Updated: Feb 29
Mental health, where do I start. It is a very big challenge and seems to become more prevalent in today's society. Is that because more people are facing challenges or because we are more willing to discuss it? I'll let you decide!
Now, in this post I'm not going to say that I have 5 tips to a life with no ups and downs- that would be impossible, surely? We all have stresses crop up in life: moving house, getting a job, passing an exam. The list is endless. It is the same for feeling low.
'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain'- Vivian Green
So, I am going to break this down into three main sections with a few subheadings, if that's ok?
Anxiety, its big isn't it. More and more people seem to be anxious these days, unable to manage the large workload or crumbling under the never-ending, unforgiving pressures of life.
What does the bible have to say about anxiety?
The Bible very clearly instructs us to not be anxious about anything. In Matthew 6:27, Jesus goes as far as to say 'Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?'. In fact, I would go as far as to say worrying actually wastes time. We don't have time to waste when we have a mission to fulfil.
I am not saying that it is bad to have struggled with anxiety, far from it. What I am getting at is that the devil comes to 'steal kill and destroy', which includes our time, health and joy.
What are some of the most common things people worry about?
The Psychological Health Care website, in Aussie, says
Money and the future
So... we know what we worry about, but what should we do about it? How do we overcome?
A list of 5 things I would suggest doing when anxious
Declare the Bible
Commune with others- Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
4. Focus your mind on other stuff Philippians 4:8 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.
5. confess your belief in Christ
Remember friends, our God is not one of condemnation or anger towards this. he loves his children. He is with you through the storm