Have you ever had a season of awful? Things just didn’t turn out the way you planned? You were disappointed unexpectedly repeatedly. This summer was that kind of summer for me. When times are hard and disappointment continues to visit, what do you do to combat the depression it can bring?
- Food Choices- are you choosing low or no sugar options, are you starting the day with protein, low blood sugar can fuel the hopelessness.
- Magnesium- one of the simplest ways I’ve found to boost morale and diminish anxiety is to add a 2C of epsom salt bath to my morning soak for 20 minutes. Magnesium supports your health in so many ways, from helping to heal leaky gut, to reducing anxiety. B6 and Potassium are also necessary for your body to receive Mg well, so be sure to add foods rich in them to your routine. For me, adding 1 T of borax to my bath water made a big difference (and so didn’t sound like something I wanted to try, but it works!)
- Exercise your mind and your body- What are you listening to? If your mind is doing stinking thinking, it’s time to get it listening to more truth. Songs, music, podcasts, get something on that you can listen to! Are you taking walks each day? Are you working on a schedule. When you don’t feel like doing anything its the time to celebrate each thing getting done. Lessen the stress where you can and make intentional time to engage self care.
- Call, email, or write a letter to a friend.- Isolation is absolutely the worst. You don’t feel like getting up and going, but the more you stay home the more alone you feel. During the worst of depression it can be hard to even get going in the morning. Check in with friends and have them check in with you. Skype is a good option when all else fails. Just connecting for 5 minutes can make such a difference.
- Pray- When my days are darkest, it helps me so much to simply recite the promises of Scripture. The Word has its own gifts and simply reading, writing, and saying the Scriptures has such a power of its own to heal my heart.
Not all hardship is simply a bad day, if you’re struggling over a week it’s time to recognize that you may be facing something more than a “down day”. Depression is real and it can be treated medically as well. My summer started with an episode of salmonella and within days my world got so much harder. Overwhelmed, physically not well for days, it was hard to get my body and my mind back on track, but with effort, and consistent self care practices, eight weeks later things are on the mend.