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Posted on October 26, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Evolve Monthly Momentum September 2022

Philippians 2:5- “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”

September is designated as National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Even as believers in Christ, it is sometimes challenging to keep our minds stayed on Jesus. Life can be overwhelming at times, distracting us from our purpose and assignments with fear, guilt, heartache, illness, and hopelessness.

We all face stressful challenges from time to time, which can cause overwhelming emotions. Traumatic events can leave strong lingering reactions. Feelings of stress, anxiety, worry, and grief are natural. Having healthy coping skills can be helpful. Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress provided by the CDC:

Take a break from watching, reading, or listening to news.

Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, take a break if you feel stressed.

Take care of your body.

Make time to unwind.

Talk to others.

Connect with your community, or faith-based organizations.

Avoid drugs and alcohol.

Recognize when you need more help.

Children and youth sometimes struggle coping with stress, especially when recovering from a traumatic event. Here are some tips for parents and caregivers to help children cope with stress:

Maintain a normal routine.

Talk, listen and encourage expressions.

Watch and listen for behavior changes.

Reassure your child about their safety and wellbeing.

Connect with other parents and teachers about ways to help your child cope.

Incorporating healthy ways to cope with stress and finding support can help reduce feelings and symptoms of stress.

 

Isaiah 41:10 states, “so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” It is during those challenging times that we must shift our mind and focus on the creator and sustainer of life, remembering that God can turn any life situation around for His glory. Claiming the power of God gives supernatural strength and healing.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or need someone to talk to, contact an Evolve team member by calling 931-905-2200. Check out our website at www.evolvetbcc.com

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number is 988

tn.gov – “Be the One” to save lives and prevent suicide

cdc.gov

 

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