On the road to healthier emotions

As a new psych nurse, I am picking up on unhealthy patterns that can lead to diseased emotions. I see some things over and over.

Today I want to share an article and a book or two that can contribute to your mental health.

The first is an article from an on line magazine entitled Propel Women. This tiny magazine that takes about five minutes a week to read, and I enjoy their weekly email. I will post the link to the article on Overcoming A Discontented Heart. Here. If you like it, you can subscribe for free.

Discontentment is a very dangerous thing, a very unhealthy thing. It results from a refusal to be thankful, a refusal to accept in the current moment the things which we cannot change, and a demand that things be different, more, better.

A book that I just finished is Leap Over A Wall by Eugene Peterson who brought us the Message Bible.  Leap Over A Wall is a study of the life of King David and the times in which he lived. Many things commend this book, but I am recommending it to you because of his discussion of the Biblical lament, its place in mental and spiritual health and the consequences we have suffered from the loss of it.

The lament is not the same as discontentment. Lamenting is recognizing what is, and grieving our true losses, the things we cannot change. When we do not grieve, we become less than what we were meant to be.

Two consequences, according to Peterson, are depression and addiction.

I am a fan of Brene Brown whose Ted Talk on vulnerability is one of my favorites. You can watch it here. She reports that our lack of vulnerability is witnessed by four things in our society: debt, addiction, obesity and over-medication.

Lamenting our losses. Being honest about our griefs. Being vulnerable. It is not the American way. We will have to retrain ourselves to recover what we have lost.

Another book that you will want to purchase, own, read and re-read is by Charles Stanley. Emotions. Confront the lies. Conquer with truth.  Or you could sign in here and get a lot of the same help without buying the book.

So there you have it, a little bread trail to help establish healthy patterns for your life.

 

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2 Responses to “On the road to healthier emotions”

  1. Apple Hill Cottage Says:

    Just reading Lamentations today and considering this very thing. Thanks for your insight.

  2. thegreatfish Says:

    You’re welcome.

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