Available for Interviews: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician, a work-life integration researcher, and an international expert on mind-body-spirit connection. She is also an international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.
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Faith & Crisis:
Covid-19 has negatively impacted people around the globe in various ways. Job losses, income cuts, homelessness, illness, and death are just some of the many challenges the pandemic has yielded. There’s also a corresponding rise in depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue which can lead to various health conditions, including stroke, high blood pressure, and chronic pain. The one aspect that remains steady throughout the chaos and uncertainty is faith.
Here are 5 reasons why faith is essential during this health crisis:
1. Possibility of Miracles
People have experienced miracles in their lives in different ways. Miracles can occur in the form of an unexpected turn-around of events, a word of encouragement, a sudden realization, or a manifestation. Miracles can only manifest when you have faith that you’re blessed to experience and receive these miracles.
In a time, such as this health pandemic, religious or spiritual organizations can help you create and live in a space where miracles can happen. Being able to pray with people whose faith is strong and steadfast only raises the possibility of receiving miracles. You might experience a miracle that will turn around the unfortunate situation that has you feeling as if you’re carrying the whole world on your shoulders because of the pandemic.
Worshiping the Creator is an expression of faith that is gestured in different ways. A form of worship is through uplifting music. Churches that enjoy communicating with the Creator in the form of music creates an uplifting and hopeful space where one feels closer to God. The meanings of the songs and the carefully selected words, speak volumes to someone who’s going through a difficult situation. It can make you feel it’s worthwhile to continue striving towards hopefulness, rather than get stuck in the feeling of helplessness.
Worshiping through music also helps you express yourself. Bottled up emotions eventually erupt in different ways such as anger, depression, or anxiety. Expressing yourself through worship is a form of therapy.
When groups of people congregate to follow a united cause, individuals benefit from this fellowship. If you ever feel lonely, having faith and being with your church can help you feel you’re not the only one who has experienced the uphill battle you’re in. You can receive encouragement, support, and mentorship from those who have conquered life’s many battles. Your personal battle can also encourage a person who’s going through a similar path, and together you can form a positive connection to make it through the difficult times.
Faith keeps you looking forward to a brighter day. If you’re sick, your faith can help get you on the road to healing. If you’re facing financial difficulties, your faith keeps you searching for the next best opportunity. If you’re lonely, faith will keep you believing that when the time is right, you’ll meet the people who can bring about a positive change in your life. Without hope, it may seem as if the difficult times will continue without an end in sight. Faith, however, keeps you going through the difficult times with your head held high, knowing that this too shall pass.
5. Finding Solutions
Faith can help you find solutions even in a seemingly helpless scenario. Your faith will help you find a way to navigate the adverse situation you may find yourself in as a result of the health crisis. This kind of faith is important to keep you from falling into a downward spiral which may then be difficult to climb out of. The determination that comes with faith will push you to go beyond your comfort zone, and create or find solutions to your struggles.
Faith for Wellness
Faith during this health crisis is important for your wellness. Faith makes miracles possible when you’re with a church. Having people from church, a synagogue, etc., who support you can help alleviate loneliness and helplessness. Being with other faith-minded people who have traveled your path or are currently facing the same struggles as you can be encouraging and beneficial. Worshiping in the form of music can help you better navigate your thoughts and emotions.
Although the clouds may appear dark at the moment, holding on to faith can guide you to creating or finding solutions to the struggles that you may be facing. You don’t have to go through this journey alone. Your faith will push you to navigate these struggles successfully.
Interview: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith runs a consulting and coaching business in Birmingham, AL that helps leaders and high-achievers reshape their view on change, communication, and self-care to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness. She is an international wellness expert and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, FOX, MSNBC, Prevention, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Women’s Day. Dalton-Smith is also an international speaker, a CDC Wellness Series speaker, and hosts a podcast I Choose My Best Life. She is the author of numerous books including her newest bestselling Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, which includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. Learn more about her at: DrDaltonSmith.com.
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