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Inspired to Action blog posts by Rebecca Pratt

January 2015

10 Steps to Kick Depression


In walking through depression years ago, then writing about it in my book “Inspired to Action”, in my 9th chapter, Depression to Expression, I often have people ask me to give them a quick overview on how I overcame this. Many of us have gone through depression in one form or another, or know of a friend who is going through this, and know all to well this is a process in walking through many steps to overcome it. For some it takes only months, for others it takes years. My journey with this lasted about 2 years.  Our minds and bodies are fragile and if we allow our lives to get out of balance, depression is an easy thing our minds can fall into. Through the many stressors in life, some who struggle with depression may need more intensive steps than this, but this is what I still abide by personally today to stay healthy.



10 Steps to Kick Depression and to keep it away!

1. Spend extra time with God and foster your relationship with Him. He reminds us who we really are and what He created us for. Give God the opportunity to show you how much He loves you.

2. Give yourself Grace. Forgive yourself for past mistakes. Learn to love yourself.

3. Focus on helping those in need around you. Stop focusing on Self. 

4. Become more eternally focused. Spend your time on things that will last into eternity. Stop fretting and worrying about the petty things in life that won’t matter a year from now.

5. Learn to Laugh a lot and to forgive a lot. Choose to not allow people’s comments or insults to affect you. Let things roll off your back. 

6. Do not allow life’s hard circumstances to dictate your attitude. Choose joy daily.

7. Take care of yourself and take time for yourself. Get adequate sleep, eat right and exercise to increase your endorphins. It’s proven that lack of sleep and too much junk food does not allow our brains to function properly. We also need to give ourself permission to enjoy a hobby or two.

8. Get accountability for the things you need to change in your life, such as addictions or wrong thinking or disciplines you need to put in place.  Choose counseling, a life coach or a good friend to keep you accountable.

9. Push yourself to be around healthy positive people who encourage you. Do not hang out with those who discourage and bring you down.

10. Let go of trying to control every area of your life and place your whole life in God’s hands. Let go and Let God! You can trust Him.

God will fight our battles

 
 
When we are hit from all sides with crisis after crisis, we can sometime wonder where God is in all of it. Does he care? Does He know what is going on? Is He on our side?
 
In 2 Chronicles 20, The King of Judah, Jehoshaphat loved and served God with all his heart and was in distress when he heard there were three kingdoms coming to fight against him in battle. He knew they were completely outnumbered. He cried out to God for help. In the 20th verse, he cried out saying “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.
 
I know in my own life, I have cried out to God many times with these same words when I have come to the end of knowing what to do next with overwhelming circumstances than hit me.
 
As Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were seeking God, the spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, a Levite, in the midst of the assembly, and he said, “Thus says the Lord to you; “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
17) You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you.
 
By faith in what God had told them Jehoshaphat led the children of Judah in worship and praise for what God was about to do to rescue them.
 
In verse 22 it says, when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammom, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, and they were defeated.
 
In our own lives it is very important to understand, that there is power when we worship and praise God.  I love how it says WHEN they began to sing and praise, God caused the enemy to turn against each other, and when Judah got to the battlefield all they saw were dead bodies. No one had escaped.
 

Through reading this I am challenged to integrate a lot more times of worship and praise into my life and a lot less worrying and trying to figure out how to fix the problems around me. This is a great reminder that the battles raging around me are the Lords. We can trust that He is still on the throne and that God is the one that will fight for us when the circumstances of life seem too much for us to bear on our own.
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