How to cope with Anxiety & Depression
Do not allow Anxiety & Depression to defeat you, You are not weak or less spiritual just because you feel depressed or anxious sometimes, don't beat yourself up...
If you pay attention to the picture attached, you'll realize that sometimes we don’t know who's is depressed or Anxious, why? because some people hide better than others, some have so much faith in God that they are able to give it all to him in Prayers and allow him to work on their behalf, and believe that he has the solution. It's nice to have such a strong faith!
Some have to see a Counselor, Doctors, take Medications, but it does not mean that they don't have faith, God wants us to seek help whenever we need it, but to put his Kingdom first, Doctors can't replace God!
Don’t be hard on yourself, is ok you're not alone, there is comfort for your Anxiety, and Depression, you are human and sometimes you'll feel sad, lost, anxious, depressed, We live in a imperfect world, you're not wierd, my dear you are Amazing....Please don't give up!
I been depressed as well, and I know how much it hurts, I know how empty our hearts can feel, I know what's like to wonder why We are even here. I am one of the people that knows how to hide it very well, I wish I talked about it, and prayed about instead of acting like a "Super Woman", but I didn't want to appear weak or be judged and overwhelm others with my problems, silly me! I always want to be that positive uplifting person, I want to fix everyone's problems, I was always great with helping people feel better, always was the shoulders that people cried on, I didn't want to let people down, I was hard on myself! I did not allow myself to be human, I did not allow myself to heal to cry, to be loved, to be cared for, to breath, and to take a break, is that You? if we dont allow ourselves to be Human the fall is harder, and deeper, Ouch!!!
When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others. Why is this an important rule for ensuring survival? Because if you run out of oxygen, you can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask.This is an important metaphor for those of you who run around taking care of everything and everyone else except yourself.If you don’t take care of yourself, you can experience burnout, stress, fatigue, reduced mental effectiveness, health problems, anxiety, frustration, inability to sleep, (and even death). Feeling that way?
It’s time to let go of the guilt and the excuses, and put your oxygen mask first
I recently had a moment of depression due to a difficult experience, I was trying hard to hide it, I was afraid of being vulnerable, but I could not and I cried, I needed help, I needed a shoulder, my faith was broken, my confidence was low, I felt lost. I didn't have control of the situation. I didn't have a place to hide. I confided in a friend. I poured my Heart on him, I trusted him, I needed a Shoulder. All the years of hiden my feelings just came back to me, things I thought were out of my heart & mind came back to hunt me, I was a mess. All the emotions that I ignored overwhelmed me, and I realized that if we don’t stop and handle our issues they never go away. We don’t want to overwhelm others but sometimes we just need to stop trying to control everything, and ask for help, stop holding all in, Yes we want to be strong, positive and uplifting but we also need TLC. Does i it sound like you? is ok!!!
He prayed with me, I am sure some days must been hard for him, I am sure I overwhelmed him, but for some reason he was the one that my heart trusted, he reminded me that God loves and cares about me, his faith helped me realize that God's love is for me too, that he is forgiving, that God's Love is greater than our Fears, and our imperfections. I can go to him, and be confident that he will hear my prayers, It was not easy specially because I was dealing with spiritual & religious pain, feeling of lost, anger, guilt, confusion, afraid of the dark side, not sleeping, and not praying enough, I really didn't believe that God would hear my prayer. I didn't feel worthy of God's Love, but him praying with me ,encouraged me to seek God, It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Please find someone that can inspire you. "Jesus "
Today as I accepted God, Jesus and their Love deep in my heart and Soul, and submitted my life to God, I humble myself before him, I can say thank you Jehovah God for loving me so much, that even as much I hid fom him, and dwelled on negative emotions and situations, and I sometimes searched for answers elsewhere, God still has interest in me, he used an imperfect being like me to show me how much I matter to him, and I am imperfect, Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Today I am way closer to God than I ever been, I no longer hide, I'm constantly talking to him it helps so much, and yes he is listening to my prayers because I believe it. I am building my faith, His help is unlimited, I can pour my heart and deepest feelings on him, I am so grateful for that. Depression took away my joy for a while, but God lifted me Up, life has meaning again I refuse to be defeated by the enemy, I fight daily to focus on my blessings, I count my blessings, I come to God for answers, I walk with him, I've peace of mind, I cried a lot in the shower, at night in my room, in the car, I was sad & today I am getting happier and happier, you can do it because the God that created you is a happy God, he wants you to feel happy and to have joy.
I wrote about myself 'cause I want you to know that I been in your shoes, there's help. God Loves you too!!!
God Never Lost Sight of (Us) Me;
Deuteronomy 31:8 “… It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
He'll not leave sight you neither!!!
I feel for you if you are Depressed, Anxious, Alone, and if you’ve lost your faith, I understand your pain and I pray that you get up again and feel better soon, get out of the dark room, and Live again! I pray that God sends something or someone your way to motivate you, You are not your Depression and Anxiety, but a beautiful creation, hang in there because God does love you, you matter, make the decision to walk with God and build a relationship with him, keep yourself in God's love, and Trust that he will set you free & fill your life with Joy.
32:10: In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.
Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalms 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you
He Has Great Plans for You; Hang in There.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In
the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
What to do when we fall apart, and we feel hopeless?
- Call upon the Lord not only in the bad times, all the time
- Continue steadfast in prayer, thats's how we get stronger
- Count our blessings, and praise Him for them too, you'll feel better
- Get our eyes off of ourselves, and start helping others
- Help the homeless in a soup kitchen, you'll appreciate your Life more
- Talk to your friends also, it may help you, let it out of your heart
- See yourself how God sees you, as precious and beautiful
- Don't allow Satan to make you feel worthless, he is a Liar, ignore him!
- Whenever you are depressed be extra careful not to fall into temptation
- Dont forget to nourish your physical body as well with good foods, remeber he tempted Jesus when Jesus was hungry Luke 4:2 where
for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
- find the reason why you are feeling down, and work on it, give it to God
- Be grateful for what you have, and do not compare yourself with others
- Don't tell yourself that you are a anxious or da epressed person, you are what you say you are, Speak positively of yourself, Love yourself more
- focus on the beauty of life, go for a hike, go for a walk, listen to uplifting music, traet yourself with something nice, you're wort it
- Simplify your Life, you'll have less stres, worries, and burden
- Pick up the breaks that life is throwing at you, and build a beautiful place of peace within you, hardship makes u stronger
- Spend time with positive people, say positive words, Love more, accept Love
- Read about other people life experiences, you'll appreciate your Life!!!
- Give a lot of Hugs, Kisses, and gifts
- Learn to love yourself again, write beautiful things about yourelf and read it every morning and every night, build yourself Up.
Decide to be happy no matter what comes your way
Remember the birds? now think of yourself, who was created in Gods image? You & I. Birds don't pay taxes, don't work, don't have farms, but they eat and drink, God provides for them, He will provide for us. Matthew 6:26 The birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than them? You are, and I am too.