EVOLVE: Transformative Biblical Counseling Center
|Posted on August 12, 2021 at 2:20 PM|
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”