Are you discouraged or depressed? 17 million in America are according to a report of the National Institute of Mental Health. Even Presidents are subject to discouragement. Note what President Lincoln said in a time of despair, "I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell."
Perhaps you've been affected by the recent economic troubles, house foreclosures, job losses or diminished retirement savings.
Depression is a mood disorder that affects a person both in mind and body. However I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about depression, because you can beat those blues!
Besides appropriate medication if needed, here are some effective, hopeful ways to deal with discouragement or depression that I've found useful in my years a marriage & family therapist.
First you need to find ways to relax and lighten up—music, hobbies, and fun activities will help you come out of despair. Another method of beating the blues is to exercise—a brisk walk or jog or playing a sport will do the trick. Spend time with others who are uplifting and share with them what's on your mind. The next way to deal with the blues is to focus on others. Think of those who are sick; or those about to celebrate some special event and offer them comfort or congratulations. Think of what you can do to help them. Finally, and most importantly, call on God to help you through prayer and study of His Word.
While a person is discouraged or feeling blue, he or she tends to want to avoid others and let the effects of depression such as sleeping too much or too little or looking on issues with negativity overcome him or her.
But the blues need to be confronted to defeat them. So why not try:
• Relaxing and having fun
• Exercising regularly
• Spending time with others
• Focusing outwardly/helping others
• Seeking help from the merciful, caring God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son.
Listen to this quote from a Nobel Prize winning doctor in the early 1900's. Dr. Alexis Carrel said, "Prayer is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate. The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. … Prayer is indispensable to the fullest development of personality. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete harmonious assembly of mind, body and spirit which gives the frail human need its unshakable strength..."
There is hope for beating the blues despite the negative events that we all face. Practice the methods I've listed and you will confidently "beat the blues".
For GN Magazine, I'm Gary Antion.