Last week, we were all encouraged to use the acronym ALEC for R U OK? Day to ‘ask’ someone if they were OK, ‘listen’ to their response, ‘encourage’ them to take action if needed, and ‘check-in’ on them afterwards. Being OK was never intended as a one-day-a-year-only exercise.
On Breakfast with Sam and Duncan on Friday 11 September, the duo kept the conversation going, opening the door to talk proactively about mental health and wellness. As a result, Hopeland shared some of their insights on how to maintain healthy mindfulness and care for others.
Following are responses from Hope 103.2 listeners intended to encourage you all year round.
Friendships and Loved Ones
A problem shared is a problem halved. Reach out to a friend. –John
To help when I’m feeling down, I try to remember funny moments, like when I first met my wife and she walked into a pole, or when I proposed to her at the top of Mt Perisher. I had a ski mask on… she thought it was ridiculous and went skiing off down the mountain without an answer.. She makes me laugh! –Trevor
Surrounding yourself with loved ones and friends who care is such an important thing. Romans 12:15 talks about “rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn”. The power of community is it magnifies celebration and shares the pain of burden and sorrow.
A good cry about nothing or just with close friends. –Michelle
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The Greeks practiced this for a long time, the idea of catharsis, whereby one cleanses their emotions through laughter and tears. The idea being that this practice leads to renewal and restoration.
Exercise and Nature
I walk in the rain. Get outside every day. Pull out weeds while I pray. Do cross stitch. Hang out with friends. Do something EVERY day. –Chris
If I don’t go outside I can feel it creep in and affect my mental health so fresh air and sun is amazing to just look at God’s creations. –Michelle
For our mental health, we like to go for walks or have some family time. –Sherina
My psychologist told me that self-care is as simple as doing what your body is asking for in that moment. Like walking outside and enjoying the sunshine for a few moments, or taking a break and getting a drink. It’s helped me as I struggle to find time to invest in myself. But now, I walk outside and weed for a few minutes at a time and it feels so good physically and mentally! –Christy
Hi from Rob – I take the puppies for a walk.
There has been a mountain of research supporting this idea that exercise is good not just for physical wellness but also for mental wellness. Further studies have also indicated that nature walks have a similar effect.
I like to run and listen to worship songs or podcast and just enjoy that moment and think of the things of God. –Patricia
Good morning boys.You know what is the best mental health proposition? To go for a walk on the beach and listen to praise and worship on Inspire Digital radio. Have a blessed day –Anne (We promise, this was a non-funded endorsement 😉)
Read the Bible, pray, go to church or bible study, sing worship songs, talk with another Christian. –Michelle
To neglect our spiritual side is to neglect our very being, sewing into our relationship with God might be one of the most important steps for mental wellbeing.
I’m a school psychologist and a simple thing is to take that half hour lunch break, rather than keep working. I could do that too but it’s important to have that break. Not enough people do! –Deb.
During my MTS (Ministry Training Strategy) apprenticeship I introduced observing the Sabbath. No study or ministry prep that day (that’s what the other six days are for). Just rest in, and with, God. Also, great for spending time in God’s creation and with others. A great reminder of his sovereignty and goodness. –Nicole
Sabbath and the connection with Shalom on Sabbath is designed to revitalise and renew a person the idea of rest became a key teaching of the early church.
My doctor once asked me what I do for fun and I couldn’t think of an answer. She then asked what I did as a child that was fun and I realised that I loved LEGO. So for my mental health I buy the big LEGO sets to build. I’m not sure what it is but it is so good for my mental health and a great time out just for me. I’m halfway through building the Taj Mahal at the moment – the second largest LEGO set ever created. –Nicole
What helps me is listening to music/hopefm, colouring in (which I then cover exercise books for OCC with) and crochet teddy bears for OCC. Not only do I feel good doing something I enjoy, but I am helping tell children that God loves them. –Susan
I just try to relax and watch some TV. –Elliott
I stopped watching TV. It’s very negative. –Anon.
Ever had someone say “get a hobby.” A healthy distraction helps to reframe problems and redirect energy into a beneficial endeavor. One whereby we can see visible success and a sense of accomplishment.
Try to make sure that you are being kind to yourself in the conversations that are going on in your head. Our egos can derail us with negative self talk that is mostly untrue. –Diana
Try to take life with a healthy dose of humour. –Morgan
Did you know that 65 per cent of the time your inner monologue is a harsh critic. Learning to positively encourage yourself might be the strongest skill you can learn.
See a great psychologist. –Deb
Never underestimate the power of a calm reassuring voice to help get your stuff together.