Mental Health Awareness: It's Okay To Not Be Okay
It’s okay to not be okay. In a society that tells us that we should look a certain way, act a certain way, don’t be too different or you’ll stand out in a bad way, it can be difficult to talk about the issues that truly scar on the inside. Everyone experiences some form of mental health issue - you are not alone in this journey.
Opening up about mental health isn’t about exposing your weaknesses. It’s about saying enough is enough, putting yourself first and taking the courage to confront the demons that are holding you back. Unless you confront what’s going on deep down, nothing will ever change.
Going to a counsellor or a therapist when you’re feeling low or overwhelmed should be as normal as going to a doctor when you have the flu. Mental health is just as important as physical health. The symptoms may not be so severe yet, but confronting the issue and learning how to deal with it, is the first step to recovery.
The enemy will lie to you, telling you that you’ll never get better, but God fights for you. If you woke up today, God isn’t finished with you. He has a directed plan and purpose for your life.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” - Psalm 34:8
For the Lord is your source of medicine. He’ll help you to escape from the pit of anxiety. He’ll cast out the demons of depression that’s weighing you down. He’ll take away the shame of your failures and weaknesses that’s crippling you from the inside and instead, strengthen you to overcome the next attack. He’ll give you back your confidence and protect you from the enemy, providing you a plan for prosperity, if only you would trust in His ways.
Your battle wounds tell a story of pain and redemption. Your scars are a testimony of God’s healing power - a hope to someone else, that it’s okay to not be okay, but that it is not the end. You’re a survivor by the proof of your scars and when we see our scars the way God sees us, we see beauty in our brokenness… beauty which comes in all shapes and forms.
Insecurity is the enemy’s number one tactic, to make us feel like we’re not good enough and that we have no worth. In a world where we spend hours scrolling through Instagram, measuring our worth against false standards, it’s so easy to put ourselves down, whilst we raise others up.
Insecurity opposes the truth that God made you “good” and exactly the way you were meant to be. Yet, comparing yourself with others will only steal your joy just like the enemy comes to “kill, steal and destroy”.
The reality is: insecurity kills more dreams than failure ever will. It prevents people from stepping into their God-given purpose because the voice in their head tells them otherwise. It’s the reason why insecure people are addicted to Man’s approval and the reason why anxiety makes us over analyse every minor detail. It’s the reason depression makes us experience numbness but there’s no reason it should stay like that…
Isaiah 9:6 - “His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace”
With Christ as our Wonderful Counsellor and Prince of Peace, let us cast our cares on His shoulders, so that He may calm our anxieties and send the Holy Spirit to be our helper, bearing fruits of love, joy and peace.
Never allow the enemy to steal your joy. Instead, recognise his attacks for what they are: feeble attempts of a defeated enemy to discourage the one to whom victory has been promised. Take it as a compliment that the enemy considers you as a threat. Instead, make a way for the Lord to heal your wounds. It’s only when you expose your struggles to Jesus, that He can make you whole again.
The 13th – 19th May 2019 marks Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s vital we continue to talk about Mental Health, so that we put an end to the negative stigma attached to it. This year’s theme is based on “Body Image” and facing insecurity by being #bebodykind.
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