Current UK statistics on people’s poor mental health are astounding.
With statistics like these, we can conclude:
No matter how “normal” mental health issues have become, they are never God’s desire for us, the people he loves. Without being insensitive to people who are in the struggle, I believe we should be intentional about preventing mental health issues, to avoid finding ourselves arriving at a place of anxiety and depression.
Our spirit, soul, and body are all connected. It is impossible for there to be a problem in one aspect of our being, and it not affect another. For example, we may have physical pain that soon wears thin on our emotions.
Kris Vallotton offers some advice from his personal experiences, ‘Problems can originate in one dimension of our being, but before long, we experience resulting symptoms in all three realms of our personhood’.
Having the courage to care for yourself (all three parts of you) is important. Here are some very practical ways that we can practise self-care:
We’ve all heard the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Well Proverbs tells us that you are in fact what you think! (Proverbs 23:7).
As the Bible strongly urges, be relentless about guarding your thought life, and filling it with truth!
‘If you are dealing with anxiety, torment, fear, low self-esteem, depression or any other negative emotion, it is very likely that you have forgotten that God loves you. Do not entertain the enemy’s questions about how valuable you are’ (K.Vallotton).
To further fill your mind with tools of truth some books that may support you and/or a struggling friend:
‘From Panic to Power’ By Lucinda Bassett
‘Who Switched off My Brain?’, By Caroline Leaf.
‘ReNew: Breaking free from Negative Thinking’, By Julie Winter.
‘When God becomes Real’, by Brian Johnson.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Be intentional about finding things that make you laugh! Laughing produces dopamine, a God-given, feel-good chemical, in your body. Have friends that support you and bring positivity into your life. Be open to their influence in your heart.
Get sun, routine sleep, exercise, rest, and look after your body. Remember, the mind and the body are connected!
Matthew 11:28 – ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest’.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.