Even the strongest women and men fight their own inner battles. People of faith, face anxiety or depression, struggle to manage their bipolar disorder, or hide an eating disorder. Improving your mental health in to steps now.

May is Mental Health Month

Regardless of faith, we know that certain problems are too big to tackle on your own. In these circumstances, we rely on doctors and other mental health professionals – like Cornerstone Counseling – to step in when it’s needed.

In addition to professional help there are two strategies that will help you start improving your mental health now, regardless of what you’re going through.

If you’re currently in treatment for mental illness, these practices will complement the work you’re doing in treatment, as well.

1. Meditation

You find yourself in a place you never imagined. That can be really scary, especially when you can’t see a way out. While being afraid isn’t necessarily bad God doesn’t want you to live in fear. When your mind is consumed with anxious thoughts, depression is spiraling out of control, or you’re simply overwhelmed with stress, shift your thoughts.

For bettering your mental health, muse on the fact that no matter what you’re going through, God is for you. He is with you through everything—even the darkest, or most discouraging paths. Turn your fearful “what ifs” into “even ifs.”

I think on these truths: “God is for me.” “I am forgiven.” “My hope is in God.” “He is my provider.” “I’m going to be OK.”

John 1:1-14 are my go to verses. I say them to myself and let their power be my peace. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not – and will not – overcome it.”

2. Guides for Tackling Life’s Challenges

There’s no right way to tackle mental illness. Treatment is often approached from multiple angles – physical, mental, and emotional – and may vary from one person to the next. The most important thing is to just start somewhere. Tell someone. Get help. Do whatever you need to do; just remember you’re not alone. These dark feelings are awful, but they’re not permanent.

Navigate life’s toughest challenges, including depression, loneliness, insecurity, anxiety, or heartbreak. When you’re drowning in overwhelming emotions and feeling hopeless, take it one step, one thought, one phone call, at a time.

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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