Feeling Stressed because of COVID-19? | Beyond Small Talk

Last 2018, the Philippines ranked as the 2nd most stressed and most emotional country in the world in the Gallup’s Annual Global Emotions report cited in an article entitled Philippines among most stressed, emotional countries — Gallup report by Gaea Katreena Cabico of Philstar.

If you are one of those that experience sudden bouts of irritability, low energy, chest pain, and rapid heartbeat among others, you might be experiencing stress.

Know that you are not alone in this. Stress is something that everyone deals with even before COVID-19’s spread, but not all take it seriously despite its debilitating effects in the physical body, mental health, and relationships.

Now that a pandemic is going on, levels of stress and anxiety doubled and tripled.

In this season of Beyond Small Talk, learn how to manage your stress and anxiety, gain wisdom on the cause and effects of stress, and get to know practical self-care tips that will surely help you improve your work-life balance.

All that and more with your hosts Paula Salvosa, a youth pastor and mental health advocate, Archie Dela Cruz, counselor at Amara Counseling & Training Center, and your resident host, Peter Kairuz, CBN Asia President & CEO.

Catch it every Saturday, 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Are you stressed with the changes brought by the ‘new normal’? We would like to pray for you. Whatever hurdles you may be challenged with, you don’t have to carry that burden alone. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send us a message on the CBN Asia Facebook page!

Is Your Mental Health Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis? Beyond Small Talk Wants to Help You

The #COVID19 is a crisis and everyone is trying their best to cope right now.

If you are unable to perform your everyday tasks, isolating yourself from work or your loved ones, or physically abusing yourself, you are not alone.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “outbreak of #COVID19 crisis may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children.”

If you are feeling this way, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Beyond Small Talk is here to help you.

Watch as CBN Asia President & CEO Peter Kairuz, actress and influencer Sonjia Calit-Kakilala, and counselor and psychotherapist Alain Dizon reads letters from people who went through mental health issues and pray for your mental wellbeing.

This is a safe place so don’t hesitate to connect with us and voice out your pains and troubles in life.

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of  Beyond Small Talk as they talk about stress and how to overcome it on May 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the pressure brought by this pandemic, we want to pray for you. Just call 8737-0-700, or contact us through the CBN Asia Prayer Center or CBN Asia Facebook page.

Debunking 10 Common Myths on Mental Health – Beyond Small Talk

Judged. Mocked. Discriminated. 

These are what people with mental health struggles deal with every day because of stigma. 

In fact, the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression made an alarming statement, “We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because, when left unattended, it can lead to suicide.” 

Learn, unlearn, and relearn the truths about mental health so you can help your struggling friend, workmate, or family member 

Here’s what Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist Zenia Panahon have to say regarding 10 common myths surrounding mental illness. 

Myth #1: Mental health problems can only be experienced at a certain age. 

Truth: Mental health problems could manifest at any age. According to Mayo Clinic in their article Mental illness in children: Know the signs, children can develop the same mental illness such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the like as adults. 

Myth #2: People with mental health struggles are violent and unpredictable.

Truth: Not all who have mental health problems act violently. It still varies on the condition and as MentalHealth.gov says in their article Mental Health Myths and Facts, “only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.” 

Myth #3: People with mental health struggles cannot deal with jobs and/or school. 

Truth: A lot of people with mental health issues are highly functional and productive members of society. This is why you should be careful to watch out for warning signs of mental problems in your loved ones. 

Myth #4: Personality flaws are often caused by mental health issues. You could snap out of it over time. 

Truth: Mental health issues can be sourced from different factors such as genetics, environment, socioeconomic standing, and temperament, says Zenia Panahon. Also, you can’t just snap out of it. You need professional help and ongoing family support which are both vital toward healing. 

Myth #5: Once you experience mental health problems, you will never get out of them.   

Truth: Mental illness is treatable. If you seek help and gain support, you can recover. 

Myth #6: Taking the pill is the only answer. 

Truth: There are some who need medication, but others recover from mental health issues with the help of friends, family, and health professionals. 

Myth #7: Its impossible to prevent mental illness. 

Truth: You cannot really control life’s trials and challenges, so there are times that it may push you to your limit. But, Mayo Clinic explains in Mental Illness that “If you have a mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under control.” 

Myth #8: Mental illness is a form of brain damage. 

Truth: Brain damage is physical. Mental health is how you feel, behave, and think as a person. 

Myth #9: I can’t do anything for those who are experiencing mental health issues. 

Truth: You can do something about it by being a good support system to them. Show your support by learning how to deal with your family members who have mental health struggles and accompanying them when seeking professional help, Zenia Panahon explained. 

Myth #10: If I seek help, others would think of me as crazy. 

Truth: When you seek help, you are investing in yourself, says Zenia Panahon. 

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on May 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

If you feel overwhelmed by challenges and don’t know how to handle them, we want to pray for you. Just call 8737-0-700, or contact us through theCBN Asia Prayer Center or CBN Asia Facebook page.

4 Ways to Support Loved Ones with Mental Health Struggles – Beyond Small Talk

Anyone can have mental health struggles and it can be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental struggles are internal wars hidden behind a smile, a hello, and the telltale phrase “I’m okay.”

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the warning signs you should watch out for are “excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, significant tiredness, low energy, and inability to cope with daily problems or stress.”

If you recognize these symptoms from a friend or family member, check out these tips from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Kakilala and psychotherapist Alain Dizon to know how you can better support them in their journey.

Make the person feel that nothing has changed 

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but just relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known.  

Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them. 

Ask them how you could help

It’s okay, to be honest, and to admit that you don’t know what to do, so ask them how you could be of help. Always take the cue from the person.

Tell them your limitations and boundaries when helping, but assure them that you’ll journey with them to recovery.

Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need is your heartfelt presence and listening ear to make them feel that you genuinely care.

Also, don’t force them to speak if they are not yet ready to open up. Just make yourself available whenever they are comfortable to finally speak. 

Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental problems have to deal with is stigma, but educating yourself will help you how to better relate to them and provide the best assistance. 

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion of Beyond Small Talk! 

Catch the next webisode on Saturday, May 2, at 7:00 PM by followingThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Also, we would love to pray for you and your loved ones who are suffering from mental health concerns.

Don’t hesitate to call 8737-0-700 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through theCBN Asia Prayer Center. 

How Do We Submit to Authorities During Quarantine? | Beyond Small Talk

Recently, the government has issued an order to arrest those who will not cooperate with the mandatory quarantine guidelines in the effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Some people might find it hard to obey the authorities’ protocols, despite health risks and potential arrest, because of several reasons.

Breaking the law, however, doesn’t coincide with what the Bible teaches in 1 Peter 2:13-15 (ESV), “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”

Knowing that, how do you submit to governing authorities especially in a crisis like this?

Learn from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Jericho Arceo, and Paul Herrera.

Be a good citizen

You are called to be a responsible and wise Filipino citizen. You are called to follow the rules and regulations and submit to the authorities.

As Paul Herrera said, “Whether you like the leaders or not, you have to obey the law.” Some people might find it hard to obey rules during a national crisis, particularly when their views differ from the governing authorities. However, disobedience might do more harm than good.

You can still air out your grievances. No one is withholding you because speaking your heart out is your right. However, in doing so, be careful to discern that what comes out of your mouth will not be dishonoring to the leaders of the land and will give glory to God.

As Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

In the end, the leaders are accountable to God.

Be faithful in what you can do

Instead of pinpointing and blaming, you can be diligent in fulfilling your role as a good citizen.

One of the many ways is to help front liners who battle against the pandemic. At the same time, praying for the country and the leaders would also mean a lot!

Remember that change starts in you and that the safety of your loved ones and neighbors is in your hands. You can protect them by being obedient citizens.

The Philippines is not a hopeless country.

God promised in Deuteronomy 28:1-3 (NIV), “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”

How has this episode helped you? Share it in the comment section below!

Also, do not forget to watch and join the online discussion on the next episode of Beyond Small Talk on Saturday, April 25, 7:00 pm at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Do You Want to be a Great Leader? Here are Qualities You Should Have

There are many great leaders throughout history, but there’s only one person who has set the standards and embodied the true meaning of leadership.

It’s none other than Jesus Christ – the greatest servant leader of all time.

Scroll down to see His life and remarkable leadership qualitiesthings you should aim for, as discussed by Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Jericho Arceo, and Paul Herrera. 

1. A true leader knows how to sacrifice.

Even if Jesus knew He was God (Philippians 2:6-7), He chose to put Himself down to connect with His people and become a humble servant. He came to earth not to be served but to serve mankind and gave His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). 

A leader should be someone who will sacrifice, serve, and go the extra mile for his or her constituents. 

2. A true leader teaches and models how to lead.

He or she does not only instruct nor dictate what followers should do but models it. 

“Jesus modeled servant leadership by serving others through the washing of His disciples’ feet and dying on the cross,” Paul Herrera explained. 

3. A true leader allows his or her followers to do things on their own.

Jesus allowed His disciples to minister on their own and be able to apply what they have learned from Him. Doing so helps build accountability and encourages the followers to be leaders too. 

How has this episode helped you?

Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts! Join our online discussion and watch more webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, 7:00 PM at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

3 Ways to Honor Our Leaders Even if You Disagree with them

Filipinos shared different thoughts and mixed reactions to how the government has been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak so far. Some expressed their support to #StayAtHome, while others were outraged and started voicing out their disagreements.

If Romans 13:1-2 NKJV states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves,” how then can you honor and support the authorities that you disagree with? 

Here are 3 things you can do to respect and treat our government leaders with humility, as shared by Beyond Small Talk hosts, Peter Kairuz, Jerico Arceo, and Paul Herrera. 

1. Pray for your leaders 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 

While someone else is getting angry at them, take the road less traveled and pray fervently. Ask God to give the government officials wisdom, grace, and a God-fearing heart as they lead the country. 

2. Don’t condemn or curse them on social media 

You have the right to voice out your opinions, but you can also disagree in a manner that is gracious and honorable. 

As Paul explained, “Respect is earned, but honor is due to a position that is given to a person.” 

3. Educate yourself and get involved 

As a concerned Filipino citizen, it will be more productive to educate yourself on issues and take proactive steps to better the situation. 

Instead of adding to the clamor, encourage yourself and others to be the solution that the country needs. 

Things may have not turned out the way you wanted them to be, but you can put your trust in God who is in control and holds all things together. 

The Word of God does not lie when it says in Psalm 33:12 NIV, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” 

Share with us what you have learned in this webisode! 

Are you feeling anxious these days? We would love to pray for you! You may send your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0-700. 

Also, do not forget to watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 11, 2020, at 7 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

See you there!

Think you know about Mental Health? Beyond Small Talk brings it to Light

Many people have preconceived notions about mental health, which is the root of misjudgments and criticisms on people who are going through issues related to it.

To respond to this, Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist and counselor Zenia Lim Panahon discusses mental health and what to watch out for to prevent having issues with it especially now as we battle against COVID-19.

Mental health and mental illness are two different things. 

Mental health refers to how you feel, behave, and think as a person.

It is a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” according to the World Health Organization.

“Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors,” as defined by Mayo Clinic.

Factors such as the environment you’re raised in, genetics or heredity, social and economic position, and your temperament can affect your mental health that may cause mental illness.

One of the symptoms you should carefully watch out for is when you experience sadness, happiness, or anger in an overwhelming manner lasting for at least 2 weeks. By this time, it is suggested that you seek professional help.

DO NOT, in any way, self-diagnose or let anyone nor the internet do so to you. This is a very dangerous path to take, Zenia explained.

Some of the negative repercussions to this include misdiagnosis, undetected medical condition, and underdiagnosis or overdiagnosis that lead to inaccurate treatment says Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in their blog entitled The Dangers Of Self-Diagnosis.

The key is to not assume but visit a trained health professional.

Sadly, according to the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression, “In the Philippines, 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders, with suicide rates in 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000.”

That’s why Beyond Small Talk is eager to raise mental health awareness.  There is hope for you if you are struggling with it.

We want to pray for you! Let’s lift up to God your worries and fears. You may call now CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Do not miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 4, 2020, 7 pm at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

4 Tips to Grow in Your Career Amid COVID-19

Many employees were forced to work from home when the entire Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 threat.

If you are one of those who feel stuck in your work-from-home setup, Beyond Small Talk can help you.

You can still make the most out of this time to level up your productivity at work by following these GROW tips – Give, Relate, Opportunities, and Word hard.

Scroll down to see more.

Give

“Give beyond whatever you’re paid for,” says Beyond Small Talk host Ardy Roberto.

Whether it’s a small task or a big one, give all that you have because God assigned you to do it.  Acquire Joseph the Dreamer’s exceptional attitude toward work found in the book of Genesis, whether he was thrown at the prison or promoted by Pharaoh, he gave above and beyond what is expected of him.

Joseph succeeded in everything that he did because God was with him.

Relate

Do not just excel at your work assignments but be someone who is easy to get along with. Wherever you are, learn to be that person who is cooperative, dependable, and understanding.

Walk-in fruits of the Holy Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22-23 NIV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Opportunities

Look for opportunities to serve your company and take the initiative.

Your leaders are looking for people who are always willing to learn and grow just like Ardy did.

“I was starting out as a junior manager of a company, but I talked to my boss and I saw that there was an opening for another position. I told him that I can do that job and my job at the same time. You don’t even have to pay me extra,” he narrated.

Do you know what the outcome was?

Although the main reason why he took the job is to learn more, His boss promoted him within 6 months and raised his salary double.

Work hard

Work hard as if you are working for God and joy will come from the fulfillment that you did your utmost.

“As a result, you will grow in your career, grow in your mind, grow in your capabilities and skills,” says Beyond Small Talk host Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

Do you have any prayer requests? Send them to CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0-700 so we can pray in agreement with you.

Stay tuned for more Beyond Small Talk webisodes every Saturday, 7 pm on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

In this time of COVID-19 crisis, you are safe and secure in God’s promise.

Take heart in His Word in Psalm 91:9-11 TPT that declares, “When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.”

Stressed from Work? Here are Tips to Overcome | Beyond Small Talk

Do you feel unhappy with your job?

Struggling to cope with your difficult work environment?

Drained with tasks at work?

Watch out! Do not leave it unaddressed because it can result in burnout.

“Burnout is a reaction to prolonged or chronic job stress and is characterized by three main dimensions: exhaustion, cynicism (less identification with the job), and feelings of reduced professional ability,” Elizabeth Scott, MS explained in her article Burnout Symptoms and Treatment in Verywell Mind.

To help with that, here are tips from our Beyond Small Talk hosts on how to overcome your challenges at work and become productive again:

1. Remember that Jesus is your boss

There is a greater purpose why you are working and that is found in Colossians 3:23 NIV, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master.”

Give your best at work not because you want to please men, but because you want to please God above all. Whatever good that you do, God Himself will surely reward you.

2. Check your heart

If you are at a point where you just drag yourself to work and you feel unmotivated, Beyond Small Talk host, Ardy Roberto, advises that you have to do some soul searching.

Ask God, “What is it that You want me to do? What is it that You have called me to do?”

As you wait for God’s answer, remember that it’s also not too late to learn to love what you are doing. God surely led you to that job not by accident but for a purpose.

3. Improve your work-life balance

You can be in love with your job but still get burned out if you don’t practice a healthy work-life balance.

It happened with Beyond Small Talk host Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

Her advice? Do not let work steal your time with God.

“We need that moment where we have to connect with our Creator so that we can create more in our work,” she said.

Moreover, carve out special time with your loved ones and you will see how it can bring refreshment to your soul and strength as you face tomorrow.

Find comfort in God’s Word in Philippians 4:6 NIV, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Do you need prayers for your work? Perhaps, you are at the point of burnout.

Call CBN Asia Prayer Center now at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

Watch out for the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, 7 pm on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

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