We need JOY and we need it bad!
Depression is real and people are suffering from it and even losing the battle!
This past week have been one sad week in the blog sphere with the passing
of Ms Karyn Washington from apparent suicide
How sad is that?
Who would have thought that such a young, vibrant, smiley pretty young woman would be face with such desperation to the point of taking her own life?
Unfortunately it happens! People are desperate, hopeless , depress and need help!
Depression can happen to a lot of people for many different reasons. For me I went through a period of depression after my husband left. I felt so lost and hopeless several time I thought I was better dead than alive.
PRAISE GOD for His love that sustained me.
When I was having these horrible feelings, I felt ashamed, I felt like such a fraud!
After all I'm a worship leader who sing JOY to people, I proclaim the JOY of the Lord and I didn't have it. My situations was taking over my life and I was ashamed to talk about it, I was ashamed to admit it I was broken!
I thank God for healing me, for restoring me for giving me hope that I could live again. I thank God for showing up in my life the way He did because If it had not been the Lord who was on my side I could have been Karyn Washington.
If you or someone you know is affected with depression please GET HELP!
Help yourself which ever way you know how!
A few ideas in Growing JOY!
"It's easier to grow JOY than to weed out depression"
While you may not be able to get rid of depression you can certainly plant seeds of JOY in your life that will choke out the depression!
Pray! Turn to GodGod is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask of think! He is THE healer! He is the JOY giver, He is the hope of glory, He is the lover of our soul. His love will squander the fear and hopelessness that eat at you. Praise His Name forever and ever!
Listen to some uplifting music!Singing and worshing has help me tremendously! You can't sing, dance and think about hopelessness at the same time. Music can lift your emotion and take you to another place.
Practice GratefulnessFind at least 3 things to be grateful for! Even if it's small. Gratitude will weed out hopelesness. Gratitude will show you that your situation is not as bad as it seems, you still have some good things going for you. I did this when I was going through my situation. I still had my kids, home, working cars, a job to be grateful for. Things could have been worse.
Adopt a new hobbyPlant a garden, try knitting, sewing, crafting. Making something colorful and beautiful can lift and boost morale.
I've always been a hobby seeker, I started planting flowers, every morning I'll come out to see my little pot garden it made me happy!
Exersise and Eating healthyIncorporate exercise in your daily routine, Exercise increase endorphins, endorphins makes you happy! Also a healthy diet can improve chemical imbalance and help lift your moods.
Beat IsolationJoin a support group, meet with a friend. Joining a fellowship team at my church have been life saving to me. meeting with people, hearing what they are going through... encouraging and praying for each other. There's no words to describe the powerful impact of togetherness.
Seek Medical attentionIf all else fails, see a doctor and get the drugs!
On the other side, you may not be going through something like that but someone around you may be going through it, and you don't even know it.
Smile at someoneYou may be the only smiling face they've seen all day. Never underestimate the power of a smile
Hug someoneA hug minister to a hurting more than you'll ever know
Tell someone you love themTelling someone you love them can give them a reason to live, letting them know they are not all alone!
Be a friend to someoneBeing a friend to someone that seems isolated, approach them, invite them out for coffee and whatnot. It can make a HUGE difference!
Give a small gift to someoneeven if it's a card, it will help!
Sending out hugs and I love yous to all of you and letting you know there is HOPE!