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What is Mental Health?
Hello to the Sisters! We pray that you are standing healthy and strong during this unexpected season of transition. It is fair to say that this time has resulted in mental and emotional stress for everyone-albeit, to varying degrees. This May we are happy to share with you resources to help you thrive mentally and emotionally, no matter the circumstances. Today, we paint a picture of mental wellness.
Mental health pertains to the state of our emotions, thoughts, feelings and moods. It involves how we feel about ourselves as we relate to others, i.e. family, friends, coworkers, supervisors, and our encounters with everyday life stressors.
Some characteristics of good mental health are a positive self-image; effective decision making; a sense of agency or the belief that one’s decisions and actions have impact; acceptance of life’s disappointments, without losing hope; emotional and situational flexibility; and emotional regulation (the ability to acknowledge emotions, without enabling them to govern decision making). It is the ability to handle the ups and downs of life! https://healthylife.com/mymh/SecIb.htm.
Mental health is not static: in one season your mental health may be good, whereas you may encounter struggle in another. This is why we must be proactive about our mental health. We must make it a priority to tend to the health of our minds.
A common misunderstanding is that mental health and mental illness are the same. However, they are not. Mental illness refers to a group of diagnosable health conditions, involving a change in thinking and or behavior, which interferes with a person’s capacity to relate healthily with others and everyday life stressors. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-mental-illness.
Our mental health influences every aspect of our lives: relationships with God, self, others and things. Life can place demands on us that exceed our capacity to cope, e.g. losing a job, caring for a sick relative or losing a loved one, and challenge our senses of self and safety in this world. We hope that this month, you will journey with us to learn how to thrive mentally in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond.
We’ve all got mental health, so let’s take care of it together:
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Get access to the mental health awareness guide for your church here.
This guide includes the following:
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Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.