieving Heart

For the Fearful Heart

For the Beloved Heart

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25 Random Facts About Me

Happy Friday, my friends! In case you are new to Love From Amy, I thought I would share some random, fun acts about me on the blog today! Have a great weekend!

  1. I took piano lessons for about 10 years and can barely remember anything.
  2. I love the ocean, it’s my happy place.
  3. I could eat carbs all day long.
  4. My favorite movies to watch on a rainy day are Doris Day movies, Little Women, any Jane Austen movie, or any of the Lord of the Rings.
  5. I love to read.
  6. I hate clowns, the circus terrified me as a child.
  7. In high school I thought I wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design and I even took classes for a few semesters. However, I learned that I might be interested in Social Work more because all of my designs were counseling offices or social work agencies.
  8. I have been to over 30 states in the US.
  9. My favorite color is gray/grey.
  10. I’m a little bit obsessed with the British Royals.
  11. I’m a little bit obsessed with anything British, to be honest.
  12. I hate mushrooms.
  13. I have an extreme anxiety response every time I see a snake.
  14. I used to think that Shamu was my best friend.
  15. I actually really enjoyed college.
  16. Iced coffee is one of my favorite things about summer.
  17. I’m a self-proclaimed meme nerd.
  18. I have been consistently blogging since January 2016.
  19. One of my favorite places that I’ve been to is Portugal.
  20. I really want to visit Greece at some point in my life.
  21. My favorite episode of The Office is the one with the Rabies Awareness 5k.
  22. I have never broken any bones but I have had one surgery.
  23. I really love coffee.
  24. I’m obsessed with my nieces and nephew and will talk about them to anyone.
  25. I wanted to be a ballerina when I was younger, and still kind of do but I might be too old to learn new tricks, haha!

Reflections from Lent: 7

Happy Easter! I’m sorry I didn’t get the very last Reflections from Lent post up on Friday–this weekend has been all about family, being in aunt-mode, and catching up on things. I didn’t want to abandon the post altogether since it was late, so what better way than to post on Easter Sunday, marking the end of Lent and giving us great reason to celebrate. Jesus is alive! He is risen!

Over the last few years, as I have experienced loss of loved ones and having gone through sorrow with other people, the weight and importance of the cross has grown to mean more to me. Not that I didn’t believe in Easter in years past, but I just don’t think that my heart could fully grasp what happened. Jesus died. His disciples, friends, and family watched Him die and grieved for Him. I can’t even imagine being in that position and having to expereince His death, but I feel that pain now. It’s the pain of having to keep going on with your life, knowing that you will never see someone who you love again and trying to make sense of it all. Because of the pain that Jesus’ family and friends felt, it makes the day He resurrected unbelievable, miraculous, joyful, hopeful, and just utterly wonderful. I also can’t even begin to imagine how everyone felt when they heard the news that He was alive and when they saw Jesus Himself.

And when I think of this, I think “Jesus did that for me.” Jesus did that for my family, my friends, and the rest of the world. It makes me speechless, humbled, and amazed at the incomparable love that Jesus has for the ones He has created. I hope it makes you stop and reflect on that also because it is incredible.

Here are some scriptures that I have been thinking about this weekend as I’ve had these other thoughts:

Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

Mark 11:9 “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !”

I hope you have been blessed by these Reflections from Lent posts and that you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday. If you’re interested in reading more themed posts like these, let me know–I have enojted writing them so much!

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Reflections from Lent: 6

Ahhh, another work week is almost done and a few days of rest are just ahead. Welcome back to the sixth week of Reflections from Lent, I truly hope you have been enjoying these posts and that they have blessed you during this Lenten season.

This week, I have been thinking on seasons of waiting. I have talked to a few people going through this lately, and have heard some podcasts about similar subjects, and it seems that in life we’re always in a waiting season for something. Sometimes during these seasons, I tend to get lost on focusing on the big picture, or what’s happening behind the scenes, because I’m the kind of person who wants answers and everything ahead to be planned out. But during these times, I have to remind myself that God is in the waiting with me. God has not forgotten me during times of waiting. God is using times of waiting to form me into the person that He wants me to be. God is using times of waiting to draw me closer to Him and to make me rely completely on Him for answers and direction. If you’re anything like me, I hope these verses can encourage you as they have for me this week.

Isaiah 49:15 “I will never forget you.”

Hosea 12:6 “Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.”

Lamentations 3:24-26 “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord.”

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