mental health

Caring for Loved Ones struggling with their Mental Health

We are less than 1 week away from Christmas, which is something I have been awaiting in eager anticipation for the past…51 weeks. Christmas season brings about festivities which are unrivalled by other holidays, whether it be the gatherings with family and friends, the colourful lights, the carols echoing around the malls, and most importantly, the commemoration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is no wonder the Christmas holidays is labelled as the ‘season of joy’. Unfortunately,…

An Extension: A few more tips for engaging in mental health conversations

An extension of my previous post “7 Tips: When someone discloses about their mental health (or any challenge, really)”. Link to previous post: https://graceinmentalhealth.wordpress.com/2020/06/21/7-tips-when-someone-discloses-about-their-mental-health/ 8. Roll with the Resistance We all want our loved ones to feel better and improve. We might be afraid or disappointed when it seems like they are not improving. Sometimes, with the best intentions, we want this so much we end up pushing for what we want to hear, rather than listening to their reality.…

The Comparison Trap

“Why are their lives always better than mine?” “Why can’t I be happy like everyone else?” “Why are they so much better than me at everything?” Have you ever had these thoughts and felt inferior to others in some aspect or another? When we were young, this could come in the form of comparison over simple things like the size of your ice cream compared to your sibling’s. Yet as we grow older, life become more complicated and we start…

A picture book reading: Mum’s Jumper by Jayde Perkin

Grief is such a difficult thing… I find that I often don’t know what to say or do, and neither does the other person. With grief and loss, it often feels like there is this space and distance filled with good intention and a desire to help, but often… there are just no words. This book I was given for Christmas provides a simple and warm way of engaging with the topic of grief for both young and old. With…

How Much Should I Give to God?

How Much Should I Give?             This is a question that many of us would like a clear answer to. How much am I expected to give back to God? Whenever this question arises, someone will often chime in “we should give everything to God because He has given us everything.” Of course, this is true, but it fails to answer the more practical intentions of the original question. Generally when people ask “how much should I give?”, they are…

It’s Okay Not to be Okay

It’s Okay Not to be Okay. What an amazing Korean drama. So amazing that it’s the first Korean drama I’ve watched in a long time. The drama contained a deeper message on the impact of parenting and upbringing on people’s mental health, and was supported by a great cast alongside the ever-popular theme of romance. But I’m not here to review how good the Korean drama was. I’m here to share on the message stated in the title. We always…

Gospel Math

Gospel Math Mine, Mine, Mine   The world around us says that we deserve the money we earn and that the more money we earn, the happier we will be. After all, we have worked hard for our money and it seems only fair for us to be able to enjoy the fruit of our labor. But when we work hard, we can only do so with the abilities, opportunities and health that ultimately God supplies. If God had decided…

The Rich Man’s Math Book

  The Rich Man’s Math Book Winning the Lottery            Have you ever considered what you would do if you won the lottery? When one views the various advertisements for the lottery, it appears that the lottery promises security, contentment and joy. Yet the reality is harshly different. Studies of lottery winners have shown that after winning, many struggle with depression and anxiety, have serious family issues, occasionally go bankrupt, and in some cases commit suicide. It seems that what…

Restoring Sabbath Rest

  Restoring Sabbath Rest (Part 3) See Part 1:Sabbath Difficulties See Part 2: Sabbath Rest Laws and Intentionality             How do we practically take the necessary rest our bodies, minds and souls require? We have already addressed both the difficulties in taking sabbath time in our culture (see here) and the importance of rest that reaches all the way down into the soul (see here). It is important to work in this order because if these elements are not properly…

Sabbath Rest

  Deep Rest (Part 2) See Part 1: Sabbath Difficulties             Have you ever considered why God rested after creating the world in Genesis 1-2? Did God really need to rest? Had He become tired through His work as we often do? Of course, if we think about it for a moment or two, we would quickly conclude that God is an infinite and all-powerful being. Therefore, He cannot get tired like us. Then why did He rest? The answer…