Updated: Feb 8
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year that tested the entire globe's mental and physical health. With multiple lockdowns that have extended into the new year, here are a few tips to help you maintain a sound mind in these times.
Staying active is a scientifically proven activity that boosts our mood because of the release of feel-good endorphins. So why not get these endorphins flowing by going for a walk or run. The change of scenery and fresh air can help clear your mind and reduce any pent-up stress from being indoors for a prolonged time. If unable to go outdoors, there are plenty of online workouts that you can participate in from the comfort of your home.
Food is an area overlooked by many due to being familiar with the physical health benefits food carries and not so much the mental advantages it can bring. A balanced healthy diet improves your mood, gives you more energy, and helps you think more clearly. Staying hydrated is also helpful.
Prayer & Meditating on the Word of God
Ultimately, the word of God is our daily bread, source of life and light. He is there for us in our time of need and never taken aback by how we feel. He knows our every struggle and promises to never leave or forsake us. Some may be experiences extreme bouts of loneliness during this season but draw near to God for comfort and strength to get through. Through prayer and meditating on His word, you can find peace and joy even in the darkest of storms. Keeping your eyes on Him and His promises can shield against negative thoughts that may arise.
'Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things'
Speak to someone:
If you find yourself feeling down, reach out and speak to someone, be it a family member, a friend or neighbour. Having a listening ear helps us to realise we are not alone, and people genuinely care. Don't rule out therapy if your circumstance calls for professional attention. God cares and has given wisdom, compassion and empathy to counsellors for those that require such care.
Mental health comes in diverse forms, and with all that is going on in the world, there is no need to feel ashamed. A part of self-care is deciding to seek out help when it is needed. God loves and desires for us to prosper both spiritually, physically and mentally.
With utilising the tips shared above, I hope that 2021 is a year to take charge of our mental health that we may live a life more abundantly, as Christ desires for us.