By Nancy Virden (c)2021
Face emotions to learn hope
Hope strengthens when we practice acting opposite of how negative emotions suggest we act. Dealing with Covid has made that yet another challenge. Do I want to feel sorry for myself, or be grateful? Do I want to think about people I miss or contact them?
Although I am not presently struggling with depression, recognizing triggers and dealing with them right away is an important preventative. In the past, my superpower was denial and avoidance of issues and feelings. Today I recognize isolation (a trigger of depression for me) and have done something about it.
We understand social withdrawal is likely one of the first choices a person with depression will make. This may look like ignoring texts and calls, skipping work, shutting the bedroom door, sleeping, and canceling plans among other signs. Did you know it can work the other way around? Hiding can make depression worse or even kick-start it.
Of course, being in quarantine means staying in the house. My energy level is at a low hum. Accomplishing one physical task per day comes with a sense of accomplishment. Even in quarantine I can make one phone call that is not about Covid, or send a text to someone I know will answer. I am still a willing listener. (See the free e=book Stay at Home and Thrive for more ideas).
There are plenty of us humans who have made it a lifelong effort to not feel anything, while others have learned to turn emotions on and off. Taking the time to ask why we feel a certain way may uncover a potential onset of symptoms we can then avoid. Finding out what it is we are working so hard not to feel can help prevent a depressive downturn. -COMMENTS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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