MENTAL WELL-BEING…GOD’S WAY
The means to deal with mental health issues are complicated. The professional solutions are wide-ranging stretching across multiple disciplines like psychiatry, psychology, and counselling. This only reiterates the complexity of the human being. The bible does offer some insights about maintaining good mental well-being. As Christians, we should take heed. Here are a few steps.
Think Right Thoughts. Sounds simple but it can be tough for the undisciplined mind. "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," Philippians 4:8. For this to happen, one must be able to control his/her thought life. Imagine having a spiritual "oximeter" to gauge how much negative air has filled your soul daily and breathing in positive air to balance that. This means not being too hard on yourself and others, trusting God to work things out, and not allowing lies and deception to cause panic attacks. To train your mind and allow godly precepts to control it, requires both discipline and faith. Some simple ways to regulate yourself to think well is to turn to God's Word, read a Psalm or two whenever you feel yourself turning overly negative. Praying in the Spirit also edifies (1 Corinthians14:4).
Maintain Right Relationships. "Do not let the sun set on your anger," Ephesians 4:26. Let's face it, for certain families everything home-based has caused more friction than good. For those who hold grudges and possess an elephant memory for wrongs, this pandemic has become a living prison. It is easy to crave for the old normal to return, or to pray that you can turn the ‘off’ button anytime your mother nags, your husband shouts or your kid whines. Unfortunately, this kind of family automation has not been invented yet. The age-old wisdom from scripture is to keep short accounts. Forgive and forget is good advice. While the bible does allow a place for legitimate anger, it makes no allowance for us to carry that anger into the next day. Anger must be tampered with self-control. As the Lord's steadfast love for us is new every morning so must our kindness for people be refreshed each day. Find ways to maintain good relationships with your loved ones. Don't carry yesterday's baggage to the next day. Life is too short for that.
Keep Right Company. Don't isolate yourself. Strive to keep good mental health by doing a walk with a friend, inviting a couple over to your home for fellowship, zoom your trios or cell. Isolation has never been God's design or else He would never invent the church. The church is a gathering of human noise, rubbing shoulders, high 5s and human warmth. Yes, we disagree at times too. We need to be innovative to keep good company within the bounds of legality. We are under heightened restrictions again, but chin up, this will end. Meanwhile, long for and look forward to the time we can meet face to face again.
There you have it, some steps to possessing good mental well-being. Think Right; Maintain Right; Keep Right, this is God's way. He will help you along!
Ps. Loke Chi Shyan