It is evident that we are living in unprecedented times. Millions of people are staying home from work and school. Stores are struggling to keep basic items in stock. The stock market is seemingly sets new records every day. The jobless rate is spiking. The pandemic reports coming out of New York and Washington states are dreadful. It is no wonder that people everywhere are anxious and worried.
With the ever-increasing mental stress that we face, it is taking a toll on our mental health. Many of us who previously enjoyed good mental health are finding it difficult to get a normal night’s sleep, concentrate on the tasks at hand, and even eat normally. And those of us who had preexisting mental health conditions are struggling even more so. In the midst of this threat to our physical health, we must do all we can to take care of our mental health as well.
As Christians we are not immune to the stresses and anxieties of life, but we do have a resource that others do not. Peter reminds us that Jesus is willing to be an outlet for our worries and a source of support in our troubles. In 1 Peter 5:7, he says, “Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” May we make use of this Heavenly Resource and find the mental and spiritual support we need in these times!
For more information about managing anxiety during this pandemic visit: https://www.cdc.gov/
If you are seriously struggling with your mental health, please speak to a mental health professional. Many are taking online appointments. Here is a list of a few options available: https://