16 tips for wellbeing during COVID-19
– By Rev. Dr Keith Condie, Co-Founder of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute
No matter how much we love our home, the sense that we might be confined within its walls for an extended period of time presents a challenge. Yes, we might be able to get out for a walk or to shop, but in the world of COVID-19, for most of us, ‘normal’ life is now home life. The usual work and social activities that give us meaning and structure, that connect us with others and lift our spirits, are either lost to us or have to be navigated in new ways. What’s the way forward? What will keep us emotionally strong and healthy?
As human beings made in God’s image, we are all unique and extraordinarily complex. We are all ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14). Each part of who we are affects every other part. Our beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and feelings all impact each other. Our social context and the messages that come our way from the wider culture influence us. We have different histories that have shaped us. What goes on in our minds affects our bodies and vice versa. So, in intricate ways, many different things contribute to our sense of wellbeing or otherwise.
Of course, our spiritual life is not removed from these complex interactions. The wonderful truth of the gospel is that the stability of our relationship with God does not rest upon what we do or how we feel or what is happening to us, but on what God has done for us in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The way we give expression to that relationship, however, can be impacted by our circumstances and our response to them. Fear and uncertainty might impair our communion with God, and we may find it a struggle to hear and respond to his word and to call upon him in prayer and praise.
How then can we stay focused? It’s helpful to remember we are complex and many factors affect our wellbeing as we work out how best to respond during the uncertain times we are living in. There is no silver bullet or simple solution. And like so many areas of life, lots of little things added together can make a big difference.
So, here are some thoughts to help us stay mentally strong while we stay at home:
If you’re interested in exploring 16 tips, here is the link: http://www.mentalhealthinstitute.org.au/resources/staying-mentally-well-while-staying-home
in Christian fellowship, Michael Blake Acting Rector
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