Deuteronomy 31:8 – “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
NHS says “If you are depressed, you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.”
Symptoms of depression
- Feeling extreme sadness
- Being tearful constantly
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Change in appetite
- Changes in sleeping pattern (finding it hard to fall asleep or wake up early for the morning)
- Avoiding contact with people
- Not speaking
- Neglecting your favourite hobbies or interests to be isolated in your room
Scientists find exercising helps your body fight depression. I love running and going to the gym after a long tiring school day. It’s a way for me to release the day’s toxins and maintain my fitness. It’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity each week but for those for you who are busy, a 15-minute walk to clear your head can do you good.
Just a simple prayer like: ‘God I need you to guide me out of this situation’. God wants a true open heart. He wants you to have faith in his ability to heal you and guide you out of any situation. When praying, be real with God; don’t sugar coat your feelings.
Talking with a loved one
Talking HELPS! I can’t stress this enough. I know the simple words of “mom/dad, I have depression” is hard and difficult but it will surely help. Having someone know how you feel helps you to be yourself around them. You don’t have to put on a smile in their presence. If you want to cry, you can cry when they’re near.
You’re not alone in how you’re feeling. Those feelings that you feel are valid, you shouldn’t feel wrong for feeling the way you do. Aim daily to have a good day – your morning should not be a struggle, but a happy pattern.
If you’re feeling extreme sadness or are wanting to harm yourself or somebody else, TALK TO SOMEONE, talking to someone releases that feeling of being sad. Cutting yourself will not fix your problems nor purging your dinner will not make your day better. Those negative mechanisms will cause bigger problems in your body and I know that’s something you don’t want. There is nothing weak or shameful about admitting that you can’t do this on your own.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a professional. What I have written above is from experience and online research, I am simply giving my readers advice on how to tackle depression. I know this topic is very touchy, if I have offended you in anyway pleased don’t hesitate to comment on ways I can improve when addressing touchy topics like this.
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Until next time,