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7 Ways to Recover From Depression
How to Recover from Depression
Do you believe that God can help you recover from Depression? If you open your eyes, ears, if you open your senses you will see how God works in your life when you are suffering. He may show different ways and use different people and different things to help you. If you accept him and look for him you will find him. If you ask for comfort, he will give it to you. He might send you different signs and messages to help you. God may send people to encourage you. All you have to do is to believe and have faith! God loves you and he won't let you suffer forever. You are not alone!
So what will we do to recover from depression? Let's Ask the Bible!
7 Ways to Recover from Depression
1. Ask For Help!
" Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. for everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
The first step is as simple as asking for help! Will someone help you if you don't ask for help? Well, God will help you even if you don't ask for help. He knows when you are suffering and he loves you that's why he won't let you suffer forever. He won't let you suffer more than you can take.If God will help you even if you don't ask for it, what more if you ask for help!
Remember that God is only one prayer away. You don't need a phone or a wifi connection to call for him!
" But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord."
James 1:6-7 NIV
You ask for help but you still doubt if your help will come to you. In this case, don't expect that God will answer your prayers immediately! Believing gives us strong faith and faith gives us hope and it is Hope that help us to recover faster. Hope makes you become more positive and positivity greatly helps in overcoming depression.
If you ask, then believe that someday you will be fine and your suffering will definitely end, Isn't that being positive? Now, tell me who can recover from depression for being negative. Can a person recover by not believing he will recover? Will you become happy while thinking about sadness? No one can recover by being negative! So believe like what you asked has already been granted and think of happy moments, think of how happy you can be once you overcome your suffering, It will surely help.
3. Share It to Friends
" Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. "
Philippians 4:14 NIV
Talk about it, share your problems. Whether you tell them to your family, friends, love one, or even your pet dog, It will make you feel better. Talking about your problem is proven way to help you from recovering from depression. You can share your troubles with them. So let them know and let them comfort you. God brings them to your life for a reason, and that is to help you in your problems, to encourage you, to support you, and to lean on them when you are troubled. It never hurts to share your problems. So don't be afraid and don't be shy. If you have friends, family or loved one, share your troubles with them.
Surround yourself with people who think positively. They can encourage you. Also, attend the church worship regularly even if you feel depressed. You can usually find these positive people there. Share your troubles and listen to their advice. You will be surprised how uplifting it can be.
4. Visit God's Home
" Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28 NIV
Even if you are feeling depressed, don't forget to come to the church for worship. The church is the temple of God, it is his home, it is the place where he is closest to us. He will give you rest and comfort as he welcomes you in his temple.
When I was sad and depressed, I never failed to attend worship. It is because, in the church, I can feel his wonderful presence, and his love. I can hear his message that he is trying to tell me through his words that are shared and preached by our minister. It never fails to amuse me that whenever I feel sad, the topics of the sermon is always about encouragement. It is amazing! It is as if God is talking to me and encouraging me. As I listened to the sermon and advice of the preacher, I temporarily forget my sadness. And after of every worship, I always felt encouraged and uplifted.
Another reason to attend worship even if you are sad Satan target those who experience negative emotions!
" Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."
1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
Because people are in their most vulnerable state when they are suffering from depression, sadness, and any intense negative emotions. And the devil likes this and uses this negativity to draw you away from God. So the more you experience sadness, the more you should stand firm in your faith! Seek God more, especially in times of depression so that you will not fall to the devil's scheme!
Resist the devil and be strong so that he will be unable to devour you. Remember that God will always be with you!
" When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
Isaiah 43:2 NIV
5. Help Others
" Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2 NIV
When you are depressed, help others. It will help you recover quicker. When helping others, How do you feel? Isn't it uplifting when you see happy people? When you are surrounded with happy people, will you still be sad? It's hard to cry when you are surrounded by happy people who are laughing at your jokes right? Its hard to become sad if you are surrounded by the people you helped become happy! If you help others, the more they will appreciate you and the more it will make you happy. In fact, there is this term called "Helper's High" which means the feeling you get from easing someone's pain and stress, and this can give you a mood boost!
" Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard."
Isaiah 58:7-8 NIV
The Bible also tells us that helping others help your healing quickly appear!
According to the book " The How of Happiness" Written by Sonja Lyubomirsky, a Psychology professor at the University of California, " People who have a tendency toward depression can often help themselves by helping others."
It is amazing how a simple act of Kindness make a great impact in recovery from depression.
So help yourself by helping others!
6. You Can Do It!
" I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:13 NIV
God gave you the power greater than you could imagine! If you believe, you can change your life as well as others. You must believe in God who gives you strength and also to yourself because God gave you strength. Use this strength to end your suffering and believe you can do it!
Do you know that your faith is powerful?
" He replied, 'Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'"
Matthew 17:20 NIV
How small is the mustard seed? It is very small!
And imagine that if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed, you can move the mountains in your life. You can recover from this sadness and recover in your depression. This is the power that God has given us and with strong faith, nothing will be impossible for us!
Remember that all things start when human believes they can do it. Like for example, In the past, no one believed that a chunk of metal can fly in the sky, How can a heavy metal float in the air? But Someone did and built an airplane! It is the Wright Brothers Orville and Wilbur. If they did not believe that someday a chunk of metal can fly them into the skies, do you think airplane would exist today? If no one believed that this thing can be made to fly, it will be impossible to make this chunk of a metal fly. The first step of doing the impossible is believing that it is possible!
So if humans are capable of doing these amazing things by just believing and having faith, how much more can a man suffering from depression!
If that man believes that he will recover, he will recover!
God is truly amazing and generous to give us this power.
7. Remember Jesus!
" He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."
Isaiah 53:3-5 NIV
Lord Jesus suffered. He was beaten, tortured, mocked, and crucified. He died on the cross, for what? To give us sinners peace! The suffering and punishment we deserve, he carries it all. No ordinary man can endure this pain but he did! and after suffering all of these, what happened? where is he?
" Which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,"
Ephesians 1:20-22 NIV
God seated Lord Jesus at his right hand in heaven! not only that, he was given the authority far above all rule, power, dominion, every title that can be given, and God placed all things under his feet, because Lord Jesus endured the suffering that no man can endure.
Remember that no matter how harsh our suffering is, we can always recover from the sadness that we feel. We can expect good things to happen after our troubles. There is always a rainbow after the rain!
I hope this article helped encourage someone
God bless and Stay Strong!
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