Our emotional health is important because it affects how we think, act, and feel and impacts our ability to handle stress, relate to others, and make choices and decisions. In this truth talk, I’m sharing from my personal story about why our emotional health matters and how I’ve learned to better listen to my body and change my thought patterns with God’s truth. I also share what scripture says about our emotional health and 7 practical ways you can take care of it.
Key points from this episode 7 Ways To Take Care Of Your Emotional Health:
Our emotions impact our thoughts which affect our choices. “Our thoughts matter because they bring life and health to the body.”
Chronic stress can lead to digestion problems, irritability, fatigue, headaches, difficulty sleeping, or low self-esteem.
When we can become aware of our bodies sharing with us, the more effective we can communicate with others.
Through the Holy Spirit, God has given us the ability to control our thought life and tame our tongue.
Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that even when things happen, we don’t have to depend on how we feel to know what is true and right, “Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”
5 steps to identify the root of your emotions:
- Take a moment to acknowledge anything that doesn’t feel quite right.
- Identify what it is that doesn’t feel right. Name it and call it out so that you can begin to move through it.
- Accept what you are experiencing without it becoming a part of your identity.
- Pay attention to what doesn’t feel right and what it is communicating with you. Why does it not feel right? Think of root cause.
- Have a conversation with God, trusted friends and family, or professional assistance.
7 ways to take care of your emotional health:
Learn to ask for what you need, paying attention to what you don’t need. Be mindful of what makes you feel alive, energized, or shrink back. Asking for what you need is not selfish.
- Know what you believe and stick to those beliefs (with humility).
Be willing to continue to grow and mature. There is a lot of noise and distraction out there. Stay focused on God’s word. Don’t back down from the Truth. It is okay to have an opinion that differs from someone else.
- Create space for healing.
To love deeply means that you will experience pain deeply. However, to say you will never allow yourself to get hurt again is saying that you will not welcome love. Take breaks from the places you can, ask for help, and know God is waiting for you.
- Think about what you are thinking.
- Watch the words and phrases coming out of your mouth.
Phrases like “Move on” and “Get over it” don’t allow you to honor the present emotion to move through it without it being dumbed down or swept under the rug.
- Move your body.
Even moderate physical activity can reduce feelings of depression and stress and significantly improve emotional well-being levels.
- Prioritize sleep.
Sometimes it’s not the workout, the food, or the next coffee you have that will help. The quality of your sleep dramatically impacts emotional health.
What the Bible says about why our emotional health matters:
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Phillippians 4:6-7 (AMP)
“A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, but passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones.” Proverbs 14:30 (AMP)
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