No Limits - - Christ Over Culture
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." ... However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you."
Our emotional health affects how we think, act, and feel. Emotional health affects how we handle stress, relate to others, make choices and decisions.
Our thought life becomes impacted by stress about time, anticipation, situational, having tough conversations, and physical like working out.
Chronic stress can lead to digestion problems, irritability, fatigue, headaches, difficulty sleeping, or low self-esteem.
In a world that says you have to earn your way, hustle harder, show up more, and sacrifice everything to build something, choosing a road less traveled can feel isolating. Be encouraged; the road less traveled has more room than a busy highway during rush hour.
Choosing the road less traveled is not lonely when you know Who is with you. It took me time to allow God into my emotional world, and I believe it was because I never knew how to communicate well. Most of the communication I saw was non-existent, high yelling voices or conversation that led to separation.
I believe there is beauty in learning how to communicate well with others and learning how and when our bodies communicate with us. When we can become aware of our bodies sharing with us, the more effective we can communicate with others.
The world would have you believe that everything is okay, you have to tough it out, and this is the way life has to be. But, I say challenge those narratives the world keeps trying to give you.
The five steps I listed above can happen in a matter of seconds. However, the more we are in tune, we become the Father and our soul (thought life/mind), the more we can control the reaction.
- Take a moment to acknowledge anything that doesn't feel quite right.
- Identify what it is that doesn't feel right. Name it and call it out so that you can begin to move through it.
- You can accept what you are experiencing without it becoming a part of your identity.
- Pay attention to what doesn't feel right and what it is communicating with you. Why does it not feel right? Think of root cause.
- Have a conversation with God, trusted friends and family, or professional assistance.
Through the Holy Spirit, God has given us the ability to control our thought life and tame our tongue. I know it's not easy, but I am doing this with you and learning along the way.
What does scripture say about why our emotional health matters?
"A happy heart is good medicine, and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)
"Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Phillippians 4:6-7 (AMP)
"A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, but passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones." Proverbs 14:30 (AMP)
Way to take care of your emotional health:
- Boundaries. Learn to ask for what you need, pay attention to what you don't need, be mindful of what makes you feel alive, energized, or shrink back. Asking for what you need is not selfish.
- Know what you believe and stick to those beliefs (with humility). Be willing to continue to grow and mature. There is a lot of noise and distraction out there. Stay focused on God's word. Don't back down from the Truth. It is okay to have an opinion that differs from someone else.
- Create space for healing. To love deeply means that you will experience pain deeply. However, to say you will never allow yourself to get hurt again is saying that you will not welcome love. Take breaks from the places you can, ask for help, and know God is waiting for you.
- Think about what you are thinking. (Talked about this above.)
- Watch the words and phrases coming out of your mouth. Phrases like "Move on" and "Get over it" don't allow you to honor the present emotion to move through it without it being dumbed down or swept under the rug.
- Move your body. Even moderate physical activity can reduce feelings of depression and stress and significantly improve emotional well-being levels.
- Prioritize sleep. Sometimes it's not the workout, the food, or the next coffee you have that will help. The quality of your sleep dramatically impacts emotional health.
Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that even when things happen, we don't have to depend on how we feel to know what is true and right, "Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding."
Choose God over everything what you feel or what the world is trying to tell you about what you feel (or should feel).
Jessica Hottle - CTC Influencer
Jessica's passion for helping others "weigh" less emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She inspires and encourages thousands by sharing her own personal struggles, victories, and journey through life. Jessica is a successful online entrepreneur and author of two best-selling books, Know Your Worth and A Worthy Wife. Along with a third book, Own Your Worth. Her passions are being a wife to her husband, Jon, being a momma to their three cats, and spending her free time outside whenever she can (playing golf, hiking, reading, or writing in her journal). Jessica has a heart that runs hard after Jesus and credits everything she has done to her Savior.
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