If you are reading this article and are currently suffering from depression or you have been through depression, then this article is for you. Maybe you are here on behalf of someone who is experiencing depression and want to learn more about this topic to help them. Let me start by saying that you are stronger than you know. As someone who has experienced depression, I know you that you might be feeling like no one understands what you are going through. Despite this feeling, do not give up. There is a purpose for you in this life.
This article talks about faith and Christianity. Even if you are not a believer, know that you are loved beyond your imagination.
I am experiencing depression.
I have been experiencing depression for over a decade. Some days it is hard to get out of bed, but I find strength in Jesus. I believe that through Him, and through the experiences that He put me through, I have the strength to encourage those who are in my situation. No, I am not a licensed psychologist and I have not spent years studying how to coach those who experience depression or mental illnesses. However, I have my experiences. I wrote this article to help you find your strength to fight for success. These experiences may be different from yours, but I hope that you read my encouragement and find hope in it.
I know my pain will end someday, and yours will too. No storm lasts forever, and you will get your breakthrough someday. The Bible says that sometimes God allows us to go through suffering. Many reasons for this are listed throughout His Word. Sometimes, he punishes us; on the other hand, he wants us to experience hardship so we could encourage others once we get out of it. God is not a wicked god. He is merciful and acknowledges your pain. He will deliver you from it. We are in this together and we shall overcome.
You are a fighter
The fact that you are reading this means that you do not want to give up. It means that you are looking for ways to keep going. This means that you are a fighter. If you stay focused on your goals despite your hardship, you will achieve them. God never leaves His creations. He is with you in the midst of your storms. It is just a matter of time before He blesses you for your perseverance.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.Ecclesiastes 3:1
Today is the day that we begin to take back our lives and restore our joy. Our destiny is to find our strength. Locate the door to where our ability to fight back is hidden. We are going to maximize our potential to obtain stability in our lives. We are more than capable of winning our battles. Any walls that cave us in and make us feel like we are losing will be knocked down. In short, we shall find our breakthrough.
We are strong and we are going to make it.
Here are verses that may inspire you:
“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.Matthew 12:29
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.Isaiah 54:17
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him, that loved us.Romans 8:37
Believe it or not, you are powerful.
Maybe you are experiencing illness. Perhaps, you are overwhelmed with bills or enduring financial hardship. You may be facing domestic violence or abuse. Your suffering has not gone unnoticed and you are not alone. We will overcome our hardships together. You are not a failure. You are more than a conqueror.
We must realize that life does not always turn out to the way we want it to be. Sometimes we make a decision that takes our life down a path that we do not intend to be on; however, do not punish yourself for the mistakes that you made in the past. Punishing yourself will not change the past or fix your situation. Beating yourself up will only make you feel worse about yourself, and you do not deserve that. It is a new day and we must restore our mind, body, and soul. We must find our strength.
Depression affects all people.
Regardless of your race, age, gender, etc., depression can affect you. If this is something that our brothers and sisters experience, then we should make an effort to support them and help them when needed. We must be each other’s keepers.
It is important to know that people who experience depression are not broken. They are not incapable of interacting with others regularly. They are fully functional people (in the mainstream sense of the word). To treat them differently without them asking for it is to isolate them from mainstream society. Speaking from experience, I know that I do not wish to be isolated or treated differently from my friends and family because of my depression. I am not my depression. You are not your depression. Depression is just something we experience. It does not define us.
Family and friends may not understand our experiences.
They may say we are being too sensitive or that we have a losing attitude. That is okay. Their opinions may hurt but we should not let it define or validate our experiences. They do not know what you are going through and they do not understand where you are coming from. They are only able to comment on what they know. You must learn to be your own best friend. It is best to depend on yourself before you depend on others.
Every day that we wake up is a gift. Many are fighting for their lives, and ours have been given to us so generously. We must use each day to improve ourselves. Each day we live we must use it as an opportunity to work towards our goals. We are human beings. Out of all the creatures that God created, we are the strongest mentally and emotionally. We can and will prove to our doubters and ourselves that we are strong. We owe it to ourselves to persevere and give ourselves another chance at our goals.
Here are some tips that may ease your experience with depression and help you reach your goals.
- Set timelines to complete your goals.
- Find your strength.
- When things are not going your way, take a step back. Think where things have gone wrong. Then continue moving forward using a different method.
- Do not be afraid to think positively.
- Count your blessings and be happy for the little things.
- Get up and make the first move. God helps those who help themselves.
- Find your strength.
- Don’t stress. Stress is a poison for our bodies.
- Start seeing the value in yourself. You are somebody.
- Clear your head and refresh your mind.
- Keep track of your progress. Know where you came from, where you are now, and where you will go.
- Find your strength!
Choose your next step wisely.
When you make a weak step, you can drift off the path that you want to be on. I want you to know that the stability and consistency in your growth all depend on the next step you make. Stay focused. You have made it this far. Look on the bright side and stop crying. Success is no longer a dream; it is within your reach.
You do not have to be a doctor or a lawyer to achieve success. You do not have to be a real estate agent or some big-time movie star to have success. Who you are is who you were meant to be. God’s grace is bigger than any of those high-paying jobs, or your addictions, or your loneliness, or your failures.
Embrace who you are and make a leap of faith in Jesus. We are going to turn one mess into a message, loneliness into willingness, darkness into light, and hopelessness into hope. The weak will be strong. This is a promise.
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