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Posted 05/09/2023 in Christian Mental Health Tips

From Surviving to Thriving: How to Prioritize Your Mental Health


From Surviving to Thriving: How to Prioritize Your Mental Health

Life can be challenging, and sometimes we may find ourselves struggling to cope. According to the CDC, “A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental, and social wellbeing.” Mental health issues can make it even more difficult to see a way forward. However, it's important to remember that we have a choice. We can choose to take steps to care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and choose life.

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Making a choice to prioritize our mental health and well-being involves intentional actions that help us feel better. We can find positivity and hope in every situation, even when everything seems wrong.

In this journey, we must be willing to take the necessary steps to choose life and overcome life's obstacles.

SEEK GOD'S WILL

Dealing with mental health issues can be overwhelming, leaving us feeling lost and unsure of what to do next. However, seeking guidance from God can help us find clarity and direction.

To seek God's will, we need to make time and space for Him in our lives. This involves setting aside time for prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating on His word. As we spend more time in His presence, we can better understand His plan for our lives and discern His voice.

Putting God's will into action means being obedient to His commands, even when it's difficult. By following His character and values, we can trust He will guide us and help us overcome challenges.

Practical tips for seeking God's will include:

  • finding a quiet space for prayer and reflection, 

  • seeking wise counsel from trusted mentors or friends, 

  • studying the Bible to gain insight into God's character and values. 

By seeking God's will, we can find peace and purpose amid our struggles and choose life over despair.

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EMBRACE GOD'S WORD

Dealing with mental health issues can be tough, and negative thoughts tend to take over quickly. However, one way to counter these thoughts is to fill our minds with positive and truthful words.

The Bible is a great resource for this purpose. It gives us promises, guidance, and wisdom to navigate life's challenges. If we make it a habit to read and study the Bible regularly, we can better understand God's plan for our lives and His character.

Simply reading the Bible isn't enough - applying its principles to our daily lives is important. This means living out the values we find in the Bible, even when it's difficult. By embracing God's Word, we can find hope and strength in the midst of our struggles.

Practical steps to embrace God's Word include:

  • setting aside time for daily Bible reading and study

  • memorizing scripture that speaks to our struggles 

  • applying biblical principles to our lives

CULTIVATE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Cultivating healthy relationships is the third essential step in choosing life. As social beings, we all need connection and support from others to thrive. Unfortunately, when we're struggling with mental health issues, isolating ourselves and feeling alone can be easy. But building and nurturing healthy relationships can help us find the support and encouragement we need.

Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect, and communication. They involve being vulnerable and authentic with others and willing to listen and support others in return. 

Practical steps to cultivate healthy relationships include:

  • Being intentional about building relationships with others.

  • Practicing forgiveness and reconciliation when conflicts arise.

  • Seeking out supportive communities such as small groups or support groups.

By cultivating healthy relationships, we can choose life over despair and find the strength and support to thrive.

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FIND VALUE IN NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

Negative self-talk is a common experience for many people and can often lead to feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and anxiety. However, examining the values behind negative self-talk can help us prioritize our mental health and make positive changes in our lives.

First, it's important to identify the specific negative thoughts that is affecting us. This might involve listening to our inner dialogue and writing down the negative thoughts we have about ourselves. Once we have identified the thoughts, we can begin to examine the values behind it. You can read our step by step process on how to find the value in your thoughts and prevent mental health issues here: What is the Purpose of Negative Thoughts?

Once we find the value behind our negative self-talk, we can begin to challenge them and make changes in our lives. This might involve seeking professional help, practicing self-care, or setting more realistic expectations for ourselves.

TAKE ACTION

By taking intentional steps toward our well-being and mental well being, we can break free from the cycle of despair and find hope and purpose.

Taking action involves identifying specific areas of our lives that need attention and taking steps to improve them. This could mean seeking professional help, such as therapy or counseling, or making lifestyle changes, such as improving our diet or exercise routine. It could also mean taking steps to address negative thought patterns or unhealthy coping mechanisms.

The key is to take action, even if it feels small or insignificant. Each step we take towards our well-being is a step towards choosing life over despair. And as we take action, we'll begin to see the positive changes in our lives and find the strength and motivation to keep moving forward.

Practical steps to take action include:

  • Creating a self-care plan.

  • Setting achievable goals.

  • Seeking accountability from trusted friends or mentors.

We can choose life over despair by taking action and finding the hope and purpose to thrive.

MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT

Living life to the fullest is what matters most. Choosing life means living every day to its fullest potential, choosing to see hope and purpose. Each moment of our lives is a choice we make about how we want to live. So today, instead of focusing on negative thoughts, we can choose life!

Identifying ways you can choose life can be difficult at times. However, this journey takes courage and commitment - choosing life over despair takes practice.

Pit ItFINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Prioritizing mental health is not always easy, but it is essential for our overall well-being. When we prioritize our mental health our physical health also benefits.

Choosing life means making intentional choices to care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Seeking God's will, embracing His word, cultivating healthy relationships, taking action, find value in negative self-talk, and making every moment count are crucial steps in this journey. Remember, each step we take towards our well-being is a step towards choosing life over despair. With courage and commitment, we can find hope, purpose, and the strength to thrive.

If you find you are still struggling to prioritize your mental health or noticed your mental health is having a negative impact on your daily lifeyou may need to engage in mental health treatment. You can find a Christian mental health professional near you here:

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Author Bio:
Stacy J. Bryant is a content writer and a mental health advocate. She believes that mental health is something everyone should be aware of, and she hopes to spread awareness through her writing. She has several years of experience as a content writer and has written for several websites. She is currently the top contributor for Hanei Health Solutions, a company that helps people with mental health problems. In addition, she also works for Springhive, particularly as a content creator for their Mental Health Care clients, to help them get ahead in their industry through SEO-friendly content. During her free time, she likes to read and write. And do activities to maintain her mental health.


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