Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone happy.

Lifestyle alterations are necessary for any productive changes in our lives. These 7 keys can put us on the road to recovery and implement better emotional health and peaceful minds.

  • Forgive – Unforgiveness can cause physical symptoms in our bodies such as ulcers, headaches, and high blood pressure. Many examples are recorded of people who have been healed of diseases after truly forgiving another. “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Colossians 3:13).
  • Reduce stress – Examine schedules and cut out any unnecessary activities. We all have job responsibilities and family issues, but children do not have to participate in every event the school or community offers. Limit clutter on the calendar. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23).
  • Examine thoughts – Dwelling on negative issues and problems brings more depression. “You will keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you” (Isaiah 26:3).
  • Stop the comparison trap – We all have our good and bad points but comparison results in never being satisfied with who we are. This doesn’t mean we never try to improve, but if we feel the need to be better or have more than someone else before we can be happy we should re-examine our motives.  “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).
  • Have fun – Learn to relax by unplugging from electronics or anything that is a time stealer and give the mind a vacation for a set time each day. Having fun doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation. Laughing together and playing games with the family instead of watching TV can bring amazing results. “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
  • Get enough rest and eat healthy – While all sickness is not caused from eating habits, consuming junk food or too much sugar brings unhealthy results. Physical ailments can result in emotional down turns. “And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).
  • Put God first – This is the most important. If our lives are prioritized to listen to God and follow His Word, we will be receiving instructions to keep ourselves from falling into pits of depression and despair. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:34).

May we all live happier and healthier lives as we implement changes to our lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. She is a board member of the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers. Barbara posts on her blog.

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this much needed message. There are so many hurting people out there!

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  2. Simple and practical. Not always easy. Especially reducing stress when circumstances are beyond our control. But if we concentrate on the last item on your list, the rest can fall into place much easier.

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  3. Yes, Cynthia, we have all had hurts at some time in our lives. As we are healed by God’s love we can share with others who are hurting too. Thanks for your comments!

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  4. Yes, Linda, the last item on the list is the most important and makes the other ones fall into place. Thanks for your comments!

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