The bible tells us that God has given us a sound mind, 2 Timothy 1:7 but often we can feel like our minds are all over the place. It could be stress, depression, anxiety, anger, and more. But we should be confident that if we trust in God, He will grant us peace. A peace that surpasses all understanding, despite what our current thoughts/feelings may be like.
In light of #mentalhealthawareness week, I felt led to share some tips I’ve found helpful and that may also encourage you:
1. Go to God FIRST
This is one thing I’ve had to exercise a lot myself. This is part of our relationship with the Father and who is also our friend. Did you know that you can talk to God about ANYTHING!
A lovely example is in Psalm 145:18-19 TPT:
18 You draw near to those who call out to you,
listening closely, especially when their hearts are true.
19 Every one of your godly lovers receives
even more than what they ask for.
For you hear what their hearts really long for
and you bring them your saving strength. (This line is beautiful!)
He’s always ready to listen to us and he knows our hearts. This means we are free to express our thoughts and concerns with Him.
In your quiet time with Him, you may be led to a particular bible verse, receive a personal word, or just feel a sense of peace which he has promised us.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7
2. Pause and Reflect
It’s important to take time away from the noise and allow your mind to rest. Reflect on what may have led you to feel the way you currently do and assess all the factors. Look at what needs to change to lessen the mental weight or burden you may be feeling. This could be as simple as turning off your phone for a couple of hours. Or even going for a long walk in the sun! (Those in the UK currently, let’s enjoy it while it lasts☺️). I love going on long walks around my area, listening to music, and appreciating the beauty of nature.
Remember intentional rest is much needed. Not just physically, but mentally too.
3. Speak to a leader or a friend you can find counsel in.
There’s that common saying that “a problem shared is a problem halved” and this is often the case when you have the right support system around you. If you can, speak to someone who you trust and find counsel in. They can intercede for you, when you may not have the strength. They may also see things from a different perspective, and God can use them as a vessel to speak to you.
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2
This a great way to release your thoughts and feelings on paper when sometimes you can’t find the words to express them. It can often help to relieve stress and help you work through your anxious feelings. It also great to look back on past entries, and see how far you’ve come.❤︎ (My favourite thing about it)
5. Listen To Worship Music
Listening to worship music is great! It helps to change your heart posture towards God and away from what’s clouding your mind. Not only this but you can connect with specific lyrics and make them your own. Once you start reciting them over and over again they can soon become a reality for you. Alternatively, it can be a helpful tool anytime you’re feeling low to help you lift your mood and take back control of your mind. ❤︎
Here’s a song that I’ve recently been loving:
🎵My redeemer has saved me from sin
My soul is awakened, I live
Free from what held me
Free from what fought me
Mentally, you've captured me
In my mind
I am free
In my heart
If I am yours
I am free
Where the spirit of the Lord our God
Is at rest there is freedom
You can be freed from bondage and healed from brokenness and full of joy
Be free 🎵
Lastly, if you feel you need someone to talk to I’m always here, I’m not an expert (yet) but I’m always here if you need a good listener. If you do have concerns about your mental health please reach out and use the resource available to you. There is always someone willing to help!: