Dealing with low mood in this season - a frontline worker's perspective


In this week's Lifestyle feature, Vickie Storm shares her experience of Covid-19 and how she has dealt with low mood.

In recent weeks, I have found myself randomly having the "mheee feeling". I use this word to describe what, in my case, is a low mood.


On most days, I am bright and joyful and it's so easy for me to step out into the world and partner up with Jesus to bring hope and joy.


For those who have spent time with me, I think will agree, joy and calmness tag along with me (hahaha). So having to wake up to a "mheee feeling" is unusual for me but it's been happening a lot lately.


At first, it was easy to align or associate that feeling with the pressure and experience of going through Covid-19 as a frontline worker then catching it, to not being able to have social interactions and hugs with my nearest and dearest. Yes, I am a hugger!


As the months went on, I started allowing my external environment to control my internal essence. At this point,I realised something needed to change. My internal essence is my identity in Christ (this is a whole other story), and once that's disturbed, it impacts how I see and react externally - and that is never really pretty.


So, here are two truths I established for myself:

1. God cares about my emotions: 1 Peter 5:7, ”Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
2. God delights in seeing me joyful: John 15:11, ”These things I have spoken to you, that My Joy be in you and that Your Joy may be full.”

So here are two truths I established for myself:


1. God cares about my emotions: 1 Peter 5:7, ”Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.


2. God delights in seeing me joyful: John 15:11, ”These things I have spoken to you, that My Joy be in you and that Your Joy may be full.”


This helps me establish the relationship between God, my emotions and me. This is not based on my emotions but the truth of His word, which is unchanging.


As an Occupational therapist, almost everything I do has smart goals. I like to keep things simple, and the pace as well. This way I recognise small achievements and I can enjoy the process.


Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting a lot.Here are some practical steps that I am taking to shift my mindset from the "mheee feeling” to joy.


Simon Holley said and l thank him for this reminder, that: "You fight for joy by sinking into the word of God, thus sinking our roots into His truth". It's not fake joy that we work towards but real unconditional happiness.


My daily steps:

1. Listening to uplifting music

I am a fan of Hosanna Music and Integrity Kids, this includes artists like Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter and Don Moen.


I often play these songs in the morning on my way to work. The songs have a scriptural basis for me and they serve as happy 'memory reminders' of me as a 10-year-old. So find something musical if you can but with the truth of God in it.

2. I choose to love and serve just one person a day

In a scenario like this, I am no longer just thinking of myself and what I can get but what I can do for someone else to demonstrate love. This can involve making a cup of tea, getting my colleagues PPE ready, or sending an email to affirm someone. It's nothing major or scary but something small.

"Starting small goes a long way for me and I easily see a lot of things to be grateful for now. The more grateful I am, the more joy I feel. "

3. I find something to be grateful for

I keep it very simple. As much as winning the lottery sounds amazing, I am grateful for the small meaningful things, like the person who made me a cup of tea that day, or the colleague who offered me a lift to work. Even a sweet text makes my day.


Other instances for me include, getting home on a particular day and my housemate making sure the house is peaceful so that I can rest. Starting small goes a long way for me and I easily see a lot of things to be grateful for now. The more grateful I am, the more joy I feel.


4. I actively speak life into my day

More often than not, I recognise that saying 20 lines and statements can be hard, especially on a 'mheee day'. So I usually start with this and if this is where it ends, It's also okay, remember we are keeping it simple!


”Thank you God for the awesome day that I will have today”.


I am sure by now you know the story of how words bring forth life.


5. Read a scripture for the day about joy

If I end up repeating the same verse all week that's fine. I like to spend time mediating on it and allowing it to sink in, and actually mean something to me.

"Therefore my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices...”

I remain here until I get it. I don't put myself under any pressure to be in a place that I am not or feeling like I need to catch up to everyone else.


6. I rest

My rest looks something like this: a game of State Survival, Netflix, House of Payne, a Madea film and basically anything that makes me laugh and chill. I do get a chance to chat with friends but I also make sure I have time to rest and reflect.


There is a great difference between rest and isolation. I still speak to my mother about my feelings and friends. Simply, it means, I have time to chat and then time alone with God where I can absolutely chill.


Final thought:

We are made in God's image and He is full of Joy. So if this be our truth about our Creator, our Father, who we are made in His image, then it's absolute that we are designed to produce joy and not low moods or in my case 'mheee' feelings.



About Vickie Storm

Vickie is a blogger, media personality, event facilitator and healthcare professional.


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