Saturday, January 9, 2010

More Suggestions for Overcoming Depression

Here are some practical suggestions from people who have experienced divorce and from Christian professionals:

Dr. Archibald Hart says, "Support groups help to hold you accountable. They don't feed your self-pity. They force you to face reality. They provide a place where you can share what you're feeling without having to put on a false mask."

Cindy shares, "I started exercising a lot. Taking care of myself really helped."

Joyce says, "I would put on a praise and worship tape. The Lord used that music to soothe the pain."

Rob Eagar says it helped him to get out and see friends, travel, and go to sporting events.

"You need a good diet," says Dr. Archibald Hart. "Eat right. Avoid junk food, sugars, and caffeine; they can play havoc with your emotions."

Cindy says, "I started volunteering in the schools. I got outside of myself, and that really helped. I volunteer for a rape crisis center, teaching children about personal safety."

"Turn to the Lord," advises Dr. Robert Abarno. "Ask the Lord to forgive you. Be honest with the Lord. Spend time in prayer, in Bible study, and worship. Spend time with a prayer partner and with other Christians."

"If you follow this advice, and if God directs you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures" (Exodus 18:23 NLT).

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