'Improving Well-being'

Jumping on the sand

A few years back, during one of my modules with uni, I came across this campaign called ‘The 5 ways to well-being’. (1) This was an eye opener, yet it totally made sense and was so logical I felt I already knew about it! It said that in order to improve your mental health and well-being whether it is suffering or not, or it needs a good ol’ boost or you just want to reinvent your mojo, then applying ‘The 5 ways to well- being’ is key. As you will see, these aspects are important in everybody’s daily lives.


1/ Connect. This is the connection we, as individuals have with other individuals, within our homes and in society. This can include family, friends and acquaintances. This connection with others is so important that without it, one can literally go mad! For instance, Stephen Kings classic, ‘The Shining’, Jack Nicholson plays the part of a writer, who in this novel, isolates himself to write and literally starts going ‘mad’. I did this myself in the past, though not intentionally, the fainting would get so bad sometimes I didn’t leave the flat for weeks on end and, although I had the kids in the evenings and a few friends pop over sometimes I would still feel as though I was climbing the walls! I got to the point where I knew I just needed to see or speak to someone. So, from this 1st point and these examples we can see how important relationships with others are and if your stuck in a rut or feeling alone you can reach out, there is usually someone, even if it’s just a neighbour, someone from your local church; you can contact the minister/ vicar or leadership team and they will come and see/ speak to you or put someone in touch with you. And obviously, God, through Jesus, by means of prayer. He is there for each and everyone of us ALL THE Time and is wanting us to “call” and speak to Him.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, recieves; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened….How much more will your Father in heavengive the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11. 9,10 & 13

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Philippians 4:6

Also, the samaritains on the end of a phone, email, visit or write to them. The number for them is 116123 and they are available 24hours a day on this number.

2/ Be active. This can be anything from something simple like, taking the stairs instead of the lift or finding a new sport/ activity you might enjoy like going to the gym, on a bike ride or kicking a ball about. I used to enjoy going for run with my earphones in listening to lively worship music. Now, as am not able to get out on my own much, I encourage myself to get the exercise mat out and just do some stretching! Which is useful for anyone with disabilities or limitations in their mobility. Just anything that involves moving can increase your health and anything that gets your heart pumping releases endorphins. These, are chemicals in your brain that helps you to ‘feel good’ and the more you move about the more endorphins there are that are floating around in you, therefore lifting your spirits and increasing your mental health and well-being.

Exercise classes

(3) Take Notice. Recognising whats going on in your present; your surroundings, smells, what you can hear can help to strengthen you and broaden your awareness. Apparently, “Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.” (1) This can be viewed in the secular world as being ‘mindful’. But my theory is that this can be adapted for Christianity, which is what I’ve been practising…

‘Being Mindful of Christ’ This is to do with noticing and being aware of your present surroundings, recognising what’s around us that God has blessed us with. For instance if your sitting in a park, you might notice the trees, greenery, birds, people, sunshine, children playing or at home, you may think of your clothing, furniture; what were they made from that came from the earth, e.g. cotton and wood. Just being still and ‘noticing’ these things, removing and/ or ignoring distractions; phone notifications/ TV/ radio/ people! Most importantly, I believe we need to have our focus on God; being quiet and listening to the Holy Spirit. (I am currently in the process of writing the “Being mindful of Christ” book, if your interested in knowing more feel free to ask by contacting me below but I’m also keeping the Facebook group updated as well).

Take notice/ being mindful

(4) Learn. Learning new things either through daily life encounters and experiences but specifically intentional learning can improve self-esteem and can encourage social interactions and a more active life. There has also been evidence that by engaging in work and educational activities can help in bringing people out of depression. Doing my uni degree has helped me by having a change of focus (from toxic emotions and depressive thoughts). This also supports the suggestion that setting and having goals is associated with having higher levels of well-being, as stated in the Mind web page of ‘5 ways to well-being’. But learning can also be in the form of learning a new language, instrument, sport, short and long courses which can be done at a college, in a local community, adult classes and even online. In addition to this, bible studies are also a great way of reading and learning the bible and about the life of Jesus. This can be done on your own or in groups, you can ask in your local church if you want to be part of a small group- otherwise known as a ‘home group’, ‘care group’ or ‘cell group’. Otherwise daily devotionals can be found online, through UCB radio (2) and other christian organisations and magazines or on appropriate apps, for instance, i use the YouVersion Holy Bible app (3) the plans on there cover a whole range of topics and subjects in relation to the bible.

Design for learning

(5) Give. Giving isn’t just about giving a physical item to someone else but also your time. By being available to others, participating within society and your local community and giving an ‘act of kindness’ to others can also benefit personal well- being. We can do this by volunteering in a charity shop, helping someone cross the road, doing some shopping for someone or asking at church if there is anything you can help with, there’s usually something, for instance, helping with refreshments, welcoming, setting up or assisting with the PA. The possibilities and opportunities are endless, you just need to look around and ask and the chances are.

So, by applying these five suggestions my life, I began to see the benefits in my own mental health and wellbeing and with this I came to discover more about Christ and my goals and purpose within my life too and so can we all. Until next time, blessings.

(1) https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/ (2) https://www.ucb.co.uk/read (3) https://www.YouVersion.com

The Road to Healing

Path is bleak but there is light at the end of it

So at the end of the last blog ‘Changing focus- Psalm 4’ it said ” What does the road in that valley look like for you? How do we get to that point of healing for our physical (illnesses), emotional (mental health) or spiritual (wars)?” Now, i figured the best way to tackle this question is head on, talking about how to get to the point of being ready for a healing. But to also be aware that healing can also be a continuous journey, of which I’ve had to learn the hard way. As said before, God’s answer, including in healing, will be yes, no or wait, but just to add to this His response to healing could be that of a continuous journey too and as we journey through our lives with Him it’s in that journey that helps us in our healing, as we get to know Jesus more and become more like Him.

To explain this I’m going to be be totally open and honest with my path, in order to share with ya’ all how i got from where I was to where I am now. As hindsight is a wonderful thing! I have had some incredibly dark times, but looking back, God did have me in His hands, though in these times I didn’t see it! *Trigger warning, possibly, as will be using some quotes from my diary. Apologies in advance!

So, life from March until October, was pretty horrific, I won’t go into details but this is one of my diary entry’s which pretty much covered it all…

So, that’s pretty dark eh? I’m sorry, buts that’s just the way it was from time to time but I certainly knew that I didn’t want to stay in that place! It was down to writing the diary that i came to accept that something was wrong and I came to realise it was more than just sadness I was experiencing and I just knew that I couldn’t deal with it on my own, but didn’t want to tell anyone close to me for fear of hurting or upsetting them. I needed to break through that denial and fear and face my pain and negative emotions and reach out for help. I found somewhere local where there was an online application form for a self referral. This one was Health in Mind (In the UK) (1) There are other options for other areas of the UK and other online options for other counties as well, you can also enquire at your own surgery and be referred by your GP, for free options otherwise private, paid for, options, with no or much shorter waiting lists, are also available in this Counselling Directory (2) Others would be available wherever you are in the world as this one is jut fr the UK. I’m so glad i did this as God wanted to heal me from these emotions and that’s what He wants for you too, in order to move on in your journey with Him towards a more abundant life.

I found that counselling was a great help for me. I was lucky to have a few people around me, who would come and see me a couple of times a month but it was also helpful to have that outside help from someone who doesn’t know you who you can feel safe enough to talk to about things you may not be comfortable telling others about. I would definitely recommend this and other talking therapies, which can also be found online or from your local surgery. There are also apps which can help as well, for example, I used Calm Harm (3) which involves distraction techniques which helped me a little, at my lowest points. Though it also involved a lot of willpower and prayer too! Support groups can also be helpful, you can find these within your local area or even on social media, which are both additional ways to feel safe and talk to others going through similar things as you. I belong to a few social media ones, for some of the issues in my life. Though keep your eyes out for whether the group is private or public before sharing, as i may have made that mistake before as well!! You will be surprised at what’s available, just search the groups and pages, and if not then why not start one? I began: ‘Mindful of Christ-Improving Mental Health’ (4) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2507812029435244/ Which is where i started writing about what is says on the tin! Christianity and mental health, as i believe this to be important for our well-being and often missed within the church. It is a place for people to feel safe to share and support each other as it is a private group. It also includes, scriptures, meditations, prayers and devotionals. Feel free to request to join and invite others who may need that extra support.

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As for the neurocardiogenic syncope, that was the root of all of it. This is defined as a syndrome in which “triggering of a neural reflex results in a usually self-limited episode of systemic hypotension characterized by both bradycardia (asystole or relative bradycardia) and peripheral vasodilation. (5). So fainting. And when it happens it can affect me for a few hours, a few days, weeks or even months. It’s been happening on and off for 21 years now and It was July 2019 they gave me a diagnosis, which would have been helpful but followed by the consultant saying “there is no treatment or cure for it” came as a blow. Now there is a reason for telling you all this, as these periods of time stuck indoors and having my independence and pride challenged has had a knock on effect and impacted on my mental health. Last year was exceptionally bleak as (due to the syncope) I only just passed my driving test Dec 2018 and by March that was taken away from me. As I said in the diary entry, I realised I wasn’t just ‘sad’ and that I needed additional support. This realisation occurred as i have previously been studying a mental health module within my degree in 2017 and have experienced depression previously as well, in 2014 and episodes through my late teens and twenties. It took me to study this to realise that there is absolutely no shame in this, so if you are slightly concerned about your mental health, whether your a Christian or not, please seek that extra help and support.

Admist these times on occasion, I mustered up the tiny shred of strength and the seed of faith I had and literally got down on my knees and cried to the Lord. I wanted to get to the point of acceptance but couldn’t do it with Him. It was like the footprints poem, I felt totally alone, that my prayers were hitting a brick wall and that i was just left in the darkness, but, again, hindsight is a wonderful thing, He WAS carrying me and still is. In those times when you feel the same, just remember He is there, He does love you and He will never leave you. ” Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31.6

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To sum up this part, it is clear to me that acceptance of the situation and circumstances and the realisation that outside help and support may be just what you/ we need. By living in denial or covering up our emotional difficulties with addictions and facades we aren’t dealing with the issues and healing begins when we are willing to change ourselves. So, please don’t feel ashamed, alone or even a burden (yes, i am talking to myself as well!) But go, go and get any help you feel is right for you, there is so much of it available and accessible these days and your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Let’s reassure one other that it is actually OK not to be OK and to help and support one another to actually become OK. Either way God loves you.

(1) https://www.healthinmind.org.uk/news/42-new-online-self-referral (2) https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ (3) https://calmharm.co.uk/ (4) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2507812029435244/ (5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC506859/ (6) https://wallpapersafari.com/w/5kusDR

Changing Focus- Psalm 4

Psalm 4.1: Answer me when i call to you my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer

This prayer has been muttered by myself as well as David and, i expect, many of you as well. It’s a prayer of desperation. When we are going through those difficult situations, troublesome circumstances or life feels as though you’ve been walking through that valley for a LONG time and your wondering if it will just ever end! It shows that whoever we are we will most likely experience these times at some-point in our lives, no one is exempt. It’s even says that “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.” (WHO, 2019) Such a high number! But it shows that we are not alone. Though most of us feel as though we are. It’s at those times we need to remind ourselves that God IS there for us, despite how we feel.

Toxic emotions

David must have felt the distance between him and God as well, otherwise he wouldn’t have said “Answer me.” He seems desperate for God to hear him. I don’t blame Him! There’s been times where I thought He couldn’t hear me or even not listening to me or responding to my pleads of prayer and it just felt as though they were just simply hitting a brick wall! But then…

Psalm 4.3: Know that the Lord has set apart His faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when i call to him.

We need to remind ourselves that it wasn’t just David, we are also His faithful servants. No matter what I say, I wont be able to convince anyone one this, is it up to each of us to keep on going with our relationship with God and to read His word, in order to really know that He does hear you. I’ve heard somewhere that to whatever we ask of Him the answer will either be “yes”, “no” or “wait”. Its this waiting that can be a struggle. But we need to persevere and press on toward the goal (in our case, eternity with Him in heaven!)

But how though??

Psalm 4.4: Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

We literally need to run from the enemy, temptations and desires of the flesh. Oh, and this may well not be easy! It’s like with addictions, in order to get rid of one thing it is easiest when something else is put in that place. For example, when people fast, meals and food is generally replaced with prayer, worship and mediation. So if we want to not sin, we can turn our attention onto God, putting Him first, and replace what we want to get rid of with prayer, worship and meditation. In doing this it “will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3.8). Searching our hearts and being silent can mean accepting your thoughts, feelings and emotions as they come and by not clutching onto them or dismissing them as both of these can be poisonous for our souls. But recognising them and where they came from, if possible, then offer them to God and listening to the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 4.5: Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

SO many time in the bible do we hear that phrase, “trust in the Lord.” I counted 37! By trusting Him we will need to surrender ourselves to Him and trust the plans He has for us, because He does have them, even if we don’t see it! For example, David. He experienced 13 years of misery and according to today’s psychology he would have been extremely likely to have suffered depression. But he had learnt to harness His emotions (Wommack, A) and with the help of the Holy Spirit inside him he chose to rejoice, the opposite to what his circumstances and emotions were telling him! Instead of walking in his flesh he chose to walk in the Spirit, he chose to control his emotions by changing his focus from all of the negative surrounding him. I’m not saying it’s easy, because it really isn’t! Emotions will be there, but we can choose how we respond to them, by changing our focus from the toxic ones to focusing on the goodness of God. And by doing this wherever we are in our lives; within that valley or darkness we can experience His peace and keep us safe.

Psalm 4.8: In peace i will lie down and sleep, for you alone Lord, make me dwell in safety.

What does the road in that valley look like for you? How do you get to that point of healing from the emotions, situations and physical garbage? I talk about this in the next blog…

References: https://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5YcrM7JWY

I would just like to thank everyone of you for reading Mindful of Christ blogs as, as you can see we have made the top 75 list for mental health blogs on the web! So thank you all very much! To see this and other it can be found here: https://blog.feedspot.com/mental_health_blogs/ Please keep supporting and sharing where appropriate! Blessings to you all. xxx

Life is a Journey

(Canvas in my front room)

I wanted to write something on a personal level and how I (try to) overcome these. In hope that it can help others experiencing low moods, and depression as well.

Does anyone sometimes just think, if we can just get through this situation or just to the weekend? Or if I could just finish this degree or be able to drive or just get a cure for this illness I would be happy?

Then I thought, that these are things that may or may not ever happen and if they do whether tomorrow, next week, next month, year or decade that would be in the future (and that’s if the future comes or the second coming happens 1st!)

Surely we need to embrace the present. I/ we need to be grateful what we have in the present. As opposed to waiting for something to happen or change to be happy.

And I am, I am so grateful and blessed for my wonderful children, my family and friends, my home, warmth and have food in the cupboards. It can help us to turn our thinking from what we don’t have to what we do. A little task each day: think about, even write down 3 things you are thankful for.

We also need to learn to embrace life as it is. How though? That is the question!

Living in the moment and ‘mindfulness’ seems to be becoming ever more popular in this day and age in the secular world. But perhaps we can use some of these concepts and turn it to living with God in the moment or becoming Mindful of Christ.

According to Psychology Today, “Mindful people are happier, more exuberant, more empathetic, and more secure. They have higher self-esteem and are more accepting of their own weaknesses. Anchoring awareness in the here and now reduces the kinds of impulsivity and reactivity that underlie depression, binge eating, and attention problems.”

When I’m being “mindful of Christ” I sit comfortably in a quiet place, no distractions and spend some time praying, asking Him to direct my thoughts and then listen and wait for a response. Then with what he says to me, perhaps a verse, I meditate on it; Just repeating it over and over and if I get distracted or my thoughts go wandering off, I just gently bring it back to His word or just simply talk to Him again.

Sometimes just listening to some calming worship music or specifically designed Christian meditations on Abide. Just sitting and being with Him. Quoting from Abide… “how amazing is that?”

Personally recommended scriptures to Meditate on:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33.14

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46.1

I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalms 91:2

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].
Romans 8:37

But what do we do when were feeling down, depressed or anxious? I don’t know how others experience it as we’re all different, but I just struggle being myself, not wanting to talk to anyone else, or if I do, the mask goes on and being normal or “ok” becomes a very convincing act, hopefully! Then when no one is about and were stuck with our own thoughts the darkness creeps in. What then? I might not be “in the mood” or not wanting to do anything. But what good is that to ourselves or anyone else? I have created a playlist of songs for these times, I just need to force myself to play them! In the beginning I would listen to some really depressing music, stick the earphones on and just dwell. Now, I’ve changed the music, to the more calming, peaceful, encouraging kind.

My top 10 favs are;

1/ You Say- Lauren Daigle
2/ I don’t have the answers- We are Messengers 3/ Oh Love Supreme- Andy Squyres 4/ Surrounded (Fight my battles)- Michael W. Smith 5/ Trust in You- Lauren Daigle 6/ Just be Held- Casting Crowns 7/ Fear is a Liar- Zach Williams 8/ Maybe its Ok- We are Messengers 9/ Praise you in this storm- Casting Crowns 10/ Love broke thru- Toby Mac

These songs are encouraging for me as they recognise that there are trials, difficulties and storms in this world and in our individual lives but remind us that God is there for us amidst these, as reflected in Psalm 23. What I learnt from these songs is that maybe it is ok not to be ok and we may not have any answers to certain experiences but if we trust in Him we can be held! So, speaking to myself as well, lets turn to and hold on to Him and allow His love to break through, because after everything, we have that.

Any questions, prayer requests or if you just want to say “Hi” then do comment below or use the link to email me and if your on facebook, do join us there as well.

Blessings xx

https://abide.co/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/articles/200811/the-art-now-six-steps-living-in-the-moment

Mental Health Awareness Day

So, as its Mental health awareness day in the UK, I felt I should blog something. But I actually left the house today, for my second counselling session, so have been feeling a bit meh since and not in the right mood to write anything. Then I realised, that that was probably the point of this blog! To share personal experiences and hopefully to help others.

Mental health awareness day is as it states, to help share awareness of mental health issues. These issues can be seen in the image at the top of the page and I’m going to be talking a bit about just some of these, but not in any particular order.

1/ Stigma, is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t share or talk to others when experiencing mental health issues of any sort, but particularly depression. I didn’t want to tell anyone for months, looking back, I feel sorry for my family and friends as I only answered the phone when I wanted, avoided socialising when I could and didn’t go to church for ages either! I became a bit of a hermit! Then one day a month or two ago I realised I needed help. I knew I had to reach out to those who cared but was worried about how they would react and what they would think of me. But. on a particulary dark day, I felt I had no choice, I reached out to a few friends, I came to admit I needed them and couldn’t do this alone. It was hard to describe how I was feeling, as wasn’t even sure myself, but got there in the end and it was a relief. I felt vulnerable and weak, but they didn’t, they weren’t upset, they didn’t disapprove nor were they ashamed of me, in fact they gave me a hug and told me they were there for me.

So I just wanted to say, please reach out. You are not alone, people do understand. You might even be surprised!

2/ Emotions are all a part of being human, they are inbuilt in everyone of us and are stimulated in certain situations and experiences whether we let them show themselves (or not)! Sadly, a lot of people believe that having emotions or “being emotional” demonstrates vulnerability and weakness. But this comes back to stigma and how we think others perceive us when we show these emotions, or maybe this is how we see those who do express their emotions. Which is why there needs to be more awareness of these and mental health issues, so it can become the norm to talk about how we are feeling and what were experiencing. It’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of! Though there is such thing as toxic emotions. These are when certain emotions as exasperated and take over our logical thinking. For example anger, this in itself is a normal reaction to certain situations and as long as its dealt with and doesn’t have any knock on effect or bring on any harm to ourselves or others. Another example is sadness, when I went through a few situations earlier in the year it resulted in me feeling sad and disappointed for a while after a moth or two I realised it was more than that, it was getting darker in my world and I couldn’t fight it anymore, I realised something wasn’t right, so I went to the doctor who confirmed I was depressed. Now writing this I’m thinking, why am I sharing this? But, again, why not? It feels taboo, but in reality its more common than we actually realise. Back to the point, sadness becomes a toxic emotion. It’s not always recognised, I’m just glad I figured it out, maybe studying mental health last year helped me to recognise this. But it’s good to keep tabs on how we are feeling. I figured though that the best way of dealing with things is to recognise our emotions then if they are what we perceive as being negative, to offer them to God. My new moto: PRAY about your fears and worries, MEDITATE on His word, REFLECT in His truth and ABIDE in Christ.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,”
Ephesians 4:26 NIV

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalms 23:4 NIV

3/ Awareness is an element of mental health which we’ve touched on a few times now and so it’s helpful to be aware of your own and others around you. It’s easy enough to recognise somebody’s physical disability, not so easy to recognise invisible disabilities including mental health difficulties. So we need to be aware of other people’s feelings. We can be on public transport or in a queue in tescos and not know what the person behind us is going through or experiencing, so let’s just be kind to one another and ourselves.

So, stay aware, be aware of yourself and others around you, be kind.

Any questions (I will try and answer) or prayer requests do email me and if your on Facebook, we have a page there to, feel free to join us. Use the link below.

Until next time, Blessings

The Beginning

It was about a year ago, God filled me with this idea to write about mental health and Christianity and how to improve and preferably overcome mental health issues eg. depression and anxiety by focussing on God. I figured, as the world is using mindfulness and meditation more, we as Christians (or as I prefer to use the phrase friends of Jesus, but for easier writing will say “Christians”) can become more mindful of Him and meditate more on His word and truth.

Then, back in March and since then, I had another dose of poor health (been on and off for 21 years) but this time I was finally given a diagnosis, Neurocardiogenic Syncope (fainting) and I was told by the DVLA I cant drive anymore (only passed before Christmas 2018) and the cardiologist told me there is no treatment or cure for it…oh, cue another bout of depression. I thought I was over all that 7 years ago, but the sadness from these events turned into something more. Anyway, I’m telling you all this for a reason. God clearly had other plans, which I didn’t realise until about a month ago I felt like I turned a corner with the help of God and anti- depressants (I am aware of what some people think of these medications but I do believe that God gave us humans and the resources to create meds to help as well, but maybe not as a long term thing!) These plans, I believe, were to actually get writing about how he has helped me with my mental health, now and in the past, and help others with theirs. These following points cover the reasoning behind this blog:

1/ Now is better than any to open up and be honest with myself, and others that I’ve been struggling because that’s the only only way we can improve it; by talking about it.

2/ The stigma behind mental health is so immense people don’t talk about it!

3/ To help others, as 1 in 4 people will experience depression/ anxiety at some point in their lives!!

4/ I believe that this issue enough isn’t addressed enough within the church (though not my church-they have been great in helping me through this dark time!) but church in the general term.

5/ To help encourage and support each other in our individual journeys

Again, feel free to ask for prayer, via the links on this page & /or email.

Blessings

Introductions

Hey everyone, I thought I should introduce myself before starting.

My name is Lauren and I live in East Sussex, England. I am a mum of two wonderful children, 15 and 11years old, who are my life! I became a born again Christian 14 years ago at approx 2am! Although life has had its ups and downs, My faith has remained. Though, I can’t say it hasn’t been tested!

I am in the 6th and final year of a Health and Social care honors degree… Graduation day is insight (at last!) For this the modules I focussed on are ‘social care’ and ‘mental health.’ A subject Im likely to bring up a few times in these blog posts!

Feel free to ask questions, request prayers or just say “hi” on this email address: mindfulofchrist@gmail.com.

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