“I’ll never be good enough.”
“I wonder what they think of me.”
“Nobody understands what I go through.”
“Nothing ever goes right for me.”
I wrote all the above as the introduction to an article called “3 Ways to Deal with Toxic Thoughts” for the Dawn mobile app, created to encourage a mindful faith by starting each day with God. But those are all thoughts I have struggled with at some point in my life.
Did you know that 39% of college students struggle with mental health issues, most of which go untreated? (activeminds.org)?
Did you know that in the last three years the rate of depression among adults has tripled (www.bu.edu)?
In a society driven by curated social media posts that encourage comparison, materialism, isolation, addiction, and fear, young people are more anxious and depressed than ever.
The good news is the Bible has much to say about our minds and thought life, and that’s why I am encouraged by those ministries that seek to use technology in a healthy way.
The Dawn Mobile App
The Dawn mobile app is a simple way to start each day connecting with God through Scripture, prayer, and devotionals. Created by Angie Gibbons and Paula Cavagnaro in Kailua, Hawaii, the app supports mental wellbeing by encouraging users to make time with God a daily practice so that their minds are renewed by the Word and strengthened in His presence.
Maybe you struggle with toxic thoughts that keep you anxious, confused, or depressed. This article I wrote for their blog shares three tips that have helped me to overcome those thoughts.
You can read it here on their website, then check out the mobile app to keep the encouragement and daily support at your fingertips.
And if you know or love someone who struggles with mental health, please share this post with them.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”Isaiah 26:3, ESV
May that be our testimony as we seek Him first and grow our faith.