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Mar
31

Detoxing Depression

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenBeing a mom is by far one of the most rewarding responsibilities in the world. Let’s face it, mothers help to shape the world we live in. We are bringing in the next generation of presidents, physicians, attorneys, law makers, police officers, teachers, pastors, leaders in Christ, etc. As Christian mothers, we are the carriers of hope.

Sad WomanHowever, sometimes mothers put on a façade and no one knows we are secretly suffering. We try to exert our strength by what we do and how well we do it. Although perfection is unattainable we constantly push ourselves to reach for the sky but the pull of gravity brings us back to earth. We can’t do it all and sometimes that reality in itself can lead to depression.

Depression is a silent tormentor that attacks from within. Initially only the individual knows that she is battling with depression, but sometimes it’ll bleed out and spill on everyone around her. But all is not lost, there is always a way of escape.

The Detoxing Process.

  1. Believe you are an overcomer. Believe in the Lord your God and do not doubt.
  2. Reduce the amount of time you spend with people/things that bring on stress. (However, if this is unavoidable, like a job, take your breaks and use them wisely. Close your eyes and take a ten minute vacation and relax your body, meditate on scriptures pertaining to peace, calming storms, and showers of blessings.)
  3. Find decaffeinated herbal teas, like a chamomile tea that will help relax you naturally. There is also a SleepyTime tea that helps soothe you, but you should drink that before bed.
  4. Hot baths or steamy showers always help relax tense muscles. Try turning off the lights and putting a warm washcloth on your forehead to help as well.
  5. Write scriptures on index cards and carry them in your purse, post them in your cubicle, tape them to the mirror, and try to memorize them. The Word of God is the only weapon that will destroy depression. Use it to the fullest!
  6. Pray often. Pray for anything and everything concerning your situation. It could be ranging from a barking dog in the middle of the night to someone on your job to family. Prayer can change any situation.
  7. Surround yourself with people that you trust who love and want to see you free from depression. A support group for the depressed.

Detoxing from depression can take time. Although God is able He may not always deliver you overnight. Sometimes healing is a process. In time you’ll be able to see the results as long as you don’t give up. Don’t stop fighting against depression. Some days the fight will be easier than others. Don’t lose hope.

Let’s encourage and help each other as we fight the good fight of faith. Although we’re mothers we are soldiers too!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Takiela Bynum is a speaker and author who has lived through unimaginable abuse, growing up in a single parent home, and becoming a teen mother. In God’s good and pefect ways, Takiela has the experience necessary to connect with youth on a deeper level. The Lord exchanged the ashes of her life for His beauty, indeed. You can find more info about Takiela on her site, TakielaBynum.com.

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