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Mental and emotional health, although related are different. Mentality is the ability to process and store information, to make logical decisions and conscious choices. When our mental health is impaired the emotions can run wild and wreak havoc on the personality resulting in irrational decisions and reactions. Emotional health is the positive management of feelings and their expression in an appropriate manner. Mentally and emotionally healthy people have resilience, which together with resources or tools to cope with the various situations of life, can maintain or regain a positive outlook by being focused, flexible and creative. Emotions are powerful indicators of what is going on within, and as such can have input in decisions made, however they should not dictate, overriding logic and common-sense.
Have a positive, thankful, outward focus
in too many activities is draining and the pressure to conform to the expectations of others is demanding. Modern society, to its detriment ignores God’s command to take one day off in seven (Ex 20:9). If we don’t come apart from the incessant demands of life we may just fall apart! We need to establish and maintain safeguards around our lives and those we care about, to protect from burnout, with its symptoms of total exhaustion, temptation to give up, feelings of not coping and failure.
Medical science has not fully understood the effects of the emotional toll that comes to bear on many people. When we are tired and emotionally depleted the mind is vulnerable to attack, both from ourselves through negative self-talk and from external temptation. Do not resort to any wrong ‘comforts’ to boost your spirits. Take regular time out to regain your balance and perspective – have a creative outlet, a relief valve – some form of exercise is beneficial. Determine your vulnerable areas and try to safeguard these so you are not derailed.
There are many negative and destructive forces that can deplete our spirituality, yet “God’s words have renewed my life” (Ps 119:93). What enters our mind has a powerful effect and influence when it becomes embedded in our hearts, which we are to guard with great diligence because they control the whole outcome of our lives (Prov 4:23; Mt 15:18-20). Endeavour always to focus on Jesus who is ‘for you’, not against. Meditate on the good, uplifting things of life and what God has done for you – the blessings He daily provides – not what Satan does, keeping you in bondage (Lam 3:22,23; Ps 103:34; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 4:8). A happy heart does the body good, but a crushed, defeated frame of mind is destructive and can lead to depression (Prov 17:22, 18:14). Commit your way to God, trust and rely on Him. While we should plan and work, worry is totally unproductive (Ps 37:4,5; Mt 6:25-34). We need to be more dependent on “Him who sustains all things by the word of His power” (Heb 1:3).
People’s hearts will fail them through apprehension and fear (Lk 21:26). These negative emotions, along with guilt and bitterness, cause major health problems. Instead focus on Jesus and the numerous blessings He provides (Ps 103:2-18; Heb 3:1, 12:2). Before we became Christians we were separated from God by our evil thoughts and actions but now we are free of this handicap so it is our right and duty to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4; Col 1:21-23). When in great mental agony Jesus prayed (Lk 22:44). There was intensity in the request He made to God. Follow His example and pray about your struggles, using the Bible as your guidebook to the promises of God and the unchanging principles of how we should live.
Allow the Word of God to bring transformation
out fear” (Isa 26:3; 1 Jn 4:18). When we are stretched beyond our comfort zone and feel out of control, remember He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Have an awareness and recognition of Him working through and in your life situations.
Deal with issues and move on, not continually keeping alive in your mind something that haunts and holds in bondage. Un-forgiveness (including of one’s self) is a major factor in those who experience mental problems. Rather than live with constant nagging regrets, ‘what if only I had…’ or guilt because of compromise endeavour to obey the Lord in all situations, living in tune with the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:5; Gal 5:16). This will alleviate mental and emotional anguish or hurts in our spirits that torment and can cripple the whole personality, and culminate in causing significant health issues.
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