Today I, ____________________, will do all I can to safeguard my physical and emotional health.
“Your emotional health in also important and may affect your spiritual and physical well-being. Disappointment and occasional sadness are part of this mortal life. However, if you have prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, or depression, talk with your parents and your bishop and seek help.” – For the Strength of Youth
I, ____________________, commit to take care of my emotional health today and until August 23. I will also seek help if needed.
“How do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love? Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. As President Monson said to the Relief Society sisters so movingly last Saturday evening: “That love never changes. … It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve [it]. It is simply always there.” Never, ever doubt that, and never harden your heart. Faithfully pursue the time-tested devotional practices that bring the Spirit of the Lord into your life. Seek the counsel of those who hold keys for your spiritual well-being. Ask for and cherish priesthood blessings. Take the sacrament every week, and hold fast to the perfecting promises of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Believe in miracles. I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost. Hope is never lost. If those miracles do not come soon or fully or seemingly at all, remember the Savior’s own anguished example: if the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead.” – Like a Broken Vessel by Jeffrey R. Holland
Links for more information:
How to Be Happy by Marlin K. Jensen is about, well, how to be happy.
Like a Broken Vessel by Jeffrey R. Holland. In his talk, he speaks specifically to “those who suffer from some form of mental illness or emotional disorder, whether those afflictions be slight or severe, of brief duration or persistent over a lifetime.”
While there doesn’t seem to be a specific church website for emotional health, Googling “depression lds,” “anxiety lds,” or something similar can bring many useful links on the topic searched for. Also, feel free to look to prayer, the scriptures, your family, your home teachers, and your leaders for help concerning these topics.
Disclaimer: Nothing in my posts should be considered medical advice, only suggestions. I am not a professional, nor do I claim that anyone I mention is a professional. Use at your own risk.
Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Physical and Emotional Health section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/physical-and-emotional-health/