God’s love, healing and grace are available for us each day in Jesus Christ! One of the most overlooked benefits of going to worship is the positive effect on your mental and physical health. Religion and spirituality shape so much of life. They shape our outlook, beliefs, behavior, sense of meaning and purpose, and how we deal with stressors. All of these have monumental impacts on our health. Luther wrote that “god is the term for that to which we are to look for all good and in which we are to find refuge in all need. To have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart. (Large Catechism)
While some might be skeptical, there is truly a connection between attending services each Sunday and having good health. There are a number of surprising ways that going to church can improve your mental health to include reducing the risk of depression and suicide, getting better sleep, living longer, having lower blood pressure, and having a happier marriage. Reach out to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and Pastor Paul for more information and to attend one of their worship services each Sunday.
Sunday Worship Can Lower Your Risk of Depression and Suicide
When discussing mental health, part of that is acknowledging and dealing with mental illnesses. It has been found that spirituality, religion, and faith can help people who struggle with mental illnesses like anxiety or depression live well with their conditions. Not only can Sunday worship help you in times of crisis, but it can also help you manage your spiritual health. There are a number of ways in which attending church services can lower the chances of depression and suicide. The first is by great a strong support system. When you attend church regularly it’s natural that you’re going to start recognizing people and eventually forming lasting relationships. You’ll become part of the community and enjoy all of the support and benefits that come along with adding good people and faith into your life. This is a community that you can depend on when times get tough and you know without a doubt that they support you.
Sunday Services Can Reduce Stress
Another way is that attending church services helps to reduce stress and gain inner strength. The church’s teachings play a big role in this as you learn to trust in God’s love and goodness in Christ in your everyday life. The church can help you deal with stress in a healthy manner so that it doesn’t become overwhelming. You can also look forward to going to church every Sunday because you know you’ll be surrounded by a community that supports you and is in an environment that facilitates peace. Self-reflection plays a key role in constantly growing and becoming a better person, and church is the perfect, safe place for you to do this. The church can also help you recognize the many blessings that are present in your life and help you to appreciate them in ways you might not have before. All of these things will help to improve your mental health and lower your risk of having to deal with depression and suicide.
Church Attendance Promotes Better Sleep
Some studies have shown that there is an association between better sleep and church attendance. Better sleep is associated with churchgoers because they tend to be less stressed. Going to church every Sunday helps you have a healthy mindset and gives you time to “re-group” every week and put things into perspective. These things help you deal with the stressors that are present in your life in a healthy manner. Less stress, or at least dealing with stress in a healthy way, will lead to better sleep, which will help to improve your mental health.
Attend Sunday Worship Services to Live Longer and Healthier
There have been studies done that show a strong correlation between attending church services regularly and living a long and healthy life. Both having a low risk for depression and suicide and getting good sleep can contribute to a longer life, but there are also other contributing factors. As you get older, attending church services is a way to stay active and get out and be apart of a community. The positive energy, strong community, and faith can help lead to a longer life. People who attend church regularly are also more likely to make good choices that prolong their life.
Lower Your Blood Pressure By Attending Church
Regular church-goers tend to have lower blood pressure because they are able to handle stressors in a healthy way and because they are less likely to smoke and make other unhealthy choices.
Happier Marriages Through Shared Faith
Couples who practice their faith through regular church attendance tend to report that they have a significantly higher relationship quality as compared to couples who do not attend services together. Not only is doing things together on a regular basis a good idea but going to church together promotes a healthy relationship by giving each person a chance to reflect and appreciate one and other.
Attending Church Services at Fairfax Christ Lutheran
If you are seeking alternative ways to improve your mental health, making the simple choice to opt for Sunday worship can be the best decision you may ever make. Contact Pastor Paul for more information on how Sunday worship services at Fairfax Christ Lutheran can help you improve your mental health, your relationships and your quality of life.