Staying mentally and physically healthy is important, especially during these times of the coronavirus and other situations that cause us distress.
Every day we wake up to troublesome news. From the coronavirus to riots to job losses and more, the news reports share about tough times all over the world. Along with our own situations, we learn of family and friends who are experiencing worry.
Following a path of sadness, worry, and dwelling on the “what if’s?” in life can affect our mental health at any moment. I have learned some simple changes to make in life that help my mental health in tough times.
- I start my day by saying “Thank You, Lord, for this glorious day.” before my feet touch the floor. Beginning the day with thanksgiving puts my mind at ease.
- I will not turn on the television, radio, or look at social media first thing in the morning. Prayer time, breakfast, getting dressed, and ready for the day keep me focused on something besides the news reports.
- I will not engage in battles of words (written or verbal) about politics or current events. Everyone has their own opinion. I will not waste my energy on trying to change the mind of someone who disagrees with me. Sometimes, words are best left unsaid.
- I will begin each day with a smile and I will share smiles with everyone. Even while wearing a mask due to the coronavirus, my eyes can light up and share friendliness.
- I will pray every time I begin to feel anxious or worried.
- I will seek help. I will not be ashamed or afraid to ask for help along the way.
Can you share simple changes to improve mental health in tough times? Your ideas may help others.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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