Key Scripture to memorize: Matthew 22:36-40 – 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (Without hesitation) 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
How do we love ourselves in a biblical way?
- Utilize healthy-self talk – monitor the way you talk to yourself. Every time a negative word comes out of your mouth directed toward yourself, ask God to forgive you, and to help you modify this self-defeating behavior.
- Understand self-love is not self-centeredness. The goal is not narcissism… it is learning how to balance caring for others with caring for yourself. Schedule time in your calendar for activities that feed and replenish the emotional part of your being.
- Uncover God’s point of view – if you struggle with loving yourself, memorize Psalm 139; Ephesians 2:4-6; Romans 8:31-39. Put yourself to sleep at night quoting these scriptures. God’s word is a powerful means of changing unhealthy thought patterns.
NOTE: Give yourself grace in this process. Learning to love yourself takes time. Growth here is typically incremental.
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Scazzero
- Running on Empty – Cordeiro
- Pastor Disaster – Opalewski
NOTE: If you are currently experiencing depression, schedule an appointment with your medical doctor. Discuss the benefits of beginning an exercise program. Talk with him/her about how antidepressant medication may help stabilize your emotions.
- Begin an exercise and medication regimen if your doctor so advises. Exercise a minimum of 3-4 times per week. Here are some suggested activities:
- Continue with your exercise and medication regimen even when you begin to feel better. Work with your doctor closely here
- In addition, schedule an appointment with a licensed counselor. Converge Coaching can connect you with a network of qualified counselors. If you feel you are unable to keep yourself safe, seek emergency assistance immediately.
Ten warning signs of depression
From the National Institute of Mental Health
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping.
- Dramatic change in appetite – overeating, or appetite loss.
- Loss of interest in activities that once proved pleasurable, including sex.
- Persistent aches or pains, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
- Fatigue and decreased energy.
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism.
- Irritability or restlessness.
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings.
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a combination of five or more of these recognizable symptoms that last for two weeks may indicate a clinical level of depression.