Depression can come on us at any time. Sometimes, holidays are the worst times for those that feel this down-in-the-dumps. We all have this feeling at one time or another. How to recognize the feeling and know what to do about it is the purpose of this article.
You should not ignore this feeling. If the feeling is too overwhelming, then sometimes professional help should be considered. We will just talk here about the funk of depression, the knotted thinking that nothing is right and it will only get worse. The following things are suggested to help:
1. Laughing is the best medicine. It is amazing how sometimes when I am depressed about something or just feeling down, having a bad day, seeing something funny or hearing something funny will help me get out of that place. I can always count on seeing something on facebook that makes me smile or laugh. Call a friend who you know will make you laugh or is able to cheer you up. Invite a few good friends over just to talk and have an appetizer and you will see how much better you feel afterwards. It is not a good idea to be alone in such a time.
2. Read some devotionals. I love reading books written by Joyce Meyer or Joel Osteen.
3. Listening to music can also help you out of your funk. Just relax and let the type of music you love drift over you and enter your senses. You will start to feel better. Just move to the beat and let all your stress flow out of your fingertips and toes.
4. Do some work and you will find you feel less depressed. There is something about a clean bathroom, living room, or kitchen that gives most women a sense of pride and order and joy. Get out and do something that moves your body. Maybe you can shoot hoops in the driveway, ride a bicycle through the neighborhood and say "HI" to a few of your neighbors. There is something to be said for just watching a sunset and realizing how mighty the world is and how we are just one part of it. Put your thoughts on something else.
5. Why not try prayer when you feel depressed? Try helping out someone less fortunate. There are people out there that have it far worse than you. Count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. I wrote another article on the power of prayer which you can read by clicking here.
6. Do something productive. Think about the wonderful things that you have in your life. Take your dog for a walk or play with him/her. Feel their unconditional love.
The next time you feel down, try one of the suggestions above. And by all means, if you can't seem to get out of your depression, get help early on. There is no shame in that. There comes a time in everyone's life where things can become overwhelming. I have spent several years working thru depression in the past. There are times now when I see myself slipping in a depression and I thank God that I can see it and take the necessary action I need to take. It might take me a little bit of time, but I have been able to work thru things with the help of my church and friends. It's not always easy but you can do it.
For the past couple of years, things have been happening in my life one after the other. They are painful at times and sometimes I wish I could just sleep the day away. But I do okay. I know what I need to do to get out of my "funk". I think back on the things I was doing when I was happy in my life.
We all have more important things to do in life than feel blue and depressed. Keep this thought in-mind and may your life be filled with joy.
If this article can help at least one person, I will have succeeded. God bless you all and may you have the happiness you deserve.
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