By: Adra Chandler
Managing mental health can be a real struggle, but the little things can make all the difference. It can also be hard to reach out for help when struggling, but I promise, it gets easier every time you reach out to a trusted friend or mentor. I have struggled with mental health since elementary school; I am now 26 and still struggle at times, but I am thankful for a great support system and Godly women in my life to help me through the rough days.
A well-rounded life is important in taking care of yourself mentally. So, taking care of yourself physically, spiritually, and socially is very important to help keep your mental health at its best.
Here is my go-to list of things to do to help keep me at my best or help pull me out of a slump:
- Have daily time with God.
- Attend church regularly.
- Only sleep in your bed, don’t hang out in bed.
- Take care of yourself physically (shower, take a walk, eat a balanced meal, floss and brush your teeth, etc.).
- Spend time speaking kindly and encouragingly to yourself.
- Tidy your room for a few minutes every day; having a clean, relaxing living space does wonders for anxiety and depression.
- Find hobbies you like and do them regularly (sports, music, reading, hiking, crafting, etc.).
- Find an adult Christian woman whom you can trust. Talk to them, ask for advice, and ask for prayer.
- Be honest when your doctor asks how you feel; they can help you find a counselor to speak to. A Christian Counselor is a great resource to help guide you in your mental health journey.
- Find uplifting friends.
- Taking medications as prescribed and not skipping doses.
Ultimately find what works best for you. Do things you enjoy and take care of yourself when you feel great and when you hit a slump.
About the Author: Adra Chandler is the Media Coordinator at Free Will Baptist Foundation and the Social Media Coordinator at WNAC. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and 5 cats. She is passionate about mental health and sharing the hope that is only found in Christ.