Keeping The Faith

Yesterday, I talked about staying true to your self-care routines, even when you might be trying a new look. Today, being Sunday, I wanted to talk about faith.

First, and most importantly, I want to recognize that faith isn’t a tool everyone needs or turns to in the management of their mental illnesses. It works for me and is important to me, which is why I am writing about it here, but if it doesn’t work for you, there is nothing wrong with that. We each find our own paths in the battle with mental illness.

Second, anyone who says you just need to pray harder, or believe more, or let God heal you is wrong, and I say that as someone who is typically very hesitant to comment on how people practice their religion.

Those two caveats out of the way, faith has helped give me strength when the lies of mental illness threaten to rob me of my strength, of my energy, and of my resolve. God isn’t a magic cure-all, but rather someone that I have a relationship with, a relationship that gives me strength.

Religion also means having a community that accepts me, that I can be a part of without my social anxiety being too bad. It is true, not every church community is as accepting as mine. Finding the right community can be like finding the right therapist, it just takes time.

Yet keeping the faith and finding the right church community have both been key parts of keeping my fighting strength up as the demons of mental illness lurk in the shadows where only I can see them. As I said before, it isn’t a necessity for everyone. I’m not going to tell you to go out and find religion right now if you don’t have it. But I also am going to be honest about how it has helped me.

And if you do want more discussions of how faith and mental illness intersect, you can check out my podcast, A Light In The Darkness, for more discussions. This season the discussion looks at how these issues impact parenting, so check it out if you are interested. And whether I see you over on the podcast or not, I still thank you for stopping by and reading. Until next time, be well.

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