Depression is a mood disorder that involves feelings of severe sadness and rejection that persist over time. It can come as a result of life events such as failure, bereavement or the loss of a job. So we need to be aware of ways to overcome depression.
At some point in our lives, we will experience depression or depressing moments as life is a series of ups and downs and there is no guarantee that things will always work in our favor. However, we must not allow anything to steal our joy.
In my journey to constant joy, I have learnt 4 ways to overcome depression:
1. Use your words
Depression is a feeling that often results from thoughts and there is no other way to fight negative thoughts than with our words. “Words” here refers to spoken statements to counteract negative thoughts.At some point in our lives, we all might have experienced down times. So we need to be aware of ways to overcome depression. Click To Tweet
So, the next time you begin to feel sad, use your words to combat those feelings. Keep declaring your joy till your thoughts and your mood aligns. If the best way you can go about this is to pray, then do so.
2. Recognize and avoid triggers
The thoughts that lead us to depressing states are usually triggered by sights, actions, or events. Therefore, it is important we recognize those things that trigger moods of sadness and deal with them.We will experience depression or depressing moments as life is a series of ups and downs and there is no guarantee that things will always work in our favor. However, we must not allow anything to steal our joy. Click To Tweet
Some triggers might even require that we avoid them as best as possible. For someone, it might be vetting the people you follow on social media or reducing your time on social media. Whatever your trigger might be, avoid them.
3. Know who you are and whose you are
A healthy self esteem found in God will always breed joy. Seeing ourselves through Jesus’ eyes really helps. We are loved and there’s nothing that can change that. Also, as a child of God, joy is a fruit of our regenerated spirit, and we must always live in that consciousness.
4. Practice Gratitude and Thanksgiving
Contentment is an escort to the rhythm of joy. Sometimes, we unconsciously position ourselves to be depressed through unhealthy comparisons and being ungrateful. But when we sit and take inventory of our blessings, we will recognize the need to be joyful for the many blessings we have. So practice gratitude and thanksgiving as much as you can.Sometimes, we unconsciously position ourselves to be depressed through unhealthy comparisons and being ungrateful. Click To Tweet
With all these in mind, I hope that you take a pause and count your blessings. I want you to know that depression has got nothing on you because more than anything, joy is a fruit of your regenerated spirit.
Do you have any points that have helped you overcome depression? Please share in the comment section below.
Would you also like to read “Can a Believer Suffer Depression? My Journey Out of Depression” or “Attempted Suicide and Journey Out Of Depression #MyDamagedStory.”
Written by Iyadunni Dimka