Blue | Monday, January 21, 2019
“Blue Monday is notably the perfect storm of a day to feel hopeless. The holidays are over, the weather and nights are dark and cold, failure to complete our New Year’s resolutions becomes a reality, and the post-holiday credit card bills are piling up. Hopefulness is contagious. And unfortunately, so is hopelessness.
Hope is the feeling that what one desires will happen; an overall perception that one’s goals will be met. Hope, like oxygen, is essential to life. When we have it, it can carry us. When we don’t… we suffocate.
Our kids are in trouble, and they need hope. Suicide rates and suicide attempts in children have doubled in the last decade. An estimated 17 million children are currently facing a mental health disorder (Child Mind Institute), and depression among children is sadly common, frequently unrecognized, and occurring at younger and younger ages (American Academy of Family Physicians).”[It’s Blue Monday — How can we keep our kids from feeling hopeless today and all year long? | Fox News]
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All the advice is true but powerless to stop the hemorrhaging hopelessness that is bleeding on the floor of the world.
True, it may slow the bleed, but will do nothing to overcome hopelessness for only in surrender to the will of God through Jesus does one overcome hopelessness and despair.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
America, even with all of its many counselors and mental health experts is a dry and weary land without water and hope.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
If you as a parent are not going to seek to love Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul and strengthen then, by all means, attempt to do what the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends.
However, if you are in reality, (not with Cultural Christianity), pursuing God, then you will not need the American Academy of Family Physicians tips to happiness. For what does clay have to do with gold?
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“Here are a few tips to help:
Make sure your children are getting plenty of screen-free, uninterrupted sleep. Screens are tempting, time-stealing monsters that love to disrupt our natural sleep cycles. Lack of quality sleep changes the chemistry of our brains and can lead to irritability, increased anxiety and depression. Have your children charge everything with a screen and online capability in a room other than their bedroom at night. Going tech-free between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is a priceless, hope-building gift that you can give everyone in your family.
Limit the amount of time your children are spending on social media and in front of screens, and balance it out with real-life experiences and celebrations. When kids develop real-life hobbies, interests and skills, they gain pathways to build self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Excessive screen time often leads to increased dopamine levels in the brain, which tricks the brain into feeling accomplished and more successful with decreased effort. Real-life achievement requires much more effort to attain than screen time achievement. Screen time achievement paints reality as a letdown and will alter your child’s “effort in — success out” equation. There’s a great big, wonderful world out there. Get out and experience it with your children!”