So I was reading https://baffledmum.com/2019/03/07/unexplainable-emotions/ and she was speaking on depression and feeling low. One of her questions was to tell her anything the reader felt was important to know about depression. It was a wonderful post with lots of great insights and questions. Go read it when you can. My answer would have been too long for the comment section, so it inspired me yet again to write a bit more on depression from a personal level as that is all I know. Some of the things I will share anyway I know many may find hard to believe, but they work for me.
So some of the triggers for depression could be foods that are being eaten, a lot of sweet sugary food, so I stay away from as much sugar as I can. Next am I getting enough exercise and fresh air, these are very simple yet very important. When you have a chronic illness like I do and many of us do, you are bound to feel down at times when things aren’t working right with your body.
Depression starts with all the negative thoughts going on within the mind–get rid of them. Every time you have a negative thought, change it. Unfortunately this is very difficult to do on your own, so I will tell you who I use. (later) I see a tag line on someones blog on WordPress and it says “It’s okay to not be okay.” Something like that. I personally totally disagree. When I’m not feeling well, that’s not okay…..I want to feel better.
So now on to who is my Helper—
Are you ready for this!! He is pretty wise, filled with all wisdom, and He will never let you down if you listen to His guidance. I stumbled upon Him by accident. When I was at my lowest, sick and in pain and angry that no one seemed to care, that’s when I stumbled upon Him.
God is my Helper. The encouraging and uplifting words of the Bible and listening to His words by way of His Holy Spirit, He is my Helper. I cannot get rid of those negative thoughts myself, but He can, and He does by reminding me to change my way of thinking. He did this over and over, till I hardly ever have to be reminded any longer.
God’s word also encourages us to think on lovely thoughts:
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
So I’ve mentioned healthy eating by staying away from sugary foods, getting proper exercise and fresh air, and a good nights rest could be added to that, but….
For me having a daily connection with God is of paramount importance. His
Word offers the support that is needed. We also come to realize through His Word that it is the enemy Satan that is fighting for our minds. He is tempting us to walk in unhealthy ways that we shouldn’t. There are two scriptures in the book of Revelation that I find very telling, others may interpret them differently, but here is how I personally interpret them: Revelation 14: 7 … and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
Worship means: to honor, to adore, to pray to, to connect with. When I do these things I will be under God’s covering, under His care and protection. Will everything be perfect…because of sin; of course not, but it’s still a much better place to be.
On the other hand:
Revelation 14:9,10 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented…
So when I read this scripture I see that if I’m not (Worshiping) God, I am left open to the (Torment) of the enemy.
Torment means: to afflict great bodily or mental suffering; pain.
When I’m left unprotected by God, the enemy then takes hold an manipulate the mind in many different ways. So I make sure I stay covered under the protection of Jehovah, and it alleviate many of the mental blows I might otherwise suffer.
And for those of you who might not know, some of the Bible Characters also suffered from depression.