How to Support a Loved One with Mental Health Problems – Beyond Small Talk

Mental illness could happen to anyone and it could be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental illness is an internal war 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 in a friend, colleague, 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 this journey.

1. Make the person feel that nothing has changed

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but try to relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known and you still see them the same way. Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them.

2. Ask them how you could help

It’s okay to be honest and to admit that you don’t know what to do. Ask them how you could 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.

3. Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need are 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 talk.

4. Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental illness have to deal with is stigma. Educating yourself will help you to better relate to them and provide the best assistance.

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion and make sure to catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk! Watch it next Saturday, October 23, 2021, 7:00 PM, on The 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 problems.

Call 8-737-0-7-00 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through CBN Asia Prayer Center.

3 Self-Care Practices for a Healthier Body, Soul, and Spirit – Beyond Small Talk

Taking care of your overall well-being is integral to being a healthy and productive person.

It enables you to be more productive, it boosts your immune system, enhances your self-esteem, and improves your compassion towards others, says Katherine Hurst of The Law of Attraction in her article What Is Self-Care And Why Is Self-Care Important?.

But then, a lot of people still think that self-care is being selfish and inconsiderate.

In this webisode of Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and Zenia Panahon discuss the importance of self-care. They also share tips that you can apply to have a healthier body, soul, and spirit.

1. Learn to listen to your body

Are the pressures of life crushing you down? Swamped by your daily tasks and cannot function well?

Be sensitive to detect the messages that your body sends to you.

“Self-care is not being selfish, it is being healthy,” Zenia Panahon emphasized.

Can you hear your body groan and complain? It’s okay to take a step back and retreat.

2. Set aside some time for yourself

Stress is everywhere. It is inevitable.

You need to find some time to slow down, clear your thoughts, and get replenished. You may try meditating, take a 10-15 minute walk every day, or clean and declutter your desk.

According to Zenia Panahon, “Self-care routines vary for different people. It still depends on what works for you and what recharges you.”

3. Make a habit of spending time with God.

Dedicate a time for just you and God.

Say a word of prayer, give thanks to Him, and read what He wants to say to you through His Word.

You can come to God in all your brokenness. Allow Him to make you whole and to comfort you while in the midst of your raging sea of stress and negative emotions.

Peter Kairuz says it beautifully, “When God comforts you, it’s all-encompassing. It’s not just your spirit, but your body benefits from that moment with God.”

If you’re suffering from mental illness, Beyond Small Talk is here for you and ready to listen.

Do not hesitate to join our online discussion and share your struggles with us.

You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

For more inspiring content and practical tips, catch the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, at 7:00 PM at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

10 Common Myths on Mental Health Problems Debunked – Beyond Small Talk

Judged. Mocked. Discriminated.

These are real battles people with mental illness deal with every day because of stigma from society.

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.”

You can help your struggling friend, workmate, or family member with mental health problems. You just have to be willing to learn, unlearn, and relearn hard truths about it.

Take time to check out these 10 common myths on mental illness debunked by Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and Zenia Panahon.

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, like adults, children can also develop the same mental illness such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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

Truth: Not all who people who have mental health problems act violently. It still varies on the condition and 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 problems cannot deal with jobs and/or school.

Truth: There are people with mental health issues who are highly functional and productive members of society. This is why you should be sensitive to  signs of mental illness in your loved ones.

Myth #4: Personality flaws are often cause of 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, socio-economic standing, and temperament, says Zenia Panahon.

Also, you can’t snap out of it. You need professional help and ongoing family support which are both vital toward healing from mental health issues.

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

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

Myth #6: Taking medications is the only answer.

Truth: Some recover from mental health issues solely with the help of friends, family, and mental health professionals, but there are others who also need medication.

Myth #7: It is 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 explained 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 people who have 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 loved ones who have mental health issues and accompanying them when seeking professional help, Zenia Panahon explained.

Myth #10: If I seek help, others would think I’m crazy.

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

Do you still have questions and clarifications?

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

If you’re facing an overwhelming barrage of challenges because of the pandemic and don’t know how to handle it, we want to pray for you. Just call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

11 Ways to a Better Marriage amid the Pandemic | Beyond Small Talk

How is your relationship with your spouse lately?

If you have a hard time answering that question, perhaps you need to take the time to pause and reflect about your marriage today.

In a time of a global pandemic, it is not always “marriage as usual.” You may be grateful to be with your family at this time of quarantine, but worries, uncertainties, and responsibilities could still pile up and get the best of you and your partner.

To help you overcome these marital challenges, Beyond Small Talk hosts Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz and husband Marco are here to share tips on how to grow your relationship with your spouse even when you are stuck with each other 24/7.

1. Pray together and seek God as a family

Have you ever tried praying together your family? Seeking God’s presence has never been more important in these trying times.

As Marco shared, “Pray for each other, pray together as husbands and wives, and pray as a family.” Through prayers, invite God to reign over situations where you need Him most.

2.Read the Bible together

In good and bad times, where do you and your spouse turn to? Marco suggests that you turn to praying and Bible-reading.

3. Develop a personal relationship with God

Having a relationship with God matters. He is the glue that holds all your other relationships together.

4. Love God more than your spouse and your children

Make your relationship with God your highest priority, over everyone and everything else in your life. You would be amazed by how He would take care of your relationship with your spouse and children.

5. Acknowledge that you cannot do anything apart from God

Recognizing God as all-powerful takes a lot of humility And it’s important for a good reason: Humbling yourself before God also allows Him to do His work in your family. You need to recognize that apart from Him, you cannot do anything.

As Jesus said in John 15:5 NLT, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

6. Talk to each other openly and honestly

You and your husband cope differently in a crisis. That’s why it’s important to openly communicate with each other to understand your needs and responsibilities as husband and wife.

7. Never stop pursuing your wife

If you’re the husband, Marco advises that you continue to pursue your wife, even after you’ve already won her heart. It’s God who gave her to you. No matter how simple, make sure to give encouraging words and gestures that would fill up her love tank.

8. Submit to, respect, and serve your husband

If you’re a wife, Lara encourages you to submit to, respect, and serve your husband. Loving him unconditionally is like serving God by being a good steward of marriage.

9. Focus on and appreciate the good things that your spouse does for you

Instead of focusing on your partner’s negative behaviors and mistakes, why not focus on the positives?

Appreciating the good things help strengthen your relationship. If a pressing matter needs to be dealt with, do it with all humility, gentleness, and patience (Ephesians 4:2 ESV). Remember that like you, your spouse is still a work in progress.

10. Forgive each other

Ephesians 4:32 ESV encourages you to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. You cannot love God and not forgive your spouse. God wants both of you to constantly forgive each other, just as Jesus constantly forgives you.

11. Put your trust in Jesus Christ alone

Above all, people and seasons change, but God’s love remains forever. As Lara puts it, “He is the only one who never changes. He is good all the time.”

For better and for worse, may you always trust Him and make Him the center of your marriage.

Do you need someone to help you pray for your marriage? You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700, or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tuned to the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on Saturday, October 2, 2021, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page.

5 Ways to Cope with Pandemic Stress | Beyond Small Talk

Imposed quarantines from time to time, news about the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases here and there, plus health and safety reminders everywhere. Can you believe that the world has been battling this pandemic for a year and a half now?

How are you holding up?

If these unsettling scenarios stress and fill you with anxiety, know that God wants you to be free from all worries (Psalm 34:4).

God gives you the power to break free from stress!

Here are 5 essential tips to help you cope with your pandemic stress, from inspirational speaker and Beyond Small Talk guest, Carl Pascua.

Tip #1: Slow down and rest

Did you find yourself feeling extra stressed when the pandemic started? You are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the pandemic.

Perhaps, uncertainty becomes the gasoline that fuels your stress fire.

Don’t worry. You don’t need to force yourself to be okay all the time. Carl suggests that you process your emotions. Take time to figure out where the sadness or stress comes from and take a much-needed rest.

Tip #2: Exercise and stay healthy

Science has long proven that your mind and body are strongly linked.

“Remember, a healthy body can result into a healthy mind and a good emotional condition,” Carl reminds.

The American Psychological Association support’s Carl’s assertion and states that as your mental health declines, your physical health can worsen, and if your physical health declines, you can feel mentally “down.”

So, get off the couch and start a simple exercise routine. Also, be extra mindful of what you eat!

Tip #3: Talk about your problems

Whether it’s with a family member, a trusted friend, or a mentor, sharing your thoughts and concerns with other people can help relieve stress.

Likewise, you can help others feel that they’re not alone, too!

Like you, each person you know could be fighting a battle you don’t know about. So don’t hesitate to reach out. Encourage each other and build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)

Tip #4: Let go of the idea about control

Who would’ve thought that by 2020, going to malls, restaurants – or even work – could be a health risk? Who would’ve thought that by the summer of 2021, you would still be cooped up in your home and praying for a pandemic to end?

No one.

But it happened. This goes to show that no matter what your plans are, you cannot control everything. Ease your pandemic stress by letting go of your need to control things, and trusting in Someone greater who is always in control – Jesus Christ.

As Proverbs 19:21 ESV puts it, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Tip #5: Put your faith in Him

If anything, the pandemic proved the famous saying, “Everything changes, except the word change.”

If you put your happiness and trust in things that change – like your career, health, or even relationships – you might feel stressed when things don’t work out the way you had hoped they would. It’s high time to put your joy and faith in a God who never changes.

“Other people may not understand everything that is going on in your life, but God knows. That means you can go to Him, cry to Him, and you can seek help from Him. Problems can be big, but our God is bigger, our God is stronger!” Carl concluded.

No matter what you’re going through, keep going! You can always find comfort and overcome through the help of your merciful God!

“In the multitudes of anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19 NKJV)

Do you feel overwhelmed or stressed?

We are here for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we will pray for you.

Mark your calendars and catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!

Teacher, Check Out these 5 Self-Care Tips for You! | Beyond Small Talk

Modules. Online classes. Reports.

Sounds familiar, don’t they?

In fact, they are so familiar and important that you tend to give your all to provide quality learning experience for your students. They are so valuable that sometimes, these things that you love to do become the source of your stress and burnout.

Influencer, mental health advocate, and Beyond Small Talk host Jericho Arceo shares helpful self-care tips so teachers and educators like you can still thrive while staying committed to your noble profession:

1. Engage in self-care

What can you do to take care of yourself? Start with yourself.

In this time of crisis, teachers like you are exerting extra effort on their work to the point of skipping meals or not getting enough sleep. The work may feel endless at times, but taking time to take care of yourself isn’t selfish! In fact, it’s an important of part of doing well in your job too.

Take care of your sleep, make sure you eat healthy foods, and do not underestimate the value of exercise. Be a little kinder to your body. The healthier you are in mind, body and spirit, the more productive you will be!

Jericho shares, “When we take care of our bodies, eventually, our mental health is being taken care of. It is important to take care of our bodies intentionally, so we can take care of others – in line with the second commandment which is to love our neighbors.”

2. Identify sources of stress

Pause and take time to identify where your stress could be coming from, both in your work and personal life.  If you can pin-point your triggers, you can find ways to successfully manage and respond to them.

So, what is your stressor? Your deadlines? The workload? Your colleagues? Or the pressure to adjust to new modes of learning?

3. Be part of a support group

Figuratively speaking, no man is an island.

Scientifically speaking, having trusted people around you is important. In fact, a research titled The Correlation of Social Support with Mental Health from the National Library of Medicine shows that having a good support system can have a positive impact on one’s mental health.

“Make sure your support group understands you, listens to you, loves you, and prays for you. They will lead you closer to God and insulate you in times of mental health problems. Choose your friends,” Jericho suggests.

4. Seek professional help

Are you struggling to sleep, feeling restless or down, becoming sick, or lacking interest in things you used to be so passionate about?

A certain amount of work-related stress is inevitable, but a burnout is a more serious type of stress. You may want to consider talking to a doctor or a mental health professional so they can help you work through it.

If you are experiencing burnout or any mental health problem, it is important to seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with that,” Jericho reminds.

5. Rest

Some people feel an overwhelming sense of guilt whenever they rest. Perhaps that feeling stems out of the belief that one’s productivity equates to one’s worth.

But rest is productive, too.

According to Psychology Today’s article “Rest for Success”your “downtime” can boost your biological intelligence. Apart from that great benefit, rest also helps increase your productivity, creativity, and attention to detail.

So, take your time off – and the next time you do, gently remind yourself that rest is required, and you deserve it.

According to Jericho, one of the best things you can do as you rest is to pray and have a personal time with God, “Pray to God, because God is the one who understands you when you cannot verbalize what you feel.”

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Are you feeling restless?

It would be our joy to comfort you through prayers and introduce you to the ultimate source of rest and peace. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

Catch the next Beyond Small Talk webisode this Saturday, 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Budgeting Tips for Couples during the New Normal | Beyond Small Talk

Calling all husbands and wives!

Are you looking for practical ways to successfully manage your family’s finances amid the pandemic?

If you want to pave the road for better money management in the new normal, check out these helpful budgeting tips from motivational speakers and Beyond Small Talk guests Vic and Avelynn Garcia:

1. Practice conjugal spending

Even after tying the knot, a lot of couples still have separate properties, separate spending priorities, and yes – separate bills to pay.

But did you know that this practice does more harm than good in your marriage?

Splitting bills and expenses divide your marriage’s spending power. It might also lead to other financial risks, such as borrowing money from each other when the other one goes broke. Worse, what if you both go broke?

To foster financial security and trust, Vic and Avelynn suggest that couples must learn how to practice combining all their resources and spending them in a way that is agreed on by both sides.

“Because they have separate money, they tend to buy whatever they want without having to tell their spouse. When you are already married, the husband’s income also belongs to his wife, and the wife’s income also belongs to her husband. That’s why we are encouraging you to combine your money and practice conjugal spending,” says Vic.

2. Practice triangle spending

Before you spend your hard-earned money, don’t just ask your spouse how you can spend wisely – ask God, too.

Your attitude toward money says a lot about how you value your marriage. Most importantly, it also reflects how you value God and the resources that He entrusts to your household.

It’s never too late to include God in the equation.

Pray that He guides you and your spouse in handling your family’s budget. For Him to give you the strength to follow His plan for your finances. Live in the faith that your family can withstand any crisis – all with the help of your generous Heavenly Father.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT)

Are you experiencing financial struggles in your marriage right now?

Allow us to pray for you. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

We have more financial tips for you!

Don’t forget to watch the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk every Saturday, at 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

BreakThrough Feeling Lost and Stuck – Discover Your True Identity and Purpose with Coach Anton Reyes

Kung tatanungin ka namin ngayon, Breaker, do you know who you are? Do you know why you exist here on earth? Tough question, ‘no? It feels like you’re in an endless search of finding your true self. Sabi nila dapat ganito ka, dapat ganyan ka. Ganito dapat gawin mo, ganyan ka dapat tulad ng iba. Pero totoo ba? Naka-dictate lang ba ang #identity and #purpose mo sa sinasabi ng iba? Sunod ka na lang ba sa agos? Sa trend? Sa goals and dreams nila? Haaayss. Mapapagod ka nga niyan kakahanap ng true identity and purpose mo kasi you’re chasing after the wrong things. Awtsuuu! Hinga ka lang muna, okay? Breathe in. Breathe out. You’re missing something, Breaker. Masyado ka naka-focus sa outward, nakalimutan mo na to look inward and upward so you can look forward. Curious what we’re talking about? May steps kasi na shinare si Anton Reyes, isang Certified Life Coach, on how to find your true self. BreakThrough step #1 look inward: How do I see myself? BreakThrough step #2 look outward: How do others see me? BreakThrough step #3 look upward: How does God see me? Oh ayan ah. Binigyan ka na namin ng pasilip. Watch the full #BreakThroughtheLens video dahil for sure madami kang “AHA!” moments dito. Excited kami malaman kung ano ang natutunan mo from Coach Anton so please comment it below! You can BreakThrough feeling lost and stuck! 

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5 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance for Dads this Pandemic – Beyond Small Talk

Work-from-home.

This is probably one of the most used terms these days since the start of the pandemic. This may sound like an ideal setup for many people, but most fathers have found working from home very challenging.

From your experience, do you agree that working from home sometimes blurs the line between work-related tasks and your personal time at home?

Don’t worry, amazing Dads. Beyond Small Talk is here for you!

Working dad Ardy Roberto shares these 5 tips on how you can achieve a work-life balance in this new normal:

Tip #1: Ask God for wisdom

Working and raising a family at the same time is hard. Don’t worry, you can do it with God’s help!

Always seek God’s wisdom not just for your work-related decisions but, more importantly, also for your relationships with your loved ones.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) 

Tip #2: Be intentional in spending time with your loved ones

Quantity time is quality time.

Set specific times for spending with your wife and kids.

A walk in the park every morning, a bike ride after your kids’ online classes, eating dinner together are a couple of examples of activities you can do to bond with your family every day.

It does not have to be grand. Your presence is more than enough to create a quality bond between you and your family, especially during this pandemic.

Tip #3: Communicate with your family

As they say, “Communication is key.”

Always be open with your loved ones about your work situation. Give your family a heads up on your schedule at work.

There will inevitably be times when you will be extra busy at work or on your business, and that’s only natural. With proper communication with your family, you can achieve understanding with them.

Tip #4: Stay true to your word and keep your promises

As the busy season at work comes to an end, be faithful in your commitments to your children and your spouse.

If you promised that you will spend the dinner time with your family, do your best to stick to it. If you said that you will help the kids with their homework that night, help them.  Let them know that they can count on your word.

Remember, small fissures of broken promises could lead to cracks of broken trust.

Tip #5: Be a good example of hard work and excellence

Working from home means your children can see your efforts to provide for the family. It is an opportunity to show them the true meaning of hard work and excellence.

Be a man who is a role model at work and at home.

Don’t worry if you fail at being the best dad sometimes. Truth is, there is no perfect father here on earth.

The great news is that there is a perfect God who leads you in being the head of your family. So, seek God’s help in keeping your work and family life balanced in this new normal.

Do you find these tips helpful in achieving your ideal work-life balance?

Let us know in the comment section below!

For more inspiring content, watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!

5 Keys to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships – Beyond Small Talk

There is no such thing as a perfect family.

Despite good intentions and best efforts, parents can still fall short. As children grow up while parents grow old, disagreements may arise. Misunderstandings may become frequent, too.

If you can relate to the statements above and you are wondering how you can better your relationship with your parents, Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!

Actress Princess Punzalan, who wears the hats of a daughter and a mother, shares 5 keys to improve and strengthen parent-child relationships:

1. When you see your parents trying to reach out to you, do your best to respond.

Have you heard the famous adage, “It takes two to tango?”

It is also highly applicable to nurturing your relationships. Say your parents are trying to reach out to you, be willing to respond.

It does not have to be a lot. Spending a few minutes each day to have meaningful conversations with them can help strengthen your bond. Communication is key!

2. Tell your parents how much you appreciate them.

In his article on Psychology Today, Dr. Neil Farber noted that emotion plays an important role in the development and trajectory of parent-child relationships.

Appreciation is such a powerful emotion. So take the time to tell your parents how much you appreciate them.

If you are still working on expressing it verbally, Princess has a suggestion to help you start, “Maybe you can write something to your parents and tell them how much you appreciate them.”

3. Thank your parents for what they have done for you.

What are the things that you love about your parents? What are you grateful for?

Think of the things that make you thankful for your parents, then tell them. Your well-meaning words may come as a surprise at first, but they will never go unappreciated.

Sure, not everyone is good at expressing their feelings. But thanking your parents once in a while for what they have done for you would be a great practice.

4. Point out what you love and appreciate about your parents.

Your parents may already know that you love them, but wouldn’t it be nice if they hear it straight from you?

You may never know all the sacrifices and tough choices they had to make for your own good, but if you recall any, let them know that you see their efforts.

Princess recommends, “If you recall a tough decision that they had to make for you, it would be nice if you can point that out and thank them for it. And I am sure it will warm their hearts.”

5. Learn to let go and forgive.

Adulting is challenging, but parenting can be hard, too.

Every person who walks on this planet has his fair share of mistakes and shortcomings – and your parents are not exempted. Holding on to your parents’ mistakes would do you more harm than good.

“If in case you have resentments and you feel that your parents are not ready to talk about it, just let it be. Let’s forgive,” Princess said, assuring that you can always bring your pain to Jesus.

There is no such thing as a perfect family, but there is a perfect God.

Nurturing a harmonious relationship with your parents takes effort, mutual respect, and most importantly, unconditional love. Pray and believe that God can help your family be united in His perfect love.

Do you find these tips helpful in strengthening your relationship with your parents?

Let us know in the comment section below!

For more inspiring content, don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel!