Building Mental Resilience

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread fear, anxiety and stress for people of all ages, especially young people. While these emotions can be overwhelming, they are normal reactions to the present ambiguity, unpredictability and uncertainty. As social distancing continues, it is more important than ever to help others cope with stress and anxiety.

Dr. Krystal Lewis of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests that we remind young people to be "G.R.E.A.T" as they manage mental health.

G - Be grateful.
R - Practice relaxation.
E - Engage in exercise.
A - Acknowledge your feelings.
T - Track thoughts and challenge them.

According to Dr. Lewis, in addition to being G.R.E.A.T, it is important to practice recognizing things that are out of our control. As Christians we are called to surrender all things to Christ because nothing is outside of his perfect sovereignty. If something is causing your child distress, help them make a plan and act on the issue. Regardless of the issue at hand, part of the plan should include them bringing their problem to God. No problem is ever too big or too small for God. He is the ultimate source of renewal and resilience in the midst of crisis.