With the new year taking place I believe it is important to talk and write about mental awareness. We can all paint a picture on social media that life is great, and everything is thriving. However, we all know social media paints a side reel of each other’s life not the full story. Thus, I can honestly say I found it surprising reading some of the new years post and a bunch of people said they were dealing with anxiety , depression , guilt , loneliness ,etc.
I am not sure if I was surprised that I was not the only one , or that you wouldn’t be able to tell from what those people were posting that they were going through anything. These posts started to leave me with questions:
-how do we treat people on a normal basis?
-do we check on other people?
-are we really showing the love of God?
– how is our own mental health?
In this age we hold on to this mentality that we don’t need other people. That is not TRUE! Relationships will come and go , and I do believe there are seasons for some people. BUT We need love, support, encouragement, and prayer. We need to forgive, need to be intentional , and learn to love each other despite our differences. Relationships will come and go , and I do believe there are seasons for some people.
The bible leaves us with so many scriptures on giving the worries and weights of our minds to him;
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23
This year I pray for myself and others for a HEALTHY mind. I believe in order to have a healthy mind , you need a growing spiritual life. In my own personal experience, I know my life would not be where it is today without having God, and others who followed Christ.
When I had anxiety I prayed , when I felt alone, I worshiped, and when I had negative thoughts I could go to sister in Christ.
I learned in my journey that taking care of yourself is vital. I remained silent for many years about some of the things I was going through, and it hurt more than it helped!
So, SPEAK up, be AWARE of others, LOVE others , and LOVE yourself!