Wellness Notes – Hurry Sickness

April, 2013

WELLNESS NOTES

The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore  I hope in HIM!”  Lamentations 3:24

April, on the Wellness Calendar, is the month when we focus on  the following wellness issues:

Alcohol Addiction Awareness,  Stress Awareness,  Cancer Control Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, DONATE LIFE  (organ donation month),  to name a few.    Upon reading a recent devotion on the above scripture,  the suggestion that looking at the ‘congestion’ in our lives is important. That ‘congestion’  often causes wellness issues such as , grumpiness, stress, reliance on alcohol or medications for relief, or causes us to act in hurtful ways towards others .   The devotion author suggests  the ‘dis-ease’ that might be causing our issues is “HURRY SICKNESS”.  ” This sickness appearing every time we try to do too much and  think it’s still not enough.”   Jeffery Japinga, the author of this devotion states that we get our flu shots, shingles shots, take vitamins, try to eat right and exercise,  but if we don’t do this daily prescription for “Hurry Sickness”  we may miss the major preventive measure for wellness.   The following suggestions may help :

  • Check yourself for “Hurry Sickness”
  • Sit on the side of your bed when you first arise for a full TWO MINUTES to breathe, praise God, or just count to 120 to clear your mind and focus on a new day.
  • Find a time (first thing in the morning,  as you sit in your car waiting for someone, before you  turn on the TV or Computer, just after you eat your lunch,  or just before turning off the light at night), to spend time with GOD.
  • Find at least TWENTY MINUTES A DAY for uninterrupted prayer and silence.
  • Make it GOD TIME.
  • EVERY DAY!!

These measures  may help prevent “Hurry Sickness” that may lead to other more difficult health concerns.   Feeling blah?   Overwhelmed?   Drained?    Frustrated?   Angry?  Blue”   Out of control?

REFILL YOUR PITCHER WITH ON OUNCE OF PREVENTION BY TAKING TWENTY MINUTES FOR GOD-TIME

Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN

Parish Nurse Consultant

928-634-1959

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