Mental Health: How To Keep A Clear Head

At times, my mind gets cloudy and it gets hard to think. Sometimes it’s when I have a lot going on, but sometimes it just happens. Usually, when I’m staying busy, it’s not a problem. I can ignore it. Feeling like there’s no one I can talk to or that the future is uncertain both contribute to a cloudy mind, for me. I know I need to go spend some serious time in prayer and in the Word of God. Fitting that time in with a growing family, work and a household to run can be challenging. I don’t want to make any excuses for depriving myself of much needed time spent with the Lord. It just gets challenging at times. When my schedule changes and my family grows, I know I still need to carve out quality time to spend with Jesus. It’s vital to my spiritual health.
The enemy of our souls will throw all sorts of distractions your way to make it harder for you to get into the presence of God. And the lies he bombards us with on a daily basis is an attack. Our minds are the battlefield we are fighting on and “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4. That’s why it’s so important to discipline yourself to pray, worship and study the Bible. I know I’m slacking when my mind gets like that. But sometimes, I allow myself to stay there too long and I wallow in it. Yeah, I pray. every day. But I know I’m not dwelling in prayer and penetrating the heart of God into that secret place with Him. Yes, I read devotionals and “snack” on the Word but I know I’m not digging deep.
So what is the solution? The Word of God says “But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:16. I don’t believe the mind of Christ is cluttered, anxious and unfocused. To defeat the attack on our minds from the enemy, we have to stay vigilant. Because he’s watching our every move and knows where he can catch us slipping.
Stay in your Bible and meditate on it all day. This takes discipline and practice. Set aside time every day for scripture reading and study. Come up with a method that works for you. I like to have a journal and highlight they key points that I read, then make notes in the journal. Write scriptures on cards and keep them where you will see them.
Pray. Set aside a good chunk of time at least once a day to talk to the Lord. Tell Him how you feel. Be raw and real. Ask for conviction and turn your heart to Him in repentance. Pray for others. Start declaring the Word of God as Truth in you and your family’s life. Even if you just start with 10 minutes of prayer at a time and work your way up to 30 minutes, then an hour; Having a regular time that you give your heart to the Lord every day is important.
Keep your life organized as best you can. When my house is out of order and I can’t find the things I need and the kids don’t know what to do with themselves, it’s hard to think straight, let alone get things done like they need to be. Have a system that keeps paperwork together, the house clean and everything else. Create a schedule that works for you and your family.
Take time for self care. Self care doesn’t have to be a spa day once a week or something elaborate. It can be something as simple as just making sure you slather lotion on your feet at night before you go to bed. Or spend an extra couple minutes in the shower to use a body scrub. Do a deep conditioner for your hair once a week. Or create a playlist of music that makes you feel good and listen to it when you need energy.
Create a support system. Not everybody has good people in their life that they can trust. But if you can find just one friend who you can call and talk to, do! Could be your mom, your sister, an old high school friend you’ve known for a long time or a cousin. Or join a Bible study or a mom’s support group. You could even set up an email chain with a few friends to keep in contact if that’s more convenient than the phone or meeting in person.

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