By Nancy Virden (c)2020

Choose your answers between the two options in each line. Which gives you more of a sense of hope and wellbeing?

Watching/reading the news…………listening to music

Getting your fix (any addiction)…………calling your sponsor

Engaging in compulsive behaviors………….going over the 12-steps

Losing your temper…………deep breathing

Television…………finishing chores or working on a project

Lying/cheating…………earning respect though honesty

Worrying about the virus…………helping someone else cope

Violence in games, movies, etc………….read a (non-violent) good book

Worrying about politics/watching political ads…………playing a board game with friends online

Hurting yourself…………doing something kind for yourself

Writing out all your problems in a journal…………writing about gratitude

Coping is sometimes about what we invite into our days. If we do not feel positive, acting opposite by nurturing what generally makes us feel better is a baby step toward freedom from depression, anxiety, and general negativity.

Today’s Helpful Word

Philippians 4:4-9

The Lord is near. 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. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.


NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188, per BibLe Gateway. All rights reserved. Retrieved from

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