Dealing with #anxiety #depression and #stress is a but like climbing Ben Nevis

Years ago, before I went to university,  I climbed Ben Nevis with some friends.
If you ever have, you will know that you get to a number of “summits”, ridges that could for all intent and purpose, be the top.
But when you get to it, you realise there is much further to go.
In the same way, being well is a journey, and not one for the Hare, rushing to what looks like the finish line, only to find it isn’t and then having a set back because there are no resources for the next climb.
Wellness is a Tortoise game.
We climb, knowing that there will be fresh challenges ahead, taking our time, using what we have learnt, and enjoying the view as we go.


A patient heart in all the worry

Change is a funny thing. I don’t know about you dear readers, but I’m not particularly good at it… a stuck in the mud at 38 🙂 Although I think I may have been stuck in said mud since I was a child.

It’s not change per se that I find difficult, it’s the transition I find so stressful. When I moved house a couple of years ago, I was delighted to be in a new house with a new garden and colours to choose for the living room wall… but act of moving house was horrendous.

Not everyone seems to find it horrible – our administrator had his last day today and he seemed most calm – he is in there somewhere:

peters last day

But I find it all… so unsettling.  Perhaps this is where, more than ever, the Bible’s words in 1 Peter 5:7 come into play:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Of course it’s easy to then worry about casting all your rubbish on Jesus, but it says those all important words: because he cares for you. And that’s the point. So today, as I find myself in a place of transition, I am telling Jesus all about  my anxious thoughts, because I know he cares for me and even if I am being silly, I know in him I have a kind and patient ear.

May you find that patient heart for yourself today.