We Have Lots of Feelings...

This is a tough time we’re living through, and it's bringing out the best and the worst in us.  There are lots of resources on this page to help you attend to the big feelings you might be having.  None are a magical cure, but they can help us on the road to wholeness. 

 

Pastor Mike is also available for confidential, non-judgmental, personal conversation about what you might be struggling with.  You can connect with him by calling the church office at 816-781-7991 or via e-mail

It's normal to have big feelings.

 

Stress and anxiety is normal.  It's actually really common, particularly when facing the constellation of trauma, isolation, and social complications we're all seeing right now.  You are not alone in these feelings. 

Mental health is just as important as our physical health, so much so that they can impact each other.  Just as there are external factors that can cause our physical health to be weakened, there are things that can weaken our mental health.  Feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, angry, or anything else isn't a sign that you're crazy, but simply that you're human and need to tend to your well-being. 

When we feel these big feelings, it's tempting to believe we'll always feel this way.  It doesn't have to be that way.  It can (and will) get better.  Just as we'd take medicine for strep throat or seek treatment for a broken bone, it's important that we get help tending to our emotional struggles.  Holding the feelings inside, pretending we're not hurting, or hoping they'll just go away can often make the wounds fester.  Acknowledging the pain and getting help will lead to faster healing.

​​Tips to Improve Mental Health

From the National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resource and Info Guide.

  • Manage how you consume information.  Be selective about how you consume news. It’s generally a good idea to stay engaged and informed. Having some limits on your news consumption can help

  • Follow healthy daily routines as much as possible.  Your daily habits and routines can help you feel more in control of your own well-being.

  • Take care of yourself through exercise and movement.  Research suggests that when we exercise, our brain releases chemicals that help us better manage stress and anxiety.  

  • Practice relaxing in the present moment.  Focus your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment.  Do breathing exercises.  Participate in worship and prayer online.

  • Do meaningful things with your free time.  When you can, do things that you enjoy and that help you relax.

  • Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks.  Use the phone, technology, and even the mail to stay connected with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers.

  • Find a mental health community.  Check out the resources provided by organizations like NAMI or talk with your primary physician for specific and local recommendations. 

  • Connect to a spiritual or religious community.  That's us!  Connect with us by using the resources on the HosannaTogether website, reach out through our church office (816-781-7991), or call a fellow church member (call the church office if you need contact information).

Coloring Pages When Feeling Anxious

Thank you to Illustrated Ministry for providing this free resource. 

 

If you're feeling stressed and anxious, there are two things that can help:  prayer and coloring.  Although coloring may seem like the stuff of children, it's a great way for adults to slow down their thoughts and focus their bodies, too.  Download the resource, print it off, and bust out your colored pencils, markers, or crayons. If you don't have a way of printing these pages, but still would like them, drop us a note and we'll mail you a paper copy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

  • Call 800-273-8255 24/7 for free and confidential support if you or a loved one are in distress, or if you would like prevention and crisis resources for yourself or your loved ones.

  • Learn more on their page about Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

If your feelings or those of someone you know are getting overwhelming, and you feel that your life or the life of another might be at risk, please call 911 now to get immediate help. 

Resources for Mental Health

 

Please note that these links open to respected external websites.  Their content is provided by the respective site owners, and Hosanna! Lutheran Church is not responsible for content found on them or or linked to from them.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources for Daily Life and Coping with COVID-19

National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • NAMI is the nation's largest mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

  • Learn about the warning signs and symptoms of mental illness on this page.

  • The NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resources Page contains videos, information, and links related to how COVID-19 is impacting mental health and how to find support

  • Download the COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions, including (but not limitted to) the following:

    • I’m having stress or anxiety because of COVID-19. What can I do?

    • I’m working from home and feel disconnected from my routines. What can I do?

    • I still have to leave my home to go to work. How can I protect myself and others?

    • I feel isolated and lonely. How can I find connection?

    • I don’t feel safe while at home/quarantined. How can I protect myself?

  • Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 M-F, 9am–5pm, or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

Surviving Life in Close Quarters with Others

Coping with Grief and Loss

Including loss of the life that was due to COVID-19

 
Resources from Grief.com
 
Resources from HelpGuide.org
 
Grief Support Groups

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2800 N. Church Rd., Liberty, Missouri

Office phone:  816-781-7991

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