Discussing the sensitive topics of suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal ideation* can be quite challenging because they are emotionally charged. Sometimes it's hard to find the words to express our thoughts and feelings about these issues.
Choose 2 Think Podcast guest Stephen Johnson, a licensed social worker who has been in practice for decades, reduces the charge on this issue by addressing it in a loving and God-honoring fashion.
During the interview, Stephen answers these two overarching questions:
1) Why might someone choose to take their own life?
2) What can the survivors (family members, friends, the community) do to deal with their grief and any guilt they may be feeling as a result of losing someone they know to suicide?
His answers may surprise you.
Apparently, we're gaining weight during Covid, a phenomenon fondly called "The Quarantine 15." And it's no wonder, right?! The sad news is that America already had a weight problem that has only grown over these last 9 months.
According to Statista, 26% of US adults are inactive and 31% are obese (the highest rate in the WORLD!). The cause? Nearly half of all Americans conclude that main contributors for obesity are inactivity and a poor diet.
Our daily routines have changed drastically and our stress levels have skyrocketed in 2020. The gyms are closed, and we stock up on prepackaged foods or takeout. How do we cope with all the fear and the unknowns? To what do we turn in our time of need?
For some folks, it's Food.
Though we may be more inactive than ever and though we may not be choosing the most healthy foods during this long and troublesome season, there is another culprit at play as well, and we tend to shy away from addressing this all-too-familiar foe when it comes to food.
Some scientists say that we have about 60k thoughts daily. Others say it's waaaaay less, more like 6k.
And of these thoughts, the National Science Foundation postulated that 80% are negative and 95% repetitive (2005 study). Another study in that same year from Cornell suggested that 97% of our worries are actually unfounded.
Since I'm in the Choose 2 Think business, this information is quite fascinating to me. Why?
Because our thoughts literally affect our brains.
And if I'm having a gazillion negative thoughts daily and I'm repeating them, well, that's a recipe for one very weary, dissatisfied, and downtrodden noggin.
So what's a feller to do?
In an attempt not to let Covid become the center of my attention or impact my mindset and attitudes these days, I've been practicing what I call a MINDSET SWITCH.
There was a day not too long ago when I found myself wearing the dratted "COVID CLOAK" -- Let's just say this cloak is heavy and quite uncomfortable. It really doesn't fit me well at all.
With God's help, I became determined to exchange this clunky Covid Cloak (or mindset) for a garment of PRAISE, THANKSGIVING, and REJOICING!
It's a relatively simple strategy I can employ when I feel overwhelmed or aggravated with all things Covid. It's not just mind-over-matter or positive thinking, but rather it's a practical, God-honoring approach that you and I both can take during these trying times!
I started asking myself a series of questions that propelled me into a higher gear and fueled my purpose and calling. I've found renewed energy and joy--even during this season of Covid--and you can, too!
These are the 18 QUESTIONS I ask myself regularly AND have used for a few journal prompts:
Join me on the Choose 2 Think Podcast to listen to Christine (and her husband David's) journey through the long and winding road of international adoption.
We cozy up and talk process, the ups-and-downs, and the dreaded but unavoidable waiting. Christine is so personable and speaks straight from her heart. Her story has a wonderful and miraculous ending that you don't want to miss.
Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen.
But there's more!
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