Emotions

ANGER:  Anger is a valid emotion, just like every other emotion. It can be one of the most difficult emotions to handle in a healthy way.  The following links can help you to deal with anger in a way that will be helpful:

Does not let the sun go down on their anger

http://www.marriagebuilders.com/Angry Outbursts

http://drgrantmullen.com/four-keys-to-control-anger/

FEAR – all emotions are valid. It is how we respond to them that makes all the difference. Click the link below for an article on how the fear of the Lord – healthy fear – helps us, and how fear of man can be unhealthy.

Click on title for link to article: Fears God, not man

Dr. Grant Mullen talks about how you can overcome fear:  http://drgrantmullen.com/you-can-win-the-battle-with-fear/

FORGIVENESS:   The more forgiving people are, the fewer symptoms of mental disorders they experience, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology. The researchers suggested that teaching forgiveness may be a valuable mental health early intervention strategy.” Read full article here.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/forgiveness

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/forgiveness is linked to better mental and physical health

Freedom through forgiveness

GRATITUDE: There are many articles written linking the benefits of gratitude to improved mental health.  Alex Korb writes: “… feelings of gratitude directly activated brain regions associated with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine feels good to get, which is why it’s generally considered the “reward” neurotransmitter. But dopamine is also almost important in initiating action. That means increases in dopamine make you more likely to do the thing you just did. It’s the brain saying, “Oh, do that again.” (Alex Korb –https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/alex-korb-phd)

I try and focus on being thankful even in “negative” situations.  For example, if I am in bad traffic, I would say “thank you God that I don’t have to do this every day.”  I turn my thoughts away from things that might cause me to feel upset or frustrated, and turn my thoughts to things that will help me to feel thankful.  In today’s culture we place a big emphasis on our feelings – often without recognising that we can change our feelings by changing our thinking.  Really this is using CBT – one of the best treatments for depression and anxiety. I have written a longer article which you can access by clicking on the link:  An attitude of Gratitude

Another article that is helpful regarding gratitude can be found here:  http://www.becomingminimalist.com/gratitude-discipline/

SHAME:  Society has taught us that in order to be acceptable you need to be a certain way, to have it all together. To admit any form of brokenness can be seen as a weakness. Yet when we keep our brokenness to ourselves, it festers in the dark. Often the feelings will grow stronger over time – it is only when they are brought out into the open and honestly dealt with that we can find true healing.  Further information can be found by clicking the links below.

SHAME MADE ASHAMED_By Pastor Denis Plant

When you feel shame about your Mental Illness: http://psychcentral.com/

Brene Brown talks about vulnerability and shame: http://www.ted.com/ listening_to_shame

Joyce Meyer shares her healing story: Joyce Meyer’s Testimony: One Life

 

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