Did you do your homework? Did you replace some of those lies with the truth? Was this a worthwhile exercise for you? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment if you feel up to it today. You may be surprised how something you have experienced may be of use to someone else.
Replacing the lies with the truth isn’t a one time exercise. It is a new way of thinking that can help us when we are in the depths of depression. As hard as it is, it is a worthwhile discipline. Talking back to the voices can be empowering. You will feel less like a victim and more in control. You will feel in charge of your life.
As a Christian, I believe that the bible is true and so I cling to every word I read there. A passage that I have applied to my depression is this one, which is found in Philippians 4:8 where Paul is speaking to a group of Christians about how to think. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is praiseworthy – think about such things...put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Peace is something lacking when we are in a state of depression. Would you like some peace? When I am in bad shape I use this advice. While I am on my daily walk, barely able to put one foot in front of the other, I say these things to myself. For instance for ‘true’ I may say ‘my husband loves me’. For pure I may say ‘my grandchild’. For pure I might think of the wild flowers at the side of the road. You get the idea. If I stick at it long enough, I can sometimes purge the negative thoughts that accompany depression.
How can this apply to you? Try this list from the bible. In one column write “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy. Now beside each one of those words, give an example. This is not a quick exercise. This is not a one time exercise. But it could be something that works for you! If you don’t try it, you won’t find out.
Next time I will share with you the flip side of those awful voices. They can actually help you and I am proof of that.
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May dipsy doodling around depression be better than a therapy session!
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