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Are You Feeling Depressed?

Feeling depressed, as used in this article, is a reference to experiencing a lingering sense of being overwhelmed or stressed. Please look below at the word or acronym BLUE and see if you can identify with any of these symptoms. Then look at my suggested ways to turn your BLUE into JOY.

B – Bewildered, belittled, bothered, broken, or ballistic – do these sound familiar? Have you ever felt confused, put down, anxious, upset, disturbed, nervous, worried, out of order, wrecked, defeated, or dismantled? Have things gone crazy around you?

L – Low spirited or limited energy are common. Are you fidgety and easily agitated? Are you experiencing sluggishness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking, challenges in concentrating, or problems with remembering?

U – Under pressure and under stress are not strange. Are you feeling overwhelmed, full of stress, or like you don’t think you can make it? Do you feel you have no time for yourself or others? These feelings can lead to sickness.

E – Empty and escalating low self-esteem have been reported by many. Does your life seem lost or like it is getting away from you? Do you feel as if there is nothing inside you?

Do you have a feeling of hopelessness or lack confidence to get anything done? Suicide and other thoughts can run through your mind, when you feel empty or have low self-esteem.

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be experiencing depression or being blue. The problem with feeling depressed is it affects your health. Eating problems and lack of exercise usually occur with depression.

Other serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer can be affected. Migraine headaches, backaches, other body pains, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, and other physical issues can be side effects of stress.

Below are some things I suggest you do to turn from minor episodes of feeling depressed to experiencing JOY, based on Mark 12:30-31.

Moderate to severe cases of depression often call for professional counseling. If you have doubts about how severe your case is, sometimes it is better to be safe than to be sorry. In other words, seek professional counseling.

J – Jesus. Give all your worries to Jesus. He is able to help you, because He cares about you. You should love God/Jesus with everything you have within you.

O – Others. Learn to help others. When you do this, you will discover that you are not the only person with problems. We all experience some type of relational, economic, health, church, and social problems.

Fellowship, pray, encourage, and worship with others. Remember to love your neighbors, as you love yourself.

Y - You. God has made you for a reason. You need to love yourself because God loves you. He demonstrates His love everyday towards us – food, health, clothing, loved ones, jobs, and the like. Just remember that God loves you and will be there for you.

In summary, it is easy to give into feeling depressed. Instead of staying down in the pits, dust yourself off, get up, and try again. Please complete the form below.

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