More Than a Case of the Blues (Part Two)
Well a week has past and I am just getting around to Part Two. You see, I have been having a tooth ache for over a few weeks and finally got a little relief on Tuesday with a temporary crown, but it fell off on Thursday and once again I have another temporary crown – armed with glue. Seriously they gave me glue in case it comes off again. So my mouth is sore, I have so much to complain about! Then I start to think about my Savior’s face. Then it brings everything into perspective. God is so good and I am ok again. His light brings me peace.
Sometimes stress gets us! We are not immune as Christians. So the truth is every one of us can develop symptoms of depression. I have been so depressed that I didn’t want to shower or get out of bed for days on end. It has gripped me a few times over the years. Stressful situations can give you a chemical imbalance that can cause you to become clinically depressed. I have been on anti-depressants and anxiety medication for many years. It doesn’t really make me different – just helps me to cope with life.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – please talk with your health provider. There is hope.
- Extreme feelings of sadness and a depressed mood
- Loss of interest and pleasure in spending time with family and friends
- Significant changes in appetite
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Inability to make decisions, focus and remember
- Constant fatigue and lack of energy
- Restlessness, decreased activity
- Thought of suicide or death.
Cindi gives us some great advice:
- Slow down
- Don’t take on new activities
- Delegate if possible
- Be kind to yourself
- Plan additional time to relax during each day
- Don’t load your weekend with lots of housework or “catch up” activities
- Get enough sleep
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Cut out some night activities
- Refrain from making major decisions.
- Seek from your family and friends.
- Most importantly – spend time with your Lord, resting in His presence, thinking about how much he loves you, being confident He will renew your strength.
Sister in Christ – love God and thank him for his presence in your life. Thank You for making my body in such an intricate and wonderful way. I praise You for Your mighty works. I want to soar on wings like eagles and run and not grow weary. I put my hope and trust in you alone.