Mental Wellness is IMPORTANT

Growing up I’ve always been afraid of “Mental Health”. The word and idea that you have these issues make many people feel their “crazy”. Me included! Last week a friend was telling me about a relative who was advised to seek mental health help and it made me anxious just thinking the type of “stigma” the person may be dealing with by being told to seek mental help!

When I got back to my desk at work I began to pray about my reason for being anxious about mental health and here is what God said to me…..

“Mental health isn’t something to be afraid of. It’s something you need to be intentional about. The enemy defeats so many people in their minds, which is how he defeats them in life.”

And just like that God helped me to see it from a different perspective.

The truth is anxiety, stress, depression and OCD’S are all forms of mental health issues. They are also common issues that many people deal with. Most people are too embarrassed to admit that they struggle so they walk around untreated and get progressively worse.

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Here are some simple and practical tips to cultivating healthy mental wellness

1. Pray about your concerns/ worries/ anxieties

Praying about your issues may sound cliche and ineffective to some but I tell you from experience PRAYER WORKS!!  When I struggled with anxiety, depression, anger and fear it is prayer that gave me the strength I needed to push through.

2. Make a decision to not LET your emotions control your behaviors

We feel things all the time but acting on those feelings (or not) is a choice that we make. Keep in mind that just because you “FEEL” something doesn’t make it a good thing to do. Also, feelings lie! We can’t get so caught up in our emotions that we allow them to supersede our intelligence. Weigh your options, rationalize your thoughts/feelings with someone you trust before making decisions that can alter your life.

3. Meditate

More quiet time will allow you an opportunity to hear from God. When were dealing with busyness, racing thoughts etc. we can’t hear because He can’t get in!! Get away and spend some time getting quiet (on the inside) so that you can hear and release some of your tension.

4. Learn to enjoy life, family and friends

I know this may “SEEM” like the hardest thing to do when you’re struggling but it’s possible! Here are some things I had to do and  am still learning to do so that I can enjoy my life:

  • Get out the house and around friends
  • Laugh more/ Smile more
  • Don’t ALWAYS work so hard
  • Be OK with doing nothing
  • Have a daily date with yourself

It’s important that we take time for foster healthy mental wellness habits to ensure we are VICTORIOUS.

Do you have any healthy habits to add? I’d love to hear them! Leave them in the comments below.

Be BOLD

Be BEAUTIFUL

Be YOU

Shanae

Simplify your life!

 

Today, I wanted to share some practical ways that we can simplify our lives, avoid distractions and frustrations by prioritizing.

We live in a world that advises us to hustle and to do a gazillion things to get a head. These things can not only become distractions but they can seriously cause us to lose sight of priorities and cause unnecessary problems in our lives.

In order to simplify our lives we have to determine what things in our lives are activites and what things are priorities.

In Luke 10:41-42 Martha chose to make being a good hostess a priority but her sister Mary made sitting at Jesus feet and hearing what He had to say her priority. When Martha became frustrated (she was totally distracted and focused on the wrong things) and asked Jesus to check Mary for not helping her Jesus responded “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”

So what did Mary do that made her able to relax and keep it simple??

Made God and the things of God her priority

Sitting and learning from Jesus was more important to her than running around and being a good hostess.

The truth is without the presence of God nothing we attempt will be fruitful anyway. We should make it a habit to pray daily, seek guidance/direction 1st before moving throughout the day. Once we make being in God’s presence a priority we can make it a habit to live in His peace.

Today I am challenging you to make a list of activities and then make a separate list of priorities. This week be sure to put the priorities before the activities and watch how God moves in your life. I’m challenging myself too!!!

Share your tips to simplifying your life below!

Be BOLD

Be BEAUTIFUL

Be YOU

Shanae

A BIG mistake I’ve been making

I like to consider myself a realist when it comes to a lot of things.

Then there is that part of me that loves to dream. About my future and how much my life will change… Soon!

But I HAVE to be honest with myself… And as much as I hate to admit it….  I am NOT a celebrity…. Yet (speaking it into existence)

But, when it comes to how we see and present ourselves we tend to compare ourselves to other. Not just regular others either.. Celebrity others!

Like, I may do a awesome makeup tutorial and see a well known YouTuber and totally discredit myself and my work because hers is so much better than mine.  Silly I know but I’ve recognized that I am not the only woman that does that.

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Comparison is a super big confidence killer!!

The thing is.. I am a real woman working hard to reach my goals. I haven’t gotten to that status yet so how can I compare myself to someone that has?? Honestly, We are not yet on the same level.

It’s unfair to me for me to do that!

SOOO I’ve decided that I will no longer compare myself to others but instead I will embrace where I am and my journey and continue to grow into all God has created me to be. No bigger slap in Gods face then to wish to be where someone else is… Right??!!

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So I have a question for you.. Who are you comparing yourself to?

Have any tips on avoiding comparisons?? Comment  below

Stay Confident!

Shanae