Look, we’ve got to level with you. These last few months have not been easy on our mental health. And I’d bet that they haven’t been the easiest on yours either. Through the toughest times, it’s crucial that we be honest with ourselves about how we’re feeling and thinking. Emotionally and mentally.
When our friends at EDGE Mentoring and Thrivent Financial approached us to sponsor content on mental health, we leapt headfirst into the partnership. We’re now a proud sponsor of Refuel + Recharge, a video series on mental health and wellness featuring entrepreneurs and authors like Ken Coleman and Shauna Niequist.
Refuel and Recharge your mental health
According to Thrivent, after attending the sessions, more than 91% of the almost twenty thousand viewers learned something new about mental health and had a better set of options to improve their wellness. We’ve compiled each of the recordings below to help you prepare for and overcome the ups and downs of life.
Shauna Niequist – Finding time for yourself
July 14, 2020
“Busy-ness is a drug.” Shauna Niequist is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Bread & Wine and Present Over Perfect. She said that practice of silence and connection lead to progress through even the toughest of times.
She spoke on finding time to focus on ourselves and our life journey. Sleeping well, eating healthy and resting thoughtfully are three ways to dodge chaos and frenzy.
Curt Thompson – Developing authentic relationships
May 27, 2020
From a young age, Curt Thompson was inspired by deep compassion for others and informed from a Christian perspective. Now a psychiatrist, Thompson shared fresh insights and practical applications for developing more genuine relationships and fully experiencing our deepest longing: to be known. Then will your mental well-being and overall wellness improve.
Mark Batterson – Refueling and recharging with prayer
May 20, 2020
Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and the New York Times best-selling author of 17 books. He talked about refueling the brain in different ways, such as naps, books, exercise and prayer.
Nathan Harmon – Habits to create community
May 13, 2020
“We can’t allow the humanity of others to stop us from using one of the most valuable tools we have: community.” Here are Nathan‘s five habits of the heart and mind to create a strong sense of togetherness:
- Hard Work
- Good Choices
- Value People
Rebekah Lyons – Rhythms of renewal for mental well-being
May 6, 2020
As life goes on, it’s crucial that we take a step back and realize what’s most important. Rebekah discussed her four rhythms of renewal for mental health:
- Rest – Addressing your “inner life”
- Restore – Investing in your physical health and well-being
- Connect – Evaluating your relational health with others
- Create – Living your purpose through your gifts and talents
Sarah Sheehan – Leadership mindset during uncertainty
April 29, 2020
Idowu Koyenikan said, “The mind has a powerful way of attracting things that are in harmony with it, good and bad.” Sarah shared three mindsets to embrace to gain clarity:
- Embrace vulnerability – Don’t miss this opportunity for connection.
- Build resilience – Resilience is built when you intentionally appreciate, recognize and believe in others.
- Foster agility – Accept that we’re living in a new and evolving “normal.”
Max Yoder – In pursuit of wholeness and compassion
April 22, 2020
Driving toward perfection is, in fact, imperfect, let alone impossible. “The trouble with perfectionism is that it’s driven by other people’s judgments. Judging doesn’t come from a place of love, it comes from a lack of healing. Wholeness has roots in healing.” Max touched on the pursuit of compassion, rather than perfection and fear. Click the gif above to watch.
Carlos Whittaker – Prioritizing mental health
April 15, 2020
Mental health is important all the time but perhaps, most important during challenging times. Carlos addressed the topic of anxiety and depression and prioritizing mental health to avoid downward spiraling. To learn more, click the gif above.
Ken Coleman – Eliminating fear, doubt and pride
April 8, 2020
Leaders struggle too. In the toughest times amidst crisis and uncertainty, their abilities are put to the ultimate test. They can either succumb to the pressures or rise above them. Ken Coleman shared three ways to eliminate fear, doubt and pride, the three enemies of leadership:
1) Name it. Write it down on paper.
2) Deconstruct it to find the truth.
3) Refocus on that truth.
Click Ken’s gif above to learn more about leadership tactics during the pandemic.
In summary, all of these mental health and wellness rockstars have had their fair share of ups and downs, just like you and me. It’s their tenacity and persistence that keep them going. It can be difficult to get up after getting knocked down. But with the advice and insights they shared through Refuel + Recharge, you have no limits.
Onwards and upwards. 🚀
Thanks to our friends at EDGE Mentoring and Thrivent Financial for partnering on such an important, necessary series on mental wellness.