Prayer And Mental Health
I use prayer regularly to help calm my mood and move toward stability. Each morning I wake in prayer, even before my eyes are open. A friend of mine suggested this as I would routinely awake in tears, panic, anxiety, and terror. It was an awfully painful way to wake. Reciting a prayer as I wake is a much better way to start the day. I also have a morning routine that includes coffee, prayer, meditation, saying affirmations, and reading inspirational literature. When I want more conscious contact with my Higher Power I set alarms on my phone several times during the day. When the alarm goes off, I stop and pray. This helps to calm and ground me. One of my favorite go-to prayers is The Serenity Prayer.
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I can not change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Take good care,
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. -- Helen Keller