Thought for the Day: First, I want to give a disclaimer, I am not a therapist or doctor and any suggestions or symptoms I mention come from either experience working with others or the internet.
Last week I talked about stress and anxiety. That is different than depression. Speaking for myself, I admit to having days or times of feeling down. As long as this only occurs from time to time, it is very normal. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness are indications of depression. Other signs of depression include: loss of interest in daily activities, experience changes in appetite or weight changes, an altered sleep pattern, feelings of anger or irritability, experience a loss of energy, become self loathing, dive into reckless behaviors, have concentration problems or unexplained aches and pains.
What can we do when we experience symptoms of depression? First know that this is very common, especially in times such as this. If you are experiencing a down day – have it. Let yourself feel the emotions – just don’t stay there. Look for the good in each day or event. Set attainable goals – start with just 1 or 2. When you accomplish those goals, reward yourself. Set a schedule – this may help you feel in control. Do something you enjoy; even with our current limitations, we can find things we enjoy. Listen to music or spend time in nature. Write thank you cards to others or take a walk. My best solution is to spend time talking to God, let him know your feelings. Read scripture or a devotional each day.
Know that you are not alone and this will come to pass. If I can be of help to any of you, give me a call or email me. We are in this together!
Prayer: Great God our Hope in times of chaos and trouble, be our strength and our guide, show us the way to seek hope in each day. Remind us daily that you want to be in relationship with us and for us to be in relationship with one another. In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to reach out and lean on each other. We know you are here with us at all times and will never leave us. Hear our prayer in the name precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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