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Lenten Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Lenten Resolutions for Your Mental Health
Lenten Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Several years ago I went through a long bout of anxiety (you can read about it here). While I’m feeling much better now, I know that my anxiety is something that needs to be continuously managed, and my mental health must be continuously maintained. During that period when Lent came around, I focused on resolutions that will nurtured both my spiritual and mental health, and drew me closer to God, the only true source of peace. Here’s what I did:


1. Consistent prayer


St. John Chrysostom called prayer “a place of refuge for every worry” and “a foundation for cheerfulness.” Most years, I make a plan for a daily prayer routine to follow during Lent. In this case, it included a novena or simple prayer to St. Dymphna, patron saint of mental health.


2. Walking outside every day, rain or shine (or snow)


Walking – especially outside – is great for your mental health, but it can also be a sacrifice, especially on the Canadian prairies; the season of Lent is usually a cold one here, and leaving my cozy couch is an act of mortification in itself! But I know it’s good for my mental and physical health to get outside, and good for my soul to offer up something I don’t always feel like doing.


3. Reading peace


Father Jacques Philippe’s Searching for and Maintaining Peace is a lovely little tome full of great advice, like “nourish your own heart and return it to peace by gazing with love on Jesus,” and “Abandon yourself anyway!” I’ve never read Hallie Lord’s book On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace, but it sounds like it might be a good fit too.


4. Focusing on others


“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity,” said Padre Pio. “Serve the Lord with laughter.” If I want to feel more joy and peace, I need only love and serve more. I came up with a concrete plan on how to serve others, particularly my family, with selflessness, cheerfulness and charity. “The soul of the one who serves always swims with joy,” said St. John of the Cross, and that promise of joy sounds like just what the doctor ordered.


If these resolutions aren’t fitting the bill, you might try:


Lenten Resolutions to Improve Your Relationship with Food


Lenten Resolutions for Your Marriage


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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!