Updated: Apr 8, 2021
If you don't look after your mental health, who will? Invest in it, pray on it, take care of it. Why? Because your mental health matters.
So, as you can already tell from the title, this month's focus is on our mental health. Why start off with mental health you may ask. Not only is this something we have been learning more and more about over the past month, but also the reality is that when someone's mental health is off, it can really affect the other areas of their life; whether that be their faith, their physical health, their finances or their relationships. So let's talk about it!
First of all, what is mental health? A juicy definition we came across recently defined mental health as "a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life and work productively and fruitfully and is able to make contribution to their community." In simple terms, your psychological and emotional well-being. But it's deeper than that!
We want to provide you guys with some practical tips and also some resources when it comes to our mental health. Who doesn't want mental wellness ayy?
Quick disclaimer: We do not claim to be experts or professionals on this issue. If you need professional help, please seek expert advice.
Okay, now that we have that disclaimer out of the way, let us first look at some practical ways which can help us when it comes to our mental health. You guys should know by now that we are all about sharing, so feel free to also add some tips in the comments section or on our post on Instagram!
Practical ways we can look after our mental health better
We truly believe that it is important for us to invest in our mental health, especially now as we are in the midst of a PANDEMIC! Below are some ways we may be able to look after our mental health better:
Step outside! - This may seem obvious, but for those who are constantly indoors and working from home, don't forget to take your daily walks. Just get out there for some fresh air, for some light and to be around nature. Trust me it can make a huge difference!
Out with the old, in with the new - We sometimes neglect the power of cleaning up the old. Whether that is cleaning up or clearing up. A clean surrounding can make such a difference! This may be your house, your car or even more importantly, things in your life. Just as junk around you can irritate you, junk in your soul oh boy...
Set boundaries - Now this is key! Things, people, places. Whatever it may be. Set those necessary boundaries. Sometimes I feel like we are too grown to still be letting anything and everything in (and this can also pertain to our ear gates and our eye gates). Like the bible says, Guard your heart. And for the purposes of your mental health and your peace, set those boundaries. Guard your heart and guard your mind (side note, boundaries and walls are two different things).
Take breaks when needed - rest is essential. Physically and mentally! There is a reason why we have been given sleep and rest. Our body needs it and we function better when we rest. So take that time out to rest (yes that 7/8 hours of sleep), take a break and just refresh okay!
Do something you enjoy doing - It's not everyday work, work, work. Get creative, read a book, just do something that you enjoy.
Speak to someone - And lastly, sometimes you need that extra help. Get professional help if needed. No more suffering in silence! If that means speaking to a therapist, someone close to you or going to God or a spiritual leader, then do just that.
And then there are some things that are spiritual! We cannot ignore this. You cannot use physical ways to deal with spiritual matters. There are some things when it comes to your mental health, whether you like it or not, you cannot take yourself out of that dark place and you are going to need the Lord to help you on this one. Pray and get those you trust to also pray for you. Prayer works!
And something that we do not talk about often is the fact that sometimes issues you are dealing with when it comes to your mental health have nothing to do with you. If you don't know what we are talking about then we would definitely encourage you to look up the term intergenerational trauma. You may have heard people mention that they have certain mental health issues, which their parent also has and their grandparent also had. Now you might not believe or agree with it, but all we will say on this point is that your parents story does not have to be your story. And as a Christian, the only way to overcome such trauma completely is through Jesus Christ.
And remember, as you heal from certain things: Healing is a process, Healing is a journey. Don't give up and trust God every step of the way!
So we hope you guys have picked up a thing or two that you will implement to better your mental health during this month. Let's challenge ourselves. Check out a few resources below which we hope are a blessing to you.
Stay blessed guys & until next time!
List of some resources
If you are aware of any other resources or you have some additional ways we can do better in our mental health, please do feel free to share below.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heard and minds in Christ Jesus.