• Justine Charles de Leon

3 Things to do to Battle Mental and Emotional Challenges

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Everyone is facing their own battles this 2021, especially when it comes to their mental and emotional health. Seeing that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, here are three things we can do to help improve our mental health during these challenging times.

1. Admit That Sometimes We Are Not Okay

It is okay to admit that we are not okay. This pandemic has caused many of us to feel isolated and fearful. Normalizing and validating these fears can help us feel less alone. Having open conversations with someone we trust about our worries and fears can help us better handle these unpredictable times we live in.

When battling negative thoughts and self-doubt, it is important to be mindful of how these thoughts are affecting us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

2. Ask for Help

Even with our differing circumstances, no one is really designed to journey through life alone. No matter how hard it is, do your best to open up to someone. Try not to bottle up your feelings, as they’ll eventually end up overflowing. Asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak; it means you want to be better.

Friends and families are not just there for the fun times, but they are there even through the tough times. Having someone to identify with your situation gives your mind and emotions a sense of light at the end of the tunnel. This assures us that we are not alone.

Talking to a trained counsellor can be another important step towards improved mental clarity and health. Seeking help from a therapist is not a sign of weakness. Assessing our mental health through counselling is just as important as going to see our family doctor about a physical illness. We should not feel shame about prioritizing our mental well-being. Each of us can benefit from talking to a counsellor about whatever challenges we are facing. Therapy is a safe place for people to open up about their past. Being willing to process our insecurities, trauma, and fears can be incredibly freeing.

3. Reflect and Respond

After reflecting and asking for help about our situation, we should not stop there. We should respond to the challenges and find ways to overcome them. We are designed by God to live lives full of purpose and meaning, which requires us to rely on God’s strength to get us through the hardships of life. John 16:33 teaches us that God has already overcome the world’s difficulties and that we should find peace in this victory. Putting our faith in God rather than ourselves can help alleviate our burdens.

Some of the practical ways to battle our emotional and mental challenges involve simple habits. Writing daily journals, reading books, listening to uplifting music, keeping social media activities productive and purposeful, taking walks and breathing in the fresh air, learning new skills, communicating with friends and family in a healthy manner, sharing love and positivity to others are all ways of practicing self-care.

Never think that you’re alone. If you’re going through challenges in life, and you feel like no one is listening, always remember that the teacher is quiet during the test. Ultimately, God cares for us. No matter how big the waves are that are crashing through our minds, God’s tsunami of love is bigger. Let us face tomorrow with the mindset that the Creator of the universe loves us and that His plans for our lives are always good.

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