YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The most challenging seasons in life are often surrounded with thoughts of confusion, despair, discouragement and discomfort. Many people in the UK are familiar with the effects of anxiety or depression – or both. Maybe you are experiencing a difficult season and you are trying to understand how to move forward. Life situations can often cause you to feel anxious, overwhelmed, depressed and sometimes, even powerless. You are not alone.
TAKE A MOMENT
The MHFA England 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year; At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health; Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK. Yet far too many people suffer in silence.
If you are dealing with anxiety or depression, here are a few ways you can begin to find the comfort and healing you need. Exercise, movement, and getting outdoors have proven benefits, including a release of feel-good endorphins.
In addition, physicians and mental health professionals recommend exercise as a healthy way to cope. Getting outdoors for a nice walk or bike ride can also be an effective way to take your mind off of your worries, help you refocus, and improve your overall well-being.
Take a moment out of your day to schedule a routine of physical activity. Stick with this commitment to advance your mental and physical health forward daily.
ASK FOR HELP
Get in Community
There is a scripture in the book of Ecclesiastes that says, “One may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” Surround yourself with people who will love and support you as you heal. It helps to have a strong community of people to encourage you and extend compassion and understanding. This could be friends, family, or members of your church community.
Maybe you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of anxiety or depression, to the point where it may be difficult to cope or to manage daily responsibilities. In that case, it may help to talk to a mental health professional.
Getting help is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it’s a sign of wisdom when you recognize that there’s something you can’t manage on your own and you ask for help from someone with the skills and experience to assist you.
Get in Prayer
The Bible has a lot to say about how we care for ourselves when we’re facing hardships. And it says even more about how God wants to care for you. When you pray, you can ask God for strength, peace, and guidance. Many have found comfort, direction, and hope by developing a steady rhythm of prayer during a difficult time. Do you need someone to pray with you? We encourage you to click here to get connected. You don’t have to be on this journey alone.Get Connected