To go along with today’s episode of A Light In The Darkness, which discusses how the practices of Lent can help us manage a mental illness, I wanted to add a post here talking about how nice it would be to just give up mental illness during Lent. But of course, that, unfortunately, isn’t the way it works.
We, of course, are supposed to give up either a guilty pleasure, something we really enjoy, or something that is harmful to our soul, something that hurts our spiritual well-being and takes us further from God. And while mental illness certainly falls into that last category, it isn’t like we can just give it up.
Yet part of Lent is being mindful of what we need to give up to heal our souls and be closer to God. And this is a lesson that you don’t need to be religious to learn. Being mindful of the bad habits that you’ve developed to cope with mental illness is the first step to healing and living a healthier life.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you need to repent and accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior before Easter. My faith works for me, but what works for you might be very different, and I respect that. There is no correct answer when it comes to managing a mental illness. Yet there are circumstances, and I believe that this is one of them, where the lessons of faith translate well to secular lessons that can help us all. And that, of course, is part of what I am trying to do with this blog. So, if this post has helped you, that is wonderful and I am thankful. Yet is there is something that you do that helps more, I would love to hear it.
And as always, thank you for reading. And until next time, be well.