This state of mind is so real, its way deeper than sadness, this is a persistent sad state of the mind.
I am an optimistic individual by default, I try my most possible best to stay, think and dwell on the positive, happy stuff.
Well, I applied this from last week Saturday, up until last night( Thursday).
There is this particular stuff lately that puts me in the bad mood every time I think about it.I really cannot change anything about it at the moment, so I decided to shift my focus from thoughts of it.
Depression really isn’t a good thing; I mean it has taken so many lives in recent times. It is so overwhelming; I slipped into it and could not do anything for an hour at work that day(Friday).
I did a couple of things that pretty much worked for me and I decided to write it.
I think a couple of hormones are responsible for depression though, coupled with some external factors. Bottom line, it is your body, it is your mind, you are in control.
You call the shots!
Focus– The first thing I did was channel my thoughts towards happy things, the good things around me. Our minds are amazingly powerful, think a thing and see it come to life. You can deliberately choose the things you think. There are too many things to think, accomplish than focus on that sad stuff.
Music– This works almost every time, find you a playlist that works for you, there are loads of amazing music that uplifts the soul when it seems to wander off. Hill song, Jesus culture Travis Greene, Nathaniel Bassey, mentioning just few. Songs from these guys work for me.
Talk to someone smarter, maybe older– Someone smarter is the key word here. Usually this someone might be older than you. But then again there are peers of yours that are just smarter, have the in filling of the Holy Spirit that you can discuss the way you are feeling with. If you do not have that kind of friend yet, ask God to send you one, meanwhile you can discuss with your pastor or even your parent. Make sure you have a certain somebody you can talk to when you need to
Express yourself– Well I had exhausted all my options, I ran to the bathroom and cried, cried until I felt my chest ease. It really was a relief, if you need to cry, go ahead, if you need to scream, get it all out. Express yourself anyways you’d like, do not hurt yourself or anyone in the process though. As I cried, I spoke to God though, mumbled the words any I could, I know He was listening
The word of God -Its illuminating effect! As I sobbed through my tears, I flipped my phone on. So there is this Youversion application I am totally digging now, I just learnt about it from my sister. There usually is a verse for the day, so flipped to see what it was. It was Philippians 4: 9. I decided to read through it from the beginning down to end. I would write about it in another post… I even tweeted something I had picked up right after I had read through. Nobody would know I had just cried my heart out in a bathroom. I felt a lot better; I got back to work right after that.
Whatever is true,worthy of reverence,honorable,just,pure,lovely, lovable,kind,winsome,gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, fix your minds on them~Philippians 4:8