Coping with Depression
With the suicide rate being as high as it is and more and more people in the media talking about how they deal with depression. I would be remised if I didn’t share my story. Before I get into the details let me first say that yes, I know what the Bible says about depression, I know what the Lord says concerning me. Honestly when I first came out to my parents about my feelings they made sure to remind me that because I was a Christian I had no need to be depressed. I went to the Bible and read how God would give me beauty for ashes. That he would heal set free and deliver, and I truly believe that he will and is consistently making a change in my life. But sometimes we have to realize that depression can be something that is hormonal, there can be a medical reason. You are not Crazy!
I encourage anyone who is dealing with depression to understand that you do not have to do it alone. It’s so important to have people in your corner who really care for you. Someone that you can trust and be transparent with. I’m so blessed to have friends in my corner who care about my wellbeing, like truly are concerned about me. I also go to a church with amazing leaders who allow me to be transparent without judgment. Seek help! There are also counselors out there who you can see. Most jobs even have it set up where you can see someone for free. I know that in the African American household there’s this stigma that you should not go to a doctor about your feelings. Listen That is a lie.
I also encourage you to find something that you love that can take your mind off how you are feeling. For me, that is music and writing. When I’m feeling down or upset I just throw some headphones in and start to write. I make a list of all the thoughts that are running though my head. It allows me to calm down and get myself together. So find something that you love that is a healthy outlet.
I hope that you were able to take something away from this. Remember…..Again you are not alone there are other people who maybe going through what you are going through or worse. Don’t allow isolation to win! There are local resources that can help you cope with your feelings. Also remember that God’s love surpasses anything that you have do. Don’t allow anything negative to consume you! Know that you are loved even if your feel like it you are!
** For more on my personal battle with depression you can check out my blog at www.naturallyBree.com**