No matter how strong your faith is or how well your child is doing, there are always going to be days that are hard. Days when you can’t stop thinking of all that’s wrong. The devil won’t stop trying to feed you thoughts of doubt and depression. We can’t afford to let him harass us! We have authority over him through Jesus Christ! As Reverend Ray Bensch said “We cannot afford to be passive when our enemy is forever aggressive” I have 6 ways to beat thoughts of defeat and depression that I want to share with you to help you overcome!
I had one of those days where I let thoughts of doubt flood my mind. I thought about everything that was wrong in my life and forgot about how far we’ve already come. I focused on the difficulties and it brought me down. I didn’t want to get up, I wanted to have a pity party. I wanted to tell everyone how hard it is raising a child with special needs! But while that might feel good in the moment, to have people sympathize with you, it doesn’t do any good!
So next time you are having a hard day and it feels like everything that could go wrong, is going wrong, here are 6 things you can do instead of dwelling on it and complaining all over social media.
Number 1.) Open your Bible.
Now I’ll be the 1st to admit it’s not always easy to read The Bible when you just want to cry (or binge watch Netflix), But trust me this will totally help you come out of the pit and get your mind off the negative. Not sure what verses to read? I have a great printable with some of my favorite verses here.
Number 2.) Vent to God.
Before you pick up your phone and share your sob story to anyone who will listen, pray to God. He is, after all, the one who knows better than anyone else what you’re dealing with. And the best part is, He has answers for you! God can handle everything you are going through and all your emotions too. Unload on Him first! Tell Him, He cares!
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
Number 3.) Listen to praise and worship songs.
Now everyone likes different music. Slow worship songs make me cry when I am feeling down-and-out, so I crank up some TobyMac and dance like a fool in my kitchen. It feels so silly at first but trust me it will help to turn your mood around!
Number 4.) Talk to a trusted person.
There are times when you feel you do need to talk with a person. Find someone you trust that will speak truth to you and not just pat you on the shoulder and leave you the same way you were. My husband is my person. He always snaps me out of that funk and makes me see all the good and realize I’ve over thought. If you don’t have anyone you trust please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Number 5.) Keep busy.
The days that I am the worst are usually my days off, when I haven’t planned anything and I have time to think. Right? Do something to keep your mind busy… which goes right along with number 6.
Number 6.) Write down all your blessings.
Start a list of all the good things in your life. Every little thing you can think of and you’ll see how far your blessings outweigh any challenge you might be dealing with. There will always be someone who has it worse than you, and not that that is a good thing, but try to remember all the things you are blessed with. I’ll start you off… You are alive and you can read because you are reading this! Seems simple but there are people in the world who cannot read, don’t take it for granted!
Next time you have one of those days when all you wanna do is have a pity party and eat cookie dough all day, I hope you’ll try these 6 ways to beat thoughts of depression. Don’t let the devil have a field day by entertaining thoughts of defeat. You are more than a conqueror through Christ! You’ve got this! I love you and I call you blessed. Let me know in the comments if these help you or if there is something else you do to beat thoughts of depression on tough days.