Depression is a lot of things. Scientifically speaking, it’s a disease. There are also studies that link this disease to genetics, making it almost inescapable if it runs in the family. There is also such as thing as seasonal depression, wherein the mood changes with the seasons. It is indeed a lot of things, as you can see, but the main problem is that it makes you feel bad when you are going through this thing called depression.
Listed below are some of the best ways to deal with depression the Christian way. Look through the list and use it as a guide when you’re dealing with depression. As all depression sufferer knows, there’s no quick fix to this “disease.” So don’t think of the list as a magical cure in treating depression. The list, however, aims to be helpful, so that people who are going through hard times can survive another day.
Tips on How to Deal with Depression
Know That You Are Not Alone
Depressed people feel that they are all alone, especially when the people around them don’t understand what they’re going through. But know this: you are not really alone if you know that Jesus is with you. So find comfort in that knowledge and believe in it. And you will feel Jesus’ presence.
Depression is not something to be ashamed about, especially in this day and age. These days, it has become a common problem. In fact, some people just don’t admit that they have it. Or sometimes, they honestly don’t know that they are suffering from the disease.
If you think you need help, get help. Doctors can help you understand your problems better. And if the symptoms are serious, they can prescribe medicines.
Pastors and counselors can also help. They’ll show you verses in the bible that will help and inspire you while in a depressed situation. And counselors are experts in the field too, so they can also help enlighten your thoughts.
You can also go to your trusted friends for support and comfort. It’s really quite difficult to find friends when you are at the lowest point in your life. But look really hard; and you will realize that you have at least one or two real friends who can help you while going through the difficult times of dealing with depression.
Know the Truth About Anti-Depressants
Know that anti-depressants can help you, but only temporarily. That’s why you should only take these as the last resort.
Turn to Jesus when you are at the lowest low in your life. He is the real answer to all problems, including depression. You may have relapses along the way, but you will always pull through with His help.
Get a Check Up
On the premise that depression is a disease, we should always consider the medical aspects of this “feeling.” If you are already prone to this disease, it would greatly help if you avoid other medical problems that can worsen said condition.
Note that hormonal imbalance can cause symptoms of depression. And if you are low in iron and vitamin D, this can affect your mood too. So by getting blood tests and other relevant check up procedures, the symptoms can be reduced by taking supplements and changing some of your habits.
Crying has always been an effective method in releasing sad feelings. You can cry to a friend and you can cry to Jesus too. Jesus is your friend. And He’s the only friend who can truly understand what you’re going through.
Take Care of Yourself
When you’re going through depression, it’s only normal to feel uncaring about the way you look. But you’ll have to fight this feeling instead of succumbing to it. Remember, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so it is your duty to care for it.
Looking good and smelling good will also improve your self esteem. And it’s something that can help people who are going through depression. When you feel confident about yourself, you will feel strong and courageous too.
Studies show that exercising can eliminate feelings of depression. The reason for this is that any type of physical activity can increase the blood flow throughout the entire body. And since proper blood circulation can also improve mental health, it has a direct affect on one’s moods.
Walking is also considered an exercise. In fact, it’s one of the best exercises. So know that you can carry out simple exercises to help you deal with depression. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym or attend aerobics class; although you can consider those too.
Check Your Feelings
When going through depression, do you feel unloved? Do you feel unworthy of love and affection? Those are normal feelings when one is depressed, so just be aware of said feelings. However, don’t convince yourself that those feelings are true.
Well, the feelings can be true when you think about the people around you. In fact, even your family and friends can seem uncaring. But this is not true when it comes to Jesus. Jesus loves you and will always care for you. Know that; and find peace and joy in that knowledge.
Watch Your Diet
You might experience loss of appetite when you’re dealing with depression. And sometimes, you’ll have a tendency to just go for junk food. But know that this is not healthy; and not eating properly can make the symptoms of depression get worse. We don’t want that, do we?
As much as you want to just eat sweets, don’t. Having a normal blood sugar level is one of the ways to keep depression symptoms at bay. Take control and eat healthy food by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables instead. Being in control of your diet will also improve your self confidence.
Dealing with depression is not an easy thing. In fact, it’s one of the most challenging things in the world. But as Christians, it is our duty to keep trying.
Don’t lose hope. There’s always hope in Jesus Christ. Just go to Him because it’s the best solution and the best way to deal with depression.