Health benefits of tea
Health, Uncategorized

HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA.

From its origin in China, tea has found its way to the palates of millions of people worldwide to become the most popularly consumed beverage in the world, only next to water.

 As a refreshing drink to quench your thirst on a sunny day, or a hot mug to keep you warm on a cold day, tea could be taken plain, sweetened, or flavored. It has been consumed for centuries and continues to be taken in its various forms.

Tea is a product of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The chemical composition, botanical variety, mode of production (how it is processed), place of origin, all determine the end product, whether it be black tea, green tea, oolong tea, or white tea.

TYPES OF TEA

Black Tea.

Black tea is made with fermented, fully oxidized tea leaves. It contains more caffeine than other types of tea and is the most widely consumed. Flavored tea are all variants of black tea.

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Green Tea.

The tea leaves are processed in a way that it does not get oxidized. They are the least processed and contain more polyphenols, less caffeine, and produce lighter tea.

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White Tea.

Tea leaves used in making white tea are unprocessed and unfermented. They are dried until flaky. White tea is very similar to green tea but has different properties.

Oolong Tea.

This type of tea is neither black nor green, possessing characteristics of both. They are mostly made from partially oxidized camellia leaves that are dried under the sun, curled and frosted.

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Pu-erh Tea.

This is a type of black tea made from old and fermented leaves.

Herbal Tea.

These are made from spices, herbs, fruits, seeds, and roots of plants such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, etc.

All these teas contain different levels of ingredients and are therefore different health benefits.

Health Benefits of Tea

Studies have shown that tea possesses many health benefits being that it is rich in a wide range of flavonoids and polyphenols. The amount of active nutrients contained in a cup depends on the age of the tea, how it is stored, brewed, and served. The longer the seeping time, the more polyphenols released.

Some of the many health benefits of tea are:

Tea is a Great Source of Antioxidants.

When the body breaks down food or is exposed to harmful toxins such as tobacco smoke, fume, or radiation, it produces molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage when they get too much in the body and may cause heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Antioxidants are those substances that protect the cells of the body against free radicals. Tea contains Polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Polyphenols such as thearubigins, catechins, and theaflavins make up the antioxidants in tea and are effective in detoxifying the cells, thereby reducing risks of contracting diseases.

2. Tea May Lower Blood Sugar.

Consuming excess processed sugar elevates the sugar levels in the body. When your sugar level is too high, Insulin which is produced to convert sugar to energy cannot convert it anymore so the excess sugar is stored as fat. This leads to type 2 diabetes.

Research has it that tea can improve insulin sensitivity, and may also act to protect pancreatic cells and reduce inflammation-causing diabetes.

The study further shows that tea contains anti-diabetic effects. That is to say, the polyphenols in tea such as catechins, flavonols, theaflavins, and thearubigins have the possibility to reduce the risk of diabetes and its complications.

It also protects against diabetes by activating insulin pathways, enhancing insulin action, removing insulin resistance protecting cells, fighting off free radicals, and reducing inflammation.

 3. Tea Is Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to disease-causing agents. Sometimes, the body mistakes its own cells and tissues for intruders and attacks it. When this happens, it causes several chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, obesity, and others.

Anti-inflammation is the property of a substance that reduces inflammation. Tea contains such properties which act as anti-inflammatory agents such as epigallocatechin–3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea.  EGCG has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, more powerful than vitamin C.  This active ingredient acts against a variety of inflammation-related diseases by suppressing the protein causing inflammation.

4. Tea My Help Prevent Cancer as it contains Anti-Cancer Agents.

Regular consumption of tea may reduce the risks of cancer. The polyphenols in tea contain antioxidants and other properties that may help prevent cancer. ECG inhibits the formation of new blood vessels of tumor cells thereby preventing them from becoming cancerous. It also stops blood flow to the tumor and increases normal cell growth, protects against damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. Green tea also activates detoxification enzymes that may help protect against tumor development and formation.

5. Tea Promotes Dental Health.

Surprised?

Tea is a great source of naturally occurring fluoride which acts to protect the enamel and prevent cavity (tooth decay). The antioxidants contained in tea reduces bacterial concentration in the mouth. Green tea helps promote the body’s inflammatory response to oral bacteria, fighting off decay.

6. Tea is Good for the Brain

EGCG found in tea helps protect brain cells against damage. It reduces the production of proteins that forms the plaques that clog the brain, especially in Alzheimer victims. Its antioxidant properties also help prevent brain cell damage. A study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that green tea can enhance the brain’s cognitive functions, especially the working memory. It also boosts

7. Tea May Prevent Arthritis

Green tea may help prevent and mitigate the risks of rheumatoid arthritis. The fluoride content in tea not only preserve the dental cavity, but it also preserves bone density, keeping the bones strong. The anti-inflammatory agents in tea also act against inflammation which causes arthritis.

8. Tea Helps Keep Calories Away.

Tea polyphenols increase the number of kilocalories the body uses per time, i.e. it increases calorie expenditure) and reduce body fat. A study found that those who consumed 6 cups of green tea daily over a period of 12 weeks had less body fat and weight than those who did not. Tea also promotes fat oxidation and has thermogenic properties. The caffeine and catechins polyphenols contained in green tea increases fat oxidation.

9. It May Improve Gut Health.

A healthy gut is vital to an individual’s wellbeing. Tea promotes gut health through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 1000Ml (about 4-5 cups) of green tea daily may positively modify gut bacteria.

10. Tea May Be Excellent For Your Heart (Cardiovascular Health)

Consuming tea reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially stroke. It slightly lowers bad cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and inhibits blood clotting. Tea is rich in antioxidants, which fight disease-causing free radicals. These antioxidants, reduce oxidative stress, one of the major triggers of heart disease. It also improves blood circulation in the body, widens the arteries, and reduces risks of clots.

Now you understand the many health benefits of tea, grab a cuppa and enjoy . . . Cheers, to your health!!

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Devotionals

How to Teach Your Child to Love and Develop Good Prayer Habits.

The other day, I watched my 3-year-old daughter imitate my husband in prayer. While worshipping, my husband kneeled beside the bed, raised his hands, eyes closed, and swayed as he sang in worship. Our daughter did likewise, eyes fixed on her dad, imitating his every move. She raised her voice when he did, moved around, and muttered in tongues after him. It was a beautiful experience. She worships like we do and won’t go to bed until we’ve prayed together.

In my 11+ years as children and teen’s church teacher, I’ve realized that children are not enthusiastic about prayer. They easily get bored and distracted. The same goes for when they pray at home. They throw tantrums and disturb their parents so much that most parents exclude them from family prayers. How do you get your 4-9 year old interested in prayers?

It is best to start early when children are very young. Habits learned at an early age are difficult to do without as they grow up. Children learn by imitation. They will do what they see parents, teachers, and those in their circle of influence do. They may not be able to speak clearly but will be able to demonstrate what they see older ones do.

In case your children are already grown, don’t stress it, you can still teach them to pray. At this stage, you don’t need to be overly forceful. It will interest them more if you live the life you preach.

  1. Continually pray for them. Commit their hearts to God and ask the Holy Spirit to abide in them, guide and teach them. When you do this consistently, you will notice a difference in your child’s attitude towards prayer.
  2. Make it participatory. When family prayer is led exclusively by adults, the children get bored and feel left out. The essence of making prayer hour participatory is to give the child a sense of ownership. You may segment prayer time and have them take turns leading every section. Come up with a unique recitation or theme for the family which everyone recites after saying the grace at the close of prayer hour. Examples include: repeating I shall not die but live, we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and so on. Children look forward to such times when they recite the theme and share hi-fives. It’s a good way to keep them alert till the end.
  3. Let the children decide on prayer time. This worked for us. We asked our children when they thought we could pray every morning and night. They had a brainstorming session, taking dinner time and everyone’s schedule into consideration and came up with a time, which worked perfectly. When it’s time for prayers, they don’t feel forced to participate.
  4. Introduce activities. Children love activities because it makes prayer hour less boring and more participatory. Activities such as singing special numbers, reading a Bible verse out loud on their feet, and sharing their daily wins (testimonies) no matter how trivial.
  5. Home Work/Memory Verse. Make the children memorize Bible portions which they recite during prayer hour. Depending on the number of family members, each person recites his homework on a particular day. It should be an activity for the whole family, including parents.
  6. Create categories and award badges. Give them badges for punctuality, attentiveness, questions answered, delivery of homework, and so forth. Children are naturally competitive and always want to be winners. This will encourage them to attend prayer meetings and be attentive.
  7. Let the children take turns leading prayers. Allow them to take turns coordinating prayer hours. Anyone who is leading will want to do an excellent job while at it. They feel involved and also learn by trying. Don’t think they are too young, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
  8. As much as you can, don’t overstretch family prayer time. Keep it short, a maximum of one hour. Children have very short attention spans, they get bored easily. I remember sleeping off or crying and throwing tantrums during prayer time as a child because it was just too long. I hated family prayer time and determined not to put my children through that agony. But with practicing most of these skills especially keeping it short, my children are eager to pray and are used to it.
  9. Use visuals where possible. Write out prayer points on colored cards. Use the screen sometimes for Bible study. Using visuals spices things up.
  10. Pray along with them. Don’t assume the role of God or overseer, come down to their level of understanding and pray along with them. Be involved in whatever activities you assign them.
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Health

Teenage Pregnancy and Mental Health.

How to Safeguard The Mental Health Of Your Pregnant Teen

When teenage pregnancy occurs, it impacts much more than a teen’s physical, social, and religious life; her mental health is also at risk. Teenage pregnancy here refers to a child between the ages of 13 – 19 who falls pregnant (mostly out of wedlock).

 At this stage (teenage/adolescence), girls are undergoing puberty. Bodily changes happen so fast, leaving them confused, what with the mood swings, irritable facial breakouts, monthly menstrual flow, breast growth, hip enlargement, and hormonal turmoil.

Teenagers are more conscious of their appearances during puberty and have an increasing need for acceptance amongst their peers. This need for acceptance makes them vulnerable to peer group influence. It is under this influence that most teens experiment with sex and subsequently fall pregnant.

They engage in sex and substance abuse because they feel a need for social acceptance and inclusion, without much thought to the consequences. When pregnancy occurs, they are taken aback and spiral into a ball of emotions: fear, confusion, anxiety, shame, unworthiness, which is made worse if the owner of the pregnancy is not supportive. This emotional turmoil affects their mental health negatively.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health involves an individual’s emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. it affects how we think, feel, and act and is also a determinant of how we handle stress, interpersonal relationships, and choices. Teenage pregnancy is a major cause of mental health problems or disorders.

For a better understanding of mental health, we need to take a look at what normal and unstable mental health is. Stable or normal state of Mental health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is ”a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

The World Health Organization further defines mental disorders as including a large range of problems, with different symptoms, which are generally characterized by a combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships with others.

Examples of mental health disorders include Clinical Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post Partum Depression, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts and Tendencies, Schizophrenia, maniac

STATISTICS

All over the world, it is not uncommon for teenagers to get pregnant out of wedlock, either by choice, mistake, or force. It is a universal phenomenon defying ethnicity, tribe, or race.

Research has it that pregnant teenagers are more at risk of mental health challenges than more mature, married women. The study documents that the rate of depression among teen moms are estimated at between 16% and 44%, a far cry from between 5%  and 20% among non-pregnant teens and pregnant adult women. This is quite alarming. Pregnant teens should, therefore, be properly cared for, with particular attention given to their mental health.

Prevalent Mental Health Disorders Among Teen Moms.

Depression or Major Depressive Disorder.

This is a medical condition that causes feelings of sadness and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. It is an illness that negatively affects how one feels, thinks, and acts. It is characterized by

  • Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, shame, fear, isolation, guilt
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities, people and places
  • Amnesia and/or oversleeping
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty in thinking, concentration, coordination
  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of interest in personal hygiene and grooming
  • Isolation

These symptoms which are first noticed by close friends, family, and caregivers, must generally persist for more than two weeks to be termed depression.

Peripartum Depression (Prenatal and Post Partum). 

Peripartum depression is related to pregnancy, occurring during pregnancy or after childbirth. This means that prior to pregnancy; the teen had no history of depression. It is a serious condition that is detrimental to both mother and child, born and unborn. For peripartum depression, symptoms include in addition to those of depression, fear of harming the baby, not being good enough as a mother, lack of interest in the baby, oneself and environment, unnecessary crying, eating disorder, and suicidal thoughts. Peripartum depression is not only harmful to the mother, but to the baby too. It limits bonding between mother and child, negatively affects mom’s physical care for her baby.

Substance Abuse.

Excessive intake and abuse of prescription drugs, intoxicating drugs, and alcoholic beverages such as marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, and others during pregnancy and after childbirth affects the mental wellbeing of teen moms. Substance or hard drugs are taken out of habit, to douse pains, or to feel ‘high’ by pregnant teens who cannot cope with being pregnant. These substances when taken play tricks on the mind making the teen feel out of her body and world, temporarily easing her pains.

Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts.

This is where the pregnant teen or teen mom repeatedly thinks about taking her own life because she feels she cannot cope with her situation. She feels death will grant her solace and rest from her troubles and toys with the idea and means of ending her life. Sometimes, they go the extra mile and make an attempt to kill themselves with anything they believe will do it fast.

Causes of Mental Health Disorder amongst Pregnant Teenagers

Adolescence in itself is a very trying, luminal period in everyone’s life. A lot of confusing things happen almost at the same time which confounds the child. At this stage, the child is vulnerable to mental health challenges if adequate support is not available at home and school.

The causes of mental health disorders among pregnant young persons are

Poverty.

Poverty is a major cause of mental health disorders among teenagers. A study, The National Child Development Study Data between 1958 and 2008 by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies indicate that children from the lowest-income families are four times more likely (16%) to exhibit psychological problems than rich children (4%).  Poverty is associated with a lack of money in itself, and also a lack of basic amenities such as shelter, clothing, food, and qualitative education. Children know their parents are poor and struggle to meet their needs; this leads to self stigmatization and low self-esteem, social seclusion, bullying, and a feeling of shame. They are unsure of their future and feel useless about it. These are all triggers for mental health disorders if left unattended.

Substance Abuse.

Substance abuse is a major cause of mental health issues among teenagers, pregnant or no. it is a result of peer group influence, experimentation, a need to be high or habit. Adolescents who abuse drugs are more likely to be affected by mental health issues than their counterparts who are clean.

Migration, Natural, and Emergency Disasters.

Although humans are migratory in nature, forced migration due to war and other forms of extreme violence is traumatic. Children are uprooted from their comfort zones and taken to new environments where they are camped in dire situations in refugee camps. They feel lost and withdraw into their shells. The cause of migration, coupled with homelessness and the attitude of the people in their new environment can cause mental disorders.

Exposure to domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence.

Teenagers who are exposed to any form of extreme violence are more at risk of mental health disorders than their counterparts who have never experienced any form of extreme violence. Extreme violence is traumatic because it is shrouded in secrecy, threats, and shame. The developing mind of a teenager may not be able to contain all that thereby leading to some sort of mental disorder.

Lack of Adequate Social Support.

Social support is vital in maintaining stable mental health amongst pregnant teenagers and mothers. When a girl child falls pregnant, there is a tendency of her to be isolated and discriminated against. She is segregated from her mates, friends, church, and some times, family. This has an adverse effect on her mental health and should be discouraged. Pregnant teenagers need all the support they can get morally, socially, and otherwise in order to thrive mentally.

Illiteracy and Unemployment.

Teenage pregnancy is more likely to occur amongst families living in low-income areas, who are also not educated.

Caring for a baby. Caring for a baby is a stressor that can overwhelm an adolescent’s mind. They worry about how to provide and care for the baby, the sleepless nights, not having a life of their own after childbearing, and many are ashamed of their babies. The stress of caring for a baby is more when the mother is alone without much assistance.  This could take a toll on her mental health.

How to Safeguard the Mental Health of Your Pregnant Teenager.

How then, do you as a caregiver safeguard the mental health of your teenager? As a caregiver or mother/family of a pregnant teen, it is imperative that you provide her with all the support you can offer, bearing in mind that she is going through tough times being pregnant. What do you do?

1. Accept Her. As painful and disappointing as it may be that your daughter falls pregnant as a teenager, you have to accept her. She should in no case be thrown out of the home to go live on her own. Accept the fact that she made the mistake, forgive her and take her in. by accepting her; you must not berate her every day for her mistake. Make her feel safe and loved, gently admonishing her against future mistakes. Do not force her to have an abortion or give up the child for adoption against her will. It could lead to long-lasting trauma.

2. Listen to her. Whenever she feels like talking about how she feels being pregnant, listen to her. She might spill her gut feelings in such discussions from which you will understand her fears and challenges.

3. Support Her. Support is her greatest need during this time. Adequate, positive parental support provides a psychological safe haven for her. Be her social support, psychological support, physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Make her feel loved. Support her financially if need be and be there for her when the baby comes. Let her see that you love and care for her and are not angry.

4. Know the signs of mental health disorder. Know the signs so that you can recognize them when you see them in your pregnant teenager. If noticed, try talking to her and if it gets beyond you, get help immediately.

5. Get help. Mental health problems should not be something to be ashamed of, because it is a treatable condition. Immediately an adverse behavior is seen in a pregnant teen, seek help. Help could be medical, psychological, spiritual, or anyone you are comfortable with. Don’t be ashamed to talk to a professional about it in order to control the situation before it gets more serious.

Baby Care

10 First Month’s life-Saving Appliances and Baby Gears.

Bringing home a newborn is as exciting as it is demanding, especially if you have other young children to take care of.

In Nigeria where I come from, it is customary for family and/or friends to come over and assist the new mother for at least the first three months in caring for the baby and other domestic needs. It is customary among the Easterners for the mother of the new mom to stay over for three months helping out with household chores and the baby. This is called omugwo.

 In my own case, I reside in a different city, far from family and had lost my mom a few years before. So I had the responsibility of taking care of the home, newborn, two-year-old son, my husband, and eleven-year-old nephew in law, all alone as soon as I got home from the hospital. It was a big challenge as everybody needed my attention in one way or the other from dawn till dusk.

I also had my budding online business to attend to. It was also my big-time responsibility to manage our online stores and adverts on online marketing sites. It was tasking. After my toddler and nephew left for school at about 8.00 am, I’d quickly fix my husband’s breakfast, bath the baby and myself, and get set to face the computer after hubby leaves for work. I was often left alone with the baby, except for rare visits from friends.

Whatsoever I had to do had to be done before 2.00 pm when the children would be back from school. How was I able to get anything done at all? How did I cope? Some baby gears, accessories, and household appliances came to my rescue, big time. I completely relied on them to make life easier and help me meet daily set goals.  Below is a list of those things which made my “omugwo” easy in no particular order of importance.

1. My Dearly Beloved Refridgerator.

I had to list it first because it started functioning (resumed duty) for omugwo before I put to bed. I knew nobody was coming over for omugwo so I had to make and store food which I would use on getting home from the hospital. This included my different pepper soup flavors and food for the family. Trust me, I made bowls of pepper soup to ease my stress and also to avoid the choking smell of pepper and other spices permeating the house and possibly chocking my darling daughter lol. This dear freezer also held bowls of parboiled rice, jollof rice, moin-moin, chicken, minced meat, fish, stew, and chopped fruits and vegetables for making easy lunch for my toddler.

2. Ever dependable Microwave oven.

My beloved refrigerator wouldn’t be so loved without its partner, the microwave oven. I would just toss jollof rice and chicken there and five minutes later, yummy lunch was ready. It lessened the stress of warming pepper soup over the fire and reduced the aroma of pepper soup spices permeating the living room.

3. Hot water flasks.

The importance of hot water flask in Nigeria can never be overemphasized. What with the irregular power supply and unannounced blackouts? These guys ensured I had hot water within reach at all times for bath and feeding. I don’t have the luxury of turning on the tap to get hot water at all times, all thanks to PHCN, and these guys stood in for me big time. I had one each for myself, the baby, and toddler.

4. Squeasy Squeezy Washing Machine.

A typical African new mother does a whole lot of laundry on a daily basis. Imagine the constant vomit, poops, your own mess, family laundry, oops, with nobody on omugwo duty? The laundry mercilessly keeps piling up. I just wonder how I would have been able to cope without her (washing machine). I only had to toss in laundry and go back to doing other stuff.

5. Baby Bathtub.

This newborn bathtub made my job so much easier. For some unexplained reasons, I hate bathrooms whenever I have a new baby. They just give me the creeps. It was bad enough having to spend approximately one and a half hours every morning and night having my bath(which starts with silt bath for minimum 20 minutes, tummy pressing with very hot water and towel, general body massage, and then hot bath) without having to spend more time there bathing the baby. This wonder of a bath gave me the luxury of bathing the baby right in my bedroom with ease. I only had to elevate it with a side table and viola; we were sparkling clean morning and night.

6. Rock-a-by baby rocker.

This I should say is my ultimate lifesaver baby gear.  It afforded me free use of my hands while cooking, writing, or typing. I introduced her to the rocker early enough so I could have free time and she absolutely loved it. She would recline and play and sleep while I got busy. We even went for web design classes together at two months post-partum and it never felt like I had a two months old beside me.

7. Cutie cute baby bassinet.

This cutie was my baby’s first cradle. The bassinet served me in ways that I am still grateful for. I would leave her there while welcoming guest and because she was well tucked in and covered with a bed net, people rarely touched her. Trust our people with their eagerness to ‘carry’ newborn babies. It was so beautiful, comfy, and cozy that she would take long naps in it.  It even served as her bed for the first two months. Our two year old still co-slept and was having bouts of jealousy which made me decide to separate this one early enough. She slept in the bassinet just beside my bed at night and gave everyone a much needed good night rest.

8. Double Decker Multifunctional Travel Baby cot/Play Pen.

This two in one wonder stepped in when she outgrew her bassinet. The upper deck made it easy for me to drop and pick her up without having to bend over too much. At five months old she started trying to climb over the edge of the cot so I took off the upper layer and she would stay right in. this served as both playpen when stacked with toys, and bed to lay her tired bones after a hard days play.

9. Baby’s  Pacifying Pacifiers?

You see that nipple like stuff they stick in baby’s mouths for them to suck on? They are pure lifesavers.  Babies are born with natural sucking instincts. The desire to suck isn’t always due to hunger but sometimes the sucking instinct kicking in. I had them in different designs and colors and they came in handy big time. My baby automatically slept off sucking on her pacifiers.

10. Dear Mosquito Net.

This is an asset of inestimable value in Lagos State, Nigeria. I was given an insecticide-treated bed net to use over my bed free of charge during antenatal, while I bought a smaller one for her cot. The fear of mosquitoes is the beginning of malaria prevention, peeps. When I first used it during pregnancy, it was really uncomfortable especially during hot weather but with constant use and cooler weather conditions (and the occasional mercy of PHCN powered AC), we got used to it. With the baby and toddler, we really couldn’t use insecticides at will except we had to leave the house for a whole day or half. This made me largely dependent on mosquito nets and trust me; malaria was kept at bay.

Are there baby gears and home appliances that made omugwo easy for you? Let me know in the comments section.

why it rocks to be a work at home mom
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10 Reasons why it Rocks to Be a Work at Home Mom

Recently, we’ve seen a rise in terminologies such as mom boss, mompreneur, and work at home mom.  All these describe a mother who earns money doing what she loves from the comfort of her home. That means her home is her office, from where she operates her money-making business.

The mamas herein are not telecommuting – that is to say they are not employees working for employers from home or desired remote locations, they are work from home moms who are working for themselves running their own businesses from home.

The number of people who work from home is on the rise according to statistics by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs. It has it that remote work grew 44% in the last five years and 91% over the last 10 years. Likewise, the number of stay at home moms currently stands at 29%,4 an increase of 6% from 1999.

Work from home opportunities abound, both on and offline. What you choose to do is based on your passion, opportunity, circumstance, income, age, location, and state of health. What is most important is that you are running your business from home while still carrying out your mom’s duties.

Not everyone is cut out to be a WAHM, 71% of moms still work outside the home, but for those who are, they agree the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Reasons why it rocks to be a Work At Home Mom, are

You Are Involved In Raising Your Children

Studies have found that children who spend more time with their parents in their formative years are more stable and productive as adults. Two studies from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota showed that children who spend most of their child at home with parents are less aggressive when compared to children who spend most of their time away in daycare. Being a work from home mom affords you the opportunity to spend more time with your children, to be more involved in their upbringing. You are able to groom your children your way, help them form healthy habits, and increase their self-esteem.

10 Reasons Why It Rocks to Be a Work At Home Mom

You Participate In Co-curricular Activities with the Children

As a Work At Home Mom, you have the time to attend your children’s Co-curricular activities. Being present at these activities boosts young one’s performance, knowing their parents are cheering them up from the sidelines. They are more confident and tend to get better results. It also forms cherished childhood memories that your children carry into adulthood. Attending these activities with your children also fosters bonding. The children share their thoughts, activities, associations, success, and challenges with you to and from the games.

Saves cost: daycare, commuting, clothes.

With the rising cost of living, being a WAHM saves costs. You save on daycare for the children, cost of school fees, and supplies, commuting to and from school or daycare,. By working at home, you save on the cost of commuting to and from work, save the cost of anxiety brought on by the frenzy of getting prepared for work and catching the bus, traffic, getting to work on time. It saves you the cost of purchasing high-end office clothes. You must appear neat and well-groomed to work on a daily basis and clothes cost money. As a WAHM, you don’t need to follow fashion trends as it comes and goes.

Puts You In Charge Of Your Home

Every woman wants to be and feel in charge of her home. From running the home to caring for the children and your husband, you love to be in charge. Working from home makes this a reality. You are aware of the administration of every aspect of your home even as you work to bring in additional income.

Eliminates Fear of Child Safety

We live in a world where safety is of grave concern. Society is getting more unsafe every day with children being abducted, some from home, parks, or to and from school. The safety of children while at play in the home is also a matter of concern.  (source). As a work at home mom, you see and monitor your children’s activities to ensure they are safe. The children also feel safer and secure with both or either of their parents than caregivers. Footages of caregivers assaulting their wards abound, some go as far as sexually assaulting the children they are paid to care for. The possibility of your child being molested by a caregiver, visitor, or sibling is reduced when you work at home.

Job Security

In America today. — No of people lose their jobs on a daily basis. There is a growing fear of job security and no assurance of security either. As a WAHM, you are your own boss. Nobody hires or fires you/ you only need to be motivated to do your work and achieve results.  You are not bugged by the thoughts of not meeting a boss’s deadline, not making it to the office on time, you manage your own time, resume and close when you deem fit. You chose your work hours and are not scared of losing your job.

You Are Your Own Time Manager

Time is every mother’s best friend and enemy, something you can never get enough of. When you work from home, you assign your own tasks, set deadlines, and schedule your work around chores, errands, children, partners, and other activities. You decide your work hours and are not answerable to anybody. This is one of the highpoints of working from home.

Reduces Job-Related Stress

Regular 9-5 jobs are stressful. You face the stress of getting ready and getting to work on time. The stress of the job, your colleagues, boss, commuting to work, traffic jam, all combine to stress the life out of you. Work-related stress amounts to —% of long term illnesses such as high blood pressure, —(source). Working from home is not 100% stress-free but since you set your own work hours and daily scope of work, the stress is highly minimized.

Unlimited Earning Potentials

Your earning potentials as a work at home mother are unlimited. The limit is determined by you: what you do, how committed you are to seeing it succeed, and the strategies you use. It is unlike salaried jobs where you receive a particular amount weekly or monthly. You could run multiple businesses or do more than one thing as a work from home mom. For example, you may be running a homemade pastries business while also running an e-commerce shop. The earning potentials are unlimited.

Unleashes your creativity and potentials.

Working from home unleashes your potentials. Being your own boss and sole determinant of your income, you get creative, trying to find better ways of doing a particular thing, finding ways of increasing your income, and being the best at what you do. It helps expand your mind, which affects your productivity.

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Health

Exercise And Asthma

Asthma is a disease condition of the airways and lungs that presents as wheezing while breathing, dry cough, and eventually shortness of breath and choking. It is currently incurable, treatment is aimed at managing symptoms, reducing incidences of occurrence, hospitalization and use of medications. It can also be controlled with a change of lifestyle.

Regular exercise is one of the lifestyle changes that help control asthma. Since asthma and exercise affects breathing, is it advisable to get involved in it you might be wondering? Can exercise really be beneficial to you? Yes, it benefits you more than living a sedentary lifestyle which in no time makes regular activities like walking, stairs climbing, lawn mowing, and so forth a task.

Studies have shown that regular exercise is beneficial to the health and proper functioning of people living with asthma. Some of such benefits are:

It boosts the Immune System.

According to a research paper by James E. Turner and John P. Cambell, exercise, contrary to some studies does not suppress but rather boosts the immune system. In this article, it is reported that when you are involved in a low intensity exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, and bike riding for about 30 minutes, the body senses it as a physiological stressors and releases specialized immune cells (mostly T-cells) from all over the body into the blood stream. They circulate in the body during exercise, detect and destroy pathogens in the body. These immune cells are released more than normal during exercise.

After exercise, these cells start to reduce in the bloodstream, going below resting level. This is why scientist think the immune system is suppressed) but they are not actually inactive, rather deployed to other parts of the body such as the lungs, liver, heart, intestines, to other parts where infections could be found and eliminated.

The more regularly you exercise, the more these cells are released for an immune boost.

Exercise Helps Your Lungs Work Better

Not only does Exercise build up the physical muscles and strength, it also strengthens the lungs.  During exercise, your body works harder, using more energy.  It uses up more energy and releases more carbon(iv)oxide. To keep up with this, the body needs more oxygen. In order for the body to secure more oxygen, there’s an increase in breathing, a function of the lungs, assisted by the heart. Breathing increases from about 15 times per Minutes (12 liters of air) when inactive to about 40-60 times per minute (100 liters of air) while exercising. The lungs inhale oxygen and exhale carbon(iv)oxide, while the heart pumps oxygen to the muscles involved in the exercise. This way, the lungs are built up, more than if you are not exercising. It also stores up a reservoir of air so that although you might be short of breath, you cannot be out of breath. 

It keeps the extra weight off

Asthma is more common among obese than normal body weight individuals. Obesity increases the rates of asthma occurrence, use of medications, hospitalization and risks associated with asthma. Regular exercise, not only helps you lose weight and keep it off, but helps to improve your lung function, airways responsiveness to medication, reduces the severity of asthma and use of medications.  Keeping fit via regular exercise restores physical functions and generally makes you healthier.

Having laid this foundation, what then are the best exercises for people living with asthma?

Asthma Best Exercises

Not every exercise is ideal for asthmatics. Before you get started, consult your doctor. Work from bottom up, increasing the length and intensity of your work out as your strength increases. The best exercises for asthma are low-intensity exercises that allow you take periodic breaks. Exercises that could possibly expose you to your triggers and those done under extreme weather conditions such as ice hockey, cross country skiing, ice skating, and so forth should be avoided. Some of the best exercises for asthma are

Yoga.

yoga helps with asthma

Yoga is a gentle, ancient sports with diverse benefits. It tones the muscles, controls the mind, and helps with breathing through useful breathing exercises called pranayama. These breathing exercises help improve lung function, while certain poses such as the cobra pose stretches the chest and diaphragm.

Swimming.

swimming is good for asthma

Water sports is safe for asthma. The inhaled air is moist and devoid of debris. It is also a leisurely activity that can be done at your own pace. Asthmatics, such as Michael Phelps have gone on to have successful careers as swimmers.

Walking.

walking helps with asthma. it is a good exercise if you have asthma

Walking is a low intensity exercise which involves every muscle in the body. It is recommended you take a walk for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week. You could take leisurely or brisk walks, alone or with someone. Another great benefit of walking is that it can be done with or without an exercise equipment, outdoors or indoors. When the weather is good and dust/pollen free, short, outdoor walks are recommended. This enables your lungs take in bouts of fresh air as you walk. Using a treadmill indoors during bad weather serves the same purpose.

Breathing Exercises.

breathing is an exercise for asthma. It helps take in fresh air, ideal for asthmatics

Asthmatics take in shorter and more breaths than people who do not have asthma. They also have the tendency to be mouth breathers. Breathing through the mouth takes in cold, dry, unfiltered air into the lungs which can possibly trigger asthmatic attacks therefore consciously learning how to breathe helps a great deal with asthma. These exercises are simple and easy to learn.

  • Short Distance Racing. Short distance races such as the 100meters race is ideal for people with asthma. This involves a burst of energy for a short while and then you take a rest. Sports which involve running around with intermittent breaks like football and basketball is also great. Did you know? David Beckham has asthma and has gone on to be the greatest in his field. Can you beat that?
  • Biking. Leisurely biking is a refreshing exercise too. Take short rides, not exceeding your endurance limit will keep you fit and help control your asthma.

Tips For Exercising With Asthma

You are all excited and ready to set off, but hold on, read this first. Before you start any exercise, if you love or need exercise, Asthma should not deter you. If you want to pursue a career in sports, it is very possible as we have seen before. In all cases of asthma, including exercise induced asthma,

  • Seek your doctor’s advice and approval before you commence.
  • Use your medication as prescribed and keep them handy
  • Start slowly and scale up
  • Observe your symptoms and stop if it gets worse
  • Let the team know you are asthmatic. Brief them on the types of medications you use and how to administer them in case of emergency

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Health

10 Lifestyle Changes To Manage Control Asthma

Asthma is incurable. Available treatments are aimed at management, reducing incidences and severity of occurrence, use of medications, and hospitalizations. That is why asthmatics should seek ways of living long, almost normal, healthy lives through exercise, holistic diet, and life style changes.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease condition affecting the airways and lungs. It is an inflammation of the airways which carry oxygen to the lungs, making it too narrow for air to pass through.

People living with Asthma have very sensitive airways that are easily irritated by what is known as asthma triggers. These triggers are substances such as mold, dust, smoke, strong smells of chemicals, pollen, animal fur, alcohol, certain foods such as fish, shelled foods, and so on, (it varies from person to person) which when inhaled irritates the airways.

When an asthmatic is exposed to triggers, the airways get irritated, swollen and narrow. At this point the body also produces more mucous, which further makes the passage of oxygen and carbon dioxide difficult. The narrowing of the airways makes it difficult for oxygen to pass into the lungs as it should. The patient therefore has difficulty in breathing as the chest tightens. This further leads to reduced intake of oxygen which could cause fainting or worse still, death if not promptly attended to.

Asthma presents with symptoms such as:

  • Tightening of the chest (airways)  causing difficulty in breathing
  • Breathing with wheezing sound
  • Cough
  • Running nose
  • Increased body temperature
  • Sweating
  • In extreme cases, fainting

Though an incurable health condition, one can lead a normal, healthy, and productive life with proper management and a healthy life style. Proper management of asthma reduces incidence of occurrence, cost of management, loss of time due to hospital stay, and increases overall productivity.

Certain lifestyle changes can aid proper asthma control and management. Lifestyles that trigger asthma could be replaced by healthier ones. These lifestyle changes are analyzed in this article.

1.    Avoid Smoking

Smoking is dangerous to the health of people who have asthma. This is so because when tobacco enters the airways, it irritates it, causes swelling and causes the lungs to produce more mucus than necessary. This tightens the airways and causes an asthmatic attack. This is not limited to only direct smoking, second hand smoke may trigger asthma. Second hand smoking is inhaling cigarette smoke from someone else.

To avoid cigarette smoke, you have to stop smoking. If you are not a smoker, ensure you are not caught up in the same space with one. Look out for places with the no smoking sign if your state does not have a ban in place for smoking in public.

2. Use Clean Pillows.

Pillows are cloth bags stuffed with fiber, foam, soft feathers or pieces of clothes, used to support the head and neck during sleep or relaxation. This makes sleep more comfortable, relaxing and encourages ease of blood flow. Overtime, the stuffing gets dirty with dirt from pillow handling, hair cream, dust, spillage, sweat, breast milk (in cases of breast feeding mothers). When an asthmatic sleeps on such a pillow and inhales dust or fiber, it triggers asthma. Pillows therefore should not be used for too long; one to two years is an ideal lifespan of a pillow with intermittent washing every six months. You should wash the whole pillow, stuffing’s and all every six months. Pillow cases should be washed at least weekly and the pillow aired regularly, especially if the user uses strong, scented hair creams. Ensure the inner stuffing is well secured and not leaking to avoid direct inhaling of foam or fiber particles.

3. Avoid Hairy, Fluffy Toys and Rugs

Fluffy toys and rugs are a no-no for asthmatics. The fiber strands are so tiny they could easily be inhaled. These strands get stuck in the airways and obstruct its operations. It could get entangled and cause wheezing while breathing. Apart from strands of fiber stuffing being breathed in, such toys trap dust particles which when inhaled trigger asthmatic attacks. Smooth toys should replace fluffy and hairy ones. Where Rugs cannot be completely removed, go for smooth rugs which do not shed fiber. It should be vacuumed and air dried outside regularly to avoid accumulation of dust. Even when it is vacuumed regularly, avoid lying down on the rug without a sheet as much as you can.

4. Clean your Apartment Regularly to Remove Dust

A dusty environment will trigger asthmatic attacks; there are no two ways about that. Dust is a major trigger of asthmatic attacks and should be avoided at all cost. When dust enters the airways, it causes irritation and inflammation. Some people react immediately by continuous sneezing. This most times degenerates to asthmatic attacks. The home should be cleaned and dusted regularly with natural, odorless cleaning agents. Areas such as under furniture and room corners should be swept and kept neat. Remember also to mop with clean water and mildly scented natural floor cleaning agents. Avoid clutter that might harbor dust. Throw out unused items around the house, especially furniture and books. Wear face masks if you must clean or go into dusty places like the cellar or old, stuffy library.

5. Avoid Harsh Scents and Perfumes

Harsh scents and perfumes should be completely avoided as they irritate the linings of the airways. Strong smell of petrol (gas), cooking gas, hair creams, fried foods are all asthma triggers. These smells contaminate oxygen and make it more difficult to breathe in. Mild scents and perfumes should be applied. Water based body sprays and deodorants should replace the aerosol type. Holistic body care products should be considered over chemical products.

6. Avoid Exposure to Household Chemicals

Household chemicals such as insect repellents, house and furniture cleaners, and pest repellents with strong, choking smells should be avoided. Particles of these chemicals get stuck in the airways and accumulate overtime, bringing on full blown attacks. Replace strong smelling insecticides with odorless ones and where that is not obtainable, get someone else to apply the chemicals and stay out for some time until the smell clears off. Leave windows open after the use of household chemicals for proper ventilation. It is a better option to replace all chemical household cleaning agents with pure organic ones.

7. Eat Healthy

Food could worsen or improve asthmatic conditions. Over feeding, a condition whereby the stomach is too full of food, tight and hard to the touch causes uneasiness and shortage of breath. This is because the full stomach presses on the diaphragm making it difficult for it to rise and fall. Food  therefore should be eaten in moderation especially foods which causes bloating such as beans, lentils, certain spices, etc In cases where the asthmatic is allergic to certain foods such as peanut, fish, etc, those foods should be completely removed from the menu. Find foods that are safe and healthy and eat those in moderation. Avoid eating late at night or shortly before bed time. Eat at least an hour and a half before going to bed at night.

8. Exercise Regularly

If your asthma is not exercise induced, mild, regular exercises could be your ticket to a healthier life. Regular exercise opens up the airways, expands the lungs, balances the body’s metabolism and helps blood circulate faster. Introduce mild exercises to your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Cycle short distances instead of driving. Don’t wear yourself out during workouts. Stop and take regular breaks at intervals. Exercises that allow one take short breaks and control your tempo are better for asthmatics. Exercises such as swimming, cycling, jogging and the like are best for you.

9. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

Your body weight says a lot about your general state of health. Excess cholesterol in the system is not good. Cut down on fatty foods and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.  Learn breathing techniques to help you breathe better from experts and yoga practitioners if you are overweight.

10. Inhale Fresh Air

Fresh air is of immense benefit to the lungs. It detoxifies the respiratory system. Sleep in naturally ventilated spaces, rather than air-conditioned rooms. Open the windows, especially early in the mornings when the air is still fresh and let it in. While driving, wind down the windshields rather than use air conditioners all the way.

With these lifestyle changes, you are bound to live healthier, reducing the occurrence of asthmatic attacks.

 

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Devotionals

Walking Under the Shadow of the Almighty.

Scriptural Reference: Psalm 91:1, 17:8, Matt 23:37

I walked down the street to my dress makers’ with my then one year old son who had just started walking. My son is very light skinned and easily gets sun burnt.  The sun was scorching hot, a typical tropical midday blaze.

I realized my shadow fell on my right side and decided to use it to shade my son from the heat of the sun. To my uttermost surprise, he kept walking away from the shade of my shadow. I got to know that he was fascinated by his own shadow and wanted to see it. He toddled away, chasing his own shadow.

As he chased his shadow, moving away from me, I thought ‘Nathan, if only you knew the benefits of walking under mama’s shadow’. Immediately Psalm 91:1 came to mind ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Like my little boy, how often do we as Christians walk away from the shadow of the Almighty, because we are fascinated by our own shadows?  Or curious as to what our own shadows look like?

What does it mean to abide under the shadow of the almighty? When you abide under the shadow of God, it means being consciously and constantly in fellowship or communion with Him. It is willingly surrendering your own will to Him, so that you become a reflection of the heavenly father and not yourself. It is when you are so full of the father that your person is lost and His remains. Why then do Christians refuse to walk under the shadow of the almighty God? 1. Rebellion. 2. Disobedience. 3, Trust in self/self sufficiency.

How do you then abide under His shadow?

  • When you mimic someone so much that people see you and immediately recognize the person in you, they say you are that person’s shadow. Likewise when you endeavor to do what God says you should do at all times through the scriptures, you get to look, talk and behave like him  so much that you are easily recognized as His child.
  • Reading and meditating on the word of God. Joshua 1:8
  • Believing the word of God.
  • Communion with God through prayer.
  • Fellowship with God and brethren’s.
Dwelling in the secret place of the almighy ensures our safey

Benefits of Abiding Under the Shadow of God.

  1. Divine Protection.  The only way I could protect my son from the heat of the sun was by casting my shadow upon him. I didn’t have an umbrella or any form of shade. When we stay under the shadow of our heavenly Father, he protects us from every form of evil. He loves us so much that he doesn’t wish for us to come to any form of harm. Matt 23:37 Jesus talking to the multitudes and His disciples referred to divine protection as a hen covering her chicks. We are protected from harm, sickness, diseases, lack and want and all forms of evil.
  2. Divine Provision. God provides all our needs when we abide in Him. To abide is to stay, to remain, and to dwell. When we dwell, we trust in Him and He meets our needs. When we seek Him with all our hearts and being, he adds to us all things which we need for a good life (Matt 6:33)
  3. Divine Healing. In cases where one is plagued by sickness and diseases, God gives us an assurance of healing in His presence. It His will that we should prosper and be in Health, (3 John 1:2) even as our souls prospers.

Wouldn’t you rather walk under His shadow today? Call unto God from wherever you are in your journey with Him and He will answer you!

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Devotionals

Whose Report Do You Believe?

SCRIPTURAL REF: Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mark 11;24

 When I was pregnant with my last child, the first three scan reports read breech, unstable lie. This means that my baby was not only breech, but kept changing positions. She would take every possible position and end up in a latitudinal lie.

I was given sound medical advice and asked to make up my mind for caesarian section by the end of the 38th week. I left the hospital for church where I met my friend and prayer partner. After service, I told her what the doctor had said.

Then I asked her; “why do doctors talk with such conviction? Why does he think the baby will not turn before the 39th week?  I answered my own question “they talk from what they know. What they were taught in med school and trainings, coupled with what they have seen. They speak with confidence because they KNOW”.

This realization lit up my mind. As children of God, what do we know about Him? How much of His word do we know? What if as Children of God, we knew so much about the Father that we could speak with such confidence and conviction? This would spark so much faith in us that the devil will be put to shame. We cannot believe what we do not know!

How then do we get to know God so deeply?

 By The Word of God we hear. In the Book of Romans 10:17, the Bible says Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. We need to keep hearing the word through preaching’s, sermons, listening to anointed men of God, and the voice of the spirit in our hearts. What we hear repeatedly, we tend to believe.

By studying the word. Spending time to read the Bible, anointed books and devotionals. Rev. 1:3.  It is the word we study that sticks in our minds and eventually come out when we get into trouble.

Meditation. This is an important means of getting to know God. After reading the word of God, we have to spend time thinking about what we’ve read until we get to the point of understanding. Only then will you have good success (Joshua 1:8)

Practice what the word says. When the Bible says fear not, you need to practice to not fear. As practice strengthens your physical muscles, the word likewise builds up your spiritual muscles

Confess the word. Saying aloud what we learn makes it more meaningful and real. In the Kingdom, we get what we say (Mark 11:23). Keep confessing the word over your life. When the Bible says you are healed, then you are. When it says He will protect you from the noise some pestilence, you confess and believe it over and over again!

I chose to believe the report of the Lord which says I shall bring forth before labor starts. (Isaiah 66) The baby turned! I had her normally because I knew God will not bring me to the point of delivery and shut up my womb (Isaiah 66:9). I had her before my doctor finished scrubbing, all alone with the Holy Spirit to prove His word.

When you know the word, believe it, stand on it, and confess it over your life and your loved ones and you will have whatever you say. The Bible says no sickness shall God allow near your dwelling, no plague shall come upon you. Confess this word day and night and see God’s words come to pass in your life!

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Digital Marketing

6 THINGS AN EMAIL CAMPAIGN WILL DO FOR YOUR CHURCH

Emails are powerful tools of communication between individuals and organizations. It is a means of nurturing leads and relationships. Most churches have come to realize the importance of email campaigns and have included it in their outreach strategy but a huge number are yet to capitalize on this all important strategy for church growth, information dissemination and reaching out to brand new souls as well as nurture relationship with existing members.

Email usage has been on the rise and is set to hit 3bn users by 2020. It is the most widely used social media channel of communication to date. Out of 2000 facebook users and 2000 email recipients, 22% will open and read your emails compared to 6% on facebook, according to a marketing research.

Whether your emails get opened, clicked, read and acted upon depends on how well planned, written, and relevant it is, hence the importance of a well thought out email strategy.

Six major benefits of setting up an email campaign for your church are

EMAILS WILL NURTURE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Most people who attend church services do not take notes. After church service, they go back home and continue with life, ever busy and chocked up with trying to make ends meet. They forget all that was taught in church, looking forward to the next service to continue the circle. Imagine that after church service, maybe on a Monday morning, you send a neat little email, thanking members for attending service and then you provide a brief recap of what was preached, with action points, while encouraging them to hit reply if they have questions or challenges. And then you do a follow up email on Wednesday to encourage them and then another email on Friday to remind them of church service on Sunday. I am sure the members will feel connected and willing to continue worshiping with your church. There will be an established relationship between the sender of the emails and the recipient.

A WELL THOUGHT OUT EMAIL STRATEGY WILL ENABLE YOU SEND TARGETED MESSAGES TO THE RIGHT AUDIENCE, AT THE RIGHT TIME.

Not everyone who walks into church is at the same level of attendance or spirituality, hence the need for segmented emails. The first time worshiper needs different email content from the regular worshiper. With proper email marketing strategy set up, each group of worshipers will have relevant messages sent to them at appropriate times. Nothing can be more frustrating than receiving irrelevant messages. With this sorted out, the worshippers feel more at home with you and the church.

EMAILS WILL PROVIDE YOU GREATER REACH/AUDIENCE

Regular, relevant newsletters sent out periodically will grant you a wider reach as a church. Mails can get to members who have changed locations, one time worshippers and even non members as the members get to share the information with them! Good newsletters will always be shared with friends and family whom the recipient feels will need such content. Some have the possibility of being printed out and shared in smaller group gatherings. E-Newsletters will afford you a wider reach than you would ordinary get to from the pulpit.

EMAILS WILL TURN FIRST TIME WORSHIPPERS TO REGULAR MEMBERS, BOOSTING ATTENDANCE

When people feel connected to their church and man of God, trust is developed which naturally translates to membership and higher church attendance. Newsletters take the word further than the pulpit. Those who receive it directly or indirectly will always want to worship with the church when they can.

EMAILS ARE AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PUBLICITY.

Yes, Emails are effectively used for publicity: to publicize ministry events, send out important announcements (new church product releases such as books, audio materials), broadcast programs and time, fundraisers, and updates. Publicity through Emails are cost effective and the reach is sure, unlike using fliers and handbills. Using proper Email personalization, members get personalized invites and announcements which creates a sense of belonging and bonding.

EMAILS ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION AND FEEDBACK.

Emails are a great source of communication. It affords your audience a means through which they can reach out to relevant persons of authority in the church, most times while still maintaining their anonymity.  It provides an avenue for feedback on church activities, members, sermon and the preacher. When recipients are encouraged to hit reply in every email they get from your church, they are bold enough to say what they would naturally not be able to say to your face or on social media. When feedback’s come in through Emails, acknowledge the senders, take corrections and improve on accolades.

At daraswritermom, I understand your church’s Email needs and I can help setup and run an email marketing campaign for you. To get in touch to see how I can be of help, click here and let’s talk.