(Mental Health Disorders) The Discussion of Mental Health, it’s causes, cures and characteristics seem to be sweeping the country by storm, it seems like everywhere you turn there are new; articles, clinics, causes and, answers for it. Mental Health can vary in its meaning; for some people, its anxiety. For others, it’s depression. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alcoholism are included in the blanket of what is considered mental health disorders. What does this mean for Christians? If you are a Christian, you have certainly read 2 Timothy 1:7, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. This would imply that Mental Health is covered by God’s Grace, but how are you supposed to begin to walk in your healing?
Everybody who struggles with Mental Health is different; some people need to be pulled out of the cave they have been allowed to hide in, other people will crawl further into the darkness the more you try to yank them through. There is no ONE answer to helping someone who is going through; anxiety, depression, anger, self-sabotage, suicidal thoughts, or PTSD. As Christians, all we can do is pray for our loved ones and be there for them when they are ready to talk. (Mental Health)
I myself deal with Mental Health Issues, some that came from a traumatic accident I was involved in on my construction job site last year and others have developed over time through what I have allowed people to convince me about myself. How should a Christian go through life when they feel like they have no control over their mental capacity? It can be hard to convince yourself to get out of bed when you feel like you have nothing going for you or everyone in the world is trying to bring you down. Here is a list of things I have found helpful;
1- Set Micro-Goals: Micro Goals are key to a clear state of mind, if you are trying to lose 200 pounds, it’s extremely hard to convince yourself to start climbing that mountain, you know you are going to go through some excruciating pain to get there however, if you set Micro Goals like; lose a pound a week, or don’t go for seconds of the biscuits at dinner, instead get an extra serving of veggies or meat. You will start to take pride in those achievements and will find it easier to overcome larger obstacles.
2- It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: You have to remember that there isn’t a person alive who has it all figured out, everybody falls short of God’s Glory, In fact in the history of mankind there has only been one who was ever without fault and it’s because of him we can enter heavens gates. What is not okay is accepting your sickness. Never should you have that attitude, “It’s just a part of me.” God may be allowing you to go through a trial, but it’s not his will for you to stay there. You have to come out of it sometime so you can testify to His Love. You have to make that decision that you don’t want to live with these problems not just accept them as a part of you.
3- Lockdown Your Support System: Not everybody needs to know what you are going through, especially if they aren’t going to bring something to the table to help you. We all know those people that want to know what’s wrong with you so that they can feel better about themselves or tell everybody that you have issues. Those people aren’t going to help you get better; you need people who will let you; cry on their shoulders, give you honest advice not just tell you what you want to hear, be available to you whenever you need to talk, and stand in the agreement of your healing. Your mental battles aren’t for the world to know, but know that walking into a battle with no army is hard. Get a support system and people who will hold you accountable.
4- Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone: You don’t have to dive into the pool, baby steps are okay, but you can’t become a hermit crab and hide in your shell for the rest of your life. Sometimes all we need is; a little bit of sunshine, exercise, and fellowship to feel better. Events are going on all over the city if you don’t like the crowds set up a game night with a few people you trust. The old saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” still reigns true. When you are in the middle of; smiling, laughing, and enjoying people’s company you quickly forget everything that is going on in your mind.
5- Get Involved: There are churches all around the community who offer something for everybody. From youth to senior citizens, but find the one that makes you feel comfortable and welcome. Then get involved in their events, groups, and ministries. When you feel part of a community and feel accountable for something, you can convince yourself to keep fighting the fight for them. The Bible says, “Iron Sharpens Iron.” You need to be around a community of people who will speak life into you, not push you further into darkness.
Mental Health is a severe issue in our nation, and it’s turning into a generational curse. Not everyone understands how serious it is to some people, but to go from your happiest mood to suicidal thoughts like the flip of a light switch is a serious thing. It’s up to us to pray for our loved ones to be delivered from such a curse and break the chain where it is now.
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