Sermon Recap: First Steps for Better Mental Health
It is important to note that these recommendations are not to be substituted for clinical mental health treatment. We believe these are good first steps at understanding and beginning the battle to combat mental health problems in the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors. Each of these steps of advice are given here and should be given by others with empathy.
We hope you will visit our Facebook page to watch our 3 part series, "God of the Mind," where we deal with the mental health issues of today and try to lead with life giving advice.
Therapy gives you the opportunity to get honest with your soul. There should be no shame in seeking out help from those who have made it their lives mission to help those struggling recover from the darkness of their mind.
Just like eating a healthy meal, thinking healthy thoughts contribute to your mental health.
Philippians 4:8 tells us:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
God explains to us how we need to watch out thinking and focus on what is pure.
As a church we need to recognize certain events in peoples life that can hurt them spiritually and mentally. We need to step in and love them during these times.
Look out for these and other events in people's lives and make sure to be with them through them:
- too much to do, feeling overwhelmed
- family friction
- the end of a relationship
- spending too much time alone
- being judged, criticized, teased, or put down
- financial problems, getting a big bill
- physical illness
- sexual harassment
- being around someone who has treated you badly
There is hope for all of the people through Jesus. His hope radiates into each hopeless situation even the hopelessness of mental health.
At Jeremiahs lowest point he says:
"Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'”
- Lamentations 3:20-24
Hear what he is preaching to his mind: God’s love never ceases. It is new every morning. Every morning my mind does not operate properly is a day full of mercy.
Realize there is Purpose in Pain
Live in Community
Even when the dark times plague you, live in community. That is not necessarily the big events but more than likely that handful of trusted people that you are connected with that are there to build you up.
Over 50% of those with sleeping problems report having mental health difficulties.
The meds you take can affect your mind, educate yourself on what you are taking.
If stress and anxiety are the triggers for a lot of different mental health happenings then developing a way to relax is important.
Good nutrition helps fuel our organs, including our brain.
The Paleo diet is said to be very beneficial as it replenishes electrolytes and amino acids that affects neuro transmitters in your brain.
You don’t have to go do cross fit for your mental health but a good routine of exercise does set up the body to release a lot of the mental stress that is built up mentally.