Depression affects everything, one’s spiritual life, one’s social life, even one’s emotional state. I have been through it myself. I have never had extreme depression or suicidal thoughts but even mild depression can be devastating; and this is what most people might suffer from. As I looked back on what decisions I made besides the miracles of prayer to get healed which had to do with me reconnecting back with God, I came up with five things besides medication that helped me.
Here are five vital steps I took:
1.I read the Holy Bible: I could remove thoughts and disclaim them. One of the main demons of depression is negative thoughts. The bible renews the mind into the mind of God. So purge yourself of all thoughts that are negative by looking up scriptures to negate the thoughts you might be having. For example you might be struggling with thoughts of suicide; you can recite the scripture that says; “God is a God of the living not the dead.” The scripture I saw myself more aligned to was the one that says in Timothy that ” God has not given me the spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.”
2.Discipline: I exercised, ate right and worked hard. Discipline means you have to deny how you feel and push yourself to do the right thing even if you don’t want to do it. I struggled at first with exercising and I still do but the thought of accomplishment gave me a boost of happiness I never experienced with doing it.
3.Positivism at all costs: I surrounded myself with positive people like good non-judgmental Christians and humble friends. By surrounding yourself with these people their spirit will lift yours when you are down. This is very vital because it can make or break your esteem and mindset about yourself.
4.Forgive past hurts and yourself: Past hurts are brought back up over and over when a person is depressed. This is holding on to negativity. Let go of past hurts by giving it to God and forgiving yourself. The bible did say, “if you forgive those who sin against you then your heavenly father will forgive you also.” Taking this step has totally freed me. I had experienced heartbreak prior to depression. After I forgave him, I felt like at that moment was when I became free emotionally.
5. Move on with your life: Do not look at your past or feel sorry for yourself. Use what you have gone through to help other people. That is all of our purposes on earth; as long as you do this you will grow happier and happier even if you come across a problem in life.