When I first joined the Grace Alliance team back in 2014, I knew I had a lot to learn. With a degree in Public Relations and four years of college ministry work, I felt a little behind the curve when it came to understanding mental health. But I was passionate about being able to help others through the journey of mental health difficulties.
I read books, participated in webinars, attended conferences and trainings, watched videos and asked a LOT of questions. I wanted to learn as much as I could so that I could provide the best help possible to the individuals, families and churches with which we would be working.
Another part of my training and preparation was to walk through all of the Grace Alliance resources. As I started reviewing our Thrive workbook, an in-depth, whole-health guide to empower management of mental health stressors, improvement of daily well-being and renewal of faith, I made one very important discovery:
I should be implementing these tools into my own life!
I do not have a mental health diagnosis, but I have walked through seasons of anxiety and depression. Yet, whether I’m experiencing symptoms of a mental health difficulty or not, I am learning the importance of mental health – taking care of my mental well-being.
So, here’s the reality:
"EVERYONE SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR MENTAL HEALTH."
It doesn’t have to be complicated or scary or embarrassing. In fact, I’ve seen the benefits of taking care of my mental health bleed into every area of your life…my work, my friendships, my physical health, my ability to rest and relax, my faith and more.
Whether you’re a new mom experiencing the difficulties of postpartum depression, a student who just started meeting with a counselor to try to manage the stress and anxiety of school or a husband who is walking through bipolar disorder with your wife, there are small steps you can take to care for your own mental health.
Here are my top ten mental health care practices for ANYONE.
1. Be Active