If you have poor mental health, and speaking as someone who does, it is usually the case that neglect of self, and putting others first is a big drain on our energies. Those with mental health issues spend most of their time nearer to the foot of the cross than most, and Lent is not just about giving things up…it’s actually about being who we are made to be in God.
As Christians, we have to take seriously the fact that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and that we are made in the image and likeness of God….that includes aspects of our mental health too! So this Lent, if giving up something is just too much of an ask, why not commit to 40 Days of self-love and self-care? We can be wounded healers, but the hidden wound of the mind and psyche also needs time, space, rest in order to heal and be a blessing to others.
So love yourself a little more – put yourself first, trust in the slow work of God within you – and rest in Him, knowing that in this time of Lent it is the complete you that God requires, the best you that you can be – the rested, restored, real you.
Go well and go gently!
- Get more sleep! A good sleep pattern can enable better mental health, and if you are on medication taking your meds at the same time each day, and getting a good night’s sleep makes the world of difference!
- Improve your diet.
- Spend time in God’s creation – walk, run, sit on a park bench.
- Take compliments/priase/affirmation and ditch the self-deprecating remarks…spoken or internal…!
- Try to think less after finishing a task….don’t keep re-running it in your mind….’it is finished!’ walk away.