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Mental Health Wednesday 5/25/2022

Posted on May 10, 2022 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1543)

Balancing Mothering

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1904)

Monthly Momentum

May 2022

 

“Her children arise and call her blessed”

Proverbs 31:28

 

 

It has been said that “to the World you are just a mother, but to your family you are the WORLD!”

It is the month in which we celebrate motherhood. God’s Word in Psalm 127.3 says that “children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him”. In other words, children are a blessing from the Lord and it is a blessing to be a mother. But if the truth be told, some days mothering feels more like a burden than a blessing.

Mothering is not easy, especially in this present day. Mothering involves all-consuming responsibility for helpless new life; years of sacrifice for growing life and never ending support of continued life. Though it is a joy to see your children grow and develop, it can be exhausting. Mother’s must balance caretaking with self care. While we may be the world to our children, they must not become our world, our idol.

How doe we find balance in mothering?

Prioritize time for self renewal

Have a sacred date with God daily. It may be 5 minutes or an hour, but be consistent in

sitting in His presence, talking to and listening to God’s Word for you.

Read Mark 1:35

Read 1 Chronicles 16:11

Practice thought control

God says that as a man thinks in his heart , so is he. Our bodies react to our thoughts. If we

dwell on gossip, negativity and fear, our lives will manifest more of the same.

Read Philippians 4:8

Place your Boundaries

God’s word says let your yes be yes and your no be no. Boundaries help us to define expectations, set limits , show respect so that we can reach our goals. We cannot give our all to everyone and everything, and have some of us leftover for ourselves. Boundaries allow others to grow through their own choices.

Read Matthew 5:37

Read Galatians 6:2-5

 

 

May Every Mother Have a Happy Mother’s day

 

Ask The Counselor Question of The Day

Posted on April 26, 2022 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (2498)

Ques. My child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and medication was recommended/suggested. Are there any alternative treatments that have shown positive results?

Ans.

Alternative Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) is one of the most common disorders that affects children. The signs include difficulty staying on task and following age appropriate directions(distractibility), as well as doing things without thinking (impulsivity), and overactivity (hyperactivity).

All kids may have times when they are unfocused, very active, squirmy or fidgety, or not following directions but those with ADHD have these struggles all the time. They affect school performance, behavior and even making and keeping friends.

ADHD IS NOT ‘JUST BAD BEHAVIOR!’ It is a disorder affecting brain chemicals. There is no cure for ADHD.

There are treatments that can decrease the symptoms and help the child focus and learn. Medication is one of those treatments and is often used with positive results. However, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of medication. In my practice, we often start with other treatments including, therapy, behavior therapy, nutritional supports used with medications or separately.

Behavior Therapy is a broad term that generally provides support, strategies and techniques of helping the child take ownership of their behavior. It might include parent and child making a structured daily schedule with a system of rewards to reinforce the desired behavior; teaching self-monitoring(am I doing what the class is doing or what t he teacher has said?) and social skills (waiting turns, asking for help, dealing with losing).

Educational Interventions include classroom behavioral management, organizational skills, workload and testing management.

The National Institute of Mental Health offers the following suggestions:

Establish and Keep a daily routine

Organize everyday items (a place for everything)

Orgnaize school and homework folders

Write down assignments

Have clear and consistent rules

Look for and praise/reward positive behavior

The EVOLVE TBCC Team Adds:

Pray for your child, teachers and surrounding everday!

“Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go and When He is Old He will Not Depart From it

Proverbs 22:6


Dr. Elizabeth Pritchett,

Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Ordained Minister, Christ The Healer Church

 


What is Stressing You Out?

Posted on April 26, 2022 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1304)

Evolve Monthly Momentum for April 2022

 

“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Matthew 6:34, ESV.

What Is Stressing You Out?

April is recognized as Stress Awareness Month, and so we want to take this moment to highlight the effects of stress on mental health and share some biblical and practical applications so that you and I can stress less.

So, what is stress? Though there are many different meanings of stress, however, most people would agree that stress is how our body and mind respond to the pressures of life. Truth be told, most of us are even stressed out right now. You are stressed from being at work, stressed from being at church, stressed from being in school, and even stressed out from all of the other things and you are wondering what to do!

Stress takes an emotional toll on the entire person. Moreover, stress disrupts our connection with God, distracting us from His Provision, Providence, and Promise. So, here are some biblical and practical applications that will help us redirect and reconnect our body, mind, and soul with the Lord and away from the stressors of life.

Worship: Stress frequently comes from the uncertainty and pressures of life and sometimes we tend to blame God because things are not working out like they should. Read Hebrews 12:28; Psalm 95 and Psalm 100.

Pray: Praying through stress demands that we focus our attention on the Lord. Read Philippians 4:6-7; I Thessalonians 5:17; Jeremiah 29:11-14 and 1 John 5:14-15.

Ask for help: Stress can be an indicator that we are overwhelmed with juggling too many tasks. If you are dealing with a lot of stress, please ask for help! Read Romans 12:4-5; Proverbs 11:2 and Exodus 18:14-15.

Exercise: Exercise prepares us to handle the events of the day. Exercise will cause us to be a positive example to children, help us to be physically able to do God’s will, helps us to sleep much better, and help us reduce stress and fatigue. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Tim 4:8; and 3 John 1:2.

These biblical and practical applications will help realign our spiritual and natural response to stressors that interrupt balance in our lives. To avoid stressing out, remember, we serve a loving God who reigns over our lives, and He promise “…to work all things together for our good…” (Romans 8:28) and give us His peace (Isaiah 26:3)!

If you or someone you know is struggling facing life challenges an Evolve Soulcare member is available to talk. Call 931-905-2200 or email [email protected]

Emergency Numbers

⚠️ 911- Immediate danger to self or someone else

TN Crisis line- 1-855-crisis1

National Suicide Prevention Line- 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line- 1-800-273-8255

 

What's Love Got To Do With It

Posted on March 3, 2022 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (11671)

Evolve Soulcare Monthly Momentum

February 2022

 

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

1 Corinthians 13:13…But the greatest of these is love.

By Shalonda Maxie

There is no greater love than the love of God! Some researchers say love is a basic human emotion, while others suggest that it is a cultural phenomenon. For us who are in Christ, we believe that love is the greatest fruit of the Spirit and are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. That is the second commandment of Jesus. The first is to “love God with all your heart, mind and soul.” But what does it really mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Below are a few bible scriptures that will help us better understand what that means.

1 Corinthians 10:24- No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

Galatians 5:14- For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Hebrews 13:1-2- Keep loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Philippians 2:3- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

John 13:34- A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Let’s take time meditating on these scriptures and applying them to our everyday life, so that we can truly live the life we were destined for.

Love is the most powerful force of life, igniting our emotions, guiding us in a positive light and bringing meaning to our lives. As we take time this month to celebrate Black History, let’s remember the words spoken by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Hate cannot drive out Hate, only Love can do that”.

 

If you or someone you know needs to talk, contact

Evolve Soulcare 931-905-2200(o) [email protected]

TN Crisis line1-855-Crisis-1

National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

 

 

 

"Work IT Out!"

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (14114)

“Wherefore my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” Philippians 2:12

 

Salvation is freely given when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. Our scripture says we must work out our Salvation. This statement can be confusing as it is often taken to mean we must do something; we must work to receive or keep our salvation. Not so! Work out does not mean work for.

 

We do not work for salvation, but we must engage in a process to allow the gift of salvation that is IN us to be manifested OUTside of us in our living, our being, our doing, and our loving. We must work out what God has put in us so that it shows in our character.

 

This process is a renewing of our minds, our thoughts, our feelings- our souls.

It is a process of evolving to look like our father.

In this new year, let’s evolve together. Let’s embrace our new creature. Let’s let old hurts, attitudes, perceptions, fears, unclean habits pass away and work on letting all things inside become new.

 

Evolve Soulcare Ministry and associated ministries are here to help. Divorce Care support, Griefshare support, Free talk therapy and monthly group sessions are available to you.

For more information call 931-905-2200 email [email protected] or visit our website at www.evolvetbcc.com

 

Work it out!

Dr. Elizabeth Pritchett

Evolve Soul Care Ministry

 

Reclaim Your Peace, Exercise Your Power

Posted on September 20, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (82407)

Before the Ledge

Posted on September 20, 2021 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (2532)

John 10:10

Contemporary English Version

10  A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life,

and have it in its fullest.

Before the Ledge

 

The past 18 months have been a trying time for many. With the pressures of life

concerning the Coronavirus 19, the Delta Variant, numerous deaths, loss of close

relationships, and jobs many feel there’s no reason to go on. There are some protective

factors that can be utilize before reaching the ledge.

1. Meditation- remaining in a silent and calm state for a period of time, so that you are

more able to deal with the problems of everyday life.

2. Yoga- a system of physical postures and breathing exercises that promote physical well-

being and calmness of mind. 

3. Listening to music

4. Fishing

5. Dancing

Jesus came to give us life and have it to the fullest. Live your life to the fullest with Joy

and Peace. Whatever life throws at you, “REMEMBER You are More Than a

CONQUER”.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: “TN 741 741”

Evolve Mental Wellness- 931-905-2200 email: [email protected]

The Importance of Family Mental Health

Posted on August 12, 2021 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (21466)

The Importance of Family Mental Health

 

 

 

An area that can easily be overlooked is having a mentally healthy family. I defend that the foundation of the mentally healthy family is building and maintaining hearty family relationships. The restrictions from the recent global pandemic emphasized the importance of relationships amongst those under the same roof. Physical touch, words of encouragement, quality time and acts of service are all expressions of love that are vital in all relationships—to include amongst relatives. The following tips are simple but important in maintaining good mental health in our families:

 

 

 

 

 

1. Commit to having healthy family relationships. Be intentional on building relationships with the individual members of the family. Reach out to family members that you may not have connected with in the past. Resolve to do your part to ensure that your family is as close as possible.

 

 

 

2. Communicate frequently amongst the family. Set yourself a reminder to connect with family members on a consistent basis. Facetime and Google Hangouts allow face to face interaction with relatives. Zoom calls and conference call lines are excellent ways to bring the entire family together— even during the pandemic.

 

 

 

3. Clear up any and all confusion that may exist in the family. Confusion and unresolved issues with family members create mental and emotional problems. Unfortunately, all of us have either had or seen disputes and disagreements in families persist for far too long. Although we’ve known it all along, the year 2020 showed us that life is precious, unpredictable and is not to be taken for granted. Encourage family members to forgive and love each other in order to build and maintain their mental health as well as to build up the family unit.

 

 

 

 

4. Cultivate a culture that encourages having a mentally healthy family. For far too long, the cultures in our families have caused mental and emotional trauma while shunning being mentally healthy. Sadly, there are members of our families who have been physically, mentally, emotionally and even sexually abused and told things like, “what goes on in this family stays in this family.” In recent years, society has done an excellent job at exposing the hidden issues that have caused mental and emotional pain. Talk to your family about the importance of being healthy mentally and emotionally and encourage family members to seek help if necessary.

 

 

 

 

In the words of the apostle John, I pray that you and your family will, “prosper and be in health”—physically, financially, relationally, mentally, and emotionally.

 

 

2021– “The Year of Continued Alignment, Reclamation, and Re-Focus”

 

Relax Relate Release

Posted on July 6, 2021 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (6218)

Evolve SoulCare Monthly Momentum for JULY 2021

 

Relax, Relate, & Release

 

Matthew 11:28- “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”

 

It is so exciting for the children to see another school year end and all the great possibilities that the Summer may bring begin! I am sure that your child(ren)returning to the building and/or being a remote learner(s) had some challenges.

Now that June is over let us take a few minutes to EXHALE! I must say that again, EXHALE!

 

We are now living with some changes to our normal. Many refer to this way of life as the

“New Normal.” When we focus on the pandemic and the lives lost or affected by CoVid-19, we may find ourselves overwhelmed, however, turning to the holy word and creating a special place and time to meditate, pray, worship, and relax is a wonderful way to reset!

 

We must take time to reset, regroup and retreat with the people we love and who love us. The pandemic taught a valuable lesson, that making time to spend with family, friends, and self, produce precious moments and memories.

 

Take some time to release negative energy and negative people from your life. If parenting is overwhelming seek help through community resources to ensure you and your children are safe, happy, and healthy. Spend intentional quality time with your children. Incorporate reading God’s word together and if/when possible, invite their friends to join.

 

Take time out for yourself. You cannot give your best if you have no rest!

 

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, an Evolve SoulCare member is available to talk. Call 931-905-2200 or email [email protected] Visit our website at www.evolvetbcc.com.

 

Call 911 for immediate help

National Suicide Prevention Line- 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line- 1-800-273-8255 option #1

 


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