Normal is no longer normal

Do you blow up over something out of the norm?

Have you noticed that people around you seem to be on edge more than in the past? You’re not alone and recent research may suggest why.

According to a research study out of Boston College, among U.S. adults aged 18-29, the impact on mental health was even more severe. Rates of anxiety and depression increased to 65 percent and 61 percent, respectively, of the respondents in that age group, according to the report.

Unfortunately, this is something that will take time to correct. That doesn’t mean that we sweep the problems under the rug or hide them in a closet. Depression and anxiety look ugly and we don’t want everyone to see our version of ugly. While we don’t need to parade them around as a badge of honor, we don’t want to ignore the permanent damage anxiety and depression can cause if left untreated.

Here is a prayer for you today and any day where you think you can’t take it anymore.

Dear Lord, I thank you that I can come to You always for any reason. I’m grateful that when I pray to You, You answer me. Help me to come to You at the beginning of my fears and anxieties instead of waiting until I can’t stand them anymore. The quicker I come to You the better. You want to free me from ALL my fears. Help me look to You for help more often so that I can reflect Your joy. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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