The world is a stressful place today. There is a global pandemic, the country has times of turmoil, and there are times of uncertainty. There are some things that a person can do to help with their mental health and help them stay sane throughout these times. Prayer is one of the best things a person can do for their mental health and mental stability. According to Father George Rutler, prayer is one of the best forms of meditation for the mind and the body.
Keep the Faith
A person needs to keep faith that things will turn out in their favor. While there are an illness and other issues that are happening a person needs to keep faith that times will change and things will get better. Prayer is one way to do this. Even through challenging times a person can rely on their higher power to make things right.
While it is easy to see what people do not have and feel like everything is going wrong, praying gives a person a chance to look at what they do have and what they are thankful for. While people may not have the luxuries they used to have there is still a lot to be thankful for. Most people still have their homes and food on the table. There are little things in life that often get overlooked. Praying is a way to bring them back and make a person think about all that they are fortunate to have.
Praying is one of the best ways to engage in meditation. When a person prays they are calm, they are focusing on something peaceful and relaxing. Meditation will allow a person to be at peace even if they only pray for a couple of minutes. Taking some time each day to pray will help a person relax and they will feel less stress in their life.
Sense of Purpose
People are busy now and it seems they never have a moment for themselves. Prayer will change this. Prayer will go back to allowing a person to know their purpose. When they pray a person will think about all the roles they play during the day and which ones are the most important. A person may be a caregiver, parent, or play another role. Praying will allow them to know what roles are important and separate themselves from the other stressors that are having an impact on their life.
When a person feels like they have no hope, prayer can give them some coping skills that they need. They will think about how they can get past this time or hardness and everything will be okay.
When a person is looking to relax they should pray. There are many physical and mental benefits to prayer. A person can think about all that is good in their life and relax knowing that a higher power is watching over them and taking care of them.