Sometimes, God lets us face trials so that we can help others who struggle with the same issues in the future.
I want to share with you some Biblically based practices that have helped me overcome the depression, anxiety, and fear I was dealing with on a daily basis.
Recognizing that you’re having these feelings is the first step to recovery, and knowing what to do about them is the second.
1. Read Your Bible Before Checking Your Phone
When I start my day by checking social media before I’ve even rolled out of bed and turned on the coffee pot, thoughts of comparison and sadness are usually there to bid me good morning.
Making the conscious decision to not touch my phone before I’ve read my Bible and talked to God always sets the tone for a great day.
Give yourself a fighting chance against depression and anxiety by spending the first part of your day with the author of joy and peace versus filling your mind with the opinions of anyone with a Wi-Fi connection.
“But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you”-Matthew 6:33
2. Start An “Attitude of Gratitude” Journal
Write down at least 5 things that you’re grateful for everyday.
Eventually, you’ll name all of the obvious ones and will have to start digging deeper to come up with a list.
I like to choose one from multiple categories, such as: a physical blessing, someone I love, progress in an area of my life, a characteristic I appreciate about myself, and an attribute of God.
I’ve noticed that when I’m so busy thanking God for all He’s done and the beautiful life He’s given me, I have less time to spend worrying about my shortcomings and what I don’t have. This practice also makes me less prone to negativity and causes me to not take the blessings I have for granted.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”-Philippians 4:6
3. Take Care Of Your Temple
I feel so much more joyful, accomplished, and motivated when I make time to go on a walk and prepare nutritious meals for myself. I’ve found that exercise, sunshine, and the perfect foods that God made for us have helped me tremendously when it comes to the healing of mental illness.
When you show your body that you value it, your mind will respond positively.
Whether it’s taking a bubble bath, watching a wholesome movie, or listening to worship music, find what makes you feel relaxed and do more of it.
Depression and anxiety are sicknesses, be kind to yourself and allow your temple to heal.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”-1 Corinthians 6:19-2
4. Have A Support System
There have been times in my life when my depression and anxiety were manageable and temporary. Other times, I’ve gone months without seeing my friends because I could barely leave my room.
If you’re as private as I am, and you would like to try to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety between you and God, I understand. But as soon as you feel like you can no longer handle it on your own, please tell a parent, friend, pastor, or seek medical help.
Find someone who can empathize with and validate your feelings, while giving you wise counsel so that you can gain freedom from bondage.
The devil loses power over us when we decide to not suffer alone.
There’s no shame in needing people to talk to, pray for us, and seek advice from.
“Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you”-Matthew 18:20
I pray these habits help you as much as they’ve helped me, and that you find rest in God’s presence.
By His stripes, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5