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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.

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    I am very glad that I read this today. I have struggled with depression for many years. I have taken medication for several years, to the point that it stopped working due to the fact that my body had built up a tolerance to the drug even though it was increased. Unfortunately I think that many people who suffer from depression fail to realize that if they stay medicated for more than a few years at some point they will have to switch prescriptions and or increase their medication dose.

    One thing for sure which needs to be found out if a person is depressed is what is causing it. There usually are many factors, and some include a chemical imbalance within the brain. I no longer suffer from depression, but occasionally still take meds during the winter because I have S.A.D. Part of my problem was that I was very isolated, and was not around enough people throughout the year. I had no friends where I lived, but remained with many friends from Chicago where I used to live. After I joined Sparkpeople my depression started to get better. Also after I found some places to volunteer things improved as well. Reading the bible, praying, and developing your relationship with God helps you in many ways. Just like you said in your blog, God helps you with your depression when and while you spend time with Him. God has just done unbelievable things with my life in the past 2 years! I have the life I always dreamed of but never through was possible. In fact my current life surpasses anything i could wish, think, or ask for. Currently I am still suffering with pain which continues to be debilitating at times, but God is within me and is holding me up against the intense pain.

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    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 5:16:09 PM
    Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy. - Bill Blackma
    You are a stronger, wiser person today! You are so right live for today forget the past.
    God will give you strength and peace
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  • KALLIE1958AR
    awesome Job sis well said .. I to have in my past dealt with this close to the same Formula God gave me .. We are born servants .. We try to do things on our own and we need God first and others to make this Journey for many reasons .. when we are weak he is Strong .. and our Brothers and Sisters we need to lift us up when we are down .. Thank you for these Blogs I read them both .. emoticon
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