3 Tips on How to Replace Fear and Sadness with Joy

*What’s on your playlist? Worship and inspiration music does it for me. It is ideal to already have your music playlist created, so that when you are in sad, fearful or in distress–all you would need to do is click the button and allow the music to minister to your soul.

*Create affirmations and declarations and write them down, as well as keep them nearby to remind you of who you are and what you are believing over your life. This will come in handy on those days that you may have lost your way.

*Always remember that God is with you. Even when you don’t feel His presence; He promised to never leave you or forsake you, so be transparent with him and share what’s truly on your mind and in your heart. The bible says that he will give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in Him. (Isaiah 26:3)

Choose Your Thoughts and Words Wisely

The bible says that as a man thinks within himself, so he is (Proverbs 23:7). It actually has much to say about the power of the tongue and the words that we speak. In fact, the words that we speak not only affects others, but they affect you. I recall as a child saying, sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt! Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. Your attitudes, your emotional stability, your peace and your joy are all impacted by the words that you speak. So, choose your thoughts and words wisely.

7 Helpful Tips on How to Resolve Issues Peacefully

1. If you are upset, pause and take a moment to reflect and regroup, before you say or do something that you may regret later.

2. Be mindful of your nonverbal communication. Be aware of your facial expressions, hand gestures and body language to ensure that you are sending the message that you want to be received.

3. Demonstrate empathy, which is the ability to show you understand how the other person feels. This allows the other person to feel heard and seen, which may diffuse conflict.

4. Take responsibility for yourself and own up to any adverse contributions that you may have added to the situation. This demonstrates self-awareness and integrity and will most likely lead to a successful resolution expediently.

5. Stay in the present and don’t dredge up issues from the past. Ask for what you need, say no what you can’t do, and be open to negotiation and compromise.

6. Focus on what you can control (such as your own behaviors and how you respond) and let go of the rest.

7. Forgive and let go of the past. Recognize that people come into our lives for a reason, season, or a lifetime and even negative experiences are opportunities for growth.