Staying healthy isn’t just about checking our blood pressure level, treating infections, avoiding bacteria and eating lots of fruits and vegetable. As awesome as all of these things are, you also need to ensure that you are emotionally healthy, your emotions can have a great effect on your body!
There are many ways to stay emotionally healthy but I’ve crafted out five biblical ways you can achieve that.
Anger is cool and important when under control. You can get angry for so many things and it can help you swerve into taking the right action. But then, anger can destroy you when you let it swell out of control. Many times, people who took actions under the heavy influence of anger lived to regret their decisions. The Bible says
“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”
– Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT
We were never told that it is wrong to get angry. It is okay to get angry when things are terribly wrong but it is never okay to live at the mercies of your anger, it is a problem when your anger guides the decisions you take, it is not okay when you lost control because you are angry. It gives the devil a foothold, not just to make you take wrong decisions but to also keep you unhealthy. Another way to say this is “acknowledge that you were wronged but live a life of forgiveness!” The Bible says
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
– Proverbs 16:32 KJV
Anger is a process that must be slowed down. Being slow to anger isn’t cowardice, it is the highest display of strength and the Bible relates the strength of such as to one who conquers a city. So it’s possible to conquer without anger!
2. Alter Your Thinking
Change the way you think. Always think the right way, fill your mind with positive thoughts, with things that keep you motivated and with things that are moral, sound and pure. Studies have shown that whatever we read overtime begins to take a form in our character. You may want to read good books, listen to good songs, set your mind on great things! The Bible says
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” – Proverbs 23:7 KJV
Man is the product of his thoughts, the thought keeps the heart in certain conditions and determines our actions. We can’t hide it for long, whatever we fill up our minds with is eventually what we will produce. The Bible says
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
– Proverbs 4:23 NLT
When the Bible is asking us to guard our hearts, it’s not referring to taking regular dosage of blood tonics, avoiding red meats and all of that. As awesome as those precautionary measures are, being careful of what we let into our thoughts is another way to guard our hearts because that is what determines the direction our lives will go! Jesus said in Luke 6:45
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” – Luke 6:45 NLT
It takes a good heart to be a good person, people are good simply because their heart is good! The outward manifestation of their goodness is a product of the treasury of their good hearts! This means when you think good thoughts over time, you begin to produce forth good fruits! The evil man is evil because his heart is evil too! When you always think evil thoughts, it becomes your reality.
3. Delete Negativity
This is a follow up to the second point but deserves a separate tab. Stop seeing negative, talking negative and doing negative things. Don’t always believe that the world is against you, don’t believe that only bad things come to you. Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself sweet words. Instead of thinking failure, think success, instead of thinking giving up, think of forging ahead. The Bible says
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8 KJV
Put your mind on what is true! Stay positive!
4. Associate With Motivators
Once in a while, you’ll definitely need motivations. Sometimes, you may be too weak to read it in books, to watch it in movies, to hear it on radios! Sometimes, better motivations come from the association we keep because they don’t just encourage us to do the right thing, they support us in doing them. It could be a coach, a mentor, a friend or all of the above! Make friends with people you can trust with your plans, people you are free to discuss your failures and people whose sole aim is to see you succeed.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” – Proverbs 11:14 KJV
You need counsellors, where there is none, people fall!
5. Be A Motivator
It is no longer a secret that we learn even more when we teach and reach out to others. Don’t just be on the receiving end, don’t just look for people that will help you stay motivated, look for people to motivate! For example, when you are going through tough times in life, you can heal faster when you start encouraging others going through the same thing instead of retiring to a nook and mourn yourself. Whether you are passing through a moment of loss and grief, a moment of failure or a moment of lack of motivation in yourself, reach out to others! By seeing other people heal by your words, you see every reason to heal in yourself. The Bible says
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ” – Luke 6:38 NLT
Whatever we give, we receive in full measure! This applies in many contexts and it also applies when you give yourself to motivating others.
There are many more ways to stay emotionally healthy which can’t be exhausted in one sitting however, these five points are great ways to start! Any other way you know? Let’s have it on the comment section.