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Things that can trigger depression   Leave a comment

I am on medication, and I keep track of my moods on a regular basis during the day.  Here are some things that can cause me to feel depressed: 1.  Disappointment, 2.  Being tired, 3. Being in pain, lots of discomfort, or being sick; 4. Frustration.

I am a Christian, so when I face disappointment or become frustrated, I ask myself how to deal with it based on the Serenity Prayer.  The Serenity Prayer goes like this:  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  I cannot change other people, and some situations are beyond my control.  I can change my response to what is happening around me, and possibly take some action.  Taking action may feel good.  However, I go ahead and take action cautiously.  Sometimes action makes things worse.  I only take action if I believe it will help improve the situation.  Then after taking action, I give it over to God.  When I think about it, I ask myself, “Do I want to take it back (in order words, worry about the situation again)?”  The answer is usually “No.”  When I think about it, I pray about the situation and turn it back over to God.

If fatigue is a problem, I ask myself whether I should keep busy, rest, or get some sleep.  I focus on doing the right thing at the moment.  I make sure I get some sleep.  I don’t function well when I get very little sleep or if I don’t sleep well.

If I am in pain, having a lot of discomfort, or sick, I look for ways to ease the pain and discomfort.  When I am sick, I get extra rest and pay more attention to how I am feeling minute by minute.  I also focus on doing the right thing at the time.  In situations like this, I practice gratitude and focus on positive things.  I thank God for places in my body that feel good or feel relatively good (for instance, I woke up one morning being barely able to walk due to ankle pain.  Then I realized I had sciatica on my left side.  Most of that leg was aching that morning.  I did some stretches and I thanked God because my right leg felt pretty good that morning.  Later in the day, I was able to walk normally again.)  I think about good things and read inspirational books and the Bible even when my body or mind resists those things.  I do feel better when I think positive.


Posted February 26, 2011 by Nancy Mathis in Uncategorized

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