4 Simple Acts To Boost Your Mental Health by Jennifer Scott

  4 Simple Acts To Boost Your Mental Health by Jennifer Scott  As someone who has always suffered from depression, it wasn’t until I hit my 30s when the light bulb went off and I realized that I actually, can have more control over my mental health. While it seems obvious, everyone has a different approach to managing their depression. […]

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It’s Okay to be Angry

When we are hurting it’s so easy to see what everyone else has that we don’t have. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, someone else has that thing we so desperately long for or lost. Good health A spouse A child A job The little resentments begin to creep into our heart when we see or are around those […]

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Begin with Baby Steps

After two months of hurting and barely making it through each day, I realized that life goes on. I had a loved one that prompted me to move back into society. No, I didn’t jump in with both feet.  Honestly, I took it one baby step at a time. I slowly made decisions about how to being living again. To […]

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PTSD and Toll It Takes On Relationships by Chloe Pearson

Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Chloe Pearson.  She shares a personal story about PTSD, what it does to relationships and how to deal with PTSD.  As a survivor of abuse, I know all too well the effect of PTSD on one’s life. PTSD and the Toll It Takes On Relationships by Chloe Pearson A dear friend of mine was in […]

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What to Say When To a Depressed Loved One by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

For the majority of this year I’ve been sharing my depression journey with you on Monday’s.  I am thrilled to have Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a fellow Christian Communicators sister, with me to share tips on what to say to a depressed loved one.  I cannot think of a better way to end this series and this opportunity to have Dr. […]

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12 Scriptures for the Depressed

Today we wrap up our series on depression. Remember, “Depression is the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. The lack of a ‘future positive possibility’ robs you of your motivation and strength. The good Word of God and the good word of others to you can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it […]

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Questions About Depression

As we wrap up this series next week, how can you tell if someone you love is depressed? Questions to ask yourself about depressed person What are the typical signs and symptoms of depression in your family member or friend? What behaviors or language do you observe when depression is worse? What behaviors or language do you observe when he […]

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Joy in the Fruit of the Spirit

The opposite of depression is joy. We live in a world that says it should be all about “me, me, me.”  However, true joy comes from caring for others and putting them first. Joy is the second fruit of the spirit listed. True joy can only be obtained with God’s help.  This is the joy that is the deep, everlasting […]

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Change only comes with God’s Help

Depression almost destroyed me.  I worked hard to make a lot of changes and overcome numerous obstacles and road blocks. Yet, I still struggled.  I was only able to make the changes I did because of one reason. That is God’s help. I never stopped asking for His help.  Even when I wondered if He heard me and cared I […]

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Change takes time

I wish there was a magic formula I could share with you about how to change. Change is never easy.  When there is a lot of hurt, pain, and betrayal this is even more difficult. If the situation{s} hasn’t been dealt with and there is anger, the layers of pain can build until depression is all encompassing. All I can […]

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I have to love myself before I can love others

“You have to love yourself before you can love others,” is a popular saying. I’ve discovered that is true.  The most difficult person for me to learn to love was myself. I could forgive others for hurting me and letting me down but I had a very difficult time forgiving myself. I didn’t have an “a-ha” moment of when this […]

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Understanding I have worth

Slowly as I pulled back the layers and made the necessary changes, I noticed more changes. I began to have more self-confidence.  With self-confidence my self-esteem seemed to improve. There were often times I had to push myself to step out and take a tiny step.  Sometimes this was to just do something different, such as eat at a different […]

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Changing Self Talk

“You’re stupid,” crept into my mind.  For years this was the soundtrack that continuously played in my head. “No you’re not.  You just made a simple mistake,” I said. “Wow, I am changing,” I thought. I wasn’t sure how to change my self-talk for a long time.  Slowly, I began repeating acclimations and positive reinforcements.  I wondered if it was […]

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Seeing the Change

After asking “God please help me to find the joy only you can provide,” I began to see a change. I’m not saying that I’m perfect and life never gets difficult.  There are times when life is very hard and the circumstances do bring me down. However, I was discovering that even when things did not go my way, I […]

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Asking God to Help find Joy only He can Provide

  I was in a Bible Study in which we were discussing the fruits of the spirit. One of the fruits of the spirit is joy.  The sentiment that stayed with me is that joy comes from deep in our soul.  Even when our world is falling apart around us, joy is that feeling in our inner spirit.  True joy […]

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When Joy Won’t Come

So what do we do when joy won’t come? Often, we have to force ourselves to keep putting one foot in front of another and move forward.  Instead, we may want to curl up in a ball and just be left alone. It is important to understand that depression is a serious disease.   First and foremost, please see a medical […]

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Finding Joy in a Sad World

We live in a world that says “don’t worry, be happy.” When we are depressed, happiness is hard to find.  Not because we don’t want to be happy, but because it doesn’t come. There are some that are able to fake happiness for a time, but eventually the old feelings of sadness will creep back in. There are others, like […]

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Understanding the Effects of Depression on Others

When we are depressed, it is easy to think no one can notice. If they do notice, than they aren’t going to care because it doesn’t affect them. However, depression does affect others. At work it can affect the work ethic, team morale, and the amount of work that is accomplished. At home, everyone that lives in the household is […]

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Understanding My Self

I find personality types very interesting.  This is one of the few interest Mama and I have in common. Through my counseling and my own interest, which led to self-study, I began to learn more about the different personality types. This helped me to begin to understand my personality.  Through recognizing which personality features I possess, I was able to […]

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Learning to Be Honest with Myself

To deal with my depression, I had to do the hard work to pull back the layers. A huge part of this included learning to be honest with myself. I had to be honest with myself about my actions, reasons and motivations. Through learning to be honest with myself I also had to see and acknowledge my selfish behaviors and […]

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