by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant

When was the last time you had an emotional and/or mental health check up? While often used interchangeably, mental and emotional health are not the same.

“Mental health refers to your ability to process information. Emotional health, on the other hand, refers to your ability to express feelings which are based upon the information you have processed.” (Citation source: Web MD Health Services)

Mental and emotional health go hand-in-hand. When our emotional health is impaired, our cognitive functioning is impacted and vice versa. While many would like to think that their thoughts and feelings operate independently, science tells us this is not true.

So for faith leaders – people who do a lot of mental and emotional work – nurturing wellness is imperative. If we are unwell, not only do we suffer, those we serve and accompany suffer. Leaders must take responsibility for their holistic health. We are commanded to do so in the Greatest Commandments.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39

How do we love others as ourselves if we don’t first love self? And if love of self mirrors love of God – loving with our heart, soul, and mind – then paying attention to our mental and emotional health is crucial.

This #mentalillnessmonday, reflect on your mental and emotional health. Consider the Wholeness Wheel resource provided by Pórtico as a tool to take stock of your health. Portico Benefits.

Pay attention to how your thoughts and feelings impact one another.

Find a healer – a therapist, spiritual director, or coach – that can accompany you as you intentionally work on this part of your being.

Let’s not wait until we are in the throes of illness to attend to our health. Let’s nurture wellness and healing, together.

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