Today, as I thought about the millions of people in the U.S alone who suffer from depression I couldn’t help but to think about the time in my life when I found myself a slave to this mentally, emotional war. I thought about how I never want to see anyone else go through what I went through seven years ago and how I’m more determined now more than ever to do everything that I possibly can to help someone else get free. The more time I spend reflecting on my life and how the Lord set me free, the more I want to see Him set someone else free. I know that if He can deliver me, He can deliver anybody! Nothing is too difficult for Him and nothing is out of His reach. The same way that He pulled me out of the pit is the same way that He can pull you out of the pit too. One thing that I’ve learned in my journey to freedom is that freedom requires a community effort. Gaining freedom is difficult when trying to do it alone. Sometimes you just need some extra guidance and a little encouragement along the way. Sometimes you need to hear about people who overcame what you’re currently going through so that you can be inspired to keep fighting. You need someone to encourage you who has already won the battle in which you’re trying to conquer, just to prove to you that it CAN be done. Through my blog I want to be that person for you. When you look at me you’re looking at an OVERCOMER! You’re looking at someone who overcame depression by first giving my life over to the Lord, and by choosing to be intentional about my journey to freedom. I knew that in order to be free I couldn’t just continue to do the same things that I’ve always done. It was the same things that I’ve always done that kept me in bondage all those years. I had to do something different. I had to see myself differently, I had to think differently, and I had to gain the courage to just be free.
Here are 5 Everyday Things You Can Do To Overcome Depression:
1. Start your day in prayer and thanksgiving
There’s just something about starting your day in prayer and thanksgiving that just sets the tone for your whole day. I’ve found in my own journey to freedom that the more I thanked God, and became grateful for all the things going right in my life, the less time I had to focus on the negative. That’s what depression does. It causes you to focus more on the negative than the positive but prayer and thanksgiving gives you the right focus
2. Try something new
Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before. Start a new hobby, try a new restaurant, try a new hairstyle, take a new route to work, take on a new project at work. Trying something new always brings joy and excitement. Not only does this help you to conquer depression but it also helps you to conquer fear.
3. Set daily goals
When you set daily goals it gives you the motivation that you need through out your entire day because now you have something that you’re trying to achieve. Most of us work harder when we have something that we’re trying to accomplish. Short term goals helps you to become more intentional about your time and how you spend it. It also gives you that extra inspiration and encouragement that you need to persevere under pressure.
4. Celebrate the small victories
If you were able to get out of bed as soon as your alarm went off without mumbling or complaining…celebrate that victory! If you went the whole day without crying….celebrate! If you were able to think positively for the majority of the day…celebrate! Celebrating the small victories helps you to focus on your progress and not where you are. You may not be exactly where you want to be yet but at least you’re not where you USED to be either. Celebrate the little progress you make along the way.
5. Be intentional about your freedom
Whatever or who ever reminds you of your bondage separate yourself from it. Be intentional about your freedom every single day. Surround yourself with people who supports and encourages your freedom. Purchase resources that will help you on your journey. Find your community. Do something different every single day that will help you to become more free than you were the day before. Don’t give up. Keep going.
Well there you have it 5 every day things you can do to overcome depression. Did these tips help you in any way? Comment below to let me know. I would absolutely love to hear from you.
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