My “Editor’s Corner” also dealt with “Getting Your House Together.”
The theme of this issue is “Getting your house together.” It is crucial that we make positive steps toward improving our overall health (emotional/mental, physical and spiritual).
While the terms emotional health and mental health are often used interchangeably, some separate emotional health as the ability to express feelings based on circumstances and mental health as the ability to process information. Others refer to it all as mental health, which includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. For the purpose of this article, we will use the latter.
Our mental health impacts how we act, feel, think, handle stress, relate to others and make decisions. Mental health is important from childhood to old age because feelings like anxiety and depression can occur in all age groups. If you are overwhelmed and need help, please seek counseling! There is no social taboo to this. Many employers offer an Employee Assistant Program, which often includes a few free sessions. If more counseling is required, a referral can be made, and counseling may be covered by your insurance.
In addition, many suffer from stress. Stress can impact our mental and physical health. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we reduce situations in our lives that are causing us stress, especially if they are things we can change. For example, work can cause stress so determining if it’s a “normal” level of stress or a toxic work culture that needs to be left is key. Some ways to reduce stress are exercising, being outside, having pets and journaling. Also remember that the Bible says that laughter is good medicine, so seek things that bring you joy. Research shows that laugher boosts your immune system, eases pain and relaxes your body – all ways to reduce stress!
I also sincerely encourage the practice of taking good care of your physical health! Some of us face health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. This could be because of genetics as well as poor diet and lack of exercise. A huge part of physical health is eating nutritional foods, exercising, drinking water and getting enough rest. Don’t forget about routine health checkups like getting your eyes examined, teeth cleaned, annual physicals, prostate exams, breast exams, colonoscopies, etc.
On the spiritual side, I find that simply singing encouraging music while I am walking is very effective. It is a way I turn my mind off when my thoughts start to wander in unnecessary areas. I simply refocus my attention by singing praises to God. I find myself walking around my job humming songs. In addition, prayer and Bible Study are always key to improving your outlook on life.
In this season, I am so aware of the importance of having a loving church community. Members of PCC, you guys are awesome. We do a good job of coming together and showering each other with love and fulfilling needs that arise. Having strong connections and a strong support network (be it family, friends or church) contributes to your overall happiness.
A big part of getting your house together is getting help from any addictions. These addictions could be drugs, alcohol, sex, food, cigarettes, exercise, etc. Basically, anything you do to
To be your best, you must get your house together! As you turn the page to a new decade, place a priority on improving your emotional/mental, physical and spiritual health. Freeing yourself gives you a chance to pursue the hobbies and relationships that give you the most pleasure and support your purpose.