Money isn’t everything, but God isn’t in short supply. Do your best and trust Him to provide.
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
a life of joy and peace. – John Newton
listen to my prayer;
From the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy. Psalm 61: 1-3
You’ve probably heard that you are what you eat. Well the more I learn how dependent our bodies and brains are on their corresponding diet, I am blown away. For example, a dear friend stopped drinking coffee after being a bit of an addict, and suffered severe migraines as a part of her withdrawal symptoms. I myself started taking a supplement earlier this year to get rid of excess yeast in my system and my skin cleared up and I felt pretty calm and collected. Its amazing how what we are eating, and drinking effects us physically and mentally. Lately my brain chemistry has felt off and so I am trying to cut back on sugar, starches, and coffee. So far, so good. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying and when I stick with it, it does help. It may not cure depression completely but perhaps it will help me keep things in check. Maybe you should pray about seeing a doctor about your diet also. See if they can help you come up with a better eating style that will lessen your symptoms whether they be anger, anxiety, ADHD, apathy, or any other “A”…or other letter you may be experiencing. In working on your body you may just help your mind too. I’ll let you know how my journey goes.
- DON’T Make or Break it – Don’t make uncertain plans with people. When you make a plan, set an actual date and time to it. (Pick a date that isn’t already full!)
- DO Look Beyond the Moment -Do make plans in advance whenever possible. Note them in your calendar or phone to avoid double booking.
- DO Double Up – Do make plans that include multiple (mutual) friends sometimes. This way nobody is neglected, and you all get to enjoy time together.
- Keep things Sunny. Keep daylight in your home by installing daylight light bulbs. When you buy lightbulbs at a hardware store they are generally marked with a “kelvin” measurement. Soft white bulbs are a classic choice for households, but daylight bulbs (between 5000 and 6000 kelvin) keep the happy sunlight look in your home even after dark. This was my first step, and it has really helped.
- Let There be Light…and Air. We all have things we need to do and can’t always go for walks when it’s nice out, so open the nearest window. You know that crisp, fall-smelling air will do wonders for your mood. If its cold out just open the blinds real daylight is even better than lightbulb daylight.
- Call for Back Up. Spend time with friends and family doing fun things. Bake some cookies, have a movie night, or build a camp fire. Whatever you can handle. You don’t need to be alone. If you feel things are more serious than simple company can fix, please seek help from a counselor. Nobody will judge you for it. If somebody does, ignore them. You’ll be glad you did when you start to feel alive again.