Are you a christian that is struggling with high levels of stress, fear, anxiety, depression, PTSD or any mental health issue during this time in our society? Print off my list of Bible Verses for Mental Health below.
Do you have a practical list of what you can do to help with your Mental Health and Social Isolation situation?
Especially during this time of “safer at home” isolation, things could get rough mentally for some! High levels of stress, fear, Depression, anxiety and PTSD are very real.
Here are some practical things to do that may help…
Pause. When you feel overwhelmed, recognize that your body will have reactions to the stress and move forward with doing something that will ease the stress in the moment. Take a deep breath, drink a glass of water, get outside in the sunshine, pray, put on some worship music and read the list of bible verses for mental health.
Mental Health and Social Isolation
Pray For Your Mental Health
Pray. Ask God to help you deal with the overwhelm in a healthy way. Ask for guidance and the self discipline it takes to make it one more day.
Healthy Routine for Mental Health
Make sure you are creating a healthy routine (or a new healthy routine) for yourself.
Keep your bible reading time and prayer time a #1 priority in your life!
Sleep Habits and Mental Health
Get plenty of sleep. Stay off your phone and electronics one to two hours before your bedtime as it keeps your brain engaged and makes it harder to fall asleep. – Sleep.org
Eating Right For Mental Health
Eat healthy foods to give your body what it needs to function the best it can. Eat less carbs and more veggies. Less fast food and more home cooked meals. Do not stress eat on junk food! Do the best you can in your situation.
Studies have shown that when people take probiotics (supplements containing the good bacteria), their anxiety levels, perception of stress, and mental outlook improve, compared with people who did not take probiotics. – health.harvard.edu
Creativity Helps with Mental Health
Be creative. Paint, sing, journal, decorate, garden & whatever creative thing you enjoy doing. Drawing, painting, or molding objects from clay has been scientifically proven to help people to deal with different kinds of trauma. – Medical News Today
Exercise for good Mental Health
Exercise. Get outside in the sunshine and go for a walk. Get to the park if it’s still open (staying 6-8 feet away from others) or even walk a few rounds up and down your driveway.
A major new study confirms that regular physical activity—and it doesn’t have to be a lot—improves mental health. So get moving! – Psycom
Christians and Mental Health
We are on “safer at home” orders, but that doesn’t mean isolation. Call your friends and family, FaceTime them, text them, play board games and watch funny movies with the ones living in your house. Etc.
Give. Do what you can to help others. Can you make a meal for someone who is sick? Keep “no contact” by dropping it off at their porch. Can you sew face masks for others? Can you pick up an extra gallon of milk or eggs when you go grocery shopping for a family in need? Can you order curb side pickup from a small business? Helping others really does boost our moral and helps take the focus off of us and puts it on others.
See your Dr if necessary. Don’t wait till your stress, depression, anxiety or any other Illness gets to out of control. Go see your Dr! Statics state that 50% of people will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime, so get rid of any guilt or shame you may feel about what you are suffering with and get help! You can love Jesus and have a therapist too. ?
“God is good in both the giving and the taking away because both are for the sake of our joy in him.”John Bloom
As we witness the effects of a society in fear, as we loose loved ones, as people loose their jobs, friendships lost and gained, it is sometimes hard to understand the why and all the teary eyed questions come as we pray.
Grieving the loss, pouring out our hearts to God is an important part of any healing and growing process.
But…after sitting at the feet of Jesus and time spent reading the Bible we are strengthened, renewed and our hearts more settled than before so we can make it through another day. Covered in His peace.
Just make it through today.
I’m thankful for all God has chosen to give. Even if it’s an empty cup.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Romans 8:18 ESV
“I find myself frequently depressed – perhaps more so than any other person here. And I find no better cure for that depression than to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and seek to realize afresh the power of the peace-speaking blood of Jesus, and His infinite love in dying upon the cross to put away all my transgressions.”Charles Spurgeon
What Does the Bible Say About Mental Health
Top Bible Verses for Mental Health
- For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
- Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you—yes, I help you—yes, I uphold you with my victorious right hand! Isaiah 41:10
- by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
- Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
- I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.” Matthew 11:28-30
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