There are two main categories to consider when doing this: public activities and private disciplines. When you are feeling emotionally drained, anxious, or depressed, lean even harder on both. Make sure to be intentional about the following:
- Your connection with your church. Stay connected to your church, even when you may not feel like it. Get up, get dressed, and get there, no matter how hard it is. The enemy would love nothing more than to separate you from God’s family when you are struggling. And on that note…
- Your connection with your small group. Don’t let feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or even just general malaise keep you from getting together with your like-minded friends. The healthy relationships in your life are critical when you are feeling emotionally drained or distraught. Let people surround you, encourage you, and help you walk through whatever is bothering you.
- Your daily time with God. Part of staying emotionally healthy is carving out time to get quiet with God every day. Tell him when you feel anxious. Talk to him about what you are struggling with. Read his Word and listen to how he wants to guide you. He will calm your emotions and encourage you in the right direction every time.
- As you do these things on an ongoing basis, you will naturally be more prepared to deal with the difficult emotions you face day to day. When particularly emotional circumstances come up, press even harder into the One who gives you everything you need to face them with strength.
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from p. 124-125 of The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness.
With your copy of The New You, you will come away with specific strategies on how to lose weight, get more sleep, lower stress, nurture better relationships, connect with God and much more! Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.
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