Dealing with Depression: Part 2 Look Up and Look Out!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This is the second part of a two part series on depression. My first blog was written the end of January. So sorry for the delay in writing the second blog. Life happens.
In the first one I wrote about depression can affect us especially during the holidays and how I was able to deal with it. I shared how God is able to help us deal with disease and lead us to health. If you haven't read my first blog, be sure to read it first to get the whole picture.
In this second blog, I will share my "formula" for dealing with depression on a daily basis. It is one that I go to each time I see an episode of depression coming on, and the one I shared with my brother. In short, my formula is a simple one--Look Up and Look Out! These word give me a guide as to what I need to do to get back on an even keel.
"Look Up" means to look upward toward God. When we are depressed, we tend to look inward and downwards. Looking up to God gets our eyes and minds off of ourselves and onto Him.
When we focus on God and on Jesus, we can see that we are not alone, that They are with us.
We can look to God for guidance and direction as to what we can do to deal with our depression. Depression is often linked with darkness, and God is Light. With Him we can be moved from darkness unto light.
Through prayer and meditation on God's Word, the Bible, God can show us the ways to deal with our specific situations. All the questions we have will be answered. Questions such as why we are depressed. what we can do to deal with it, where we can turn for help and how to deal with depression... We can find answers for them.
Sometimes we will be led to seek counseling or other medical help to assist us to get through depression , anxiety or other related problems. God can and does help us find the right counselors, doctors and medications that we need.
Whatever direction our journey health takes us, God can help us. In Philippians 4:13, Paul writes "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Matthew 19:26 reminds us that "...with God all things are possible."
The second part of the formula is "Look Out". That is not looking out for what, but rather looking outward to who? When we look outward to others around us, we once again take our eyes off of ourselves onto others.
When looking outward, we can see that others have needs and problems too. One of the ways we can help ourselves deal with depression is by helping others. By focusing on others' needs we help ourselves. Seeking places that encourage us to do things with other people, such as community and church activities are also ways we can look to others. Find something you can do and have fun doing it!
Looking outward also involves the things we can do to help ourselves move from a life controlled by depression to one of health and freedom from illness and defeat. Among these
include diet and exercise, and getting 20 minutes of sunshine each day. Diet and exercise help our bodies get healthier and to fight off the effects of depression and anxiety. Add to that being outdoors, and you can have the benefits of the sunshine that helps to lift our moods.
Remember, daylight even when it is behind the clouds, can give some benefits in this way.
So to sum things up on how to deal with depression, remember to "Look Up and Look Out".
1) Look up to God-seek Him for the healing and answers you need.
2) Look outward to others for help and for where you can be of help to others.
3) Eat healthy foods that allow your body to heal.
4) Exercise- Get out, about and moving. Your body and mind will love you for it.
5) Get some sunshine each day. Move from darkness to light. This will lift your moods
and spirit, so you can lead a more productive life.
I hope this formula and the suggestions given will be of help to you. May you be blessed as you seek to live a healthier life.
Remember that with the help of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find health and healing for ourselves and for others as well. It is just not possible to do this alone.