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Dealing With Feelings of Heaviness

Acknowledge the feeling (feelings are normal)

Balance your thoughts. If your feelings are leading to negative thoughts or thoughts that overwhelm you to the point that you can’t think of anything else then you have a problem. For example, feeling fear is normal but fear should not overwhelm you to the point that you can’t move forward or do the things that you need to do)

Accurate Information (obtain information about what is causing your negative thoughts and feelings)

Strategize – Once you obtain the information begin to develop a plan to deal with what is causing the negative feelings. If you find yourself worrying and thinking about something over and over again, pull out a pen and paper and begin to develop a plan. What would happen if your fears came true? How would you cope? What can you do now to prepare?

Pray and Praise – Then pray and praise. Reflect on the bad things in your life that you have already overcome and begin to thank God. Remember how he brought you out before. Praise and prayer keeps you from worrying so much



Victory

Victory

 

Because of Jesus Christ, you are a winner. But to maintain the victory there are some things that you must do. To include:

 

Don’t Quote the Devil. In going through your tests, it’s important that you don’t quote what the devil has to say. Instead, use The Word of God and allow it to be your meditation. Because when you quote words of unbelief, i.e. “I don’t know how I am going to make it” or “I don’t know how the bill is getting paid” then you are hooked. 

 

Don’t Use Worry. Worry means to be uneasy in the mind or feel anxiety about something. When you begin to worry you have taken your eyes off of Jesus Christ. You are not using your bible and instead, you are leaning to your own understanding. Worry is not in the vocabulary of faith.

 

Don’t Be In a Hurry. The Lord’s timing is always peaceable not anxious. God can speak tonight and reveal it 20 years from now. His Word will never fail and He is not in a rush. God has an appointed time for everything, so wait on Him.

 

Don’t Give Into Your Thoughts. Your insufficiencies/problems can’t tell you anything except what it knows. When you give into thoughts like fear, doubt and worry, you can’t go any further. That is why you have to let The Word of God do the talking. So say what God says until you come out of your situation. 

 

Don’t Give Into Hopelessness. When you allow feelings of hopelessness to make you think that all is lost, then you are a prime candidate for sadness. Remember, as a child of God you are not on a dead end street.

 

Love God. When we love God in the midst of our troubles, He will give us a revelation of the purpose. So seek Him for the answer and continue to love Him.  When Satan, in the flesh (negative thoughts/feelings) tells you something contrary to The Word of God, Christ, in the inner man will give you the answer.  

 



In 2020 I Will Say

1. I am so secure in the grace and love of Jesus Christ that I am free to admit that I have a diagnosis, symptom, problem, or mental illness. I understand that to live a healthy life, I may have to take medications or to make a change, but I know that having to take medications or making a change, does not mean that I lack faith in God. I chose to take responsibility for my situation and not to be afraid to seek help when needed.

2. There is a power higher than I. Through faith, the Word of God, and the Love of Jesus Christ that has been made available to me, I can be whole. I will come to the knowledge that the grace of God is available to me and that He is concerned about everything that concerns me. I will free myself from the prison of my limitations and realize that God has indeed created me for a purpose.

3. I have decided to submit myself to the Lord. Myself meaning my will, my cares, my weaknesses, my strengths, and my insufficiencies. I am not afraid to look at my character and to challenge those behaviors in my life that are not helpful to me, and that needs to be changed.

4. I will apologize to those in my life who I have hurt.

5. While this may not be the plan I envisioned for my life, I will remain determined to rest and trust in His sovereign plan for my life. I will continue to seek after the will of God during my illness and or negative life situation.

6. I will not look at my current situation and think that things are hopeless. I will remember that every Word of God possesses the creative ability of God. God can speak today and turn things around in an instant. St Luke 1: 35 tells us that “with God, nothing shall be impossible.” Unfortunately, whenever I feel as if all is hopeless in my life, I am a prone candidate for defeat, and the enemy has an excellent opportunity to shake my faith in Jesus Christ and my hope in the future.

7. I will remember that I am not on a dead-end street, so I will stop telling myself that I can’t make it. Instead, I will get into the habit of telling myself what God is saying about me and my situation, not what I feel or what I think.

8. Having a severe and persistent mental illness or other long term problem does not mean that I am crazy, stupid, dumb, or weak. God has a purpose for my life, and despite the challenges that confront me and threaten to destroy that purpose, God is faithful to His Word and His thoughts towards me. I am stronger then what I think or feel because God is on my side, and He will never leave me or forsake me.

9. I will choose to hope, to trust Jesus Christ, and to do the things that are necessary to facilitate recovery and life. I will not just sit down and do nothing. I will remember that faith without works is dead.



We Do Care..So Stop The Lie

Topic

Today we are going to explore the topic of African Americans’ mental health and challenge that lie that African American’s as a group don’t care about mental health and don’t get help.

 

 Sigma impacts all people, and all people, no matter their race who have to focus on obtaining the basics in life (food/clothing), are less focused on mental health than those who do not have this issue. Poverty is an important indicator of how receptive a person will be to getting or not getting help. A person’s poverty level affects mental health status. African Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are three times more likely to report psychological distress. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=24

 

Unfortunately, even in 2000, far too many African Americans in disproportionate numbers are still experiencing financial instability. Financial instability or poverty has the most measurable effect on the rates of mental illness. It’s easy to see how a person may become depressed when they are worried about getting and keeping a job. Basic needs must be meet first before we can feel safe enough to move onto other needs. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy, lower needs must be satisfied before higher-order needs can influence behavior. 

 

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.[2Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has often been represented in a hierarchical pyramid with five levels.

 

The needs outlined by Maslow include

1) Physiological: hunger, thirst, bodily comforts, etc.;

2) Safety/security: out of danger;

3) Belongingness and Love: affiliate with others, be accepted; and

4) Esteem: to achieve, be competent, gain approval, and recognition.

5) Cognitive: to know, to understand, and explore;

6) Aesthetic: symmetry, order, and beauty;

7) Self-actualization: to find self-fulfillment and realize one’s potential; and

8) Self-transcendence: to connect to something beyond the ego or to help others find self-fulfillment and realize their potential.

 

In other words, if I am looking for a place to stay or getting food, I may not be as focused on meeting with a therapist even though I may need to. So it’s not that African Americans don’t care about mental health, it’s just some of us are focused on survival. 

 

African Americans, because of a long history of economic oppression African Americans are significantly overrepresented in the most vulnerable segments of the population (homeless, foster care, criminal justice, lower-income). But despite all of the negative factors, African Americans still move forward, achieve, and our protective factors have sustained us.

 

Protective factors are characteristics associated with a lower likelihood of adverse outcomes or that reduce a risk factor’s impact. Protective factors may be seen as positive countering events and include things like: Religion/Spirituality, Sense of Racial Pride, Resourcefulness, Family Unity/Kinship Bond, and community involvement. 

 

So despite people who highlight things African Americans don’t do, let us continue to highlight the progress that has been made despite our challenges and embrace those protective facts that have helped us.



Add some living to your life In 2020

2020 the year that you walk in what the Lord has said about you. It is the year that you live your life to the fullest in the presence of those things in your life that you can’t change.

Admit it, accept it life has not gone the way you hoped. Divorce, death, sickness, medications, loneliness, and you are living with a chronic and persistent situation that you can’t change. Yes, you hear voices, you sometimes talk to yourself, you have been a patient on a psychiatric ward, you live with the symptoms of depression, and sometimes you isolate. Yes, sometimes you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Sometimes you don’t feel like showering, you lose your temper, you have to take medications, and sometimes you cry for no reason.

Yes, you are seeing your therapist, your MD, taking your medications, but even doing all of that, you sometimes have symptoms that cause you to have to slow down. Accept it. What does acceptance mean? First, acceptance is not giving up or doing the things that you need to do to live life to the fullest. Acceptance is not learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is a condition that occurs among some people, and it is a result of chronic, uninterrupted, exhaustion, and defeat. When people believe that there is no hope for recovery or that things will never change, they tend to give up. If we think that we are destined to be a victim and that we have no control over what happens in our life, we can lose the desire to help ourselves or to even hope in change. Never give up, accept that there are some things in your life that you can’t control, rest, and make adjustments. You are not a victim, and life does not always go the way we hope, so rest.

When you rest, you are looking at life as it is and then adjusting. We can spend so much time mourning what is not, that we don’t realize that time and opportunities are passing. When we learn to rest in where we are in life now, we can begin to build a life and to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to us now. Acceptance means living life fully. Acceptance is freeing yourself from the prison of your limitations. God created you with a purpose, and that does not change because of the negative things in your life. Keep moving forward. Keep trusting and live your life.




 

 

 

 

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