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9 Ways to Place Yourself in Mental Health “Intensive Care”

Compassionate Love Blog: Displaying compassion for those who fight mental illness, addiction, and abuse  (c)2018  Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministries


A time of reprieve and emotional healing follows difficult struggles with depression.  It is as if God is saying, “Come now child. I know you were just beat up. Let’s sit awhile, I will bandage you, and we can talk. Only rest and know you are safe.”

Ah, the tender heart of the Almighty.

I have learned that when I feel most like giving up – whether it be hopelessness, money concerns, schooling, or  burn out in some other area, the answer comes right after a sense of defeat. 

Repeated experience has taught me to respond differently. When my mind screams. “I can’t,” now I add,”You (God) can.”  When life is too much to bear, I recall that I have survived the worst.  When emotions are too much to handle, relief and healing begin in the embrace of the Heavenly Father.

You have probably heard that it is okay to not be okay. That is true! At difficult times, we may need to put ourselves into mental or emotional health intensive care.

For me, this means stopping everything and focusing on repairing my thought processes.  From simply praying in my home, to therapy and even psychiatric hospitalization, taking care of myself is the primary means of restoration. 

9 ways to practice intensive care

  1. Take a break for awhile. If you feel as if everything is closing in around you, step back and rest.
  2. Call on God for wisdom.
  3. Seek professional diagnosis if these struggles interfere with daily functioning, especially if it has been going on for a few weeks.
  4. Struggles that seem insurmountable can ease up by reaching out for support and hearing a new perspective.
  5. Eat right
  6. Sleep right
  7. Breathe.
  8. Putting yourself in mental or emotional intensive care is more than taking a mental health day. You may need several.
  9. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, for safety and health go to the actual Emergency Room. 

Trust that sometimes hope hides behind pain. It does not disappear. To find it again, consider paying vital attention to your well-being. Place yourself in mental health intensive care.

Today’s Helpful Word

Zephaniah 3:17 

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.


NOTE:  I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges.  In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S.  (for international emergency numbers, go here ), or go to your nearest emergency room. Do not be alone. Hope and help are yours.


The Mental Health Difference Between Onions and Babies

CompassionateLove Blog: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness  (c)2017  Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministry






A silly text from my son, “What is the difference between babies and onions?” raises my curiosity.   

Our relationships with babies and onions are polar opposite. Babies need us; onions could not care less we exist. Babies express excitement when we coo at them, onions not so much. Babies are lovable tiny humans we want to cuddle and prevent from harm, while onions are targets. Our aim is to destroy and devour onions. Yum!

Babies cry, onions make us cry. We choose temporary suffering while chopping onions because we want delicious additions to dinner. Babies cause us to cry also, however not because they’ve squirted us in the eye (usually).  

Babies make messes big and small. Eventually powder, brooms, and wet rags are not enough. Damage done by various outside influences brings unfortunate changes to once-clean minds, and hopes. Onions shed only skin, and rotten ones are easily tossed to protect good ones. We cannot preserve a baby’s innocence.

Babies develop layers of personality, beliefs, emotions, and self-protection. Onions come with layers that we purposefully peel away without double thinking it. Yet when babies are older, and they try to express themselves, sometimes they hear, “Be quiet,” or “You shouldn’t feel that way.”

Imagine how mental health will flourish if we encourage babies from onset to talk out their experiences and emotions without fear of judgment!  Admitting to humanness will no longer drive us to isolation. Humility will free relationships as we stop hiding. Turning our lives and false sense of control over to God will be welcome release!

We can influence the world for mental, emotional, and spiritual health by embracing vigorous honesty and radical acceptance of each other. This is the difference between a stinky vegetable and a beautiful baby.  We can grow in love.

Today’s Helpful Word

Philippians 1:9

“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” – St. Paul



NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental health care.

If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help is yours.

onions picture by LUSI on rgbstock.com; baby picture by AMBROZ on rgbstock.com