Life always throws us different problems or situations that can cause us to lose hope or even our sanity. Your situation may not be grief! The world is dealing with the situation of COVID-19, and if that wasn’t enough you could still have a different situation! Now I’m no expert on sanity but when my sanity was under attack, 5 things were essential to me. Some are spiritual and others are just practical! Either way, I pray they bless you.
Here are my 5 Ways to Stay Sane in the Situation:
1. Pray- God wants to talk to you!
In my walk with Christ I had to learn that every situation I am going through, God allowed it and controls it. Therefore, I want to talk to the one in charge of my situation. If I’m at a restaurant and something is wrong with my food, I don’t want to talk to the hostess or even the waiter who brought it to me! I want the manager who is in charge of the establishment. It’s the same with God- no one can help you more than Him. Let him talk you through your situation! Remember, He is the owner so He knows how to fix it.
This one practical and spiritual! Rest is so important to the physical body! Practically, you can’t function at full strength without rest. Scientifically, rest literally heals your heart and blood vessels. Spiritually, God wants to give you rest. Matthew 11:28 says “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Use this time of quarantine to get caught up on your rest! You can not remain sane without rest!
3. Give yourself room to grow
This is a two-fold statement. First, examine the areas of your life that before this worldwide situation (COVID-19) you were ignoring. Then attempt to grow in that area. And Start slow. For example, if you drank at least one soda every day last week, try to go 2 days without one this week! That’s growth. The second part of this is just as important- give yourself room. I strongly encourage you to grow in this season, but for sanity purposes, this is not a competition to see who was more productive! Give yourself the grace and room to grow at your pace.
4. Remove dead space
A major part of growing a garden is pruning. That is when you remove the unnecessary and potentially dangerous parts of the garden. To maintain sanity you must remove the unnecessary dead space. The dead space could be a person, a habit, a television show, or even a social media site. I hear you saying, “But what if it’s not hurting me? It’s just not helping me.” Then what is its purpose? When your sanity is on the line, you can not afford anything that is not productive to your mental and physical health.
5. Allow God to fill that space
Lastly, any space that is now free needs to be replaced and I recommend Jesus. He is the perfect answer and He is willing and able! He wants a relationship with you, but you have to let him in. Here’s how I know:
Revelation 3:20 says, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Leviticus 26:11-12 says, “I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.”
God wants to be your friend. With this friend you will be able to stay sane in the situation.
If you don’t know this friend I write about and would like to know more about him, feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org