Depression in its various forms, from mild to catatonic, is suffered by one in five people in the UK, at some point during their lifetime, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and accounted for 11.7 million working days being lost in 2015-16 alone.
Dealing with full-blown depression is a big subject, and outside the scope of a blog post, but there are ways of dealing with low spirits before they take a hold..….
First we need to take a rain-check (see blog post on 8th January, Hope Health Check and the following posts on Self Pity & Fear), & deal with any outstanding issues.
Then we need to tackle the low mood....
The Holy Spirit lives in us, (if you’re not sure about this, check out the pages, Overflowing with Life, and The Work of the Holy Spirit). And joy is one of His characteristics [Galatians 5:22-23], therefore
I have joy because I am filled with Him. I am joy-filled, therefore I can rejoice – I just have to learn how to release it.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
PRIMING THE PUMP
And how do I ‘prime the pump’? By smiling, singing, laughing, dancing, looking for things which make me glad, and turning that into praise & thanksgiving. And by talking sternly to my soul, like David:
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Jesus came to…
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (or heaviness).
For those who need further help in combatting depression, Joyce Meyer’s book is useful. Click right to visit Amazon.