Several years ago I found myself dealing with anxiety that made it hard to function and participate in daily activities. I’m an extrovert who loves to socialize and be around people, but during this time I didn’t want to be around anyone. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything. I had a hard time sleeping, eating, and doing daily tasks. I felt as if my life was falling apart.
I called a friend who was in counseling herself and she encouraged me to get help. It wasn’t easy for me to call her or make that first counseling appointment, but I’m thankful that I did.
I spent an entire summer receiving counseling once a week and after that, once a month. I learned that we all go through seasons in life where we need that extra help and there is no shame in it. By receiving counseling, I learned coping skills to help me manage my anxiety, and many root problems from my past were addressed. My counselor was a Godsend and she helped me get back on my feet.
I come from a background that labels mental issues as spiritual issues. I have heard, If you just pray more and read the Word more you can push through and be all right. I know that may help in some cases, but not all cases.
If I broke a bone I would go to the hospital and get help. If had diabetes, I would do what was needed to treat and manage it. Well, if I’m struggling with mental issues, wouldn’t it make sense to seek help for that as well?
That same friend who encouraged me to get help several years ago called me this week. She’s going through some very difficult trials regarding her family and told me she feels it’s hopeless and she’s having dark thoughts. My heart broke for her and all she’s dealing with. I didn’t preach to her because that’s not what she needed. Instead, I did for her what she did for me. I encouraged her to call and get help. I reminded her that God loves her and He is with her.
I share all this in hopes that you will reach out for help if you’re struggling. Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Tell someone what you’re going through and then get the help you need to get better. Do it for you. Do it for your family. You’re worth it! I’m praying for you.
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Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (KJV)