June Swoon

Summer has arrived! Chances are: This either excites you, or terrifies you.

In my case: Summer, POTS, and Fibromyalgia (just these three alone) make for a draining combination. I have been fighting for my health – since 2006 (at least). And, Summer is when it is absolutely at its worse.

The enjoying requires much preparation, resting, and even “flare up’s” to fight for those good Summer moments.


A Bit of My Story –

I have been working on different ways to “treat” my symptoms. Then Summer arrives, and it is like I have lost all progress. Especially on days like today, when simply sitting outside for a few moments – causes those symptoms to rush in.

Many POTS patients also experience fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), syncope (fainting), coldness or pain in the extremities, chest pain and shortness of breath. – Dysautonomia International

Summer is known for worsening my symptoms, which is why I have been playing around with “life hacks” since February. Things like “WFPB” freezer meals, coloring, and involving the Scriptures into my days. I know of my need for healthy distractions and “strengthening tools.”

The month of June could be beautiful, inspiring, and send us deeper into our Savior’s arms – especially in the hard moments.


The Focus

My “word” (okay technically, it is two words) for the year is. . . Drawing Nearer.

For this month, the beginning of Summer, I need to do just this. Focus on drawing nearer to the Lord Jesus. However I can. Wherever I can. This month, my aim is to see growth in becoming like Christ.

Admittedly, my June goals may look a bit more relaxed than other months. But, just remember these three words: “It is Summer!” My focus has to be centered around a quieted way of life.

Do –

  • Enjoy my weekly home small group (as we study Ephesians).
  • Rest, even when I don’t think I need to.
  • Daily fuel and my “strengthening tools” – which include:
    • Read my Bible. It may be in Ephesians, Philippians, or another area.
    • Color or stencil
    • Listen to praise music
    • Eat as plant based as humanly possible. This one is becoming easier to do, the longer I do it.
    • Try to read for 15-20 minutes.
  • Keep remembering the truth Proverbs 3:5-10 has for my life

Learn –

how to spend time with our Lord Jesus, and cultivate some much needed spiritual disciplines. Even in the midst of a storm, there is much I have to learn.

Read –

My honest goal is to – just read. How many books? One never knows. It could be three. It could be eight. 15-20 minutes a day – is the aim.

Be Protective

All I can do is – my best to protect my body, mind, and soul in this difficult season of life. Be cautious of weather, the things I use to entertain me, and how I treat this body God has given me.

It is the start of Summer, which can either excite us or cause great nervousness in us. What are your goals for the beginning of Summer?

Featured image by Jay Wennington through Unsplash.

By Gracefully Overcoming

Gracefully Overcoming is my corner of the web to share my journey with chronic and mental illness, , and how Jesus keeps reminding me who I am in Him. I can always be found at: www.gracefullyovercoming.blog/

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