Dealing with Depression
1. Don't try to fight it:
Work with it ask friends to pray for you depression is an illness, not a sin.
2. Poor concentration:
Do what you can do. Don't try to read a book. Browse magazines or newspapers instead.
3. Poor appetite:
Try to eat little and often ~ light, easily digested, healthy foods.
4. Poor sleep:
Rest whenever you can. if you are sleeping excessively, aim to normalise gradually an hour less every few days.
Try to get a little fresh air and exercise each day a walk round the block or to the nearest shop even a stroll round your own garden / yard.
6. Set a goal:
Aim to complete one task each day. Gradually increase this as you begin to feel more able. (A task may be washing, shaving or dressing at first).
7. Seeing others:
Dont feel obliged to answer the telephone or door. But warn family and friends so they know what is going on!
8. Be kind to yourself:
What do you enjoy? What helps you relax? Listen to favourite music, soak in a warm bath, watch a favourite film, suck a lollipop!
9. Occupy your time:
Find something simple to do to occupy your time colouring in, painting, gardening, knitting, jigsaws, cooking, model-making, cleaning, reading, easy DIY.
10. Thoughts and feelings:
Accept and deal with any thoughts / feelings which come up keep a journal where you can work through for yourself to begin with. Later you may need to pray them through and / or talk to someone else; i.e. a counsellor.